The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Serbia, who have chosen Luke Black with “Samo mi se spava”.
Is it game over for the rest of the competition? Read on to find out what we thought!
Luke Black – “Samo mi se spava” (Serbia Eurovision 2023)
Review: Luke Black – “Samo mi se spava”
Luis: Everything everywhere and all at once, just like the Oscar-winning movie. Luke Black creates a videogame on stage and you just want to explore its whole world. There are so many inputs in this performance, and there’s so many things to like. “Samo mi se spava” is a very experimental piece, which doesn’t feel like it’s solely created for the stage: it’s still good enough to play by itself, without the visuals. Yet another year where Serbia has gone outside the box, and what a great idea that’s been.
Diego: Serbia knows how to deliver the most unique entries year after year. Luke’s incredible performance is bringing a post-zombie apocalypse videogame world to life. Meanwhile, the song is giving a haunted rock-metal vibe with a meaningful and strong message. “Samo mi se spava” is no doubt one strong contender.
Tom: I love that Luke Black is different and he is not trying to be like anyone else. “Samo mi se spava” is just a bit too alternative for me. I just don’t enjoy this type of music. The creepy laughter, the constant whispering and “hellos” – it’s all a bit unnerving and I feel that I have launched myself into a strange horror film. Kudos for being different, it’s just not for me. Serbia also find themselves in the ‘tougher’ first semi-final and I would be surprised if this qualified.
Simon: I don’t want to sleep, because I love the avantgarde direction that Serbia has taken in the last few years. Luke Black’s presence fits the description of avantgarde perfectly, the heavy electronic beat in the chorus goes right into my veins, and it doesn’t hurt that Luke is an absolute sweetheart in interviews. It probably doesn’t have the catchiness of Konstrakta’s entry, but the clever staging combined with Luke’s mesmerising vocals have catapulted this song to the top of my ranking. Not all the way to the top, but in the range of hoping for a repeat of last year’s top 5 spot.
Oliver: Eerie and dreamlike, “Samo mi se spava” is one of the most experimental tracks on this year’s Eurovision playlist. Luke Black showcases imaginative musical ideas and clever songwriting, using modal passages and witty wordplay to invoke a sense of mystery. At times, the mix is cluttered. There’s one too many ingredients in the pot for any of the flavours to stand out on their own, leaving some of the elements feeling underdeveloped. And with incohesive styling, the Serbian stage show needs some fine-tuning to secure its spot in the final. Never forget, sometimes less is more.
Serbia 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 3 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.69/10
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