The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we head to France where Barbara Pravi has “Voilà”. Were we enchanted by this chanson? Read on to find out!
Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”
William: Barbara Pravi’s “Voilà” is a call for acceptance. “Talk about me to your loved ones, to your friends,” she sings. “Tell them about this girl with black eyes and her crazy dream.” That dream — simply to be seen — comes across beautifully in the national final performance. Barbara initially sings from the shadows, and at one point from a vast expanse of barren tundra. Alone in the cold, she warms the space with pitch-perfect vocals that remain light despite the weight of emotion they carry. As Barbara embraces her talents and her newfound sense of freedom, the pace quickens and the camera shakes — a stirring combination that brings us into Barbara’s inner world and the rush that comes with liberation. This is a grand performance that maintains the intimacy of a conversation. Juries and televoters will be wise to listen.
Jordi: Since its very first beat, “Voilà” succeeds in gripping one’s attention. Everything – from Barbara’s look to her performance – is exquisitely crafted, with a truly French character. The world is continuously spinning, yet it seems to stop when Barbara grabs the microphone and “Voilà” starts playing. Her song is a traditional chanson but raw and uninhibited, making this song truly special. There’s a deep emotional connection between Barbara and the lyrics, that run beyond the screen. She stole the French hearts once, and I can’t wait to see how many more wonders Barbara will bring in Rotterdam.
Tobias: Just as Malta’s Destiny would say, “Excuse my French“, this just doesn’t do that much for me. I applaud “Voilà” for its rawness and originality and the beautiful French language, but I don’t get that excited listening to it. Having just based my scores on the music video, who knows, maybe I will change my mind when I watch the live performance in the final? In order to catch my interest, I really hope the staging will be something unique and touching.
Lucy: “Voilà” is a fantastic entry for Eurovision, with a stunning live performance. The sheer Frenchness of the whole song is endearing, and something people watching the final will remember when it comes to voting. However, this simply isn’t my cup of tea. I find the chorus repetitive after the first one, and I don’t find this particularly unique like other fans do. I do think Barbara’s simple presentation will blow us all away in Rotterdam, so let’s see how close to the top she gets!
Oliver: Right from the opening line, Barbara Pravi commands attention. Even without understanding the French language, the sentiment of “Voilà” is loud and clear. With every performance, Barbara leaves a piece of her soul on stage, showcasing raw vulnerability and creating a touching moment of intimacy between herself and her audience. And the instrumentation, though simple, is enchanting. As the chanteuse sings the “voilà” refrain, the eerie piano echoes her vocal melody — creating a unique reference point and immersing the listener in an instant feeling of nostalgia. This is pure French excellence, and will surely see France back in the top ten.
Barbara Pravi – “Voilà” 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 3.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.73/10
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