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 Belgium, where The Voice singer Eliot has “Wake Up”. Did the song grab our attention? Read on to find out!
Eliot – “Wake Up”
“Wake Up” reviews
Antranig: If I had to judge based on the first two seconds of every song, Belgium would be my winner. The opening bars create a chilling atmosphere and Eliot builds on that when he begins singing. It would be easy to draw parallels to Kristian Kostov or Blanche, but Eliot is his own man and demonstrates maturity beyond his years. The Walloon broadcaster has two consecutive fourth place finishes under its belt and Eliot is certainly capable of similar success.
Antony: There is a mysterious quality to be had with this song. The song starts off with a dark electronic melody but then the chorus cuts through making it sound rejoiceful. Eliot sings with passion and it shows that he is feeling what he sings. Whilst the song may not have the ability to grab people’s attention, the composition has so much complexity and contrasting features that it should especially be respected by juries.
Julian: Belgium served high quality in the last couple of years. But for the first time since these years, I’m not feeling the Belgium song. Wake up is a good song and of course it is very well produced and Eliot is a charismatic singer. The main problem is the second and third refrain. I especially love the verses but after the tempo change of the second verse — which is building up the song more and more — the following choruses can’t fulfil the expectations I got in the verses.
Luis: “Wake Up” has great ideas, and while it doesn’t reach the heights of “Rhythm Inside” or “City Lights”, it’s still a song that should make Belgium proud. The verses are excellent, but the chorus is a bit lacking. Still, the power of this entry lies in the message that it transmits, particularly in the music video. The lyrics may not be exactly about it, but what I draw from the music video is that what Eliot is fighting for is for the earth. The shot at the last chorus is reminiscent of Fridays for Future. And that school climate strike movement is taking Europe by storm.
Pablo: It’s clear this is going to be Wallonia’s brand of music, and we are happy to get more! While “Wake Up” feels a bit derivative from the mould of Blanche and Loic, it’s still feels haute-couture, like it belongs in a really good Netflix series. It is clear the song has a strong part and a weak part, but the line on what’s what gets blurry, so I enjoy it through and through without being bugged by the fact. Belgium’s low-key approach this year may cause them to stand out live and get their redemption back.
William: There’s an expensive sheen to Eliot’s “Wake Up”. Clearly born in 2019, it smacks of the art-pop Belgium has come to be known for. But Eliot’s take is less dark and brooding than in recent years, serving something light and ultimately uplifting. The verses are charming. They pulsate, quicken and progress in a linear fashion, avoiding the theatrics so often found in ESC entries. The chorus stays within this theme, but for me it doesn’t feel quite big enough. No matter. The bridge brings me back into it and I’m rather satisfied by the end.
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 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.96/10
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