Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — touched down in Estonia to review Elina Born & Stig Rästa with their Eurovision 2015 song “Goodbye to Yesterday”. We hit up Raekoja plats and Toompea Castle before getting down to business and listening to Elina & Stig. Did we fall head over heels for this? Or did we just want to say goodbye? Read on to find out!
Estona’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Elina Born & Stig Rästa with “Goodbye To Yesterday”
William: This song doesn’t cook — it smoulders. Built around the idea of aloof Stig leaving naked Elina in bed, it’s a timeless story with an Old World sound. Yet it works for today because of its sleek production and the pair’s sizzling chemistry. The elder Stig plays the part of detached lover perfectly, while Elina channels an intoxicating mix of desperation, infatution and madness. Goodbye to yesterday, but hello to a potential win.
Padraig: From Othello and Desdemona to Emily Thorne and Daniel Grayson, mankind has always relished gloriously dysfunctional love/hate relationships. And the more poop that hits the fan, the better. Elina & Stig have captured this dynamic wonderfully (of course, sans poop – they’re classy). As a listener you can’t help but mourn what they’ve lost, yet you sure as hell don’t want them to reconcile. No one wants a murder on their conscience! Some fans have criticised the pair’s lack of chemistry… seriously? These two hate each other. They are never ever ever ever getting back together. Like ever!
Josh: Oooh gurl! This song is absolutely incredible. When I heard the Estonian entry this year for the first time, it was immediate love and I thought I would get sick of it, but I haven’t — and I won’t! Stig has this strange and handsome coolness to him, and when Elina chimes in, it’s like the beacon of light comes through the window as the heavenly choirs sing. Winning material. LOVE. IT.
Robyn: I want to love this song, but it keeps letting me down. The Eesti Laul performance showed that both Stig and Elina were struggling with the lower parts of the song, and the staging still has a long way to go. Every live performance I’ve seen presents Stig and Elina as two entertainers at work, with no sense that they are the troubled lovers of the lyrics. They’re not ex-lovers in real life, but on stage they need to act like it. But at the heart of it, there’s a good song and if Team Estonia can get their laundry list in order, a strong result could be theirs.
Interview with Stig Rästa at Eesti Laul
Chris: The curse of being the early favourite seems to have hit Elina & Stig hard, as they have trickled down the betting order. What’s important to remember is that most people will only hear the song on the Saturday night, which could revive their chances of giving Estonia another victory. At its core, “Goodbye to Yesterday” is an undeniably good song, but their chemistry has been lacking on stage so far and Norway has seemingly usurped them in this area. I hope for their sake they figure out exactly how to get things working in Vienna.
Angus: Elina and Stig are taking us back in time to 1969 and I am so, so, so happy to be along for the ride. The jazz swings, the couple sings and Estonia brings its A-game. “Goodbye To Yesterday” is the real deal.
Interview with Elina Born at Eesti Laul
Bogdan: Love at first listen! This is a beautiful song that many people across Europe and beyond can connect to. Also, because of the vintage instrumental, it overcomes age barriers without sounding dated, but more like a homage to the ’60s. I hope they keep it all in black and white and that they revert to the staging of the Eesti Laul semi-final (rather than the final), because the way they didn’t face each other at all throughout the performance was more striking and faithful to the lyrics. Pure genius.
William C: I love this song. It is so retro yet so modern. I think their voices blend really well, though Stig isn’t the best live. I would be surprised if this didn’t make the top five on May 23rd. Tallinn 2016?
Sami: I loved this the first time I heard it and I still love it just as much. On first listen I knew that this would at least be in the top five of the contest — and I really want it to win. Even though the couple feels a little awkward, they still have great chemistry and amazing voices. Unlike most other Eurovision duets, this one has a real story and I’m sure some people can relate to it. The last time Estonia won the contest, they brought one of the worst winners of this decade. This time they could produce one of the best.
Deban: Elements of jazz and echoes of swing combine forces in “Goodbye To Yesterday”. Rästa’s ace composition takes flight with Born’s velvety vocals. As a duo, they successfully channel the tortured emotion that underlines the narrative. Sophisticated, yet full of restraint, “Goodbye to Yesterday” oozes some bitter truth and lots of vintage glamour.
First reaction: Elina & Stig win Eesti Laul with “Goodbye to Yesterday”
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 5 and a high of 10.