Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—found ourselves in Estonia eating potatoes. We then gave Birgit Oigemeel tips on her pregnancy and reviewed her Eurovision 2013 song “Et uus saaks alguse”. Did we ever figure out what that means? Or did we pass out from boredom before we had the chance to ask? Read on to find out…
HK Dick: And the winner of this year’s generic Eurovison ballad award goes to…Estonia! Neither offensive nor memorable (apart from the key change). It’s so middle of the road there might as well be a white line painted on the stage. Perhaps it is a good thing the producers of the show are dictating the running order as too many of these ballads together would drive us over the edge.
Mr Häggkvist: I love Birgit. As you can see in our Eurovision in Concert interview with her, she’s a wonderful singer, a gorgeous girl and she tried so hard to win Eesti Laul. I was really happy when she did. BUT: “Et uss saaks alguse” is the type of song that you won’t remember after 5 minutes. It’s just so forgettable and if you can’t speak Estonian you won’t even remember the title. Don’t even try to sing this. It’s a risky choice for Estonia. Of course, “Kuula” worked last year. Who knows if this can work too?
Bogdan: Let me just preface this by saying that Estonians have made the worst mistake by not sending Winny Puhh to Eurovision this year. They would have brought the trophy home! By comparison, but also in its own right, Birgit and her ballad are the exact opposite – pretty as a whole, but totally bland and utterly forgettable. They represent what is wrong with Eurovision today: too much American (formulaic) pop influences. Sorry, but as a Eurovision fan I cannot stand or support this.
Vebooboo: When this song started at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam, Wiwi and I had no idea what was going on. That pretty much sums up how unique and memorable this song is. We were stunned by Birgit’s looks, and by her lovely, lovely nature in our interview with her. Unfortunately, we were less impressed with the actual song. Birgit is pregnant now, so she has a lot to be happy about. That’s probably a good thing, because she won’t be singing on stage on Saturday.
Deban: Clearly the underdog in this year’s competition, Birgit Oigemeel defied the bookmakers and opinion polls to win the right to represent her country in this year’s competition. I can see why. The simplicity of her song lends itself to incredible staging. She sings with a lot of conviction, and the melody manages to hold one’s interest. Although her swaying does nothing but irritate me, when I close my eyes in protest, I’m left with dulcet tones. Even in a year of folk ballads, this should easily advance.
Alexander: Similar to Cyprus, this is another ballad that is totally forgettable. Yes, it’s pleasant and sweet, but that’s really about it. It sounds really outdated for 2013–even in Eurovision! Nothing really new or interesting happens after the second verse either. Birgit does have a nice voice though, and I kinda like the melody (as old-fashioned as it is).
Wiwi: Perhaps Birgit knew she was pregnant when she decided to sing this song: It’s so boring it would lull the loudest baby to sleep. I really feel for her. This song is likely to make her morning sickness even worse. In any case, I’m not going to mock a pregnant woman, so I’ll just say this: She has lovely eyes.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.57/10