Will Australia keep up their record of top 10 finishes with Jessica Mauboy?
During Eurovision 2014, the EBU hinted at a participation of Australia in Eurovision for the first time. Australian pop star Jessica Mauboy performed one of her songs as the interval act to honour the many Australians following the contest every year. In 2015 they actually entered the competition properly and in their first three years, they never missed out on a spot in the top 10. Last year however, Isaiah only received 2 points from televoting in the final, but thanks to his top 5 spot with the jury, he ended up at a respectable 9th position. This year Australia needs to serve the goods to impress the televoters as well and in order to do that, they brought back Jessica Mauboy, who will perform the pop tune ‘#We Got Love’ in Lisbon in May. Is another top 10 position in sight for them?
Jessica Mauboy rose to fame in her home country finishing as a runner up in the 2006 season of X Factor. What followed is a long string of successful singles and three albums to her name. We will just have to wait and see if ‘#We Got Love’ will be her next hit, because I am not at all convinced this was the best she could have come up with. ‘#We Got Love’ is an uptempo pop tune of the generic kind that does not stand out in any way after the first few listens. To be honest, the only thing that grabbed my intention were the painfully cliche lyrics they came up with. “Love is stronger than fire, so don’t give up, ’cause we got love.” Really!? We get a handful of tracks with the same subject matter in Eurovision every year and this one is definitely not one of the strongest. Also, what is up with the hashtag in the title? If you want to go for a hashtag, then actually use a proper one instead of spaces in between the words. That is not how hashtagging works, Jessica!
To end on a lighter note, the production of the tune is on point and it sounds like she will be able to belt away in the last chorus. She is a talented vocalist (although her 2014 interval act didn’t really do her justice) and with the right staging, she might be able to sing herself into the final. I just wish she would have gone for something a little more exciting or memorable, like her single ‘Never Be The Same’ or even her debut track ‘Running Back’. I don’t believe that ‘#We Got Love’ deserves to go anywhere near the top 10 on the Saturday night.
See our other Eurovision 2018 reviews: BELGIUM – CYPRUS – CZECH REPUBLIC – DENMARK – GREECE – ESTONIA – FINLAND – FRANCE – LATVIA – MALTA – THE NETHERLANDS – NORWAY – SPAIN – SWEDEN – SWITZERLAND – UNITED KINGDOM