Wiwi Jury: Germany’s Cascada with “Glorious”

Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—flew to Berlin to eat some wurst and review “Glorious”. Did Cascada’s Eurovision 2013 song live up to its billing? Or did it prove to be a turkey on the dance floor? Read on to find out.

HK Dick: My favourite Eurovision country, Germany, has done it again – a fantastic song that will have us dancing to the wee hours in Malmö. I listened to the songs several times and don’t hear the comparison to Euphoria apart from they are both great dance hits. Cascada have had many great hits over the years and this should see them into the top 5.

Score: 9/10

Germany, Natalie Horler, 2Alexander: When I first listened to the German song, I initially thought that it was a cheap rip-off of “Euphoria”. However, upon subsequent listens (and finding out that Cascada has been doing this kind of thing for years), I realized that “Glorious” is pretty strong in its own right. The chorus is very powerful, upbeat, and danceable, and even the verses and bridge are catchy and addicting! That is pretty rare to be honest, so kudos to Cascada for making a song that is strong from start to finish. The lyrics also have a nice message about living life to the fullest. I am not sure if this has what it takes to win, considering how similar it is to “Euphoria” and Swedish House Mafia. However, I hope (and think) that it will do well in Malmö.

Score: 8.5/10

Mr Häggkvist: I admit that I’ve been a huge fan of Cascada since the start… so you can imagine my reaction when the group won the German Final. This song is very Cascada, and most of their material is like “Glorious”. I think the song is well done, Natalie’s vocals live are great and they have a great advantage for the millions of people around the globe that are obsessed with this group. The line “Tonight we can be Glorious” is something everybody will remember.

Score: 9.5/10

Germany, Natalie Horler, 1Vebooboo: I love me some Cascada — “Everytime we touch” played on my iPod on loop back in the day.  I do not, however, love this song. I just don’t get the huge appeal – I mean it’s pretty good, but it’s not amazing. It’s basically a bad club song, and while I love upbeat Eurovision songs in general, I just don’t get any special vibes from this one the way I did from Kati Wolf two years ago. And also, I’m sad to say that I think Cascada suffers from Ivi Adamou-it is to some extent…Every time she sings “glorious” she is slightly off pitch. So yeah, all that bitching aside, I’m sure Cascada will do well. I just would have thought someone as famous and k*ck-ass as her would have done better! PS please do something about the bland staging and that horrid wedding-dress-wannabe-train.

Score: 6/10

Deban: The Eurovision Song Contest gets even more exciting when established acts submit songs for their national pre-selections Cascada is no stranger to success having released many singles that have topped Dance charts globally, including The USA and Australia. However, most of their success relies heavily on re-working existing songs into dance anthems. So, it should come as no surprise that their current ESC sumission Glorious is dogged with accusations of plagiarism. The reality is that Cascada are just not creative! Although Natalie Horler can sing, Overall, their music is nearly 20 years out of date. Although Eurodance as a genre has made a resurgence, Cascada’s packaging is lazy. Fast forward to 02.35 min, and see whereGlorious runs out of steam. C’mon guys, come up with a better bridge. It’s only a three minute song!

Score: 4/10

Germany, Natalie Horler, 3Bogdan: I’ve had an on-and-off love affair with Cascada’s song. First, I thought it sounded glorious indeed, then I got bored with it and rooted for Ben Ivory instead. Then he disappointed in Hanover and Cascada won me over again with a flawless and very engaging performance that looked like a winner through and through. Then the plagiarism claims started… Now “Glorious” is like one of those exes who still makes your heart jump when you see them – but it’s not my no. 1 anymore.

Score: 7/10

Wiwi: Cascada has built an international reputation for floor-stomping electro dance music. They have not earned that reputation as a result of lead singer Natalie Horler’s voice, which benefits from really loud electro backing. With this song they have good material to work with. I loved the song when I watched the official video. Then I heard it live and things went from glorious to just O.K. Digitally remastered or not, the bridge is just lazy and uninspiring. In any case, Germany has upped its game since Lena’s victory in 2010 and I’m pleased to see the momentum is still going.

Score: 6/10

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.14/10

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