The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are re-assembling to celebrate the 2010s by reviewing every podium finisher throughout the decade. Today we turn our attention to Korean Australian star Dami Im with her heartbreaking power ballad “Sound of Silence”.
It was only Australia’s second attempt at Eurovision glory, with their first entrant Guy Sebastian managing a top-five place. But Australia came back even hungrier for success. In announcing X Factor Australia winner Dami Im as their entrant, they showed Europe they meant business, and that they weren’t taking their renewed place in the content lightly.
Dami’s huge vocals and gorgeous staging filled the stage and took home the runner-up position in the 2016 contest, winning the jury vote to boot. Do the Wiwi Jury still love this song three years later, or are we praying for silence?
Dami Im – “Sound of Silence”
“Sound of Silence” reviews
Antranig: In 2016, Sergey Lazarev was defeated by two divas who are undeniable vocal powerhouses. The difference is that one had a deeply personal and meaningful song and the other’s heart beats to the sound of silence… and a whole bunch of other utterly meaningless lyrics. Don’t get me wrong — “Sound of Silence” is a very good song but I feel zero connection between Dami and the words she sings. That’s why “Sound of Silence” is not as extraordinary as the wonderful woman singing it. As an Aussie, I’m really proud of her regardless.
Sebastian: Cue perfect vocals, a dress to die for, and staging which accentuated a distinctly average ballad. And therein lies the weakness to “Sound of Silence” — it’s a nothing-lyrically song, that was somehow made meaningful by the ultra-talented Dami Im. Her silvery embellished dress squeezed blood from every stone, to create a performance worth remembering in Eurovision history. Easily one of the best vocals of the decade, and a testament to the team down-under who can make miracles happen.
Calvin: What a voice! The song itself is not spectacular but the way she performed it on stage elevates it beyond any level we’ve seen before. The mixture of the rather shy looking Dami and her absolutely killer vocals make it even more amazing. Whoever gets no chills listening to this is dead inside. It wasn’t enough for her to bring the trophy home, but Australia is one of my top calls for victory in the coming decade.
Luis: If I had all the money in the world and wanted to become a singer, I would no doubt hire Dami Im as a particular singer. What this woman did in the Globen stage was out of this galaxy. She took a rather plain and ordinary pop song and transformed it into an anthem. “Sound of Silence” wasn’t particularly on my radar before Eurovision, but as almost every juror in Europe, Dami converted me to her religion. Somebody bring me a giant glitter cube!
Lukas: Dami Im is one of the best vocalist we ever had at Eurovision and to this day her performance stays one of the most iconic ones. When the first time the song was released it was kind of boring at first but when Dami performed it lived she made me a huge fan of her and the song. Australia could been an amazing winner that year and her second place overall is well deserved.
Natalie: Dami! Seriously, as a song goes I didn’t really get into it. It’s very repetitive, generic and cold, and I didn’t play it that much listening up to the contest. Jamala’s song and Sergey’s song were much better. As a performance…. Oh my gosh, what an absolute slayage. I watched The X Factor Australia, I knew what she was capable of, and she surpassed my expectations and then some. Dami nailed it, her vocals were perhaps the best we ever saw on the Eurovision, and did Australia so proud. I’m glad Jamala won, but this performance will forever have a very close place in my heart.
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 3.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.14/10
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