The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to the microstate of San Marino, where Turkish crooner Serhat is back for another turn with “Say Na Na Na”. Did we feel his uplifting message?
Serhat – “Say Na Na Na”
“Say Na Na Na” reviews
Antranig: There’s all these songs about kings, queens and crowns this year but make way, the real king has entered the building. “Say Na Na Na” is such a feel-good anthem — this is bound to put a smile on your face when you listen to it. This is by far the best song San Marino has ever sent and since Serhat almost qualified with “I Didn’t Know” in a stronger semi-final, I have genuine hope this could creep into the grand final in Tel Aviv.
Bernardo: Junior Eurovision winner Destiny once said: “sugar and spice make everything nice”. Serhat’s return brings sugar, spice and a joyful throwback to the 20th century. Disco lovers will relate and vote for “Say Na Na Na”. An upgrade on “I Didn’t Know” that is tailored to get the Eurovision fandom dancing in the arena. It will be a nice moment. Welcome back, Serhat. We missed you.
Robyn: Somehow Serhat returned to Eurovision with the exact song we needed. “Say Na Na Na” isn’t a Eurovision winner, but does it have to be? If Serhat can take to the Tel Aviv stage with a sharp suit, some smooth vocals and a hat, and leave audiences with lifted spirits, then perhaps that’s all that matters. Fingers crossed that Serhat can take San Marino to the grand final for the second time to double the pleasure!
Oliver: Taking the community by storm, “Say Na Na Na” is definitely an entry that we can all get behind regardless if you’re obsessed with it or not, as is the case with myself. It might be somewhat of a basic song in terms of structure and progression but Serhat’s charisma and voice are what make it special; not to mention the impeccably produced music video. Anything can happen at Eurovision, so why not “Say Yay” to San Marino advancing to the final?
Ron: It’s guilty pleasure time for the Eurovision fans. Serhat is so likeable and fine, I guess that’s why everyone will sing “Na na na” in Tel Aviv. The song’s production (and the impressive music video) are selling the song quite well and the staging will probably try to recreate that vibe in the arena. I’m not sure this song is doing it for me, but we can say it’s cute and fine (and fun).
William: Schmaltzy, cheesy, cliché, predictable….and absolutely perfect! This is the mystery and madness of “Say Na Na Na” — a so-so song that is brought to life by the loveable and charming Serhat. If anyone else sang this I’d press skip. But the song fits so perfectly with Serhat — a bundle of positive energy who commands attention and elicits a smile. I can’t take my eyes off of him and I’m hopeful Europe will feel the same. To the final? Let’s do this!
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 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.22/10
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