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 Austria‘s internally selected act Vincent Bueno and his song “Alive”. Did it give us life? Read on to find out!
Vincent Bueno – “Alive”
Åri: This song is undoubtedly lit. But lit doesn’t win Eurovision. I guess the biggest problem in this one is that it’s far too predictable. Lyrically it’s just what you expect from a mediocre Eurovision track and it never surprises you. However, the production is strong and I do think it could have looked good on stage. I can bop to it but it’s nothing special. A major step down for Austria, having previously sent only good entries from 2013 onwards.
Bernardo: Vincent is the strongest feature on a somewhat uninspired entry. “Alive” channels from pop and R&B of the early 2010s but does little to take the genre to the next level. It’s pleasant to hear and Spotify-friendly but lacks competitiveness for Eurovision. Mister Bueno’s vocals and personality saves this entry from oblivion.
Calvin: Vincent is a performer and it was the absolute right decision to give him an upbeat song with funky elements. The arrangement isn’t the most captivating or unique ever, but it fits with the general mood of the song. “Alive” awakens memories of “What’s the Pressure” (Belgium 2016). Both songs aren’t made for a studio but for the stage, where they unfold their full energy. Austria could have ended up surprisingly well!
Florian: “Alive” is a decent radio-pop track with some funk and R&B elements. While it’s off to a promising start, it does lose me a bit in the chorus, which is slightly repetitive. Moreover, it would have required a strong live performance — as the track itself needs to be well-executed to avoid vocal issues. Based on the studio cut, though, it’s a solid effort that would’ve placed well in between all the ballads at this year’s contest.
Lucy: I didn’t really know what to think going into listening to “Alive”, but I was so pleasantly surprised by the end. This helping of Michael Jackson-tinged funky R’n’B would have stood out in its semi and eventually the final – and I do believe it’d have made it. Vincent’s vocals are so smooth, and the video shows he has the necessary dance technique to make a live performance shine. A polished complete package from Austria!
Vincent Bueno – “Alive” 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: 5.53/10
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