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 France‘s internally selected artist Tom Leeb and his song “Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)”. Did he think it brought out the best in him? Read on to find out!
Tom Leeb with “Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)”
“Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)” reviews
Esma: Tom Leeb, a good-looking Frenchman singing a bilingual ballad on top of the Eiffel Tower. Yes, “’The Best in Me” might be considered a cliché, but what’s wrong with that? France is plagued by too high expectations of the audience. I think we should look further than the open doors in the English part of the lyrics. The melody really builds up to climax and the French lyrics are actually meaningful. Tom’s vocals are flawless, and the song is catchy. “The Best in Me” deserves to be viewed in its own entirety.
Deban: Tom Leeb is a sight for sore eyes, and with his flawless breathy vocals, he makes France’s 2020 entry beautiful and almost irresistible. “The Best In Me” swims between French and English seamlessly. Then there’s the unmistakably iconic French architecture cradling this entry. This song is about love and the fullness of love. It bears a universal theme written by established composers and performed by a charismatic entertainer. What’s not to love? This comfortably shoots into my top ten.
Florian: Upon the song reveal, I had high hopes for this year’s French entry. Unfortunately, “The Best In Me” did not live up to my expectations. While it feels true to Tom Leeb’s discography, it also sounds extremely dated and even somewhat cliché. There’s little creativity in what is a very calculated and foreseeable effort. And while it was impressive to perform it on the Eiffel Tower, he wouldn’t have been able to recreate this incredible scene live, either.
Oliver: This song is just an unmitigated disaster in my eyes. After having built up a string of contemporary, well-received, and, most importantly, unique entries, France returns with one of the most uninspiring, soporific ballads in a year filled with songs of the same style. The lyrics come across as vehemently cliché and overused that it makes the song feel almost disingenuous and fake as opposed to the heartfelt message it claims to promote.
Lucy: I was so excited to hear Tom Leeb’s entry for France… until I heard it was written by Jon Lundvik. The Swedish songwriter has some great tracks such as his top five Eurovision entry “Too Late For Love”, but he absolutely wrote the last-placer too for The UK. Tom’s track is in the same vanilla-y vein as “Bigger Than Us”, except Michael had the vocal runs to still give it credit. Yes, Tom’s vocals are fantastic, but they just make this song very beige.
Tom Leeb with “Mon Alliée (The Best In 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 1 and a high of 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.18/10
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