The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to listen to and rank the 20 songs competing in Eesti Laul 2018. Next is Eurovision 2015 singer Stig Rästa with “Home”. Did we roll out the welcome mat for him? Read on to find out!
Stig Rästa – “Home”
Angus: Stig has ditched the drama and gone for something calmer. But while “Home” is breezy, mellow and lyrically smart, it’s also a little bit boring and feels like Eurovision by numbers. Simplistic guitar backed songs have been done before, and done very successfully, but this isn’t bringing anything new to the table. Smart lyrics can’t compensate for lack of impact and it feels as though after multiple appearances in recent years, Stig has lost is lustre.
Chris: Sweet, safe and cheesy, and all the better for it. “Home” feels like a thematic prequel to the inevitable drama of “Goodbye to Yesterday”. It’s likely going to come down to how well Stig can sell “heartwarming” on stage. If he can, then I’d easily see this at Eurovision — and doing well.
Deban: “Home” is a likeable pop tune that strums and shapes into an earworm. Stig Rasta has a knack for crafting radio-friendly pop. This probably won’t win Eesti Laul, nor will it bring the Eurovision trophy home. However, it is a respectable entry that reads like an effortless classic.
Antranig: Stig Rästa is an underrated genius — “Goodbye to Yesterday” should have won Eurovision 2015 and “Play” deserved a lot more the following year. He never disappoints and with “Home” he has crafted the feel-good track of 2018. It plays things a little safe and you would imagine some very simple staging unlike his dramatic duet with Elina Born. It doesn’t scream Eurovision winner this time but this will make you smile. It’s going straight onto my future wedding playlist.
Robyn: “Home” is about as far removed as possible from the murderous “Goodbye to Yesterday”. But it works. Perhaps it’s just easier to imagine Stig cuddling up with his bae for a little Netflix and chill. “Home” is really sweet and one of the strongest songs in Eesti Laul 2018. But somehow it feels like something is missing. Let’s see what the live performance brings.
Sebastian: “Home” is a very nice, contemporary song that would fit well on almost any radio playlist across the western world. It’s a song you should be drinking coffee to on a Sunday morning. I’m not sure this will shake up the top end of a Eurovision leaderboard, but it is sweet. Here’s hoping a song like this might make Stig crack a smile on stage.
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 9.