The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are reviewing the top three tracks from every year in the last decade of the Eurovision Song Contest to see who is the winner of the 2010s. Today we swing by Istanbul, Turkey to rank rock band maNga‘s anthemic belter “We Could Be The Same”.
Undoubtedly the most successful rock song of the decade, Turkey’s maNga gave us high-energy, robots and unique pyro. In some of the best staging ever seen at Eurovision, the band brought a blockbuster arena gig to the contest taking us to another world for three minutes (and all the time after that where we sat there shook).
Sadly it was one of Turkey’s last entries, with only two more appearances after (one of which was a non-qualifier). But what a way to leave a lasting impression, making us desperate for a comeback. Will the rock sound still sound as epic to our ears in 2019? Read on below to find out!
maNga – “We Could Be the Same”
“We Could Be The Same” reviews
Antranig: “We Could Be the Same” features in my top three songs of the decade alongside “If Love Was a Crime” and “Fuego”. This song is just extraordinary in every aspect. The studio version is infectious and the live performance threw everything but the kitchen sink at Eurovision. I could throw many more superlatives at this song and I would’ve been really disappointed it didn’t win ,if not for the fact that the winner was almost equally amazing. Come back Turkey, nobody does Eurovision quite like you.
Lucy: It must be said, I do love a rock song at Eurovision – I unironically love “Midnight Gold”, so going in I was always going to be a cheerleader for this. But there’s something about “We Could Be the Same” that is the elite of a 2010s rock entry to Eurovision. It isn’t the only rock entry to grace the top three this decade for no reason. They filled the arena and made it the maNga show with solid vocals and a belting guitar riff. The staging is definitely in the Eurovision vein with a gimmick no-one will ever forget in the shape of a robot peeling away layers to reveal a woman, bringing the words Fifty Shades to mind. I’m still 100% on board with this a decade later, and wish Turkey would come back with something equally anthemic (so no Can Bonomo please, OK?).
Deban: “We Could Be the Same” probably contains the most infectious hook of any rock song featured at Eurovision. So, it should be no surprise that it is undoubtedly the most successful song of that genre in the competition. Hopeful in its quest to pursue a different kind of love (I see you dancing like a star/No matter how different we are), maNga have told a beautiful story in an inclusive way. Years on, I still listen to this track and secretly yearn for Turkey’s return to the competition.
Kristin: When the Turks rocked it out, they rocked it out like there was no tomorrow. “We Could Be The Same” was solid in every aspect, and gave chills all the way. The music genre of alternative/nu metal/rap/rock, in the spirit of Linkin Park, was and has not been seen much on the Eurovision stage, but maNga brought their A-game and still make me want to dance, sing and head slam. This song is just so freaking epic and maNga deserved every single point they got and some more.
Steinunn: In most cases, rock songs are the underdog when it comes to this glittery festival of kitsch we call Eurovision. But rock done the Turkish way is usually a recipe for greatness. “We Could Be the Same” is just mainstream enough to get the majority of Europe’s attention without losing its alternative feel. I particularly like the way maNga’s music is a mix of rock, electronic music, hip-hop and a little bit of pop with its Anatolian music heritage. I want Turkey back in Eurovision — they surely are missed.
Katie: It’s been a long time since Turkey last graced the Eurovision stage, but if any of you are starting to forget why their absence is such a tragedy, all you need to do is watch maNga at Eurovision 2010. Don’t get me wrong, this entry is almost ten years old and it’s certainly aged. The lyrics don’t offer us much, however the reasons we fell in love with the song haven’t been lost in time. The singers are still charming, the melody is still catchy and it still leaves smiles on our faces, which is exactly what we want. And almost ten years later, those dancing robotic knights still have us saying WTF?
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 5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.3/10
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