The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we check out Armenia‘s singer Srbuk with her song “Walking Out”. Did the song make us want to stay? Read on to find out!
Srbuk – “Walking Out”
“Walking Out” reviews
Jack: Srbuk managed to surpass my expectations with a track that delivers everything I could’ve hoped for from Armenia. “Walking Out” is a fusion of emotional lyrics, experimental beats, and a classic pop structure, but it’s Srbuk’s raw delivery of the song — which transitions effortlessly from harsh verses to a delicate pre-chorus and bridge — that makes this song special. The eastern instrumentation and blaring horns that perfectly complement Srbuk’s genuine emotional anger and jaw-dropping vocal ability are what give “Walking Out” power and personality. This is a new direction for Armenia and I wouldn’t rule out a top five placing for them.
Anthony: They say the early bird catches the worm, but that might not be the case for Armenia since Srbuk’s announcement. While she is serving attitude in the music video, if feels like a spark is missing to push Armenia into title contention. At least the key change adds some oomph going into the final third of the song. The staging and live performance could well make or break their Eurovision hopes.
Luis: There are not many choruses out there as strong as that of “Walking Out”. Srbuk belts out a cry of independence and empowerment in that part of the song, but the verses blur the strength of the message. The last minute of the Armenian entry is stellar, and while “Walking Out” has other segments and ideas to be praised, the whole song is not as hot as it should be, judging from the attitude, the vocals and the visuals. This should be screaming “Winner!”, but it only says “Well, I’m fine with a top-ten finish”.
Chris: “Walking Out” suffers from the same problem of Armenian Eurovision songs past. Iveta, Artsvik, Aram MP3 and now Srbuk: each has an incredible, Eurovision-winning section of their song. But that’s never delivered throughout their entire song. “Walking Out” at least builds to a dramatic, killer conclusion — which could spare some blushes in Tel Aviv. But it’s looking very much like another case of “what could have been” for Armenia.
Julian: To be honest, I had very high expectations of Armenia. Not only because Armenia usually send really good acts but also because Srbuk as an artist was very promising – and so is her recent single “Half a Goddess”. Sadly her song for Eurovision is not that experimental. But after listening more, the song climbed up my top list. If she can deliver live, this one could easily reach the top ten in the grand final. Good job as always, Armenia!
Sebastian: If Srbuk has one thing going for her, it’s her absolute killer vocals. And therein lies the strength of the Armenian entry – the song itself isn’t particularly memorable (bar mentioning its title), leaving Srbuk to do all the heavy lifting in this track. If she can match the vocal range delivered in the recorded track, she’ll be walking out of the semis straight into the grand final. Here’s hoping her diction is perfect and ready to pounce on the Eurovision stage.
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 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.26/10
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