The Wiwi Jury—our in-house team of music unprofessionals—head north this morning to the enchanting island of Iceland. Will Greta Salóme & Jónsi leave us cold with their song “Mundu eftir mér” (Remember Me)? You’ll have to read our reviews to see!
The original video, upon which our reviews are based:
The updated video, in English:
Wiwi: Iceland, WTF? It’s as if that exploding volcano Eyjafjallajokull swallowed all of your best songwriters, leaving you with no choice but to choose this. It’s seriously dark and dreary—like Lordi but without the fun costumes. That, my friends, does not a winning Eurovision entry make. If I were in the right mood, I might be able to get into this. I could hear it on the soundtrack to a movie about some medieval knight (it would play when the hero is slaying dragons). But I’m not into that. Sorry to say this, but it’s an un, deux, trois from me…
Vebooboo: Oh Iceland, you were doing so well. For such a small country, you somehow magically produced amazing entries on such a consistent basis…until this year. Yes, Greta and Jonsi have good voices, but as we all know that means squat in ESC-land. The song itself builds nicely at the end, but it is way too slow to build up to that point. And more importantly, do not sing in a language that only 250,000 people speak. Basic strategic mistake, and unfortunately it will likely kill your chances of qualifying for the Final.
Meows: This is definitely a very original song, and being a sci fi/fantasy fan I love the strong drums and classic instrumental sounds such as the violin while I conjure up images of epic battles in a gritty high fantasy series. Not sure if the rest of Europe is that imaginative though… in Eurovision terms, this song is not catchy, there isn’t a very distinctive chorus and although Icelandic is a mesmerizing language, it is rather frustrating when you can’t sing along to the words. I’d place it in the top 10 though!
Deban: Seriously? Are you kidding me?? This dreary duet takes the form of a ballad with a backing choir. It’s an acquired taste both visually and audibly. One can’t help but wonder what the eliminated songs must have sounded like. Even by Iceland’s own standards, this has to be its weakest entry in years! The redeeming quality here is that when this song is on repeat, it actually grows on you. But guess what? Most people will only get to hear it once, and that may be in the semi-final only. Who knows? Maybe that’s the wake-up call Iceland needs.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4/10