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 Russia‘s internally selected act Little Big and their song “Uno”. Did it make us want to count the beat? Read on to find out!
Little Big with “Uno”
Florian: “Uno” was a tough one for me to judge. While I do appreciate the positivity and fun they’re bringing across — which, don’t get me wrong, is totally out there — it’s also slightly repetitive and basic at the same time. While they’re bringing so many positive vibes to the scene, the song’s composition and lyrics unfortunately fall aside for that. But still, it’s the polarisation which helps them stick in people’s head and help shape their moment — whether that is now with the music video’s popularity on YouTube or at Eurovision 2021.
Luis: This is all I need at every moment. It has been on loop in my head since the first listen. Little Big would have certainly challenged for the trophy in Rotterdam. It’s silly but brilliant, and it has me smiling from 0:00 until the end. The “Uno” lyrics and its dance may seem dumb, but being able to create a fun and memorable performance is way harder than belting out a stereotypical ballad.
Natalie: Yeah, look, I just don’t get this? I’ve never quite understood the Russian sense of humour, and this isn’t helping. It’s… kinda annoying? Like, why are they singing random Spanish numbers over a weird electro beat? Why are they doing the weird dance moves with their legs? Why this is there a guy practising martial arts? And for God’s sake, why was this in the top ten with the betting odds? I’m not confident “Uno” would have got as much attention if Belarus or Moldova had sent it. It’s not what I’d call great music.
Robyn: Unexpectedly, this has turned out to be one of my favourite songs from 2020. It’s trashy and it’s fun, but there’s a place for that. Little Big bring style and attitude, along with a really well thought out performance. The song might seem like dumb fun, but every part of it feels like it has been well considered. And as much as I’m not ready for a revival of flared trousers, “Uno” makes me want to at least consider a bootleg cut.
William: Little Big is a band of former comedians. And with that comes a natural ability to satirise institutions like Eurovision. The band — in the most loving way possible — pokes fun at showbiz and all the gimmickry that comes with it. From the generic sounds of Benidorm to the nonsensical lyrics to the kitsch dance to the dancer who seems to watch a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this is a group that’s in on the joke as they make us cackle and smile. The intensity of their facial expressions is a suggestion that we should all really loosen up. Given the catchy rhythm and irritating earworm sound, you have to whether you want to or not.
Little Big with “Uno” 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 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.18/10
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