Earlier today the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—traveled to Hungary to load up on goulash and to review ByeAlex’s “Kedvesem”. Did the mellow number put us to sleep? Or did it relax us into giving away our douze points? Read on to find out…
Vebooboo: If the staging stays the same as it was in Budapest, then I’m seriously bringing some pot brownies from Amsterdam for us to get down on while listening to this one. What a mellow song, perfect for any over-stressed businesswoman to watch when she’s about to have an aneurism at work. There’s something oddly magical about the raspy nature of ByeAlex’s voice. It’s not classically good, don’t get me wrong, but somehow it works when mixed with the crazy cartoon figures and colour scheme. Just like pot, this song should be everyone’s guilty pleasure this year.
Bogdan: I laughed when I first heard that someone going by the name of ByeAlex won A Dal – but then I heard the song and I was impressed. It may sound like it’s just another ballad, but, to me, this is one of the most original songs this year, performed by one of the most current acts of ESC 2013. “Kedvesem” is a simple, honest and endearing song, which doesn’t attempt to be dramatic for one second. Unfortunately, come Eurovision semi-final night, I am afraid that these very qualities will be its undoing. And that’s too bad, because I love Hungary’s entry this year and it deserves to be in the final.
Deban: Kedvesem sounds like the soundtrack to a foreign independent film. It works well when built into the script of a film, but when heard in isolation, the listener automatically feels it’s incomplete without credits running through the screen. Although I like this, it is totally misplaced in the Eurovision Song Contest. Hello Alex for the Hungarian Film Festival. However, for ESC, it’s Bye Alex.
Alexander: ByeAlex, believe it or not, has a master’s degree in philosophy! He also self-wrote “Kedvesem” (which later got remixed by Zoohacker). Both of those facts garner instant respect from me. This is a cute little number, but the problem is it doesn’t really go anywhere and gets boring. The song could end halfway through at around 1:30 and not much would be lost, unfortunately. Because the song is easily forgettable, Alex is going to have a tough time qualifying to the final. I will be pleasantly surprised if he does, though. 🙂
HK Dick: I really have no idea what to make of this yet I find it strangely addictive. It reminds me of the Beloved from the 1990’s with their trippy, electronic dance. I expect this sounds fantastic if on illegal substances or the next morning at a chillout party. (The taking of drugs is not recommended or advocated when listening to Eurovision music). I just don’t think there will be enough people to appreciate this and it will flop badly.
Mr Häggkvist: I don’t have a lot to say about this entry. We had What About My Dreams? and Sound of Our Hearts and then THIS. This is just horrible. Come on: How can an entire country love this?
Wiwi: Does “Kedvesem” mean “stoner” in Hungarian? I’m not sure. But I do know that this song is so mellow I question whether ByeAlex has a pulse. Wondering whether your artist is dead or alive isn’t a good start. This song is sweet and the doodles are cute, but it does not inspire anything beyond impatience. I keep waiting for that WOW moment. But instead I’m left wondering if I have enough time to run to the toilet before the next act comes on. Ima set my alarm for 3 minutes from now. Wake me if I’m in a deep sleep when the next contestant takes the stage…
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 5/10