Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—headed to Oslo to review “I Feed You My Love”. Did Margaret Berger’s Eurovision 2013 song leave us hungry for more? Or did we end up vomiting her love right back in her face? Read on to find out…
Bogdan: It was love at first listen and love at first sight. It really doesn’t get any better than this. The song is gorgeous, the lyrics are meaningful, the show is flawless, Miss Berger is a looker. Compared to other entries this year, Margaret’s MGP performance looks and sounds like it’s from the future. This is what we have been waiting for after Loreen raised the bar with “Euphoria” last year. I wouldn’t say that Margaret jumps the bar, but she is definitely working it and she should win!
HK Dick: A totally modern pop song should send Norway back into the top 10 this year. This will be great in the stadium but I worry how it will come across on TV. Her strong vocals soar over the electro-pop track and I see myself swirling in a sea of mist. This would make a great Kylie track – and that’s not a bad thing!
Mr Häggkvist: There is one gigantic truth about Norway in Eurovision… most of the time they make horrible choices. After a couple of fails they wow us. This is one of the greatest choices Norway has ever made. They aren’t following music standarts or trends… and let me tell you something, Margaret is a great “ARTIST”. These lyrics are amazing. What a powerful and strong song!
Vebooboo: First of all, let me just say how bitter I am that Adelen won’t be on stage in Malmö. Her song, although not sung well live, has all the ingredients of a Euroclub classic. Bitterness aside, Margaret is going to work it out in Malmö. Her song is original and in a genre of its own, meaning it will naturally stand out in viewers’ minds when deciding where to throw their hard earned cash in voting. Add to that the fact that Margaret has stage presence and a killer voice, and we’ve got a solid chance for a Top 5 finish. My Scandinavian peeps have been representing like no other these past years (sorry, Stella), and Margaret belongs in this same league. If she doesn’t finish Top 10 Ima start beating on someone else’s bombo.
Deban: The ESC needs more left-field entries. Enter Norway’s Margaret Berger. She’s no stranger to the pop industry, and she’s where she is today career-wise, as a result of a few wildcards in her favour. Will this song take her into the final? It’s hard to tell. I Feed You My Love is a good song, but one that only truly appreciates on low volume and after several listens. The protagonist elevates it with her confident delivery, and beauty queen aesthetics. However, I wasn’t instantly wowed by it. Music experts will warm towards it, but the key to its success with the voting public, would rely heavily on how it’s staged in Malmö.
Alexander: I’m in the small camp (along with Wiwi!) that felt Adelen with “Bombo” should have won the Melodi Grand Prix instead of Margaret Berger. I also have to say that I’m quite surprised how many people absolutely love this song. For me, it’s just above-average. Sure, it has an interesting modern (or post-modern) vibe to it, but it also feels pretty shallow and flat. The lyrics are weaker than I would have expected, but Margaret performs very well, and I do like the background music.
Wiwi: This June, after I add all of this year’s Eurovision songs to my iPod, I will skip “I Feed You My Love”. It just does nothing for me. The electro sound leaves me wondering what Margaret’s voice really sounds like, and the song as a whole leaves me feeling empty afterwards (as with Compact Disco’s electronic offering last year). I don’t like the tempo either. The whole time I’m just like, “Can we please get on with this?” That said, Margaret commands the stage and knows how to work a mermaid gown. I give the song nil points, but I suspect Europe will give her a lot more.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.21/10
Wiwi Jury Final Ranking: #7 out of 39 contestants