Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Subject to a rework, I still think we're heading for around 20th
SuRie has defied expectations to become this year’s Eurovision representative for the United Kingdom.
The early favourite did what we all expected: crashed and burned and probably ended up joint last.
As has already been mentioned in the comments, SuRie was the standout performance from what was another disappointing You Decide! selection.
The Annie Lennox comparisons have also been mentioned and I would tend to agree with these. SuRie has a similar tone to Lennox, and Storm does have that punchy, early 90s Walking On Broken Glass feel, albeit vastly inferior.
There has already been lots of hate directed at Storm; the constructive criticism is justified, as there is still a huge lack of boldness and vision in the way the BBC present and stage their songs. And stop worshipping Sweden. I can’t remember a single UK song praised during the national final show, yet ABBA were shown twice. Embarrassing really. Now on to the song…
Storm is a perfectly listenable radio track that lacks the fine tuning and arrangement capable of standing out in a 26-song final. The chorus becomes a bit tired and repetitive by the two-minute mark, yet I concede that it is at least memorable. The middle eight is probably the most effective part. As soon as that’s done with, the song does plod to the end where SuRie grasps for notes right on the edge of her range, which could get interesting in May.
The main weakness is the choreography, or lack thereof. SuRie is just stood there, arms down for the most part, wearing an unflattering green pantsuit. Fashion aside, I would enlist the use of a close-up steady-cam during the ‘hey, hey brother’ soft verses just to create a connection with people at home. The BBC really need to get her moving, though, as there’s only so much lighting and cameras can do in selling the pantsuit off this song.
Subject to a rework, I still think we’re heading for around 20th, though I will be happy to be proven wrong in Lisbon.
- Chorus is memorable
- SuRie does look capable of selling the song better
- Positive, radio friendly sound
- Not vocally secure
- SuRie too static
- Song loses momentum
Will the UK get a Stormy reception in Lisbon?