The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Latvia‘s Carousel and their song “That Night”. Do we think 18 May will be that night for Latvia? Read on to find out!
Carousel – “That Night”
“That Night” reviews
Barnabas: It’s still hard to believe, but yes, smooth jazz is back at Eurovision! And if Raphael Gualazzi’s “Madness of Love” was an infectious track packed with piano virtuosity and a sassy brass section, now it’s time for the acoustic guitar and the contrabass to take over. Sabine’s soft and silky vocals fit perfectly with the climax of the song. Even if some people will find the chorus a bit repetitive, “That Night” is my perfect chill-out song this year. And finally, another link to Raphael — I can totally see juries loving this as they did love Italy in 2011. Well done, Latvia!
Chris: Another Latvian entry that’s slightly off the beaten track; “That Night” at least sounds different to practically everything else in the field. But despite that, it struggles desperately to stand out — and it’s remarkably easy to forget. The staging at Supernova at least offered some kind of vision for the song, but it’s going to take a lot more than a letterbox format to get this through the semi-finals.
Lucy: “That Night” excels in its simplicity, and there isn’t much like it this year in the competition. I just feel like the repetition in the chorus isn’t enough to stick in the average viewer’s mind, and I definitely don’t think it’s enough to make someone choose this over more interesting songs in its semi. Those who like a more minimalist take may veer more towards Austria in the same half of the same semi, but time will tell.
Luis: Simplicity is mostly welcomed, but when it’s paired with repetition ad nauseam, it gets boring. And that’s the main problem with “That Night” — it’s a very linear entry with very little or no progression at all. Carousel brings a silky and smooth voice, and a nice country pop subtone, but that would be it. It’s bound to pass totally unnoticed at Eurovision, sadly.
Renske: The acoustic guitars and the slow melody make me go “yaaas” actually. This gives some proper First Aid Kit vibes. It’s perhaps not the strongest song of the bunch, neither is it the most memorable one, but Carousel can definitely make a moment and stop the motion of the second half of the second semi-final. Less is more and they are in to prove that with a respectable entry.
Tobias: This is a tough one. As much as I can see the beauty with this song, I do feel like the Eurovision stage is not where it belongs. To make a song stand out, it’s all about choosing the right forum and this is not the right forum for this kind of song. The spectacle of Eurovision will make this song come out as boring compared to the others. That’s is a shame because there is an audience who will appreciate a song like this but it is not the Eurovision crowd. This is a song I would play on a grey rainy day while snuggled in front of the fireplace.
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 1 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.5/10
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