Straight Outta Kotor: WhoSee’s “Igranka” released
Since returning to the Eurovision fray last year, the delegation from Montenegro has made it clear that they were going to take part in the contest on their own terms. Opening the show in Baku was Rambo Amadeus’s tongue-in-cheek spoken-word ode to the economic crisis, “Euro Neuro“, complete with a Trojan donkey. This year, hip-hop act Who See take the mantle, collaborating with Nina Žižić on “Igranka”, or “Dance”.
Dedduh and Noyz have been performing as Who See for over a decade now, and know how to do things their way. It’s worked out well for them on the home front, as they won the MTV Europe Award for Best Adria Act in 2012. Whether that success translates to their participation in Malmö might be a very different story. While Nina’s vocals are strong and provide the song with a great hook, they’re heavily produced. If she needs a pair of backing singers in order to recreate the effects on the studio recording, that only leaves one spot available for a dancer. (And with a song like this, you’ll want some major movement on stage.)
Needless to say, “Igranka” is likely going to divide Eurovision fans pretty deeply. Unless you speak Montenegrin, you might not be able to sing along with much beyond an occasional “na na-na-na igranku“. Other fans might have every intention of taking advantage of the lack of floor seats at Malmö Arena and dancing their asses off. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that Who See are going to be calling their own shots in Sweden.