Once again Ireland will use the “The Late Late Show” to choose its Eurovision song. On Friday 3 February, host Ryan Tubridy will guide viewers through the Eurosong 2023 special, which spans genres from dance-pop to rap.
Before the show kicks off, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 6 competing songs. Next up is the band Wild Youth with their song “We Are One”.
Wiwi Jury: Wild Youth – We Are One
Renske: Wild Youth are one of the biggest names in the Irish selection. However, their song, a typical “band in a stadium” track which reminds somewhat of Coldplay, feels a little bit dated. The lyrical trope of unity and inclusion sounds unfortunately cliché. Eurovision has not seen a lot of pop bands do well in recent years. It’s the rock and alternative groups that reign — I just don’t see Wild Youth reclaiming the boyband pop spot in the contest. It’s a pity, because with different material, it could have been a wholly different story.
Rick: It’s not like this song is poorly produced. There’s even a particular sound in it which reminds me of Coldplay — it makes it very hymn-like. But in general this is too “predictable”. We’ve heard it before and the lyrics are way too cliché for me to enjoy.
Ruxy: This is good radio material and, in a live setting, it could definitely create good audience interaction. As other Eurovision fans have already said, this song has that ‘anthem sound’ and a familiar message that encourages unity. If this wins Eurosong, its chances hinge largely on the staging… I would like to see Wild Youth give the vibe of a live concert or a festival, not necessary the vibe of a television show. This song has good potential in the competition. It’s a bit nostalgic and brings back the sound of the late 90s and early 00s.
Tom: Anthemic is the best word to describe “We Are One”. It’s a big, radio-friendly epic that wouldn’t look out of place on the Eurovision stage. My issue is that it feels a little formulaic. Like an X Factor winning song. That obviously has its positives and negatives. The positives: it has a big, powerful and catchy chorus that everyone can join in with. The lyrics in the verses evoke emotion and nostalgia on a massive scale and that is always a winner for Eurovision.
The negatives: The noble lyrics feel a bit overdone and cliché, again just like an X Factor winning song. It’s a predictable song. You know where it’s going to end before it hits the minute mark. I can even imagine firework rain during the last chorus just like… well you get my drift. Now this makes it sound like I don’t like the song. In fact, I really enjoy it. It’s very easy to listen to, join in with and belt out with my hands in the air. I am looking forward to seeing this on stage to see what they do with it. If this goes to Liverpool, I wouldn’t be disappointed. It just lacks a little heart for me to get a better score.
William: Breathing, giving it all you got, getting back up again, life as a long road, the falling sun — it’s like an AI machine was asked to generate an inspirational pop song with an anthemic feel. I like the lead singer’s voice and I think this transmits good feels. But it’s just so predictable and heard-it-all-before that I can’t get behind it. Where is the “wild” in Wild Youth?
Wiwi Jury Score: 6
- Connolly – “Midnight Summer Night” Score: 7.5
- Adgy – “Too Good For Your Love” Score: 7.4
- Leila Jane – “Wild” Score: 6.8
- K Muni & ND – “Down In The Rain” Score 6.2
- Wild Youth – “We Are One” Score: 6
- Public Image Limited – “Hawaii” Score: 4
What do you think of “We Are One” Do you think it should represent Ireland in Liverpool? Let us know in the comments.