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 North Macedonia‘s internally selected artist Vasil and his song “YOU”. Were we feeling him? Read on to find out!
Vasil – “YOU”
Barnabas: I appreciate North Macedonia’s effort to keep things diverse, but this song does nothing for me. It just flows by without a change of pace that would bring it to life. A decent club track, but on the Eurovision stage it just falls flat.
Jonathan: The first listen of “YOU” took me on a journey that I wasn’t quite expecting. Ethnic chanting opening into soft synths in the verse, which leads into a tango section and percussion-filled chorus. By the end I’d been to the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom, twirled around a bit and returned to my bedroom again – yet, it left me slightly intrigued for more. I find myself enjoying “YOU” a little bit more on every listen, though that’s not necessarily the best thing for Eurovision where you have to aim for tens across the board on the very first dance.
Lucy: This is my biggest guilty pleasure of the year. It does lose points for the fact North Macedonia has gone for something a bit generic the year after winning the jury vote in their first grand final since 2012. But removing history, this is sultry and exciting — Vasil’s vocals are smooth like caramel. His moves in the music video could have indicated similar staging, now that the delegation has learned how to put a performance on. I wouldn’t have it penned as a qualifier, but a sexy addition to the soundtrack nonetheless.
Pablo: I see what they were trying to do: Romanian-style club dance cool, and I’m into it. While enjoyable, I had my concerns on how to transmit this style of song without coming across as derivative or cliche. Vasil has the talent to pull off a daring number like this, and there are vocal flourishes that, if nailed, could really surprise. A good listen, but it’s a tempo increase or a dance break short of being a great listen.
Tobias: This doesn’t impress me at all. Sadly it’s an unforgettable song that doesn’t stand out. It is lacking that catchy melody that I need to get hooked. As of now, it feels a bit outdated and something I would expect to hear maybe 20 years ago.
Vasil – “YOU” 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 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.65/10
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