The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are re-assembling to celebrate the 2010s. In this decade, we’ve seen some of the most iconic performances of all time, including burning pianos, projected stickmen and Ukrainian giants. Speaking of which, it’s time to review Zlata Ognevich from Ukraine with her third-placer “Gravity”.
After their then worst score ever in 2012, Ukraine needed to bounce back swiftly in 2013. What better way to do it than an other-worldly track that sounds like it’d be at home in a blockbuster Disney movie? Doesn’t hurt that the singer was truly stunning and had bags of charisma, and lungs for days, of course.
Zlata’s performance began with a gentleman named Igor Vovkovinskiy carrying her onto the stage and placing her on a stone platform straight out of a woodland-esque scene. Igor was somewhat noticeable since he is one of the tallest men in the world, so of course they dressed him to fit the fantasy of the show they put on. Everything worked together perfectly, and Zlata got her podium finish. Are the jury still living the dream-scene or did “Gravity” bring us back down to earth?
Zlata Ognevich – “Gravity”
Pablo: An act where the performer was carried around by one of the tallest people alive should not be this forgettable. Zlata was great live and looks stunning, but ever since the 2013 contest wrapped up, I can say I seldom revisit this entry. “Gravity” overall just says nothing and, despite its performer’s undeniable talent, transmits very little on stage, with a flat, average feeling over the three minutes.
Robyn: I wasn’t at all fussed by this song back in 2013, but in the last year it has started to grow on me. The introduction, with Igor Vovkovinskiy’s “fantasy giant”, is gloriously kitschy. But once that’s over with, the emotional heft of the song starts to build. Zlata sells it with honestly and emotion and brings a pleasant lightness to the stage. It’s not Ukraine’s best entry of the 2010s, but it really holds up.
Jonathan: My personal favourite of 2013, Zlata Ognevich brought all the Disney-inspired theatrics that 17-year-old Jonathan adored. Shining bright upon her podium in a formfitting gown while ominous backing singers lurk in the background, the performance of “Gravity” has just as many shades of light and dark as a feature film. Topped off with flawless vocals, the 2.345-metre-tall Igor Vovkovinskiy, meaningful arm movements and a catchy underlying beat, it’s the total package that remains one of 23-year-old Jonathan’s favourite Eurovision entries to this day.
Luis: I’ve got a love/hate relationship with “Gravity”. My desire to call this song a masterpiece collides with its hystrionic violins and the overacted chorus members, who could well shut up for a while and just let Zlata sing. Ukraine’s attempt at a fairytale has added a bit too much of sugar and it borders the line of being inedible.
Natalie: I hated this song when it came out. I didn’t like Zlata’s vocals, I find the constant chords jarring, I thought the Disney element was annoying, and I felt it didn’t go anywhere. I still stand by the points that it feels very underdone, and the lyrics don’t make any sense, but now I do appreciate it. It’s a really sweet fantastical song with an uplifting message and a shamelessly happy energy. And I’m glad it did well for Ukraine. You be a butterfly, Zlata, you earned it!
Charlotte: I still don’t really understand this concept. Zlata Ognevich being carried in by a giant viking type of guy. Her voice is one of the stronger ones in the contest and – of course — she is beautiful. Unfortunately, her staging kind of killed her whole performance, for me. The giant guy in the beginning distracted me too much. Throughout the whole performance I kept asking myself, why was he there? After the three minutes of hard thinking, I realised that the performance was over and I didn’t get my answer.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 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 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.16/10
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