The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Austria, who have chosen LUM!X feat. Pia Maria with “Halo”.
Are we singing heavenly praises about the song? Read on to find out!
LUM!X feat. Pia Maria – “Halo” (Austria Eurovision 2022)
Review: LUM!X feat. Pia Maria – “Halo”
Jonathan: I can see Austria’s “Halo” and it’s shining so bright! LUM!X and (the now confirmed actual person) Pia Maria deliver one of the catchiest songs of the year. The 80s/90s influences aren’t so overpowering that it ends up sounding dated; instead, they give the song a twist that helps it stand out from other generic dance tracks. With the song being so full on, Pia Maria will need the energy of the Duracell Bunny to keep going for the entire duration. But if she can give it 100%, then “Halo” is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Ron: This is such a cool and refreshing track that takes me quite some years back in time. The bite and the rhythm are so infectious that they really lift you up – it’s a pure BOP. Yet I have mixed feelings with this one. I’m not sure how much the lyrics make sense at times and it’s also a bit hard to hear them clearly in some parts. After watching this song live a few times, I was left a bit underwhelmed and took that into account as well, although I feel that I might have been too harsh and that my score should have been a bit higher. The song sounds very familiar, so there’s nothing really new here. It’s good but not amazing.
Luis: “Halo” is an old-school banger the size of the palace that appears in the music video. While it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it’s a very enjoyable rush and a wake up call in a year full of slow and moody entries. The main issue here is the vocal delivery: it is a quite complicated entry with long lyrics and little space between them. That’s a challenge for every singer, but if Pia Maria rises to the occasion, Austria should be rewarded with a place in the grand final.
Renske: “Halo”, from one side, is the Eurovision entry we had all been praying for during the 2010s. The DJ and female vocalist combination is a fresh choice from Austria, but yet, it seems a bit stuck in the past. Especially in a Eurovision 2022 season, in which an Armin van Buuren bid was reportedly rejected by the Netherlands. “Halo” might work as a throwback to the club anthems of 2016, but it feels a bit overdone to work at Eurovision.
Lucy: I have to admit, the first time I heard “Halo”, I firmly wasn’t a fan at all. However, it took less than fifteen minutes for me to be bopping along to it adamantly on a London Underground train. It’s so good, I didn’t even care if I looked stupid – it’s an indulgent delight of sheer pop. Yes, the lyrics are a smidge cheesy, but if we can’t enjoy classic Europop at Eurovision sometimes then what’s the point? There’s definitely better songs this year, but LUM!X and Pia Maria sell this really well – especially LUM!X, he is clearly loving every minute of this.
Austria 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 5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.97/10
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