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 Latvia‘s Supernova winner Samanta Tīna and her song “Still Breathing”. Did we hear her message? Read on to find out!
Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing”
“Still Breathing” reviews
Antranig: In the dark abyss that is Eurovision 2020, one woman is our lord and saviour. I’ve been a fan of many of her previous Eurovision attempts but let’s be honest — this was one giant leap in quality. Samanta’s vocals are incomparable and Aminata’s touch helps encapsulate Samanta’s personality. It’s the Eurovision songwriting duo of my wildest fantasies. Packaged with the most outrageously wonderful music video I’ve ever seen, “Still Breathing” is a work of art.
Florian: “Still Breathing” is a well-crafted cut that brings loads of energy to the Eurovision stage. Given how ambitious Samanta performed this song before, it’s this element of passion that also comes across in the studio version. However, the song does lose some of its steam the more often it’s on repeat. Nevertheless, it’s a decent effort as Latvia has delivered a contemporary track that benefits from Samanta’s own character.
Renske: Aminata Savadogo and Samanta Tina was the collaboration we never expected, but always were in the need of. With bringing across on-point lyrics and well-founded lines such as “Life is music/ I am a composer”, Samanta is not proving to just be an amazing singer, but also a just as amazing performer. We love powerwomen.
Robyn: A woman’s work is never done. Samanta Tīna’s ode to the complicated life of a modern woman is tense and dramatic, both a joyful celebration of life as well as a defiant anthem. Written with Aminata Savadogo, the gives a strong electronic background to support Samanta’s equally strong vocals. And if a rap break seems out of place for a Eurovision diva, never forget that the winner of Eurovision 2003 also had a rap break.
Tom: This is a marmite love-hate song and perhaps a song that mainly Euro nerds would love. I showed this song off to a lot of my family and friends and they didn’t get it. They thought it was loud and unnecessary – they are wrong. Samanta Tīna’s voice is just sheer face-melting. eye-popping passionate goodness. The song takes me to another plane and I love how fierce and carefree she is. I’m still not convinced with the rapping but the song is excellent.
Samanta Tīna – “Still Breathing” 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 3.5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.93/10
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