The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — wraps up our look at the six entries competing in the UK’s Eurovision: You Decide. Finally we turn to the soul diva Kerrie-Anne with her house-infused version of “Sweet Lies”. Did it get us moving? Read on to find out!
Kerrie-Anne – “Sweet Lies”
“Sweet Lies” reviews
Angus: In our interview with her, Kerrie-Anne says “Sweet Lies” is about blissful ignorance and once you understand that message, you can give yourself over to reckless gay abandon that comes across thick and heavy throughout the song. This is not a clinical slice of clubpop, this is a banger with a capital B, and one that would fit well on stage in clubland capital of Israel, Tel Aviv. Sometimes dance songs are a disguise for bad vocals but Kerrie-Anne can sing. In a ballad heavy-field, this is a triumphant up tempo track that stands out from the pack.
Barnabas: Based on the studio version, Kerrie-Anne has got one of the best voices in this year’s You Decide, however, it doesn’t really elevate the flat early 2000’s disco track “Sweet Lies” is. It literally screams for a revamp, but since it’s the only uptempo track this year, it could stand out.
Jonathan: Kerrie-Anne’s “Sweet Lies” would be the riskiest choice and the hardest song to stage convincingly in Tel Aviv. However, the reason the UK has languished at the bottom of the leader board for so many years is because we tend to play it too safe and don’t take any risks at all (most other countries wouldn’t make it out of the semi-finals with songs like those). If Kerrie-Anne can bring the vocals we know she has and combine that with an engaging stage performance, she has the potential to offer a Sigala-inspired entry that the entirety of the UK can dance along too and be proud of. And perhaps most importantly, it’s the only song in the selection I would consider streaming after Eurovision 2019 is over.
Kristin: Oh, thank heavens for this banger! Whilst Anisa’s version of “Sweet Lies” was dull and dreary, this one is such a breath of fresh air. Kerrie-Anne gives the song life and one can’t help but dance along. If the UK wants to make their mark at Eurovision 2019, Kerrie-Anne is definitely their go-to girl. The dance version of “Sweet Lies” is by far the strongest contender this year.
Lucy: Banger alert! This is uplifting and fun, and it will certainly go down well at the Euro Club… but we’ve had far better danceable tracks in You Decide in previous years: this is no “Legends”. It reminds me too much of Booty Luv’s 2007 hit “Boogie 2Nite”… and therein lies the problem. 2007. Twelve years ago this would’ve smashed it, in 2019 not so much. Kerrie-Anne is fabulous but I just don’t see this doing well in Tel Aviv at all.
Robyn: Kerrie-Anne’s version of “Sweet Lies” is the entry with the most energy and thrills. It has a lush ’90s deep house sound, but with that comes the feeling that it might be better suited as a random club track, rather than as a Eurovision entry. It’s all going to come down to the live performance. You Decide audiences have previously favoured female singers who can bring an emotional intensity to their performance — this version of “Sweet Lies” may not lend itself to that.
In our Eurovision: You Decide Wiwi Jury, we have 12 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 8.5.