The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to Moldova where Anna Odobescu has “Stay”. Did the song make us want to linger? Read on to find out!
Anna Odobescu – “Stay”
William: Structurally this song is built on two pillars: key changes, of which there are many, and clichés — from “hold on” to “be strong” to “a fire burning inside.” And that might explain why I absolutely love it. There’s something comforting about the predictability of this — like the rhyming of “now or never” with “forever”. While it may have come a decade too late to make an impact at Eurovision, Anna really sells it with her powerhouse vocals and undeniable stage presence. Now crank up the wind machine and let’s party like it’s 2009!
Julian: Moldova brings a good song to Eurovision – if it was selected 10 years before. As Anna is a really good performer with a beautiful voice, the song itself is a big meh. I have to say that she brings her emotions into life though. But the song does not go anywhere and the clichéd “Eurovision key change” does not make it any better.
Antranig: Moldova set a high benchmark in 2017 and 2018 and it was always going to be difficult to live up to it. Mixing things up with a solid ballad was probably a wise idea, rather than trying to replicate their recent success. “Stay” is an enjoyable song performed by a talented vocalist. It is missing some wow factor or a big moment but that can be rectified with staging. It may not meet the heights of 2017 but Moldova can be proud of their entry.
Josh: Anna has a good voice and the song has a modern sound that gets you to at least listen to it for three minutes. However, that’s about all that can be said. There is nothing here that really stands out and puts her above anyone else. The message of the song is basic and comes across as cliché, and there are so many places where the English lyrics just sound clunky and over-written (almost making me wish the song was in Moldovan, but it’s hard to see that helping this). Maybe next year, Moldova.
Pablo: “Stay” was objectively the best song in its national selection by far. That is not a good thing. “Fire”, “burning”, “together”, “forever”, “high”, “to the sky” — if you’re playing love ballad cliché word bingo, you would win big with Moldova’s song. It does have a nice buildup and instrumentation, but it is not packaged well enough to avoid that heard-before feeling. From a country that has previously sent happy and joyous entries, this feels off-brand, and not in an innovative way.
Renske: After a few years of being the joke entry again, Moldova is serving us classic Eurovision ballad this year. “Stay” reached up to the heights of “O mie” and is flawlessly sung by Anna, whose vocals are really impressive. You can feel Anna’s musicality and emotion through every word she is singing. However, the song lacks something special to stand out from all other classical ballads in this year’s contest.
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 1.5 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.78/10
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