The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at Portugal‘s Festival da Canção winner Elisa and her song “Medo de sentir”. Were we afraid to express our feelings about the song? Read on to find out!
Elisa – “Medo de sentir”
“Medo de sentir” reviews
Åri: The best ESC country supplies me with a second personal number one in three years. Staying true to their native language tradition, Portugal delivers a moving, painful, true song. My Portuguese is rusty, so at first I thought Elisa was saying “I was not like this, but now I have half the feeling”. Medo doesn’t mean half, it means fear. When I learned that, my whole perception of the song changed. I read the lyrics and I was stunned. Later the same day it was already my number one.
Bernardo: My girl Elisa is bringing class. My girl Elisa is bringing quality. My girl Elisa is bringing the feels. This was my favourite song in Festival da Canção, despite the fact I didn’t consider “Medo de Sentir” the most competitive out of the bunch. Having said that, a good result this year was probably not in the cards for Portugal. Worry not, we will be back next year (hopefully with a hint of Elisa, if not directly invited).
Luis: “Medo de sentir” is a charming little piece of Iberic pop whose strength resides in the lyrics. This ballad caresses your ears, and Elisa’s vulnerabilities drive you into the atmosphere. It’s difficult to convey such inner emotions in a live performance, but Elisa does it perfectly. While it may be a little forgettable, this is a solid song created with gusto and delivered beautifully.
Pablo: Since Portugal saw that being transgressive and original didn’t pay off, they made a total 180, becoming convenient and… boring. “Medo De Sentir” manages to transmit nothing in 3 minutes, and it just feels filler, which is sad as I feel Elisa can bring much more to the table than something that’s just… 101. It has an okay chorus in parts, but this is a “no guts, no glory” kind of entry. Portugal, you can be more interesting than this, you can be more than just filler.
Renske: Elisa is a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice and perfectly follows the craftmanship we have seen in the Portuguese Eurovision entries of the past few years. But as with Conan Orisris last year, I just don’t feel it. And that’s sad, because language should not be a reason why you can’t understand a song.
Elisa – “Medo de entire” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five 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: 5.75/10
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