The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we look at Slovenia‘s couple Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with their song “Sebi”. Did we feel their message? Read on to find out!
Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – “Sebi”
Deban: Slovenia is serving cinematic, spellbinding contemporary electronica this year. At first glance, you may think that this unassuming couple aren’t competing — they appear to be a glimpse into the “Dare to Dream” musical programme. Introspective in delivery whilst unpacking a wide range of sensory emotions, “Sebi” is undoubtedly 2019’s dark horse to peak in the top quarter of the Eurovision Grand Final.
Angus: I won’t deny that Slovenia’s national final performance was visibly arresting. But part of the intrigue, and hypnotising quality, is that this plays against all the known rules of a successful Eurovision performance. And that’s where the problems lie with “Sebi”. The song has a very linear progression. Stripped of the performance the studio sounds cold. And because there’s virtually no eye contact with the camera, or between the couple or lighting on stage, it’s difficult to engage in. So while you can appreciate it from a distance, it doesn’t leave me with a great impulse to listen again or vote for it.
Antony: When listening to this song, you are taken on a journey. There is that spiritual electronic sound with the subtlety of Zala’s voice that carries you through, and the result is something unique, special and magical. It is the kind of performance that is divisive but also, it has not been seen before at Eurovision. If placed appropriately in the running order, this could stand out that it could well and truly be a sleeper success in the contest.
Ron: While I do appreciate this song’s qualities such as the lyrics, the melody and Zala’s special voice, it leaves me with no real impact (and I have listened to it many times). It’s nice, it’s pleasant and cute, but is it enough to get votes or for viewers to remember at the end of the night? It reminds me of Portugal’s entry from last year, which got a similar score from me, but it had much more impact and was much better. In addition to that, the national final performance of “Sebi” could have been much better and didn’t really do it justice. In that aspect, I was left disappointed as well, so I hope their staging in Tel Aviv will be improved.
Julian: I really like Slovenia this year. “Sebi” is such an intimate yet powerful song due to its simplicity. This song hypnotises me every time I hear it and I love the mixture of the modern electro sounds combined with only three chords which dominate the whole three minutes. However, I have fears that it might won’t qualify because there also will be people who find it annoying or just boring. And I sadly can understand those people even though I like it.
Robyn: “Sebi” is an intriguing song. Zala is right in there with her ASMR vocals (something that worked for Lithuania last year) and a pleasantly meandering melody. The song is rich and luxurious and holds so much potential. The key to it all will be the staging. The audience needs to be right there. The national final staging — where Zala gazed at Gašper as he played his guitar, twiddled with the synth knobs and rocked back and forth — isn’t focused enough for Eurovision. If Slovenia can get that right, “Sebi” could do very well in Tel Aviv.
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 3 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.61/10
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