The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Czechia, who have chosen Vesna with “My Sister’s Crown”.
Are we crowning the entry as our winner? Read on to find out!
Vesna – “My Sister’s Crown” (Czechia Eurovision 2023)
Review: Vesna – “My Sister’s Crown”
Antranig: “My Sister’s Crown” is truly unique – cut from a completely different cloth from any Eurovision entry that has come before it, and certainly very different from previous Czech entries. This is a song I have been compelled to listen to on repeat since the moment I first heard it and it is constantly stuck in my head. Staging will be make or break for this entry and there is a lot Vesna could do with it. If they get it right, there is no reason why Vesna can’t record the best Czech result at Eurovision. This is art!
Samuel: This is a creative, thoughtful and visually stunning entry from Czechia and it’s easy to understand where the Vesna hype comes from. However, I eagerly await to see how this song will translate on stage and whether it will have the same impact. Aside from being visibly intriguing, the song has yet to appeal to me in a broader sense.
Ruxandra: I think this song has big potential. Having lyrics in four different languages can be used as an advantage. The structure is good. I would like to see the unity not only in their lyrics, but also at a vocal level in their live performances. Performing with energy doesn’t always mean excessive movements, I don’t think that dancing is a must. Also, I see them near one another on stage just physically, not vocally. They need to harmonise their voices better and to listen to each other while singing. Sometimes they give me the impression that each of them tries to cover the others vocally and this makes the performances to look messy.
Lucy: There’s a good reason “My Sister’s Crown” ran away with the title for ESCZ 2023 – an instant hook that gets you intrigued to know more. Whilst we have heard Eastern European elements mixed with modern melodies before, this is so different, and it inspires feminism and power. It creates something bigger. Add in the additional context we have about the song, Vesna have created brilliance here.
Renske: Girly power pop combined with Slavic folk influences has been on the rise in recent years. “My Sister’s Crown” is full of figurative speech. Sometimes, that works in a poetic way, but the many different interpretations with Vesna’s entry have unfortunately had a different effect. It is experimental compared to what we hear on the radio, but compared to what we are seeing at Eurovision, it is not something fully innovative. Women-support-women pop is difficult to create but the try is beautiful, despite the song sometimes overusing certain tropes.
Czechia 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: 7.42/10
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