Eurovision’s Greatest Hits: Wiwi Jury reviews Emmelie de Forest with “Only Teardrops”

Eurovision’s Greatest Hits takes place in London on 31 March. The one-off concert will see a host of past Eurovision stars take to the stage to mark 60 years of the contest. While the show itself will be purely celebratory, we’ve decided to add a little competition to proceedings by ranking and reviewing all 19 Eurovision entries sung by the 15 confirmed acts. Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — only have to turn their time machine dials back two years, to Malmö 2013. Denmark’s Emmelie De Forest charmed Europe with her woodland waif act and a hunky flautist. “Only Teardrops” proved to be a runaway winner, but does the magic endure today? Read on to find out…

Robyn: 2013 was one of those curious years with no obvious frontrunner. “Only Teardrops” is a good enough song, with an especially great melody, but it seems destined to be forgotten between “Euphoria” and “Rise Like a Phoenix”. It’s never a good sign when one of the most memorable bits of the performance is the dreamy pipe-playing guy.

Score: 7/10

Sopon: Emmelie’s song is like so many other Danish entries: sub-par and lazy. She’s one of the weakest winners from this century, and I still can’t understand how a song with such awful clichéd lyrics won the whole thing. Even though DR hosted a fabulous edition the next year, I’d have left Emmelie in the semis.

Score: 2/10

Josh: “Only Teardrops” was absolutely amazing at the time, and a clear favourite from the beginning. Listening back a couple of years later, it’s definitely lost its spark. Perhaps it’s because she’s sandwiched between Loreen and Conchita, but it’s all just a bit meh now.

Score: 6/10

Angus: Y’all haters need. to. go. “Only Teardrops” takes me back to mother nature and acts as a primal call of emotion. The message of a failing relationship is devastating, Emmelie hits us with H2T woodland sprite innocence and the flute player lures us in with his hypnotic siren call. This doesn’t leave me with tears, it leaves me with a warm feeling in my heart.

Score: 9.5/10

Ramadan: It was one of my favourites to win DMGP, and I was so happy that Emmelie represented Denmark at Eurovision. The melody is absouletly amazing and I just love the flute. I couldn’t stop listening to “Only Teardrops” before the contest, I think I heard it like over 1,000 times. Although I did think the live performance was average.

Score: 10/10

Denise: It’s an average song, but the flute, the bare feet and the rest of the staging make it a deserving winner – it still gets played on the radio in The Netherlands. Her voice wasn’t special, but it suited the song. I would’ve loved to see her return as a competitor with “Rainmaker”.

Score: 8.5/10

Liam: I thought Emmelie de Forest was a deserving winner in 2013, and looking back today, my opinion hasn’t changed. I admit that the live performance was shaky, but it didn’t take away from the masterpiece that this is.

Score: 9.5/10

Sami: 2013 was the first contest I saw live and I was so happy that Emmelie won. The song is very strong and Emmelie’s performance was amazing. She’s so lovely and sounded great on stage. Her work after Eurovision has been brilliant too, I love her debut album and new singles. Totally a deserved winner!

Score: 10/10


Mikhail: Emmelie was great. Her performance was incredible and the song itself has an amazing melody. It’s something special. Emmelie’s voice wasn’t the best, but it was good enough to capture everybody’s attention. As a whole it was all great! Oh, and the flute slays!

Score: 9/10

Padraig: It’d be so easy to poo-poo “Only Teardrops”, and write it off as a calculated effort designed solely to win. But then you’d have to ignore all its pluses, because let’s face it – the song is brilliant! I can never skip when it pops up on shuffle, and the urge to sing along is often near impossible to resist. The stage show was integral that night in Malmö, yet even without it, the song shines. I’ll always stand by Norway’s Margaret Berger, but this really was a wonderful winner.

Score: 9/10

Emmelie's flute player

All 17 members of our jury rate each song. However, we don’t have room to share written reviews from everyone. Here are the remaining seven scores.

Anthony: 10/10

Chris: 9/10

James: 6/10

Judit: 7/10

Kristín: 8/10

Patrick: 9/10

William: 8/10

The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 2 and a high of 10.