The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the songs from the soundtrack of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Next up, we listen to “Come and Play (Masquerade)”, as sung by the film’s Greek vixen Mita Xenakis. Behind the scenes, vocals are by Swedish singer Petra Nielsen and it was written by legendary Eurovision songwriter Thomas G:son. Did the song make us want to play along? Read on to find out!
Mita Xenakis (Petra Nielsen) – “Come and Play (Masquerade)”
“Come and Play (Masquerade)” reviews
Antranig: The staging had such an air of “Better Love” — it’s almost as though it tried to pull its own spin on it. The song is rather different, though, and feels more Melfest than Greece. Having said that, it’s got the perfect amount of basic English lyrics for a song from Eastern Europe, coupled with an unconventional hook in the chorus. I think of it as the perfect cabaret performance.
Julia: What a classic Eurovision banger! It takes me to the ultimate Eurovision cabaret that never existed (although that can change!). Do I see this type of song winning? No, but I envision it to get a lot of shoulders moving, hands on hips, high kicks flying in the Eurovision crowd if it was ever played live.
Renske: Mita was one of the strongest characters in the contest and guys, honestly, cabaret has always slayed at Eurovision! Don’t you all remember the crowd in Moscow when Patricia Kaas performed her cabaret song? Maybe I am biased because I am from a country where the wide cabaret genre is still very popular… Anyhow, “Come and Play” seems to tick all the boxes of a Eurovision song, however, unlike some of the other songs, it is not too unoriginal either.
Sebastian: Cabaret Eurovision songs are very, very former-Soviet noughties era. And while “Come and Play” is a perfect example of the genre, it’s quite repetitive and not to my taste. It definitely has its place in Eurovision history and in the film, but it’s not among my favourite songs on the album.
Tom: I know Petra Nielsen sang “Come and Play” but the song itself sounds like it would have been released by a country further north than Greece. Not by Sweden, though. Perhaps Serbia, Belarus or maybe even Moldova. Just because the accent is much more pronounced than a usual Greek (or Swedish) entry. “Come and Play” is a believable Eurovision track with a very catchy chorus, though it does get incredibly grating after a while. Plus, I enjoyed the choreography — it looked like they asked Maruv for advice on some of the moves.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 11 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 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.33/10
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