The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Up first we review Romania, who have chosen wrs with “Llámame”.
Were we ready to hit speed dial? Read on to find out!
wrs – “Llámame” (Romania Eurovision 2022)
Review: wrs – “Llámame”
Sebastian: Call me? Not maybe, call me now! wrs is the perfect combination of dated sounds, kitch singer and solid dancing, which toes the line between cliched comic relief and actually a solid performance. wrs is full of commitment, and sells this package of hyper-Latino pop of the mid 2000s. Many would describe this as outdated. I describe this as nostalgic, committed and sexy. Hola mi bebebe – call me a devotee.
Luis: “Llámame” is a throwback to the 2000s and I’m unexpectedly all for it. While at some point it feels like the noughties are not yet too far away to be back on trend, this somehow works. It may be the kitsch of the Spanish stereotypical lyrics, the choreo or the clothing, or a combination of all of it, but you can’t get this performance out of your head. wrs has been getting better and better with each show, and by the time he hits the Turin stage, no one will have a doubt that Romania is one to watch this year.
Natalie: Didn’t we leave songs like this back in 2005? I was under the impression that Eurovision has become something a bit more interesting in the last 20 years. I’m all for thumping beats and ethnic vibes, but it gets really tiring to be forced through them all the time. If this is your vibe, I have massive respect for you, but this isn’t why I like the contest, and never will be.
Tom: There is nothing sophisticated about “Llámame”, nor is it different in any way. It’s a good old fashioned pop song that will live in your head. To be honest, the more I listen to it the more I enjoy it. Unfortunately, the majority of the Eurovision audience will only have one or two listens of the song before making their decisions and ultimately, that’s not enough for this tune. I can see people taking their tea breaks here before giving it a chance – especially as it is 11th in the running order. I really worry it might not make the final – I hope it does.
Pablo: This is dangerously catchy. wrs has effectively reworked “Llámame” into a Buddha Bar-esque thumping piece that would fit into nightclubs and lounges everywhere in Europe. The way it seamlessly progresses from the chorus into the instrumental break is cause for constant replay, and the instrumental displays flares from all around the world: Latino, Middle-eastern, European, it’s all on “Llámame”. It won’t be easy to properly perform this live, but Romania knows how to do this kind of music regularly. I’m hopeful we will see them in the final this time.
Romania Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 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 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.38/10
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