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 Ukraine‘s Vidbir 2020 Go_A and their song “Solovey”. Did we enjoy this birdsong? Read on to find out!
Go_A – “Solovey”
Åri: Now my second-favourite of ESC 2020, I had such a hard time accepting this as a favourite in the beginning. When you’re not familiar enough with the song, it’s a lot of screaming and random folk elements squished together. Then, it gets stuck in your head. For me, this process started the day after it won Vidbir. I memorised the lyrics by heart and started enjoying every second. It’s got the same lyrical theme as Finland 2017 and the same vocal style as Poland 2019 but the powerful electro-folk instrumentals win my heart. I’m curious to see what Go_A have in store for 2021.
Esma: I’d like to blame my lack of understanding but ‘’Solovey’’ just isn’t my cup of tea. I like the instrumental part of this song, but the vocals have turned me off. The song is too complex and there is too much happening. The chorus baffles me — I am waiting for an uplifting moment and it is simply not coming. However, I appreciate Go_A’s effort for creating a folklore aesthetic. Without a doubt, ‘’Solovey’’ is an original song.
Renske: “Solovey” is a song that not many will get, but those who get it know it is an extremely cleverly written song. Combining classical folk elements of Ukrainian poetry with modern-day music is no easy feat, but Go_A pull it off. This does not only show that they are extremely artistic, but also that they are extremely talented.
Robyn: I kind of like “Solovey” but a lot of the time it feels like there’s too much going on with the song. Weirdly, the strongest parts of the song are the quiet musical interludes, rather than the full-on bits where vocals and different instruments battle for supremacy. There’s a lot of potential here, but the finish product doesn’t quite get there.
Tom: I love Eastern European folk music and Go_A certainly serve up some proper Ukrainian folk goodness with a modern twist. It’s clearly not for everyone but you cannot deny its originality. The verses are definitely stronger than the chorus — I would have been more satisfied with a drop or something a bit more uplifting. I understand they wanted their costumes to have a modern aesthetic but I just wished that they were wearing something a bit more traditional with a modern flavour, in keeping with the song to make it more authentic. Either way, Go_Ukraine!
Go_A – “Solovey”
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 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.6/10
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