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 Croatia, where Roko has “The Dream”. Was it a sweet dream or a nightmare? Read on to find out!
Roko – “The Dream”
“The Dream” reviews
Barnabas: There’s one certain thing when I listen to this year’s Croatian entry: this guy will belt those notes out for sure! Although people are whining about “The Dream” being dated, I enjoy it. But if I can give one piece of advice to Roko: get rid of those kitschy wings!
Chris: There’s obviously been a lot of thought put in to “The Dream” — unfortunately, that is what’s working most against it. With the cheesy lyrics to the painfully camp wings that Roko’s been saddled with, this feels entirely manufactured. When Jacques Houdek entered “My Friend”, there was a bit of a knowing wink. “The Dream”, in its current form, smashes through subtlety and veers more towards the pantomime.
Renske: The boy can belt! Having heard of Roko before Eurovision, “The Dream” lets him down so much. Perhaps Eurovision came too soon for him and he should have developed a more personal musical style before entering the contest. “The Dream” lacks everything that Roko has an artist: charisma, originality and emotion. Despite all of that, Roko is still able to show off his incredible vocal-range, which is the highlight of this entry.
Jack: “The Dream” is a contender to be the strongest vocal performance of 2019. With or without his giant white wings (and I do hope he’ll be without them), it’s no secret that Roko has the voice of an angel. That’s why it is such a shame that he’s representing Croatia with a dated song with English lyrics that are more of a nightmare than anything. “The Dream” isn’t great, but it’s not horrible either. Roko has a fantastic voice that, if paired with sensible staging and costuming, could produce a really nice moment on stage. That being said, Croatia may have to dare to dream a bit harder if they want any chance of qualifying for the grand final.
Kristin: Oh dear, what to say? Roko seems like such a sweet kid, and he does have the voice of an angel. But that is about it. “The Dream” is far from being dreamy. Listening to it is a snoozefest through and through and watching it even more so. Not even Elnur Huseynov’s recycled angel wings make those three minutes worth time. However, as I said before, Roko is a really talented and matured singer and I see great things in the future for him. He is the diamond in the dirt here.
William: Whether you think this is a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare likely depends on how you handle volume. Roko gets very loud. Repeatedly and without retreat. But in my mind it just underscores the power of this song, which takes us on a journey from soft contemplation to a full-on celebration of dreams, love, and God knows what else. I’m here for Roko’s voice. I’m here for the classic — some may read that as dated — melody. And I’m here for the DRAMA. With properly wackadoodle staging this could be a surprise qualifier.
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 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.26/10
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