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 Belarus‘ Natsionalniy Otbor winners VAL and their song “Da vidna”. Did we agree with them? Read on to find out!
VAL – “Da vidna”
“Da vidna” reviews
Jonathan: It’s nice to see Belarus slowly selecting more Eurovision entries in their native language. “Da Vidna” is a fun electro track and the synth-filled chorus is catchy even upon first listen. The song perhaps lacks a bit in production, making it feel sparse and repetitive at points. But VAL delivered a captivating national final performance that helped add extra life to the track.
Luis: “Da vidna” ticks a lot of boxes, and yet it feels slightly sterile. Belarus’ entry is quirky and catchy, and VAL adds an extra touch of charisma. However, the song lacks gravitas and while it’s perfectly enjoyable while it’s playing, it’s as easily forgettable afterwards. This finely crafted piece of pop is a delight on the ears. Alas, it doesn’t really stick in the memory.
Deban: As a result of my travels far and wide, I have come to realise that “artistic” — especially in countries that don’t have legal protections for LGBT communities — means gay. VAL projects the artistic leanings of a ’90s low-budget cabaret troupe from Eastern suburbia. This feminist message, which seemingly applies to the two men in the group, may have attempted to coin a wider reach but it is missing several beats, and lacking an overall vision. Memorable for all the bad reasons.
Renske: From the first note, you hear that VAL is being serious. “Da vidna” is quirky, yet serious and has a danceable and fresh melody. It might seem like a simple song for many, but with Belarus, this is a step into a completely new and undiscovered direction. VAL dare to go on unknown terrain and that is what makes them special as a duo, even in the scope of Europe.
Robyn: I love the chilled-out groove of “Da vidna”. It’s very much a Spotify tune, the sort of thing to listen to on a quiet afternoon. A song like this might not seem like it would have enough impact to work at Eurovision, but some thought the same thing about “Sebi”. With “Da vidna” VAL are bringing a cool interlude to a hectic Eurovision lineup.
VAL – “Da vidna” 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 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.73/10
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