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 Bulgaria‘s internally selected act VICTORIA and her song “Tears Getting Sober”. Were we toasting her tune? Read on to find out!
VICTORIA – “Tears Getting Sober”
“Tears Getting Sober” reviews
Deban: “Tears Getting Sober” tackles mental health issues, but the swelling production is dreamy magic. Production team Symphonix and Victoria have forged a great collaboration here. Qualification in any year with this song would have been certain, but in 2020, it would’ve definitely peaked in the top five. What I love the most about this entry is that I keep finding new reasons to love it more. Bravo!
Luis: “Tears Getting Sober” is one of the best-crafted songs in this year’s Eurovision. Victoria excels in creating magic with her lovely and melancholic voice, while the instrumentation creates a cosy and moving feeling. Despite its sad lyrics, Bulgaria’s entry sets up a comforting mood, which is just the thing we need during these strange times.
Natalie: I really love the fact that this year there a slew of properly good songs about mental health. It’s a really important topic and it makes me very happy that it’s getting attention (so to speak) in music. Bulgaria’s song is perhaps the best of these. It’s a dark, emotional, magical journey, with disturbing, ethereal tones – a bit like depression and trauma itself. Victoria’s gentle, mystical voice fits perfectly as well – it’s beautiful and solemn. The lyrics are pure poetry, the music is wonderful, and I love this song.
Ron: “Tears Getting Sober” is a beautiful ballad with a unique voice and some great lyrics, but it’s just not my cup of tea. I understand what others might find in it, but for me, it doesn’t really leave a strong impact — perhaps because its build-up is very slow and subtle.
William: Bruises, scars, wounds, sugar — they’re not words that typically come in a bunch. But with “Tears Getting Sober”, Victoria brings them together in a package that’s at once sweet and dark, uplifting but laced with melancholy. It’s a twisted and indeed slightly jarring offering — but one you can’t help but dive into again and again. Victoria’s delicate voice — which trembles as much as it roars — has a captivating quality. Eerie, haunting, mysterious — each layer compels another spin. It’s a shame Covid-19 robbed us of Eurovision 2020. This could have been Bulgaria’s year.
VICTORIA – “Tears Getting Sober” 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 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.75/10
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