The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we turn to Germany, where the duo S!sters have their song “Sister”. Did we feel their connection? Read on to find out!
S!sters with “Sister”
Ron: There is something special about “Sister”. The melody, the lyrics and the beautiful harmonies all fit together very well. The entire production of this song is on point, quite dynamic and rich. I especially like the use they’ve made of the music box sounds. In addition to that, S!sters aren’t just standing and singing, you can tell they really mean every word they sing and I am totally convinced. The girls just need a bit of work in order to get perfectly synchronised, but I’m sure they will shine on the big stage in Tel Aviv.
Angus: “Sister” is a smart song for Eurovision. It charts how women — from lullabies as children, to the adult relationships they form — are taught by society to tear one another down instead of celebrating each other’s success. It is a message for our times and one gamely delivered by the S!sters themselves. The staging at the national final was a little dour at times, and the performance appeared a bit aimless, but Germany has the elements here to be competitive in Tel Aviv.
Anthony: Deeply haunting and full of emotion, their national final performance wiped the (rotating) floor with the competition. “Sister” is a grower after several listens, but it’s a matter of whether Carlotta and Laurita can make an instant impact in Tel Aviv.
Deban: The obvious summary here is : “non-biological sisters with little synergy shouting at each other.” This entry holds minimal appeal on first listen, and with repeat spins, it unpacks diminishing returns. Germany is often wronged at Eurovision — even when they send good entries. However, S!sters with “Sister” can happily resign in the fact that regardless of ranking they’d get to perform in the grand final.
Julian: “Sister” is a good song. It is a good song performed by two very talented women who fit the song well. Yet Germany’s entry is one of the few songs where I don’t dare predict where it will place. I can imagine anything from 10th place to 26th.
Robyn: On paper, “Sister” shouldn’t work. A put-together duo with a name spelt as frustratingly as O’G3NE who are singing a song about sisterhood and — gasp! — they aren’t even real sisters. But yet it works. “Sister” isn’t about biological siblings; it’s a powerful ode to the strength of female friendships. Carlotta and Laurita each bring different styles, starting as individuals and eventually coming together in harmony, especially that big chorus. “Sister” isn’t a sexy, cool Eurovision banger, but it doesn’t need to be.
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 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.17/10
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