It’s that time again! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has listened to all 39 acts competing in Eurovision 2021. Over the coming weeks, we’ll reveal our reviews and rankings of the songs.
First up, we take a listen to Latvia’s Samanta Tīna and her song “The Moon is Rising”. It took Samanta six attempts before she made it to Eurovision. But do we want to join in with her parade? Read on to find out!
Samanta Tīna – “The Moon Is Rising”
“The Moon Is Rising” reviews
Calvin: It’s hard to put any song of Samanta Tīna into a category, as all of them are completely unpredictable. “The Moon is Rising” goes from left to right, then back up and down with several inversions on the way. Yet, everything fits together and makes sense somehow. I can’t think of many artists, who start a song almost a capella, then introduce a Diplo-like “Bitch I’m Madonna” drill-beat only to climax in a K-pop chorus. The feeling of empowerment this song is able to convey is just wild.
Diego: Already, this son conjures a feeling of two extremes. You’d either love it or hate it. Samanta Tīna has a commanding voice. Marrying a strong message of female empowerment with her vocal power, Latvia’s 2021 entry demands the attention of those who care to listen. It takes a minute to hear an interesting change in the melody. Overall, the song relies on her live vocals during her first performance.
Jordi: This is fearless, stimulating, eye-catching, norm-breaking and empowering. Samanta Tīna delivers without creativity limits under the powerful message that women have worth and security. “The Moon is Rising” unfolds a complex formula with a theatrical feel, but made urban and contemporary. Because of this complex unfolding, the song may appeal to some audiences and not to some others. It might be risky to bring something as different as “The Moon is Rising” in contrast to what usually dominates in Eurovision. But, Samanta is channelling confidence — and as people say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”. I’m loving her vibe and her power, but I’m missing some hooks.
Natalie: You can tell when a song from Latvia has Aminata’s influence on it – it makes you feel good! And seriously, Samanta and Aminata should have collaborated ages ago. Aminata knows how to make a fierce electronic production and Samanta knows how to be a fierce performer. It’s delicious. I also love the fact they didn’t hold back with the lyrics – they’re so bold and intense and it’s perfect for this song. If they take that same 1000% intensity to the stage, we’re in for a real treat this May. Every woman deserves this kind of stuff.
Oliver: As always, Samanta nails the vocal. But with nothing to back it up, it feels shouty and grating. The bassline goes nowhere, the drop isn’t strong enough, and the lyrics feel more self-indulgent than they do empowering. The feminist undertones would perhaps be more impactful if Samanta brought a diverse group of backup dancers and singers with her to Rotterdam — i.e. the women at the end of the music video, rather than the all-white, tall and thin posse that accompanies her throughout — to amplify the voices of under-appreciated artists, sharing their stories on a worldwide stage. Without that, the real sentiment of “The Moon Is Rising” is lost. Latvia’s spot in the final this year is far from secure.
Samanta Tīna – “The Moon Is Rising” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
|Antranig: 7Deban: 5.5
|Luis: 7.5Pablo: 5.5
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 2.5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.34/10
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