The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we turned to last year’s host Portugal, where Conan Osíris has “Telemóveis”. Did we want to pick up his call? Read on to find out!
Conan Osíris – “Telemóveis”
Bernardo: Dark, mysterious, engaging, otherworldly and unmistakably Portuguese. Hints of Fado, Kuduro, dancehall, pop and a mix of other styles. “Telemóveis” is a hybrid that dares to question the normal conventions of music production. Unpredictable from the first second, the track is supported by Conan’s unique vocal and out-of-the-box image. The reality is that no one will be indifferent to this entry. Ones will love it, others will hate it, but at the end of the day, hate doesn’t take votes away from you.
Chris: The revival of Portugal at Eurovision has been a wonder to behold — and “Telemóveis” keeps the momentum going. Conan serves up something completely different, from look, to performance, to the track itself. It’s certainly a risk, and there’ll probably be quite a few people who won’t get “Telemóveis”. But like Salvador in 2017, it’s all about making the right people fall in love with you and your song. This could still very much be the dark horse of the contest.
Florian: Sending a dark entry can be a big risk. This breaks with stereotypes of typical fado music and could as well be one of the most experimental tracks we’ve ever seen in Eurovision. But it could work it in Portugal’s favour. Bringing together current sounds with Portuguese language creates a unique atmosphere. Overall, it could be one of the performances everyone will be talking about after the show. And that’s a good thing!
Jack: The Southeast Asian gamelan-style instrumentation and the eccentric beats of the track transport the listener to a distant universe where you can’t help but dance along. What really makes “Telemóveis” unique, however, is Conan Osíris. He not only performs the song, but is also the lyricist, composer, choreographer, and overall artistic force behind the entry. In an age where manufactured and imported Eurovision entries are becoming increasingly commonplace, it’s tracks like Conan Osiris’ “Telemóveis” that stand out for all the right reasons. Could Portugal be looking at their second win in just three years? I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.
Renske: Netta would definitely thank Portugal for choosing different again, because “Telemóveis” is by far one of the most original entries of the year. To burst the bubble, it doesn’t utter the same heartfelt emotion that “O jardim” and “Amar pelos dois” had, despite it having a heartfelt yet cryptic meaning. It stays rather flat throughout and it is difficult to get a connection with the inner meaning of the song, without reading the lyrics.
William: Talk about getting lost in a performance! Conan is a Portuguese witchdoctor — you don’t know what the hell he’s doing, but you believe his every word, thrust and stunning death drop (because of course his dancer includes one). Influenced by everything from indigenous sounds to hip-hop, and serving choreography that nods to kabuki, butoh and street, this crosses borders, genres and time. Some will read it as pretentious. But many will simply dive in and be mesmerised. I fall into the latter camp.
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 2.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.72/10
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