The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we welcome back Russia‘s Eurovision 2016 star Sergey Lazarev, who this year competes with the ballad “Scream”. Did this song make us want to scream with delight? Read on to find out!
Sergey Lazarev – “Scream”
Anthony: After hearing that Sergey decided to have another go at Eurovision, it sounded like a risky move following his third-place finish in Stockholm. But he made a flawless transition from the poptastic “You Are the Only One” to ballad with “Scream” and it’s an absolute screamer. Could Sergey follow Dima Bilan and win for Russia on his second attempt?
Barnabas: Everyone’s favourite Russian charmer shows how versatile he is and that he isn’t tied to one single genre. “Scream” is dramatic and powerful, and knowing the team behind Sergey, we can expect a great stage show from Russia. However, about Sergey doing a Dima Bilan… well, I’m not that sure at all.
Lukas: After finding out that Russia was going to send Sergey once again, my hopes were very high. But after the song release, those hopes were not fulfilled. It’s a good ballad and we know Sergey can sing very well but this time it’s up against some much stronger ballads. “Scream” just doesn‘t go anywhere, and while the bridge is strong, that’s the only strong part in this song. If the staging is going to be as impressive as in 2016, my liking of this song will grow but for now it’s middle-of-the-road at best.
Lucy: I’m just gonna say it: I prefer this to “You are the Only One”. This is powerful and really lets Sergey’s vocal abilities shine, as rather than relying on staging trickery. It takes the mind to a powerful end sequence of a Disney blockbuster, aided by the music video which is completely stunning. Where a video may mean nothing to performance quality once we get to the contest, with Sergey it’s a considerably important factor. I do think there are stronger ballads this year, but I was delighted to hear something vastly different on attempt two.
Luis: “Scream” is an interesting choice that goes counter to one the mantras of what a good Eurovision song should be: it is not radio-friendly, it’s not a chart topper (or it wouldn’t be if it wasn’t Sergey Lazarev singing it), but it’s still a solid entry and a candidate for the victory. Sergey brings a musical theatre piece whose luck will heavily rely on how its staged and how he sings it live. Its main weakness is that it doesn’t have a strong story behind it, and it feels slightly generic, so it will be interesting to see how the Russians create (or not) a unique narrative for the staging.
Sebastian: Taking out the hype and the obvious “Sergey” standard to live up to, “Scream” is a polished, respectable ballad. Vocally, it’s probably some of Sergey’s finest work. Visually and lyrically, however, there’s not much of a dream being sold here. There’s not doubt this song is designed to take you to an otherworldly place when on stage, but as a recorded track, “Scream” does quite have that impact yet. It’s a wait-and-see in Tel Aviv.
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 5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.33/10
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