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The Xtra Files: We Review Serbia’s ‘In Too Deep’ by Tijana Bogićević!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at escXtra think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Serbia.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start in May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an escXtra leaderboard of the entries! You can see our preview reviews here.

Today, it is the turn of the Serbian entry, ‘In Too Deep’ by Tijana Bogićević, to be reviewed by Hlynur, Luke, Matteo, Nick, Sagheer, and Sophie. Let’s get started!

The Reviews

Hlynur

Not falling deep for this one, think there is too much going on in the song. Seems just like an average pop song.

Luke

I think the song is called In Too Deep because Serbia are worried that they are in too deep and may actually do well this year. This is great. It’s modern, and radio friendly for all of Europe, but still has that Balkan sound. Artists should look at THIS when they’re writing their Eurovision entry; it’s a fantastic example.

Matteo

Great song. The team behind it nailed it last year and three times this year. It’s dynamic, she sounds great and it might be one of those that can be easily staged with one dancer and a lot of camera action. Left hand side in the final.

Nick

I get some strong Beyoncé vibes from this. That chorus and Runnin’ are a good match. And no, it is not plagiarism. If I hear that word again, I cannot stand for the consequences. This is good, this is solid, but it only takes a place in the shade of some other female pop tunes.

Sagheer

When I first heard the instrumental, my expectations were high but upon listening to the full songs I’ve been slightly disappointed. Yes, it’s a great modern song but it gets too repetitive and doesn’t really go anywhere.

Sophie

I wish everybody would just stop with the fake finger flicking already… Besides that, it feels like I’ve heard this song a million times before and I will forget about it in a second. It doesn’t really build up to anything and gets rather repetitive instead.

Scores

Dimitris 9.5 Rodrigo 8
Hlynur 3.5 Ryan 8.5
Katarina 7 Sagheer 6
Luke 9.5 Simon 4
Matteo 9 Sophie 2
Nathan 8 Wivian 5
Nick 7.5 Yassia  9

When we remove the top score of 9.5 and the lowest score of 2, the average score for Serbia is 7.08.

(Removing the top score and the lowest score helps to make the average score more reliable and less affected by outliers.)

Leaderboard

Serbia reaches 2nd place in our leaderboard with a score of 7.08.

  1. Australia – 7.25
  2. Serbia – 7.08
  3. Hungary – 6.79
  4. Moldova – 6.58
  5. Norway – 6.33
  6. Latvia – 6.25
  7. United Kingdom – 6.00

Tomorrow, we will review San Marino.

Do you agree with our reviews of Serbia? What are your thoughts on ‘In Too Deep’? Let us know in the comments!

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Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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