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 the Czech Republic and check out indie pop group Lake Malawi with “Friend of a Friend”. Did we want them to be our friends? Read on to find out!
Lake Malawi – “Friend of a Friend”
“Friend of a Friend” reviews
Luis: Fun, fresh, fantastic! “Friend of a friend” is a delightful pop song with not many pretentions. It’s got a great vibe: it’s happy-clappy and a bit cheeky, and makes you smile no matter what. Lake Malawi are ultra-likeable, and yes, they may not rock the scoreboard, nor get a top 10, but this entry should easily become the third one to make it to the final for the Czech Republic.
Bernardo: “Friend of a Friend” is crafted to be radio-friendly and Spotify-friendly and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, that and the vocalist’s almost goofy camera presence are the strong parts in an overall forgetful three minutes. However, even if forgetful, it will be three minutes you’ll enjoy. I can see staging elevating this, but as it stands, it’s a lukewarm effort.
Anthony: Just like Cyprus this year, the Czech Republic have pretty much stuck to the same formula that brought them Eurovision success in Lisbon. With its infectiously catchy refrain, Lake Malawi’s challenge is to channel their youthful energy from the music video onto the staging in Tel Aviv. And it’s a promising start if they got Jamala dancing along to their live performance in Vidbir.
Lukas: After a huge success last year, Czechia is once again bringing the quality this year with Lake Malawi. From the first listen the song got stuck in my head and never left since I still find myself singing it every single day. It’s fun, catchy and very cute which going to make this entry stand out a lot. We all know that they can deliver live a great performance, so get ready to party in Tel Aviv.
Oliver: This is definitely one of the sweetest entries at the contest this year. During the online selection, I didn’t rate this highly but seeing Lake Malawi’s performance at Vidbir and considering their competition in the first semi-final, the group has a chance to stand out among the crowd. However, after a while the song becomes a little bit flat and repetitive and doesn’t really have a focal point in the song like many others this year. Perhaps though, that could be a factor which ultimately plays to their advantage — who knows?
Sebastian: “Friend of a Friend” sits somewhat uncomfortably on my rating list. Giving credit where credit is due – it is incredibly catchy, with a hook that is an instant earworm. But the mix of faux-British accent, with soft-electronic sounds is almost a hark back to ’80s or ’90s Eurovision. The boys of Lake Malawi are no doubt talented, but I see the trio being more suited to a performing in a craft kombucha brewery, rather than the Eurovision stage.
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 4 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.85/10
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