The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we travel to Switzerland and check out sibling duo ZiBBZ and their song “Stones”. Did we feel their rock vibes? Read on to find out?
Zibbz – “Stones”
Anthony: Putting a fresh twist on the classic bullying line “sticks and stones may break my bones”, “Stones” is a sassy pop number and a deserved winner from the national final. A slight concern for Switzerland is their recent staging at Eurovision. Having given Rykka a shocking hairdo and Miruna looking like Big Bird, let Stee and Co keep their ZiBBZ brand and identity.
Bogdan: As usual, Switzerland went with the safe choice in the national final, but safe never cuts it at Eurovision. “Stones” is too dated, it sounds like an Anastacia B-side song from 2002, and lyrically it’s a mess. Sure, ZiBBZ want to be edgy, but what’s edgy in Zürich will come across as tame in comparison with other acts in Lisbon. Although “Stones” is not a disaster per se, it’s definitely not the song that deserves to bring Switzerland back to the Grand Final.
Kristin: There’s a heavy beat here and an attitude that I quite like. Switzerland has been bland in the past few years, and frankly rather forgettable. But this time, they’re on to something! ZiBBZ are different and edgy, and unlike everything that Switzerland has offered us lately. They actually have a decent shot to make it to the finals and maybe finish in a respectable placing. Take notice, Europe. They’re so done with this whole “I’m being neutral” thing. Now they mean business!
Luis: Oh, hello Switzerland, good to know you were still with us! “Stones” is the first entry with any possibility for the Swiss since Sebalter, and it should be enough to make the final. ZiBBZ have charisma, they deliver with conviction and have revamped what before was a quite normal pop-rock entry into a very current and chart-friendly indie pop tune.
Renske: It’s edgy, it’s cool, it’s modern. Although many people expect it to fail as hard as the last three Eurovision entries did, the song is already the best charting Swiss Eurovision song since Sebalter and that tells us something. The Swiss siblings definitely deliver an original product rather than a generic Eurovision song or the “almost Melfest reject” type of song. The big stand out of the entry for me is Corinne’s vocal, because she processes a very interesting voice.
William: Their grunge bar sound made them stand out in Switzerland. But the rest of the world is a dirtier place, where Texas Roadhouse meets Coyote Ugly has come and gone. I appreciate the message, their look and even the production. But for a song that alludes to cannonballs and guns, I expect more of a bang. This sounds nice, but somehow feels hollow.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.50/10
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