The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Greece, who have chosen Victor Vernicos with “What They Say”.
Are we saying good things? Read on to find out!
Victor Vernicos – “What They Say” (Greece Eurovision 2023)
Review: Victor Vernicos – “What They Say”
Oliver: A pleasant easy listening jam is always welcome at Eurovision, and Victor Vernicos delivers just that. “What They Say” is nothing new, but the wheel needn’t be reinvented. Warm guitar strums and gentle piano chords invoke comfort while the teenager’s smooth vocal emulates a maturity far beyond his years. Lyrically however, the Greek entry needs some work. Much of the sentiment is lost through the haze of clunky word painting and weak diction, which distracts from the otherwise strong foundation. Nevertheless, Victor deserves a spot in the final. His talent is something to be marvelled, and will only grow beyond his time at Eurovision.
Renske: The great thing about Greece is that they are using Eurovision as a platform for young talent. The song, though current and poppy, unfortunately feels like one in a dozen. It feels too much like a demo in a way, but that’s generally the same with a lot of tracks in the genre. These types of song are generally appreciated among casual viewers of the contest, but are not remembered for an eternity sadly.
Dayana: First of all, it’s great to see such young artists on the Eurovision stage. Victor delivers both professionalism and freshness. While I’d love to see a traditional ethnic song from Greece, “What They Say” is a great high-quality pop song. Somehow it reminds me of Ed Sheeran’s latest releases, so I believe Victor’s song has a great potential for post-Eurovision life – radios, TikToks and so on.
Pablo: If there’s a word to describe “What They Say” it’s… shapeless. Victor has a deep, smooth voice, and there are musically interesting elements, but there is no distinction between verse, chorus, and bridge. Instead, we get just three minutes of an amorphous wall of sound that has no standout factor. “What They Say” is just a messy affair of barely-discernible lyrics and beats that don’t pop at the places they should. This fades into the background in a way that could spell trouble in the semi-final, and it’s just overall lacklustre from what we usually get from Greece. Victor deserves more.
Tom: What worries me a little about this year’s Eurovision is some of the country’s tracks could be from anywhere. “What They Say” is exactly that. If I only heard the song without knowing who sings it and you gave me 10 guesses, I would never had said this song was from Greece. Make no mistake, I don’t want a Eurovison full of stereotypes but this feels so far away from Greece it’s untrue. The song is fine, it could be an album track from James Arthur’s new album. Nothing wrong with that. Mr Arthur is very talented, as is Victor Vernicos. There is just nothing special about it. It’s good, just not great.
Greece 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 2.5 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.03/10
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