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 Romania‘s internally selected artist Roxen and her Selecția Națională-winning song “Alcohol You”. Were we toasting to this song? Read on to find out!
Roxen – “Alcohol You”
“Alcohol You” reviews
Angus: It has been a long time in the wilderness, but Romania is back in business. “Alcohol You” shows a future for quality ballads at Eurovision. The chorus sticks in your mind, Roxen’s voice is intoxicating and the instrumentation builds consistently clear. The amped-up climax that the revamp added acts as the cherry on top.
Barnabas: This ethereal piece of music cannot really be compared to anything else. It perfectly fits Roxen’s voice and personality and conveys her emotions authentically. I could just listen to “Alcohol You” all day long while enjoying a glass of wine. I am beyond impressed. Felicitari, România!
Deban: Understated in delivery, but yet so sophisticated, “Alcohol You” is the standout ballad in a sea of dirge. The vulnerability here is compelling. Clever puns weave into infectious melodies to create a powerfully charged heady cocktail of emotions. It isn’t easy to write songs like these, and it’s even harder to give them a floaty feeling. Roxen is a rare find and excels in her delivery of this track. As of today, she’s probably Romania’s best shot for victory.
Jonathan: Many predicted that Eurovision 2020 would be the year of the sad boi. But we got our fair share of sad girls as well. Of the sad ballads, “Alcohol You” is one of my favourites. Roxen delivers a subtle yet emotional performance that takes the listener on a journey throughout. The play on words with the song title is particularly clever and adds another layer to the overall product. This is a song that has been carefully crafted and that Roxen squeezes every last drop from.
Sebastian: “Alcohol You” is imperfectly perfect. Roxen sings every word in her melodic and raw tone that brings genuine emotion to this already ethereal song. A clever play on words (Alcohol you/ I’ll go call you) adds to what is a lyrical masterpiece. Her mispronounced English brings a charm to the song that you wouldn’t get from a Scandi popstar. The only thing holding this back from a perfect score is that Roxen’s stage presence is still developing. However, this is unique and beautiful song superbly matched to a unique and beautiful singer.
Roxen – “Alcohol 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 5.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.35/10
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