Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Denmark. After taking a stroll around the Tivoli Gardens, we set up next to a giant illuminated swan and discussed Lighthouse X‘s song “Soldiers of Love”. Did it makes us want to be recruited? Or were we looking to stage a coup? Read on to find out!
Lighthouse X – “Soldiers of Love”
“Soldiers of Love” reviews
Edd: 2016 marks first time in a decade that I haven’t loved a Danish entry. The song has absolutely zero personality and evokes no emotion in me whatsoever. I can’t even pick out a single element to talk about because it’s just so bland – it’s gagging for a post-chorus harmonica instrumental. This is going to have to be one hell of a visual performance if Denmark wants to be back in the grand final.
Angus: For a song about love, this is really lacking emotion. “Soldiers of Love” ticks all the right boyband filler track boxes — a key change, cheesy message, attractive singers and slick harmonies — but the finished product feels hollow. It doesn’t give Lighthouse X any identity and their delivery, while technically brilliant, is a disappointing effort from Denmark.
Bogdan: Lazy songwriting that offers absolutely no surprise whatsoever. The dreaded key change is delivered with robotic precision at the expected time. The lyrics are cringeworthy. No amount of eye candy will help when the overall impression is so saccharine. Too bad, because the guys are competent singers.
Deban: The ’90s boyband explosion finds new life as the 2016 Danish entry. “Soldiers of Love” is inoffensive, notoriously catchy and danceable. Lighthouse X are seasoned professionals, and have worked their camera angles to telegenic heights. As the boys march on with a song crafted for universal appeal, this will surprise most people.
Diego: It feels like coming back to the ’90s where cheesy pop songs were the next big thing and boybands were ruling the world of music. But we’re in 2016 and that doesn’t speak to me anymore (if it ever did). It’s just a regular pop song with some pre-made lyrics about love and not a single drop of personality. I can’t deny it’s pleasant to hear but the thrill ends there. I feel like Denmark will not make the grand final for the second time in a row.
Judit: I can’t deny, I like their boyband style. They are good looking, and “Soldiers of Love” just stuck in my head. They’re singing “Take my hand…” and yes, I would take their hands. I love the song and I just can’t sit still while this one is playing. Not the best vocal, not the best song, but still has something and thanks to that Denmark is in my top then this year.
Mike: Well, Lighthouse X was by far not the strongest contender in the Danish national final and maybe even the worst choice in the superfinal, but I have to admit that since I have started to adore this typical Scandinavian pop song. This song does not have quality written all over it and their voices are not the best of the competition, but when this song starts playing on my Spotify I can not sit down anymore. Denmark should be back in the final this year and make a three-minute party on the stage because that is what they can do really really well.
Padraig: Forgive my dirty mind, but I expect most people would rather see their soldiers of love than listen to “Soldiers of Love”. This is standard boyband fare. It’s not ground-breakingly brilliant, yet it’s not a disaster either. Basically it’s average in every way. I’d be much more impressed if the song title was a double entendre, at least then I’d have something to snigger at.
Robyn: Even though Lighthouse X have only been together for four years, they look and sound like a reunited boyband from the ’90s, perhaps one that’s got back together for a Eurovision bid. What’s worse, “Soliders of Love” is such a dull, by-the-numbers, self-conscious Eurovision entry. Despite the song title, there’s no warrior spirit here. The lyrics are thick with cliches, adding nothing enjoyable. Lighthouse X are demanding three minutes of my time but giving nothing in return.
Sami: I don’t really understand why this song has so few fans. For me, it’s one of the best songs in this year’s contest. The guys look very confident on the stage and they sound good — together and in their solos. The chorus is really catchy and even though the lyrics are extremely cheesy, I can’t help singing along to it every time I hear it. Right now it looks like Denmark might not reach the final second year in a row, but I hope Europe surprise me and send them to final like they deserve to.
Tobias: I like this a lot. It got stuck in my head the first time I heard it. The music is catchy and memorable which is important in this contest. It is a great song for radio but may be a bit boring on the Eurovision stage, but hopefully they will do something more exciting than the final in Copenhagen. It will be interesting to see how Europe will respond to this, but I don’t think they will make the top 10 though.
William: This could seriously win — if Eurovision 2001 were magically restaged in Stockholm. But thankfully this is Eurovision 2016 and, sadly for Lighthouse X, they tread very familiar territory. Their early ’00s boy band sound oozes cliché — and so do the lyrics, particularly the cringe-worthy bridge: “Unbreakable, don’t let it go, it’s an open road, time to let it show”. Despite all of that, the hook is irritatingly catchy and I kind of like this — even if I would never pay to download it legally.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 5.5/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 10.