The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we turn to Serbia where girl group Hurricane have “Loco Loco”. Did we want to embrace their wild party spirit? Read on to find out!
Hurricane – “Loco Loco”
“Loco Loco” reviews
Antranig: There’s an extreme weather warning in Rotterdam because a certain Hurricane is about to blow the roof off the Ahoy. “Hasta la vista” was the big banger of Eurovision 2020 and admittedly, it packs a mightier punch than “Loco Loco”. However, this song still encapsulates everything I enjoy about Balkan music. These ladies are talented, sassy and stunning and they know how to put on a big performance. I absolutely love this — don’t call me crazy, call me loco.
Pablo: This is a tough one. I get that I should be shaking it and having unabashed fun with Hurricane and I do sometimes feel like so, but the end song feels a bit calculated. There is little to musically distinguish between verses, pre-chorus and chorus, making all the peaks and valleys where you can turn up an addictive hook end up flat. At worst, “Loco Loco” can end up passing by with no guts, no glory; a fatal flaw in Eurovision. We need an absolute blast of a performance to make sure this doesn’t get lost.
Jonathan: This is the full-force Balkan banger that I needed in my life! It was love on first listen with “Loco Loco” and I’ve been dancing away ever since. Hurricane provide a high-energy track that gives each of Sanja, Ivana and Ksenija the space to strut their stuff and deliver a dynamic performance on stage. Since the song is so full-on for the entire three minutes, perhaps there could be a few more areas of light and shade. However, I’ve personally had this song on repeat for several weeks and am yet to get tired of it.
Luis: Fierce, fun, bombastic: “Loco Loco” is Serbia’s most vibrant Eurovision entry ever. Hurricane will get everybody moving with this strong dance number. This is loud and unapologetic and it will transcend the language barriers. It’s not so certain whether the vocals will not get blown away by the choreography, but in a way, this is not a kind of song where vocal proficiency is required. Brace yourselves, Hurricane Serbia is coming to the final!
Natalie: I love aggressively danceable girl group music but this… I’m struggling with. I remember back in 2016, Australian commentator Julia Zemiro described Sanja Vucic as “woman power” as opposed to “girl power”. I find that really ironic now. Look, they all do this song really well, they definitely know how to carry the intense feminine energy that this kind of song needs, I just think that each of these girls can do a lot better. There’s always a place for this music, and I’m sure when I feel drunk and stupid enough I’ll dance like crazy to this, but it does feel a bit reductive.
Hurricane – “Loco Loco” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 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 1 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.09/10
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