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 Netherlands’ Jeangu Macrooy, who was set to represent the host country with his song “Grow”. Did we embrace his emotional journey? Read on to find out!
Jeangu Macrooy – “Grow”
Antranig: Jeangu is a fantastic performer but “Grow” is just a bit too tame. It feels personal but it also feels like he’s holding something back. This is definitely a song which would’ve grown with the live performance which unfortunately won’t be seen. However, Jeangu will undoubtedly do The Netherlands proud in 2021. I just ask for his next entry to be a bit less polished and a bit more raw and emotional.
Deban: Grow’s personal message resonates deeply with me on a visceral level. The stripped-back feel of the track his hard-hitting, and yet, manages to keep drawing one in. Jeangu Macrooy’s uses his voice as an instrument to educate, and his breathy soulful delivery to shift emotions within the listener. Not many vocalists sound better than their nearly-perfect studio versions, but Jeangu does. The authenticity here is him: He wrote, arranged and produced “Grow”, and it is obvious — the rawness and energy embedded here can’t be replicated by anyone else.
Esma: The Netherlands strikes again! I am very glad The Netherlands breaches the curse of host countries sending disappointing acts. “Grow”, as the title inadvertently suggests, takes a long time to grow onto its climax, but once it does, it grasps you. It’s wonderful ballad in which, very cleverly, all the beauty of Jeangu Macrooy’s talent is combined. Jeangu sings effortlessly, but it nevertheless fascinates. The lyrics of “Grow”, about getting older but never really getting wiser, touched me. “Grow” is a very intimate song which left a deep impression on me.
Lucy: The beginning of “Grow” sets the tone for the whole song, despite it being so quiet. The song is simple but beautiful, and we really get to witness Jeangu giving us a sermon preaching about life and emotion. The song just builds and builds higher to the peak where it’s almost like the listener can reach enlightenment. With simple staging, this easily would have ended up surprising on the scoreboard – I wouldn’t have minded putting a bet on it coming top three, despite being a home entry.
William: It’s the highs and lows that make you grow. That’s one of the many lessons hidden in Jeangu Macrooy’s Eurovision 2020 song “Grow”. The slow-built ballad sits at the intersection of dark soul and gospel. At times it’s so pared back that it seems naked: Jeangu’s rich voice is completely exposed. Thankfully he shines in these moments, showing just how strong a vocalist he is. The lyrics suggest his travels haven’t always been easy, and the clean production brings that pain and struggle into sharper focus. Sincere, raw and completely authentic, this song isn’t just to be heard, it’s to be felt. It hits you like a tonne of bricks straight to the heart.
Jeangu Macrooy – “Grow” 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 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.03/10
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