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 Ireland‘s internally select act Lesley Roy and her song “Story of My Life”. Did we want to hear her story? Read on to find out!
Lesley Roy – “Story of My Life”
“Story of My Life” review
Åri: I don’t see how this got this much support from the fandom. I think this is the worst Irish entry since 2016. It’s repetitive and annoying, feels over-produced. I feel like, for most of the song, Lesley is screaming at me, beseeching me to like her song. This song tries to give a “we are young and stupid” song, and instead gives a “fellow kids” feeling. Also, I can’t begin to explain just how outdated this sounds. Now, after I’ve listed everything I absolutely hate about this, why is this a 2.5? Because when I’m in the right mood, this becomes fire.
Calvin: Put P!nk’s “Perfect” lyrics, Katy Perry’s “Firework” mood and the bridge of “Teenage Dream” in a blender and you’ll have Ireland’s song of 2020. If you ever have to define what a guilty pleasure is, just play this song. That being said, it’s nothing negative to be compared to such songs, even though they were released over a decade ago. It certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but a few upbeat, easy-listening songs are good for the whole competition.
Jonathan: The highest score I gave during this Wiwi Jury was 9. One of the three I awarded goes to Ireland’s Lesley Roy. Is the song slightly dated? Yes, 100%. But, if you’re going to pull from a previous era of music for your entry, then early 2010s Katy Perry is a great way to get me on board. Like for many, this genre of music is slightly nostalgic; but, more importantly, it fills you with joy and makes the listener want to dance around like nobody’s watching. Add in an inspirational message of self-love plus Lesley’s energy, and this is a song that I’ll be putting on repeat for months to come regardless of what anyone thinks.
Natalie: Ok, I just love happy sugary pop. I completely understand that this song is dated and completely underwhelming considering the hype around Ireland this year. But, still, OMG! It makes me want to dance so much! It’s so jam-packed with energy and is so frickin’ defiant. It’s as though Lesley knows she’s singing silly a late-2000s pop song at a music contest but she doesn’t give a damn! She’s gonna sing loud and proud, she doesn’t care what you say! I love this so much and if SingStar Eurovision comes out, this better be in it.
Tobias: I also get an early Katy Perry vibe in this song. Now that doesn’t mean it’s something good or bad, it just doesn’t do anything for me. It is an OK song but that’s about it. “Story of My Life” is that typical girly pop-song that I can would expect to hear as an intro of a teenager movie or something. But Ireland — you can do better!
Lesley Roy – “Story of My Life” 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 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.03/10
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