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 Australia‘s act Montaigne, who won Eurovision: Australia Decides with her song “Don’t Break Me”. Did we give her a break? Read on to find out!
Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me”
“Don’t Break Me” reviews
Esma: Montaigne’s “Don’t Break Me” is a well-produced, unique pop song that stands out in a year where male ballads dominate the competition. Montaigne’s performance at the national final might be considered quirky but I’d rather call it extraordinary. She might be dressed as a clown, but she ain’t no joke. Both visually and aurally Montaigne is giving us a taste of all her talents. Montaigne is a fierce competitor and I’m sure this queen from Down Under would have stolen the hearts of many Europeans.
Florian: While the performance at the national final could come across as slightly odd and out of this world, “Don’t Break Me” is a strong song whatsoever. Its striving verses swiftly lead into a spot-on chorus that gives further texture to this song. Montaigne’s voice goes well along and overall, it perfectly evokes the fractured relationship throughout the song’s progression.
Ron: “Don’t Break Me” is nothing we haven’t heard before yet it’s still quite a good pop song with some great lyrics and good production. The live performance, however, really throws me off and makes it hard for me to concentrate on the song. When I first heard and watched it I really didn’t like it but after listening again I was much more positive, as I could ignore the visual performance.
Sebastian: “Don’t Break Me” is a masterclass in pop production perfection, combined with a singer that epitomises uniqueness in vocals and presence. In a year where pop isn’t a priority, Montaigne delivers a level of indie-pop that stands out from the pack. Despite the amazing one-take of the camera work, the performance can be polished, and the song needs a little growth to give it oomph. But these small critiques can be easily polished.
Tom: This is simply an excellent pop song. I fell in love with “Don’t Break Me” when I first listened to it on YouTube. It’s beautifully sung, passionate and would have been catnip for juries. Now, despite my high score, they would need to shave off some of the wildness on stage. Montaigne’s voice struggles and you start forgetting that she is actually singing. Lose a lot of that, calm it down a tad and you would have had a potential top-five song, minimum.
Montaigne – “Don’t Break Me” 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.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.73/10
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