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 Switzerland‘s internally selected act Gjon’s Tears and his song “Répondez-moi”. What was our answer to him? Read on to find out!
Gjon’s Tears with “Répondez-moi”
Antranig: This is hauntingly beautiful. It has the timeless quality of a song like “1944” — the meaning will not be lost a hundred years from now. It’s not my favourite song personally but I have a deep appreciation for the musical quality here. Sadly we will never know how the songs of Eurovision 2020 will look on the Eurovision stage but assuming Gjon’s Tears would have been able to recreate this live, I would have put my money on this winning Eurovision 2020.
Esma: Douze points pour la Suisse! Switzerland has chosen a piece of subtle and stunning art by selecting Gjon for Eurovision. “Répondez-moi” is a mystical and deep song that has been under my skin since the day it’s been released. The song is an impeccable combination of string instruments, choirs and Gjon’s flawless vocals which take my breath away every time I listen to this masterpiece. Gjon’s talent is able to touch people their souls by means of his music – something only a great artist is capable of.
Renske: Gjon’s Tears’ entry “Respondez-moi” is a song that makes you sit on the edge of your chair. Everything just works for Gjon in this one. His voice fits with the lyrics and his lyrics fit with his personality. It is a rare occurrence when this happens to an artist, but it shows that he is very mature in his art and knows that what he is capable of.
Sebastian: “Répondez-moi” is a bit of an enigma for me. I understand the appeal of Gjon’s Tears’ song to the wider audience. For some reason, I can’t answer his call. For those who describe it as melodic, I describe it as monotonous. For those who describe it as emotive, I would describe it as calculated. It’s Eurovision-by-the-numbers, which rarely appeals in ballad form. I commend Gjon’s vocal ability, as he clearly is a talent.
William: At times “Répondez-moi” sounds like a prayer — it’s deeply personal and at times you almost feel uncomfortable listening. But naturally, you do, drawn in by Gjon’s visceral delivery and pure vocals. The song progresses in so many ways — melodically and emotionally. It all builds to that note — as if heaven is answering his prayer. Surely this would have been a contender to win it all.
Gjon’s Tears with “Répondez-moi” 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 4 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.95/10
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