The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Malta, who have chosen The Busker with “Dance (Our Own Party)”.
Were we dancing along in our own private parties? Read on to find out!
The Busker – “Dance (Our Own Party)” (Malta Eurovision 2023)
Review: The Busker – “Dance (Our Own Party)”
Rick: I’m usually not really a fan of funkpop. But those guys from The Busker are just so charismatic and make this song accessible to me. It feels fresh, cool and somehow different to anything else. Of course it’s not the most sophisticated entry ever, but it’s very enjoyable and unusual for Malta, which I really appreciate.
Tom: “Dance (Our Own Party)” starts strong – I love the sexy sax intro. Then it goes a little all over the place. I am not sure about the amateur dramatics on stage. The Busker need to strip the crazy down a little because there is a lot to like with the song. “Dance (Our Own Party)” has a really cool vibe and will be great to dance to in the arena and at Euroclub. However, what they are doing physically is a little goofy. You can be whoever you want to be of course, but there is too much of a disconnect for me between the song and what goes on, on stage. The first semi awaits them so it will be a tough ask to qualify, but they might sneak through.
Lucy: I know this might be controversial … but The Busker have provided one of my favourite songs this year. Effortlessly fun, yet endearingly awkward dancing make this performance so relatable. It reminds me of going to a Eurovision themed night somewhere, in the sense that generic nights out aren’t my thing but the song is about going into your party comfort zone. Us Eurovision fans can have our own party and we will dance like weirdos, and scream along to songs only our community knows. Whilst “Dance (Our Own Party)” is about anxiety, it’s also about having an awesome time in a more comfortable space. I love it!
Oliver: The Busker have tonnes of personality. They’re a likeable trio, and as a concept “Dance (Our Own Party)” is a fun twist on the classic party anthem genre. But the flaw lies in the execution. The boys’ self-penned song relies too heavily on a dated saxophone riff laced between stiff, bland melodies. And with its gimmicky stage show, the live performance isn’t much better. The sweaters, party hats and bobble head choreography cross the fine line from quirky to awkward, on the verge of irritating. In a stacked semi-final lineup, Malta fades into obscurity.
Diego: The Busker and their song “Dance (Our Own Party)” are perfect to turn the party on in Liverpool. Everything in this song is fun, quirky, groovy; it definitely makes you wanna dance. I’m sure they are going to leave their souls on the Eurovision stage. Despite all that good mood, I see it being difficult for Malta to qualify to this year’s final. For me it’s some sort of déjà vu — the kind of song that we’ve heard before. Very good luck to them!
Malta Eurovision 2023 ranking
In the Eurovision 2023 Wiwi Jury, we have 20 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 2 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.11/10
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