The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we turn to Germany and Unser Lied für Lissabon winner Michael Schulte with his song “You Let Me Walk Alone”. Did the song leave us feeling lost? Read on to find out!
Michael Schulte – “You Let Me Walk Alone”
“You Let Me Walk Alone” reviews
Chris: Whilst there’s a story to “You Let Me Walk Alone”, the message feels a bit muddled. With the backstory being about the death of his father, you’d expect Michael’s tone to be a little more… sedate. Instead, every listen makes it seem more like an attack on his father, rather than a tribute. Something just doesn’t come across right in the delivery, whether it be the lyrics or Michael himself. If people do buy into it though, this could do well — but Germany might have another disappointment on their hands.
Deban: Distinctly magnolia but sprinkled with sentimentality — “You Let Me Walk Alone” is a story told a million times, in similar style and identical delivery. Yes, the backstory is heartwarming, but this isn’t hard-hitting enough to punch the left side of the scoreboard. Despite some of its radio merits, it is painfully ordinary.
Kristin: This is cute and heartwarming, it really is. Michael Schulte is pouring out his soul and though some may say its generic, it pulls your heartstrings in an instant. Germany has not been receiving a lot of love in the past few years, but this should haul in a fair amount of points, given how popular this genre of music is in the world today and how well Michael performs the song. He´s giving his all, he´s telling a story and the result is a lovely yet sad song, but with great potentials of being Germany´s best entry in years.
Renske: It was definitely the best of the bunch of this year’s Unser Song, but the song is not quite a stand-out in the Eurovision 2018 field. I love how Michael Schulte tells a personal and deep story, but because the song sounds like an Ed Sheeran album track, the message sadly does not come across.
Robyn: Michael Schulte is tapping into the trend for beige music, earnest young men singing serious acoustic songs. And it’s a popular style of music, so “You Let Me Walk Alone” will have its share of fans. The lyrics — which sound like they’re attacking a deadbeat dad — rely on the staging to set the scene as a tribute to a deceased father. But the staging indeed ramps up the emotion and helps Michael tell his sad story. It’s not a stand-out track in my 2018 line-up, but it should at least give Germany its best result in six years.
Sebastian: “You Let Me Walk Alone” is an entry full of heart. Michael’s voice is both effortless and meaningful, and lyrically, it’s simple enough for non-English speakers to feel the emotion. While Eurovision may be ballad-heavy, “You Let Me Walk Alone” is the only entry this year which, without fault, leaves me a blubbering mess. The song and performance is there – all Germany now needs is the hype.
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 2 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.75/10
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