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, not limited to competing songs either. We’ve come together to discuss Italy’s epic return to Eurovision after more than a decade away. Raphael Guilazzi‘s jazztastic and bilingual “Madness of Love” was unique in its pop-heavy field, bringing some genuine coolness to the stage.
So after 14 long years away from the contest, Italy put their hat into the ring for Eurovision 2011. They brought authenticity, turning the Eurovision stage (and let’s face it, the Düsseldorf stage was possibly the biggest of the decade) into an intimate jazz bar. The song is unforgettable, but are the Wiwi Jury feeling the love, or is it driving them mad? Read on to find out…
Raphael Guilazzi – “Madness of Love”
“Madness of Love” reviews
William: There’s a timeless quality to “Madness of Love”, both in terms of theme — we’ve all been there — and musicality. Raphael tickles the ivories freely and that carries over into his voice, which — with its grit, runs and howls — follows no playbook. It’s quality, no doubt. But voting at Eurovision is a game of personal preference and I’m just not that into this.
Angus: Cometh the hour, cometh the piano man! Some acts in 2011 chose to fill the stage with Swedish backing singers dresses as Greek gods, others with gnomes riding unicycles. Italy instead took the massive arena in Düsseldorf and created a classy intimate jazz bar. And it just works so well. From the first piano riff, you are drawn into Raphael’s world and by the end of three minutes you don’t want to leave.
Bernardo: Rewind to 2011 and this song was completely outside of my radar, to the point I was shocked with its result. Today I feel like my musical taste grew and I can certainly appreciate the timeless quality of “Madness of Love” and the charisma and charm Raphael brings to it. I’m sure 10 years from now it will go down as a Eurovision classic but for all its good qualities, it has none that makes it stand out now.
Oliver: While it was fantastic that Italy decided to return to Eurovision after a rather long absence, I’m still somewhat baffled at the success of this entry. Raphael’s “Madness of Love” is definitely an entry of great musical quality and sophistication, however, in 2011, I was not a fan of this genre and I’m still not particularly a great fan of it. The staging and song as a whole, gives it somewhat of a loungy and lazy atmosphere, which made it rather hard to remember the melody. Nevertheless, its second-place result cemented Italy’s return in the contest and inspired the country to keep sending quality entries to the contest.
Florian: Italy’s comeback brought a richness back to the competition we had long been waiting for. The artistry of Raphael Guilazzi helps to explain why this effort from Italy reached the heights of the scoreboard. When Swedish productions started becoming more influential in the contest, “Madness of Love” took a completely different approach. Not only was it a standout act, Italy’s return also raised the bar for future years to come.
Julian: To be honest, I don’t really get why Italy climbed to second place with “Madness of Love”. Was it just because of their return? While I do respect the song though, as it was something completely different that year, for me it just wasn’t enough to get the silver trophy.
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 2.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.34/10
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