The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review San Marino, who have chosen Achille Lauro with “Stripper”.
Were we sliding down the pole in excitement? Read on to find out!
Achille Lauro – “Stripper” (San Marino Eurovision 2022)
Review: Achille Lauro – “Stripper”
Angus: Sex on legs! “Stripper” is a welcome shot in the arm, rippling with life, full of enlivening guitars and brought together in fantastic form by Achille Lauro. Where other rock entries this year sound behind the times, “Stripper” is pushing things forward. Listening to it, you want to jump up and down, headbang and have a good time – all the marks of a great rock song and incidentally a strong Eurovision entry too.
Ron: You know what? I really love Britney, but I don’t like rock. Maybe that’s a bad starting point for me to evaluate this song. I really tried, I read the lyrics in English, I watched this performance a few times, but I just don’t get it. Achille is a unique and good performer, yet the song doesn’t do it for me and I feel like we’ve heard this kind of song many times before. Since the message here is not that clear for me, all I can appreciate is Achille sticking to his native language and performing well, which doesn’t leave me scoring this one with too many points.
William: Achille Lauro is among the most arresting artists of the year. From the heavily-tattooed body to a face that smacks of an ancient Roman statue, he cuts a striking figure — and one that blurs notions of modern and retro, man and woman. He uses every inch of his form to great effect for “Stripper” — performing with an open jacket and slipping his thumb beneath his underwear line. It’s a statement on sexual freedom and liberation that helps distract from what is ultimately a mediocre, if catchy, pop-punk rock song. Performed by anyone else this would come off as bland and banal. But delivered by Achille it just sucks you in.
Oliver: “Stripper” wouldn’t be out of place as a B-side on a lost Sex Pistols 12-inch vinyl. It’s got all the tropes of classic English punk rock, plus the glorious genderf*ck fashion moments. Despite the homage, there’s little substance here. Achille Lauro exudes confidence, but beyond the Eurovision bubble his character reads less seductive, more arrogant. Moreover, the vocals and lyrics are lazy. Buzzwords like “sex toy”, “like a virgin” and “Playboy” are nothing more than an exercise in hedonism, and a shallow attempt to provoke. Lust is a wonderful thing, but Achille Lauro can pull off sleaze much better than this.
Robyn: At last Achille Lauro is coming to Eurovision — and he’s giving San Marino a rare Italian song. Lauro is a rock star and he has a song that perfectly captures his charisma and style. “Stripper” is a delight, a swaggering rock journey, packed with pop culture references (“I love Brinteeeeey!” dude, same) and an infectious shout-along chorus. And Lauro isn’t trying to be anyone but himself, sure to liven up proceedings in Turin.
San Marino 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 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.66/10
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