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 Romania, where Ester Peony has “On a Sunday”. Do we also see things happening for her on a Saturday? Read on to find out?
Ester Peony – “On a Sunday”
“On a Sunday” reviews
Lucy: This was my initial number one in the early stages of song releases, but it’s managed to stay in my top three now we have all 41 songs. The hook of “pay-ay-ay-ay-ay” is so good and it sticks. The beat of those drums brings you in and doesn’t let go, and the video to accompany the track is as haunting as the song itself. This is art, and Romania’s best effort in many years. I can’t see this not bringing them back into the final.
Angus: Sunday is meant to be a day of rest, but listen to “On a Sunday” one too many times and a sleepless night lies ahead. Romania has a whole world of good things going for it this year. Ester, for starters, is entirely captivating and has a killer vocal at her disposal. Add on top “On a Sunday” — itself at different times an ethnic ballad, electropop banger, flush with stuttering synths and entrancing beats — and you have a powerhouse package on your hands. Normally I turn in the opposite direction of darkness, but in this instance I want to embrace it.
Kristin: “On a Sunday” is quite a moody song. It delves into several genres, such as R&B, soul and blues and Ester Peony is definitely determined to do better than The Humans did last year in Lisbon and she just might do so, if the staging is right. She has a nice voice and is clearly passionate about what she’s doing. However for me, the song falls kind of flat. It’s not bad by any means. It’s just sort of middle-of-the-road and leaves little impression. But if Ester nails the staging and live performance, she might change my mind. Until then, I’m rather unimpressed.
Deban: Ester Peony’s delicate voice offers an interesting counterbalance to this tragic narrative. The core theme here is unrequited love, and a painful breakup. Unveiling a vision of beauty whilst recognising the trauma of love, the gritty soundscape here is set in Dracula’s castle. Sophisticated in tone and packed with artistic merit, this entry will hopefully launch the career of an emerging star, and place Romania on the left side of the final scoreboard.
Josh: “On a Sunday” is a strong song that tells an emotional story that draws you in, and Ester’s voice just oozes an innate unique charisma. You feel her pain and longing, hoping her man comes back to her one day. While some may say this is a boring song that stays on one level for too long, the driving beat and Ester’s masterful vocals take us for a three-minute ride that you almost can’t believe happens. The guitar instrumentation sounds almost country-western or ripped from the sound track of a Western movie, but the driving synth beats take this into a whole other realm. Don’t underestimate its potential!
Robyn: “On a Sunday” wasn’t even on my radar earlier in the year but lately it’s become an earworm that’s proved impossible to shift. Ester brings a cool, almost jazzy quality to the song, mixed in with gothic electronic sounds. The song promises to bring strong staging to the Tel Aviv venue and there should be no question of Romania making the grand final this year.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 30 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: 7.04/10
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