Earlier this week the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—slipped into our blackest outfits and headed north to review State of Drama’s “Falling”. Did we end up catching them in a warm embrace? Or did we think that they deserved to fall flat on their faces? Read on to find out…
Deban: Let us cast our minds back to Sweden 2010. Anna Bergendahl became the first Swedish entrant not to qualify in the Eurovision Song Contest with This Is My Life. This is the male version complete with the red strobe lights on stage. The problem here isn’t the vocal delivery or the performance. Both are top notch. However, it is mature pop that doesn’t surprise you with a kick. Totally devoid of ‘X-Factor’, this is akin to eating boiled rice. It’s staple, but still leaves you wanting for sauce. Viewers would enjoy it, but only family members or those with vested interest would pick up the phone to vote for it.
HK Dick: For me this was a surprise qualifier and I still can’t quite get into it. It’s all a bit yawnsome (my new favourite and most used word for 2013)! Next..!
Mr Häggkvist: I like it… this is not the typical song we expect from Sweden in Eurovision, very American, I’m pretty sure many people will think this is Simple Plan, Hot Chelle Rae or Lifehouse, I do think this could be a positive option for the contest, it can be a surprise for the final, but for me it doesn’t have the wow factor we expect in a Succesful eurovision entry, so they need more than just the singer’s hair to get a nice place, however the song is very good.
Vebooboo: So this song could basically already play on the radio. The problem is that it’s a bit too complicated and professional for MF…and would flop in ESC-land. It simply doesn’t have the catchy appeal that A Friend in London had. Nonetheless, I was super impressed that Sweden actually had the guts to vote it through. You know, since they usually vote crap like Ravaillacz through LOL.
Wiwi: I really like how the lead singer squats on his box. Has he had a lot of practice? Regardless, “Falling” has a mainstream sound and could actually cross over, earning points from non-schlager-loving Eurovision viewers (yes, they exist). There is something “teen movie” about this, but I’m willing to look past it. State of Drama has their act together and add a pleasant note to this rather mediocre group of songs.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 5.8