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 Cyprus’ internally selected act Sandro with his song “Running”. Did it make us want to run towards the song or away from it? Read on to find out!
Sandro – “Running”
Bernardo: “Running” tries do be edgy and commercial but it screams random song on a club dance floor at midnight. The production aims high but feels middle-of-the-road. Sandro, though, is a different story. He does a lot with the little he has. Kudos for that. He has the charisma to win the trophy with the right song. Unfortunately, this is not the one.
Esma: Cyprus is continuing its successful Eurovision streak. The charismatic Sandro delivers a catchy pop song, which fits right up Cyprus’ alley. ‘’Running’’ is a contemporary production with a danceable beat that builds up towards a peak. This song would make the audience in a club go wild and the Eurovision audience in Ahoy Rotterdam would have loved to dance to this. Sandro’s vocals are very powerful, but I feel like this song might not give him the opportunity to showcase all of his vocal skills.
Natalie: We all know dark pop music is becoming more and more of a trend every year. And I love a thick bass, so I’m not complaining. We also know that Cyprus has been sending killer pop music of late, and while this isn’t up there with Fuego, it’s got style and it’s good that they’re trying something with a bit more substance than sex and fireworks. I like how the emotion builds and the strings come in. But I feel like “Running” doesn’t quite come together as well as it could. After a while, it becomes a bit of a mess without a clear direction. But it’s still good pop music that could really become something great with a good performance.
Ron: “Running” is a powerful track that feels quite familiar yet incomplete. What’s missing? I can’t put my finger on it. The production is cool and the lyrics are nice. Sandro is a great singer and we have already seen him impressively perform this song live in Stockholm. But despite all the power in it, this track still feels among the average songs of Eurovision 2020.
Tobias: In recent years Cyprus has impressed a lot in Eurovision and 2020 is not an exception! “Running” sounds like an expensive production in which Cyprus has put a lot of effort in to make a contemporary song. I can totally see this being played on the radio and see a remix of this song being played in the clubs. I am sure the team of Cyprus had an impressive idea of staging and I think this song would benefit more with a staging working a lot with light and LED effects. This song requires visual effects to become even more powerful.
Sandro – “Running” 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 2 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.9/10
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