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 Senhit, who was returning to represent San Marino, this time with “Freaky!”. Did we want to get freaky with her? Read on to find out!
Senhit – “Freaky!”
Bernardo: Pleasant to the ears, a retro vibe with a charismatic and competent performer. Not my cup of tea, but don’t hate it completely. I could see “Freaky!” pull a Serhat — qualifying for the final and getting a decent amount of points. I could also see it crash and burn in the semis. It’s one of those songs. Kudos to Senhit who is able to milk this song to the maximum.
Esma: San Marino appears to have a very special relationship with disco music. Thanks to 2016 and 2019 star Serhat, the country has put itself on the map as a nation who appreciates a fun disco track. This genre is not necessarily my cup of tea, but I appreciate the happiness of this song – cheerful songs are quite rare these days. I am sure Senhit would have brought a party on the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam.
Jonathan: Never underestimate San Marino’s love for a disco banger. “Freaky!” is certainly fun and it’s nice to see Senhit return with something completely different from her 2011 entry. I can get on board with the first two minutes, but the spoken-word breakdown does somewhat grate on me and cheapen the overall entry. All in all, it’s a song that I’d happily listen to if it came on, but I perhaps wouldn’t purposefully hit the play button myself.
Oliver: It is always nice to see a Eurovision participant return to the competition, especially after almost a decade from their last performance. Senhit’s song is an unbelievable contrast from her previous entry, going from a warm, gentle ballad to a whacky, bizarre pop song. While I appreciate the attempt, “Freaky!” seems to be trying a little bit too hard to come across as cool and hip. Furthermore, the composition itself feels underdeveloped in comparison to some of the other entries that were submitted to the competition this year – maybe some fine-tuning of the track could have elevated the number to another level.
William: On its own, “Freaky!” would be a dated disco track not fully revamped for 2020. But in the hands of Senhit — who serves sass, attitude and an unbridled sense of joy — the song becomes an anthem for living life on your own terms and having one hell of a time as you do it. Throw in the very editorial visuals, which portray Senhit as queen of hedonism, and this suddenly feels like the soundtrack to a lush and rather sinful Vogue Italia spread. A brilliant example of how visuals and ambition can change the game.
Senhit – “Freaky!” 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 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.38/10
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