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 down under to Australia to listen to 2015 interval act Jessica Mauboy and her Eurovision comeback “We Got Love”. Were we feeling the love? Read on to find out!
Jessica Mauboy – “We Got Love”
“We Got Love” reviews
Antranig: “We Got Love” has shades of mediocrity — it builds up to be a banger but the chorus falls flat. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel in any way but that’s not always a bad thing because at the heart of it is a good song. Jessica’s brilliant vocals will be the selling point and she will nail it live. This will be the biggest grower once we hear the songs live. I’m very proud of this representing my country and I think Jessica should easily keep Australia’s top-ten record alive. Go get ’em, Jess!
Bernardo: A feel-good pop tune from down under! While it isn’t spectacular, “We Got Love” does its job and allows you to focus on what really matters in this act: Jessica Mauboy. I’ll be cautious to say it will work or bomb in Eurovision, because Australia always bring their A-game with the staging. Plus, if it’s paired with an incredible vocalist (Hey, Dami Im!) we can have a GOLD anthem here. For now, it falls in the average category.
Chris: There’s always a lot of expectation from Australia these days. Perhaps even more so for the “original” (of sorts), Jessica Mauboy. Maybe that’s why it feels like “We Got Love” misses the mark a little. There’s a slight cynical air about it, as if this was just an attempt at writing a “winning” Eurovision song. Therefore, it could be anyone singing this: Jess doesn’t feel like the star she obviously is. No doubt she’ll raise it in the live performance, but the overall package might let her down.
Luis: Australia’s entry is a part of “the generics”, a super group of Eurovision 2018 entries also including Azerbaijan, Finland and the UK. These songs meet a certain criteria: they don’t disturb, but they’re not distinct, way below the artist and they try to be anthemic but fail to do so. In the end, Jessica Mauboy’s song is just an average manufactured pop tune which she’ll no doubt elevate on stage. However, we have to judge on the studio version, and based on that, “We Got Love” just doesn’t do her justice.
Padraig: There’s trying hard and then there’s being a “try hard”. Normally the former, Australia feels like it’s the latter this year. “We Got Love” is all style over substance. The slick production values are undermined by trite lyrics – Jessica’s never struck me as a “love is stronger than fire” kind of woman. And while questionable lyrics are an integral part of many Eurovision greats, Jessica delivers them with such earnestness that it’s hard to get fully on board. She’s singing about empowerment, but the song is too incessantly peppy for one to believe that there was ever any adversity for her to overcome. If “We Got Love” was a cake, it would be a delicious sponge but with no cream or jam in the centre.
Sebastian: Anthemic beats? Check. Catchy hashtag? Check. A charismatic superstar? Check. “We Got Love” is very Eurovision by-the-numbers. And while this mid-tempo banger might leave some readers feeling a little lacklustre, the bones of a born-for-stage song is well exposed. The potential for this song to do well will lie entirely in what Jess can do on the night.
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 5.5 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.03/10
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