The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to Serbia, where former Moje 3 singer Nevena Božović returns with “Kruna”. Did we crown her a winner? Read on to find out!
Nevena Božović with “Kruna”
Josh: The writers of “Kruna” have done a masterful job of blending traditional violin sounds with more modern guitar, with a little bit of electric charge thrown in thrown in by Nevena’s incredible vocal. Stirring that all together, they’ve somehow magically created a song that sounds all at once like a throwback folk-and-rock-tinged ballad, and yet one that is taken next level modern with all the layering of instrumentation. One can peel back each layer and appreciate how each component stands strongly on its own, yet combines to form a song that is a complete heart-tugging vision from beginning to end. This song is a gift, plain and simple.
Bernardo: First things first — it’s a good vocal from Nevena. Unfortunately it’s being wasted in the typical Eurovision ballad that we’ve been hearing in the past 11 years. “Kruna” is predictable and not even Nevena’s delivery saves it. The production should have peaks and valleys but it just sounds like a huge three-minute peak of Nevena screaming (even though she screams super well).
Chris: One thing is undeniable here: Nevena can sing. “Kruna” offers her good opportunity to show off those vocal skills. But there’s a slight sense that the track is underwhelming: it’s certainly not as strong as previous entries in the tried-and-tested “Balkan ballad” format. That means Nevena almost has to over-perform the song, and that’s dangerous territory at Eurovision.
Florian: Welcome back to Eurovision, Nevena! As we all remember, 2013 wasn’t Serbia’s best year in terms of Eurovision results. But I do have a very strong feeling that this pattern won’t repeat itself in Tel Aviv. A ballad from Serbia — typical and predictable? Not in this case! The song perfectly combines traditional approaches with modern instrumentation. This could go down as one of the more memorable Balkan entries of recent years.
Kristin: It is safe to say that Nevena is a bombshell of a singer and “Kruna” does tick most of the boxes, but for me, it is a little bit neutral. It’s something you can hear on every radio station all hours of the day. That might be the whole idea, but combining this with many previous entries from Serbia, “Kruna” does not stand out and kind of blends in to the background. But I am more than willing to give this the benefit of doubt. Who knows — Nevena might just sing her way into my heart eventually, but for now, this is the middle of the road.
Renske: Nevena came to blow us away and we came across a hurricane. “Kruna” has the style of a classical Eurovision female ballad, but this works and stands out from the rest, because Nevena sings every note with the same amount of power and control. “Kruna” shows Nevena’s uniqueness, charisma and talent more than she could have ever shown us as part of Moje 3.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 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 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.09/10
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