The Wiwi Jury: Norway’s Tooji with “Stay”

The Wiwi Jury—a panel of music unprofessionals—has deliberated, and we can now offer our review of Norway’s Eurovision 2012 entry “Stay.” Brace yourself Tooji!

Wiwi: Melodi Grand Prix was Tooji’s first foray into live music—and it really shows. He struggles to hit the high notes, and I frequently get the impression he isn’t singing but just talking really, really loudly. Also, the opening bars of this song sound strangely familiar (and somewhat derivative). But wHaTEveR! Wiwi likes it anyway. Eurovision is much more than a song contest, and this act has plenty to make up for its musical shortcomings. I love the choreography and staging during the bridge (it’s almost as hot as the bridge of Greece’s 2010 act from Giorgos Alkaios and friends). This song may not be a contender to win Eurovision, but Tooji is definitely a contender to win our annual search for Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model. Dude is HOT. He obviously has really strong thighs. Do you see how he is supporting himself during the thrust-and-squat sequences. Douze points for that! We’re behind you, gurl! See you in the final!

Score: 6.5/10

Vebooboo: Norway is on a mission to prove that its people ain’t all white, and what better way to do it than to send an older version of Sweden’s heartthrob Eric Saade in the form of Tooji. Tooji’s voice isn’t exactly the best, especially on the high notes, but his upbeat pop song is modern and will definitely appeal to all the teen voters out there. And word on the street is that more and more of them are voting every year, so don’t be surprised to see this song make it to the final. I just hope they utilise the stage a bit more and bring out some props. And rip off Tooji’s shirt.

Score: 7

Meows Kitty: The model-turned-pop-star Tooji is not a talented singer but damn he is sooo fine!!! This song was brought to us by the same team who were behind Eric Saade’s ‘Popular’ last year, which came third in the final. I think this one is going to be quite a contender in the 2012 Eurovision with its stomping beats, strong bassline, somewhat ethnic sounds, and a pretty polished dance routine. It may even prove more popular than “Popular”!

Score: 7.5/10

Deban: If truth be told, my favourite Norwegian entry from this year’s pre-selection was Reidun Sæther with “High On Love.” Sadly, and with much regret, that’s now history. Tooji will be in Baku belting out ‘Stay’ instead. A cracking tune by all accounts. Although it wasn’t my first choice, I’m not disappointed it’s going ahead as Norway’s entry. Norwegian pre-selections have always been very competitive with many great songs. The sad thing is that the winning entry doesn’t always qualify for the final at Eurovision. Remember Stella Mwangi’s Haba Haba? A crowd favourite that somehow failed to impress the jury and tele-voters. Also, Norway’s homecoming anthem ‘My Heart is Yours’ by Didrik Solli-Tangen—that ended up finishing in the bottom pile? ESC is unpredictable! Hopefully Tooji won’t suffer the same fate. His submission is geared towards high points from Eurasia. The bassline of his song is very Turkish, and the catchy lyrics cast a wide Euro-appeal. Furthermore, his model looks and agile body infuses this song with added electricity.

Score: 6.5/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.9/10

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