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 Germany‘s internally selected act Ben Dolic and his song “Violent Thing”. What was our take on the song? Read on to find out!
Ben Dolic – “Violent Thing”
“Violent Thing” reviews
Esma: “Violent Thing” is exactly what we want to hear after Germany’s disappointing act of last year. Ben Dolic serves us an upbeat pop song with a fun rhythm and catchy lyrics. It’s modern, well written and Germany has put effort in the production. The song is very radio-friendly, but I could also imagine this being played in a club. I would have loved to dance to this at one of the Eurovision pre-parties. Ben’s soft falsetto reminds me of Benjamin Ingrosso’s voice – but better. “Violent Thing” would have done great with both the jury votes and the televoters.
Florian: “Violent Thing” is an extremely contemporary and well-produced effort. While Ben’s voice gets you from the very first tone, it’s the song’s progression that keeps you going. Leading into a full-on pop chorus, this is the song to get you going at the Euroclub. Ben brings lots of sympathy and he clearly knows how to best perform this track on stage. With this in mind, it’s a remarkable effort for Germany compared to its previous uptempo songs at Eurovision.
Lucy: I never thought I’d give a pure-pop banger a perfect ten, but when it’s this good, why not? The “don’t tell your MAMMAH” hook hits you hard every time and Ben’s tones just help make this song ridiculously cool. There really is no element of cringe like the “I met a girl in a bar” style such songs often have. It starts the second the song opens with those six notes pulling you in, and keeps hold for three minutes. This is exquisite and possibly my favourite German song at Eurovision ever.
Natalie: Yeah, I’m just not sold on Germany this year. I can see what they were trying to do, but I’m not quite sure if they did it. What on earth is the “violent thing”? I don’t think they understood their own metaphor, to be honest. Plus, no matter how much Ben’s voice parades the chorus, it doesn’t detract that it’s just the same unoriginal dance beat on a kinda uninspiring song. It’s a cute dance song, and I have no doubt that it had potential to sparkle, but it could have become so much more.
Oliver: After Germany’s mishap with the televoting in Tel Aviv last year, Ben Dolic’s “Violent Thing” would have surely been a number to get the crowd on their feet. It took me a bit to warm to Ben’s unique voice, but now I can safely say that he and the song are a perfect fit. It is a masterfully composed song that utilises catchy lyrics and boasts all the hallmarks of a song which would perform well with both the juries and the general public.
Ben Dolic – “Violent Thing” 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 6 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.18/10
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