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 Austria‘s act Paenda (aka Pænda) and her song “Limits”. Did we think the song has reached its limit? Read on to find out!
Paenda with “Limits”
Antranig: The biggest compliment I can give Paenda is that I genuinely thought I was listening to Ellie Goulding for the first few bars. Unfortunately, “Limits” feels more like Ellie Goulding album track than lead single. Her vocals dance delicately across this subtle number and it creates an enchanting mood. I really enjoy what she is doing but barring an incredible performance in Tel Aviv, this will inevitably be swallowed up in a sea of much stronger entries.
Barnabas: I sincerely love Paenda’s personality and that blue hair is simply a win in itself, but the song is such a letdown after all the hype ORF has built around her. It misses that wow moment that’d make the casual viewer notice her and vote, and it’s hard to imagine people being like, “Hmm, there’s that nice blue-haired girl, I’ll vote for her!” It’s a huge question how it’ll fare in Tel Aviv.
Chris: The biggest issue with “Limits” is that there’s so little to say about it. It’s a nice song, performed well by a talented singer. But there’s no “wow” factor or anything to make it stand out from the pack. Juries may respect the track, but there’s better female-led songs of the same mood in the contest. Austria’s qualification run could be in serious trouble.
Lucy: The first listen of this song gave me so much of a “oh…is that it?” moment. Her voice is gorgeous, there’s no denying it, and the song is perfectly pleasant, but it just doesn’t go anywhere. After several times of hearing the “you-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu” I was bored. However, saying all of this, with the right staging this is absolutely going to be the dark horse – with a voice like that, the live vocal could really elevate it. I just think Slovenia are doing the whole ‘minimalistic’ style way better this year.
Lukas: In a year where we got a lot of female ballads Paenda’s “Limits” doesn’t stand out that much. It’s a very beautiful song with a great performer but we need more. After few listenings I still can’t really recall the chorus which is never a good thing. The whole song is quite monotonous and goes in a very similar line through the entire three minutes. It’s not a bad song in any way but this year we have much stronger songs and this one is forgettable.
Renske: Sadly, in Eurovision there are many songs, especially ballads, that are sung by a great vocalist and have enchanting lyrics… but that’s it. “Limits” has sadly become one of them. Whereas “Arcade” is a similar type of song and is getting all the hype, this song is left unnoticed. That doesn’t mean that “Limits” is not a pretty song, because it actually is. Eurovision is not where this song belonged after all as it would have perhaps fit more in a film score. And that’s only bad luck, not bad songwriting.
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 2 and a high of 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.52/10
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