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 the winner of Croatia‘s national final Dora 2020 Damir Kedžo and his song “Divlji vjetre”. Were we blown away by his song? Read on to find out!
Damir Kedžo – “Divlji vjetre”
“Divlji vjetre” reviews
Angus: The best ballads from the Balkan region knock your socks off, the worst make you switch off. “Divlji vjetre” falls somewhere in between. It has some properly stirring moments and Damir sings it superbly live. But in other parts the energy drops and the whole song sags.
Deban: A love poem wrapped in folklore, “Divlji vjetre” is bold, melodic and beautiful. The song structure here is stirring— allowing Damir Kedzo’s voice to take flight. His backing vocals give his solo runs the right weight, and helps to curate a well-rounded traditional sound. Despite not understanding a word of Croatian, “Divlji Vjetre” still sounds complete. This is the ballad Eurovision 2020 needed, and Damir is an artist I would love to see live in 2021.
Pablo: This is a chore to listen to, and I think I know why. It doesn’t go traditional enough for fans of such ballads, nor does it go modern enough for pop fans to replay. Damir sits on this awkward middle that tries to appease but ends up appealing to no one. I really doubt “Divlji Vjetre” would find its way in many playlists, let alone any Eurovision grand final.
Renske: The orchestral score behind “Divlji veter” is beautiful and gives the song another layer. However, I feel that this song does not differ much from what we’ve heard at Eurovision before and therefore does not stand out from better songs of its genre. But I am totally ready to hear more from Damir, as he’s one of the most powerful voices in Croatia.
Tom: A classic power ballad. Yes, I feel like I have heard this song before but Damir’s voice is electric and flawless. I have no idea what he is singing but when he sings I can’t help but feel captivated. The stage show does nothing for me – that could have been elevated in Rotterdam but I love a bit of passion and the passionate chorus really gets my fists pumping.
Damir Kedžo – “Divlji vjetre” 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 1.5 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.13/10
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