The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Ireland, who have chosen Wild Youth with “We Are One”.
Were we united in our opinions? Read on to find out!
Wild Youth – “We Are One” (Ireland Eurovision 2023)
Review: Wild Youth – “We Are One”
Jonathan: Is it slightly generic? Yes. But there’s still something about the anthemic pop-rock quality of “We Are One” that feels so empowering. Once you just let go, the melody can really lift you up. The chorus in particular is perfect for people to sing along with. Sure, Wild Youth shot themselves in the foot a bit by writing a song for [their perception of] Eurovision, rather than a standalone hit. But ultimately, ‘generic’ is just another term for ‘universally accessible’.
Simon: This is what a collab between One Direction, Westlife and The Script would sound like in my ears, so Wild Youth are certainly keeping the Irish boyband tradition alive here. The 90’s kid in me likes the catchy chorus and Conor’s distinct vocals, but are the lyrics a bit cliché? It would totally work as a theme song for a football championship and it reminds me a bit of when Emmelie de Forest made “Rainmaker” for ESC 2014. Probably not a last place in the semi-final for Ireland, although it’s gonna struggle in such a tough semi-final.
Dayana: “We Are One” is criminally underrated. Being one of the many boy bands this season, it’s difficult to stand out. But Wild Youth never fail to give 100% during their live performances and you can feel the immense energy coming from the artists. They had amazing performances in the first pre-parties and I would totally love to go to their concert!
Lucy: Oh gosh…where do I start with “We Are One”? I’m not one for saying a song is “typically Eurovision” but that title most certainly is. When speaking to my Irish friends it seems Wild Youth are better than this song, so I’m sad they’ve chosen this over something more daring or at least more genuine to them! Honestly, I find it very generic, though their lead singer Conor does sell it live, and I adore his love of Eurovision. Their staging will really matter in Liverpool…let’s say that.
Renske: Earlier, I found Wild Youth’s entry “We Are One” a little underwhelming as it lacks a bit of originality compared to the band’s other work. Since RTÉ’s Late Late Show, I’ve grown more fond of the entry. It is a crowd pleaser that will no doubt be able to make people sing a long. It is a breeze of fresh positivity in this year’s contest, albeit not the most original one. A clear qualifier.
Ireland 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 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.31/10
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