The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review France, who have chosen La Zarra with “Évidemment”.
Were we evidently fans of the song? Read on to find out!
La Zarra – “Évidemment” (France Eurovision 2023)
Review: La Zarra – “Évidemment”
Simon: Oh-la-la, c’est bon! La Zarra serves so much Frenchness that it gets the baguettes crunchy and the champagne popping. The laid back and cool vibe suits this song and, although I don’t think we are up in the heights of Barbara Pravi of 2021, it gets me vibing and wanting to sit at a beach hotel in Nice or Cannes. Hope the cool vibe can be transferred to the stage as well, because this can redeem the “Fulenn” mishap from last year and get France a decent left-side-of-scoreboard result.
William: La Zarra isn’t just a singer — she’s a force and a feeling. The song starts with sultriness and mystery and slowly turns to strength and seduction. Rather than delivering something obviously feel-good and full of bubble gum smiles, she explores the treachery of time, her endless search for love and her desire for truth in a world without easy answers. There’s a sense of delayed gratification — the song reaches its climax rather late. That climax could be bigger — I trust that will come with visuals in Liverpool. I love a woman with long nails and an oblong hat. Such attitude and flair is a reminder that the French disco era is now.
Renske: “Évidement” is a classy song with initially an exciting build-up. However, after it reaches its first chorus, it stays flat and does not surprise anymore for the remainder of the song. Songs like these risk being forgotten in a 26-song Grand Final. Having often-used elements, including a bridge just before the last chorus, does not aid its game either. All in all a decent effort, but unfortunately, not a standout among this year’s cast.
Ruxandra: Mesmerising. France has both: a sad romantic song with strong French vibes and a dance hit! It’s like a mixture of authenticity and modern music, with metaphoric lyrics that seem to underline well the desperate feelings of longing, a failed romance. While many other reactions expressed their worries about how this song will be staged, I have no worries at all about it. La Zarra is very expressive and she feels every single word that she is singing, I am sure that she could fill the whole stage just by doing something similar with the music video: to stay alone on stage with some lights effects and some smart camera angles.
Lucy: When La Zarra was announced for France, the cries of MOTHERRRR could be heard all the way from her homeland Canada, and she has most certainly lived up to her title with “Evidemment”. Honestly, I was a bit like “oh, hmm, ok”, not quite appreciating the build up to the disco drop on the first chorus, but in time I understand it. This suits her so well, and it’s oh so very French.
France 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 4 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.83/10
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