EUROVISION 2016 - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN

 

SECHUK JURY 2016 - COMMENTS & SCORES FOR: LATVIA

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HEARTBEAT

 

JUSTS

SECHUK JURY

Rating

 232/320 (72.5%)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY

LATVIA

INT

JURY TOTAL

101.5

Amar

Latvia has been upping its game recently! A very solid and modern entry. It's not as unique as Love Injected, but this song is very easy on the ears and can perform very well on a larger stage!

7.5

 

Benedek

Latvia has chosen something different still it is a reminding me of last years Latvia 's entry. I do not get the hype around this song. I think it is a   borderline qualifier and a contender for the bottom of the scoreboard.

4.5

 

Christos

Yes yes that's it...congratulations Latvia , a good copy of last year's participation, actually last year's singer who returns this year as a composer. Sorry sweetie, but here is no Burkina Fassa but Europe and some things are not easily forgotten. Eventually the contest have been evolved into a medley of sounds and morals ...I can not be subjective with Latvia I am sorry but I cannot afford your existence in the Eurovision ...

4

 

Daria

Emotions plus electronic music is a good combination. Of course itís not underground techno music, but a very good pop interpretation. I expect Latvia to deliver a unforgettable performance as last year.

9

 

Douwe

'Heartbeat', penned by Aminata Savadogo doesn't stray too far away from 'Love Injected' but it is still different enough to make it original. Justs has a great voice and this song is modern and edgy with raw emotion and deep beats but it doesn't move me. What sells once (6th place last year in Vienna ) does not necessarily sell twice ...

5

 

Elena

I don't understand what he's trying to do. It's like an "almost uptempo" love song with some weird club music sounds in the background. He has a good voice though.

2

6

Frederico

For some reason fans are going crazy for this song. I donít understand why. It is definitely not a song at the level of Aminata. I donít like it. Not the song. Not the voice. Not the slight awkwardness of it all.

1.5

 

Josť

Well done Latvia , after a period of awful songs, the last 2 entries are very competitive. Justs really have the potential to equalize the result of Aminata.

8.5

 

Mark L

It took about 2 minutes for this song to get going, but I have to say I enjoyed the last minute! Reminds me a little bit of last years Belgium entry only not as good

4.5

 

Melissa

I'm in love with this! Love the arrangement, love Justs' vocals, brilliant performance. The sound is very RŲyksopp, who I love. Not typical Europop, which make me love it even more. I can't wait until May when we see how this looks on stage - there's so much potential!

9.5

 

Octavio

A very good singer, great voice, with a very modern song, is really catchy and beautiful, but he needs to improve the performance to get a good place, the dude is definitely not ready for big stage.

10

 

Paul C

Yes I like this one. Latvia sends another great entry this year. The voice is great and love the sound of it. Latvia should get another good score in Sweden .

9

 

Pia

No no no, a copycat of Belgium last year. Ok, he has a strong voice, but thatīs all ....sorry....

5

 

Roberto

Latvia continues with modern-pop sounds. A peculiar ballad with a rather fine atmosphere, that makes it smart and pander enough. The more you listen to it, the more you can like it. Agreeable. 

7.5

 

Roy

Latvia is one of my favourite countries. I am maybe going to be in a minority, but I cannot see why so many rave about this song. I find the song has almost no melody. It is similar to me as last year, again I was in a minority but it did well so probably this song could end top 5. If it is a winner, well, the jury is out on that but I for one will like to go to Latvia again, so they can win even if the song is not so special.

5

 

Samantha

Sleek, sexy, minimalist and modern. Love this.

9

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

LATVIA

UK

JURY TOTAL

130.5

 

Andrew C

Having seen the odds on this before seeing the song I'm surprised. Top 5? Sorry, does absolutely nothing for me - the song that is...

5

 

Andrew G

this is different and good, this will stick out and get remembered, good voice, another quality song.

10

 

Daniel

We're getting Aminata for a second year! And for the second year in a row we're getting cutting edge music from Latvia of all places! 

8

 

Danny

Aminata really is Latvia ís saviour at Eurovision. This is a modern, fresh up-tempo song with excellent production. The only criticism is that the staging is a bit bland but that can be worked on, and Justs needs to watch his pitching. A second consecutive top ten place is definitely possible!

7

 

David B

Well it took me a good two minutes to stop laughing at his Princess Diana hairdo so I reloaded the song and listened again. This manages to be moody yet catchy and all topped off with a decent vocal. Fingers crossed though that he gets the look/staging sorted out because parading around in his mum's old leather jacket isn't what winning performances are made of.

8

 

David E

Stunning song, superb vocals.  Current, relevant, edgy.  If Latvia finished 5th with that horrendous thing written and performed by the same writer last year, then this fully deserves to romp home to a comfortable victory in May.  I can actually see this winning in spectacular Rybak style!  

10

 

Dean

Superb. This is modern, instant and brilliantly performed. It will sail into the final and I expect to see it Top 5. Pure class.

9

 

Eddie

Very similar to Belgium15 but more accessible. Such a great production and really good real voice. I'd love a huge stage show to back up this hit! Top 5 for me

9

 

Gary  

I donít know if this takes me back to 90s clubbing or if itís awoken something new for me, but hey I love this and I hope it does well for them. Something away from the Loreen wanabees and cheap scandi-melodies. Eurovision moves onÖ Count me in! I really did not like Aminataís song last year so Iím amazed she has come up with this. Good job!

10

 

Joe

More Nordic electropop. Yay. I like this. Rather a lot in fact. Latvia have upped their game in recent years and could be rewarded with a top 5 finish this year. Hurrah!

9.5

 

Mark M

This isn't as good as you think it's going to be but it's still a strong song that is well performed.  Maybe top 10?

8

 

Martin

Don't believe the hype - this is NOT the runaway winner of Eurovision 2016.  However, 'Heartbeat' is lyrically superb, the music hypnotic, heavily influenced by Aminata's touch.  Justs has an amazing voice and looks the part but his emotional delivery is very OTT.  Another 6th place wouldn't surprise me though.

8

 

Matt

I guess this sounds 'retro-mod' and I'm sure this will be a big hit and will do very well.  Not my cup of tea (again!) but not horrendous, although his voice is yet another that grates.  This will get the audience dancing but last year's was more powerful.

7

 

Nico

This sound like it's from the Aminata stable of music. It's a cool song, with a great singer, but just doesn't captivate in the same way to repeat last year's triumphant result. The second semi is shaping up to be the easier of the two though, so it may just qualify.

6.5

 

Sally-Ann

They're raving about this one all over Europe , but it gave me 90's flashbacks, personally.  If discotheques still exist, this one will fill them, but am not convinced it will fill the scoreboard.

6

 

TristŠn

At last, my favorite won, for the first time this year in a national final. Aminata was my favourite last year, so not surprising I love this, though not as much as Latvia 2015. Very sexy beat, and so far the best song chosen. May need to dust off the Latvian flag again. Very current, very enjoyable.

9.5