The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to San Marino where Maltese singer Jessika is joined by German rapper Jenifer Brening for the song “Who We Are”. Did we appreciate their message? Read on to find out!
Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening with “Who We Are”
“Who We Are” reviews
Robyn: “Who We Are” — with its message of strength in the face of adversity presented with an early 2010s EDM-pop sound — wouldn’t be out of place at the Maltese national final. But it switches things up with a rap break that sounds like it was inspired by Mel B’s rhymes in the Spice Girl’s decades-old “Wannabe”. Jessika is a good singer, but Jeni B ain’t no Cardi B. But there’s still something really enjoyable about “Who We Are”. Jess ‘n’ Jen are obviously putting everything into the performance and that should be appreciated.
Angus: “Who We Are” sounds like it was written for an anonymous MESC finalist. It’s a piece of optimistic happy-clappy Europop and Jessika knows how to sell that garment well. Jenifer Brening’s rap is a less welcome addition to proceedings, dragging the whole thing back by a decade or so, but then San Marino hasn’t been overly concerned with having a contemporary sound previously. In the hands of a country with big televoting diaspora this might be a contender, but for San Marino, another year in the semi-finals looms.
Anthony: Credit to San Marino on their first ever national final despite its flaws. And Jessika at Eurovision finally becomes a reality whilst reigniting her rivalry with Christabelle in the process. “Who We Are” sounds like a complete mishmash of “Heroes”, Adam Kafe’s “Wolverine” and a rap serving attitude from Jenifer. Just don’t go complaining again when they had a chance with Sara de Blue.
Bernardo: This is too bad for Jessika. For someone who has been watching her several Maltese attempts to get to Eurovision, “Who We Are” is not remotely close to them. She didn’t deserve this. Jenifer’s rap part is cringe and the only thing that actually saves this entry is Jessika’s vocals and stage presence.
Chris: Is it a good or bad thing to know Jenny B’s rap by heart already? Regardless of that, it does feel like any enjoyment you can get from this song revolves around it being a guilty pleasure. Whilst both ladies give it their all, the track feels like it’s playing at being a pop song more than actually being one.
Jovana: How can you not love San Marino in Eurovision? They do not achieve great results, but they always seem like they are there to have fun. However, “Who We Are” is not that much of a fun. It is not that bad, but it is not great either – it is just okay and quite bland. That is just not enough for small countries like San Marino, who have to go with something really extraordinary if they want to do well – which is a pressure certain other countries never feel, unfortunately.
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 1.5 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.11/10
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