The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Iceland to review the acts of Söngvakeppnin 2018. Up next is Stefanía Svavarsdottir, Agnes Marinósdóttir and Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir performing “Heart Attack“. Did this stop our hearts or do we need medical attention? Read on to find out!

Stefanía Svavarsdottir, Agnes Marinósdóttir, Regína Lilja Magnúsdóttir – “Heart Attack”

“Heart Attack” reviews

Antranig: The backing beat that runs throughout this song is really annoying. It has the potential to be a Melfest-esque schlager entry but as it plays, it becomes evident that it lacks the quality. I think these ladies will bring a great live performance but ultimately great staging can only do so much for a mediocre song. I’m feeling less heart attack and more gastrointestinal discomfort.

Score: 3/10

Robyn: I am ready for these three disco mammas. The verses of “Heart Attack” are deceptively uneventful, but when the chorus hits, it all pays off. Those vocals take the songs into a heavenly disco realm and there’s the potential for a polite discostravaganza. The big question is why the song is called “Heart Attack” when it’s all about getting goosebumps.

Score: 7/10

Barnabas: If this was a heart attack, then Svala was an earthquake last year! This entry isn’t sassy at all, despite the lyrics suggesting it, and if anything this is destined to flop.

Score: 4/10

Chris: Who knew it would be possible to make disco this boring? When “Heart Attack” starts, you hope it’s going to build into the dancefloor hit that it really should be. Unfortunately, it ends up being incredibly one note. By the end, there’s so much going on that it becomes practically unlistenable. There’s no personality here in the track, so hopefully these ladies can bring that live.

Score: 4/10

Luis: Ladies, are you sure that was a heart attack? This entry felt more like one of those stabbing pains that appear all of a sudden in the chest area and make you feel paranoid and hypochondriac for the seconds it lasts. It’s not a bad entry and their harmonies are fine, but at some point there’s too much noise. The staging can be a big hurdle for this entry: usually, artists in Söngvakeppnin feel swallowed by the stage, and unless they bring the party to Reykjavik, they won’t have to care for their cardiac health in Lisbon.

Score: 5/10

Natalie: I’ll be honest, these beats didn’t really give me a heart attack. But they did make me groove a little bit. I can appreciate the harmonies of these girls, and the bassline and the drums do have a nice rhythm to them. I just wish that they took this a bit further and gave it a bit more energy. Particularly towards the end, when the production kicked up a bit, I was just waiting for that fire to come through. Ah well, at least it does have a bit of polish and bounce.

Score: 6.5/10

In our Söngvakeppnin 2018 Wiwi Jury, we have 10 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Aline: 4/10

Bogdan: 5/10

Jonathan: 7.5/10

Sebastian: 4/10

 

 

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 3 and a high of 7.5.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.94/10

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This song sounds better in Icelandic. Nice beat and good voices. In English sounds simple and without any meaning. It feels empty.
5/10

Kris
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If this wins in Iceland it would have achieved what it’s title sets out to do for many Eurovision Fans. A 4/10

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I wrote my full thoughts on this elsewhere. I only came here to see if Robyn liked it (which she did, kind of!). I would not mind this winning in Iceland!

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This feels really overtly tense and the chorus being mumbled was a bad idea.
4/10