The Wiwi Jury ranks and reviews the 39 acts competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Next we listen to Belgium’s Hooverphonic and their song “The Wrong Place”. Did this song make us feel like we were in the right place? Read on to find out!
Hooverphonic – “The Wrong Place”
“The Wrong Place” reviews
Jonathan: While “The Wrong Place” is still a ballad with very linear melodic progression, there’s much more intrigue and mystery surrounding the song. This creates an aura that grips listeners as they follow along with Geike’s storytelling. Overall, “The Wrong Place” is moody, sombre and downbeat, which is what makes it absolutely right.
Lucy: “The Wrong Place” entry has an air of ’90s nostalgia to it in the best way possible, reminding me of bands such as Garbage and their more sultry, slower songs. There is a ferocious charisma to the way this song sounds live, even the Johnny Cash line which I have come to unironically love. I truly see this as standing out in the field in semi one, and I really hope we get to see the magic in the grand final.
Renske: Sennek’s “A Matter of Time” was one of the most promising tracks Flanders had sent to Eurovision in a long time. However, upon reaching the Eurovision stage, the song completely fell flat. “The Wrong Place” — with its soundtrack like-appeal, similar to “A Matter of Time” — might end up in the same position. The song is different from the usual Eurovision status quo, but with its wordiness and somewhat monotonous sound, it is sometimes hard to pay attention past two minutes into the song.
Robyn: Hooverphonic are serving the coolest song about a regrettable hookup. The lyrics of “The Wrong Place” are packed full of amazing lines, including the absolute gem “You get up because you need an organic cup of tea”. It very much paints a picture of morning-after regret, when the choices of the night before seem a million times worse in the cold, hard light of day. My worry is that “The Wrong Place” might be too subtle to stand out in the quality-laden first semi-final, but with Geike’s strong and mesmerising vocals, Hooverphonic do have the potential to stand out.
William: Guns, taxidermy and decapitation aren’t obvious choices for a Eurovision video. Yet here they are, providing the gripping backdrop to Geike’s masterful performance. Her steely looks and command of the camera make it hard to look away — you’re intoxicated, yes, but you’re also concerned bunnies might be boiled. She is a force of nature that draws you in and keeps you there. The song itself is sleek, sophisticated and undeniably polished. I just wish there were more peaks and valleys, as the progression is perhaps a bit too linear to hold me without visuals. No matter. With the right staging — and lots of close-ups of the mesmerising lead singer — this could sail into the grand final.
Hooverphonic with “The Wrong Place” 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 3 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.16/10
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