Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—headed to Tallinn and gathered around a table of rye bread, pork, potatoes and dairy products. After chowing down we got on with the important task of reviewing Tanja’s Eurovision 2014 song “Amazing”. Did it live up to its name? Or did we suggest a few alternative titles like “Boring”, “Monotonous” and “Lifeless”? Read on to find out. . .
Angus: So there are just a few similarities to ‘Euphoria’ here…the fringe…the crazy dancing…and of course the fact “Amazing” is a dance song. But is that anything to complain about? Last year Cascada committed outright theft. “Amazing” simply parallels the things that earned Loreen the most sets of douze points EVER back in 2012. I’m entranced by the interpretative dance element and think that a dance song is an astute choice this year. The bridge of the song makes it for me – it’s all kinds of beautiful and it’ll be a crime if Estonia doesn’t make the final again – if not the Top 10!
Anthony: Despite losing first choice favourite Sandra Nurmsalu very early on during the Eesti Laul final, I’m seriously impressed at Tanja’s “Amazing” ability to sing and dance at the same time. However, Eurovision fans are already annoying me by triggering endless accusations between “Amazing” and Loreen’s “Euphoria”. If I had a Danish Kroner for every time I hear that comparison, I would be living in a mansion right now. It’s only the choreography that is considered similar, although the music video from P!nk’s “Try” bears a stronger resemblance. If you listen to this entry blindfolded, it sounds nothing like Thomas G:son’s masterpiece. Should history repeat itself this year, I’ll be more than happy to accept Tanja as the winner.
Deban: The choreography is a sloppy copy of Loreen’s “Euphoria”, and it’s very distracting to boot. Unlike “Euphoria”, which gave a fresh spin to the Eurodance genre, “Amazing” is frozen in time and doesn’t quite live up to it’s ambitious title. Still, let’s give credit its due. Tanja’s voice holds every note in studio quality.
Billy: Well this is weird. “Amazing” starts off sounding like a summer hit. But then the music slows and Tanja suddenly seems to be presenting a ballad in super slow motion. The modern choreography is irrelevant to the rhythm of the song. It’s ballad, pop and electro mixed together—and for me the mix does not work. We’ve seen many similar songs in the contest, and most of them failed. Good luck with the couplets and the backing vocals!
Bogdan: Eesti Laul, you did again. After leaving Winny Puuh at home last year, you’re sending Tanja over my gurl Sandra this year. But I guess I understand how Tanja stole the show. The performance of “Amazing” is one of the most memorable of all the 2014 NF’s, in spite of the quality of the song itself, which is okay at best. The bold choreography and Tanja’s amazing vocals made her entry stand out. And since Eurovision has long stopped being a song contest, I believe “Amazing” has the potential to wow once more in Copenhagen. It will wow, but it won’t win.
Katie: When Tanja performed “Amazing” live, I’m not going to lie – it did look like a budget copy of “Euphoria”. And the music video made me slightly uncomfortable. Too many PDAs! That being said, it’s the best song Estonia has offered in a while and I like the fact that they’re sending an English song for a change. Annoyingly, though, we return to the Euphoria 2.0-ness when it goes dark and all the flashy lights come on during the chorus. Come on Tanja, we all want to be like Loreen, but really? This much? I’d bet anyone £10 that she’ll do that dance on stage in Copenhagen, too. Despite the lack of originality and that god awful plastic “leather“ jacket, it is a good song, with a good beat, and it would be nice if it made the Eurovision final.
Padraig: I’ll concede that I was initially a little peeved when Tanja beat the enchanting Sandra Nurmsalu to the Eesti Laul title. But once my indignation receded, I began to appreciate “Amazing” in its own right. The song may be a tad generic (cc Loreen, Cascada) and lyrically questionable (what does “stay amazing lie” even mean?), but it makes for a diverting change amidst the plague of ballads at this year’s contest. My main concern is all the dancing. Whilst visually impressive, there is a high risk that it could result in a Tooji 2.0 situation. I suspect those backing singers are going to have their work cut out.
Vebooboo: Robin Stjernberg would be proud — though our favourite chub-turned-stud may have flopped at Eurovision last year, clearly his love for modern dance has infected nearby Estonia. Tanja’s lyrics don’t make sense…”Stay amazing lie, I don’t, don’t want another to make me high”. She asks if we hear her screaming, but more importantly I ask if anyone can understand what the hell she’s whispering at the beginning of the song. Girl be breathing into that microphone way too hard! Lyrics aside, mad props to Tanja for being the first contestant ever to jointly enter the Eurovision Dance Contest and Eurovision Song Contest with one number (lol). And even bigger applause goes to Tanja for selecting a super cute back-up dancer to bust her moves on the stage with. Y’all know by now I love me a good upbeat number. This one is average, but Tanja gets an A for effort.
Patrick: Since I first heard it I have been in love with it. I had big doubts about whether Tanja could cut it live, but she did. I can’t see “Euphoria 2.0.” Just because she has a great dance performance and she doesn’t wear shoes does not make her a cover of Loreen. The song is powerful, energetic and catchy. A few people are thinking Tanja won’t qualify to the final but for me she’s a dark horse in the competition. One of my favourites! Totally “Amazing”!
Wiwi: Your comments about Euphoria 2.0. bore me. The last time I checked Loreen was not an extra in Cirque du Soleil, and her back-up dancer wasn’t nearly as hot. The song is fine: average to above average. The performance, however, is amazing. I do worry that Tanja’s dancer will dislocate her hip when Tanja extends horizontally at 2:30. But given the impression this performance makes, it’s worth the risk. Eurovision is about making an impression and being remembered. This ticks the box. One final note: the breathiness of the opening smacks of a phone sex operator. It’d be great to tone that down ahead of Copenhagen.
All 19 members of our jury rate each song. However, we only have room to share 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining nine scores.
James L: 8/10
Maxim Montana: 3/10
William C.: 6.7/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 2 and a high of 9.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.45/10
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