This afternoon the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—caught a bus to Copenhagen to photograph the Little Mermaid statue and to review Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops”. Did she leave us in tears with her beauty and poise? Or did we tell her to dry her tears and write a better song next time? Read on to find out..
Bogdan: If many songs don’t sound like Eurovision songs, this one sounds too much like a Eurovision cliché to me, because it is very similar to past contenders. It has “Let Me Try” written all over it if you ask me (the flute, the drums… It’ll sound very familiar to Romanian ears). Also, the “We Are the World” lyrics are sort of dated and lame. That being said, Emmelie delivers a good performance and I see it doing well, especially because it’s so popular. But not in my book.
Vebooboo: Denmark has turned itself into a Eurovision powerhouse as of late. Sweden may be the most intensely fanatic nation when it comes to Eurovision, but Denmark in the past 5 years has delivered a string of solid performances that have ranked in the top 5. Along comes Emelie, and Denmark finally has itself a winner (or so I hope at least). This act has it all – a simple song that is easy to remember, a folksy flair that will appeal to eastern European peasants, a pretty girl, and sensational staging. And can I just point out the obvious — Emelie is Helena Bonham Carter’s bastard child! Not only do they look exactly alike, but they both have the same eery, cooky style. And both are utterly fantabulous. Bottom line, unless Emelie gets a horrible lot when it comes to her Final starting position, I think she will be shedding a lot of teardrops when she wins. So start booking tickets to CPH, peeps. Funny, since half of the Eurovision community are already there this year in light of Malmö’s atrocious reputation and utter lack of quality accommodation.
Deban: The Danx Melodi Grand Prix was interesting for many reasons. This year had the most submissions in it’s five-decade history. Oddly enough, the 10 finalists that were selected were by no means indicative of high quality. In their defence, many of them brought something special to the table, but nobody had the overall package in my view. Mohammed had the best song, Simone had the best vocals, Brinck is a big name, Kate had the most sophisticated staging and Daze rocked a killer chorus. Unfortunately for all the other participants, it was Emelie the unknown starlet who bagged the trophy with Only Teardrops. Although, not a standout contestant or song by any means, she was the only one who successfully ticked all boxes in all categories without compromising. Will this do well in Malmö? It’s hard to say, but my prediction is that it will qualify, but stall like her predecessor, Soluna Samay. Perhaps her Royal ties may win a few votes. Personally, I can’t help but echo Soluna and think, ‘Shouldn’t Denmark have known better’?
HK Dick: This has it all and is surely the song to beat. It’s original, has obligatory Eurovision drums, great vocals, a memorable chorus and even a bit of Irish flute to complete the package. Maybe I should just leave my suitcase in Copenhagen for 2014…
Alexander: Denmark’s Eurovision entries in recent years have usually been either generic or knock-offs. Just as a few examples, Denmark 2006 was a knock-off of Chubby Checker’s “The Twist”, Denmark 2009 was a generic country song, Denmark 2010 was an ABBA knock-off, Denmark 2011 was accused of being a rip-off of other compositions, and last year’s Danish entry was typical American country-pop. While I have enjoyed many of these entries, I have to sincerely applaud Denmark for going with something more unique and original this year. “Only Teardrops” is an excellent entry performed wonderfully by Emmelie. The song has a powerful and addictive chorus, the drumming is great, and the flute is absolutely beautiful. The lyrics also have a nice meaning as well. This should definitely receive a high placing in Malmö!
Mr Häggkvist: Just clean, pure, magical, different and not a commercial pop song… I can write a lot of things about this song, but I think it’s all about Emmelie’s way of performing and the feeling that she translates. It’s just beautiful. At the very least this should make the top 10.
Wiwi: Of all the songs at Eurovision this year, “Only Teardrops” is the one that will play well in the most markets. It has East-West appeal, is radio-friendly and actually has a story to tell. Themes of division and unity apply to love, politics, and the environment—and cut across all cultures. The tribal drumming taps into our most basic instincts and would have stirred a reaction in the first homo sapiens, the mandarins, and Enlightenment thinkers, just as it will in today’s bright young things, super models, and fans of pop. This song will age well as it’s timeless and has no borders. Mature lyrics with a spiritual delivery. A musical orgasm. A perfect ten.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 8.07/10
Wiwi Jury Final Ranking: #3 out of 39 contestants