Collaborations between Eurovision stars don’t exactly have a great pedigree. The heinous duet between Dima Bilan and Nikki stands out pretty painfully in my memory. I therefore felt particular trepidation when I heard Cascada’s Natalie Horler and Robin Stjernberg would be duetting on an acoustic version of Stjernberg’s 16th place song ‘You’, considering neither of them were exactly spectacular vocally in Malmö.
Fortunately for everyone’s ear-drums they’ve slathered the song in auto-tune and just set it over fluttering strings and a simple piano arrangement to fool everyone under the age of 12 into thinking they’re the greatest live acts ever. Unfortunately, Team Wiwi are a little more discerning.
‘You’ is undeniably a prettier song when stripped off all the dancey, EDM cacophony that accompanied it at Eurovision, but there’s nothing acoustic about this single beyond that. Both the vocals are as auto-tune coated as a song from Glee. There’s no rawness to the song, no minor default in the vocals and it isn’t because they did umpteen retakes till they got it right, it’s because someone in Eurodance world flicked a switch and coated any imperfection in some electronic elixir that magically fixed it. Isn’t it cray-zee-eee?
We expect auto-tune from Natalie Horler, but Robin honestly, you’re meant to be a vocalist. Up your game, please.