The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we travel to the Czech Republic and listen to Benny Cristo with his song “Omaga”. Read on to find out what we thought!
Benny Cristo – “Omaga”
Diego: Benny Cristo transmits good vibes and energy. He’s taking a risk by creating something different with “Omaga” He expresses joy and I enjoy hearing that. Although this song does not have sensible lyrics or a deep message, it is fun and very catchy. The chorus gets stuck in your head for days! And when it comes to staging options, “Omaga” has a lot to play with. It sounds colourful, visual and energetic.
Lauren: When Benny Cristo performed “Kemama” in Vidbir 2020, I realised I was massively underrating him as a performer. This year, I was prepared for Benny to deliver a banger, and he exceeded my expectations to the umpteenth degree. That being said, going third in a semi-final with none of Czechia’s voting allies, I fear for this fantastic entry’s chances. Hopefully, the second I see it performed live, I’ll understand I have nothing to worry about. “Omaga” is a brilliantly written and composed piece by a loveable artist. One thing is for sure, Czechia is continuing its positive trajectory.
Antranig: The title of this song actually triggers me in my personal war against pointless contractions. Benny Cristo does Benny Cristo well — he has his own style, sound and personality and all of that is on show here. While I respect it, it’s just not my cup of tea and I don’t enjoy his style of music. If you liked “Kemama”, I daresay you’ll like “Omaga” too. Lyrically, it’s full of cliches and feels like it was written by an overexcited teenager. Sadly, I’m just not that into it.
Lucy: “Omaga” is the sheer burst of joy we all needed in 2021. Benny Cristo has cleverly crafted a song that references lockdown in a cheeky and hard-to-resist way. Seriously, the lyric “there ain’t no apocalypse, as long as you’re here on my lips” might be one of the most flirtatious lyrics ever in Eurovision, and I’m kinda here for it. I can’t fault the fun angle on what we’re all going through by making it romantically playful, nor Benny’s famous stage presence. There’s only one score I could ever give this, and it’s unquestionably a ten. This song is repeat-heaven, and I’m beyond excited to see what he brings to Rotterdam.
Oliver: Its lyrics may at times be cliché and juvenile, but there’s something about “Omaga” that keeps you coming back for more. This track does a brilliant job of showcasing Benny Cristo as the personality he is — totally captivating, charming, and oozing with character. And there’s no doubt he’ll bring that same joyous energy to the Eurovision stage. Musically, there’s a lot of quality elements here. Dembow rhythms make for a danceable beat and the infectious bassline drives momentum throughout. Though there could be more variety, the repetitiveness works well in creating an earworm quality and a memorable hook that will surely get Benny plenty of radio spins across Europe.
Benny Cristo – “Omaga” 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 1.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.16/10
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