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 Bulgaria where VICTORIA has “Growing Up Is Getting Old”. Did it make us want to celebrate the ageing process? Read on to find out!
VICTORIA – “Growing Up Is Getting Old”
“Growing Up Is Getting Old” reviews
Jordi: “Growing up is getting old” is deep in meaning, magic in feeling. This song flows softly but exquisitely with an orchestrated melody and tender strings. While speaking about living with mental illneses, VICTORIA’s voice feels like a hug of comprehension, hope and strength. The message behind the song is really inspiring and relatable, and overall, VICTORIA manages to make nostalgia sound on-trend. Knowing that she is a captivating performer, I am sure this will reach many. The song however, unfolds a bit too slowly for me, but I am certain that this will grow on stage.
Natalie: I’ve made no secret of my love for VICTORIA’s music. I kinda love any woman who isn’t afraid to make music unashamedly about her dark thoughts. And this song is just… intelligent, immaculate, perfect. As a sufferer of intense mental health issues myself, she just nails it. She is amazing at describing not just how painful depression is, but how lonely, helpless and boring it feels. Atop a beautiful orchestral production, her voice hits me profoundly to my core. I know that my feelings aren’t shared by most of the fandom, but this is song that I know I’ll always hold this song close to my heart like very few other songs I’ve ever heard before.
Ron: If you read my review last year about “Tears Getting Sober”, you might feel a Déjà-vu while reading this review now. While I do appreciate a lot of things about VICTORIA as an artist and a singer, her style of songs are simply not the kind of music I listen to. “Growing Up is Getting Old” is a beautiful ballad with a unique voice and some really touching lyrics, but it’s just not my cup of tea. I understand what others find in it and the great message in it, but for me, It’s just a nice song but not among the songs I would like to listen to one more time. Who knows, maybe the staging in Rotterdam will change my mind.
Sebastian: With pervading ticks of a clock throughout, “Growing Up Is Getting Old” is a beautifully reflective masterpiece and a stunning moment in time in what will be a very full list of songs in the competition. In a year where no doubt many songs are influenced by the new Covid-19 world, “Growing Up Is Getting Old” is an exasperated but realistic take on what many other countries’ artists are trying to turn into a song-and-dance. VICTORIA is not in the mood to celebrate, and I’m here for it. I also applaud the clever play on words when the words ‘growing’ and ‘getting’ are interchanged throughout the song.
William: Like any good storyteller, VICTORIA doesn’t rush her exposition. She takes her time with “Growing Up Is Getting Old” — literally opening with the heavy sound of a ticking clock. The song slowly and carefully warms up, layering nostalgia and tenderness over strings and piano. As Victoria comes to terms with the relentlessness of time, expressed through that delicate and distinct voice, her trickle of emotion becomes a flood, delivering one of the biggest musical pay-offs of the year. This song may be a slow burn, but it definitely ignites, giving us an “it” moment worthy of the win. “I’ve never understood how so much can fit in little me,” VICTORIA sings. In these three minutes, she proves that she contains multitudes.
VICTORIA with “Growing Up Is Getting Old” 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 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.09/10
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