Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow, Switzerland’s national selection for Eurovision 2014, takes place on February 1. So in recent days the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—has been busy sharepning our claws and stock piling ear plugs. We’re now ready to start reviewing the six acts in this year’s competition.
First up is 3ForAll with “Together Forever”. Did it fill us with a sense of “We Are One”? Or were we ready to split? Read on to find out…
Angus: So this basically rips off ‘Americano’ by Lady Gaga. It’s very overtly Latin flecked, but underscored by some French accordion and a pretty universal hand-clappy beat. It’s cheery enough but way too lightweight to even put me in mind of making the Final. It’s so painfully dated and desperately cheery. The smile isn’t fooling me though.
Bogdan: If I knew what guilt was, I guess this would be my guilty pleasure. I know this song is hated by many, but for me it was love at first listen. Unlike Angus, I don’t hear “Americano”, but a crowd-pleaser “Europeano” that could do brilliantly on the Eurovision stage. It’s happy and anthemic and I think it could do very well with the general audience. And I don’t hear a dated melody, but a certain nostalgic quality. Its only downfalls are the cheesy lyrics (a big problem indeed) and the over-the-top bridge, but otherwise “Together Forever” sounds like a winner. In Switzerland, at least.
Padraig: Do we really need yet another happy clappy song from the Swiss? I think not, particularly when it’s as dire as this. I know the intention behind the song is one of joy and peace but I couldn’t help getting a Stepford Wives vibe. And can you imagine being stuck with this lot and their blasted accordion forever? You’d be driven demented!
The 3ForAll parody video:
Anthony: Sorry folks, but after hearing it for the first time and several listens later, it sounded like 3ForAll are heading into freefall.It sounds rather camp and kitschy for my taste and the cheesy lyrics certainly won’t help either. This entry is as cringeworthy as receiving a pair of socks for a late Christmas present. The only highlight from all this is probably the use of the accordion, which adds some uptempo catchiness to a rather uninspiring effort.
Deban: Very circa 2006, the year Six4One burst onto the music scene courtesy of Ralph Siegel, and represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens. Honestly, don’t producers do their reserach? Nothing about this band’s name, format, or music is original. Together Forever borrows Rick Astley’s song title, flavours it with an overdose of Mandinga, and pads it out with pageant lyrics. It’s not even good enough for a parody.
Wiwi: The accordion and thumping dance beat make this sound like something from the Romanian national final…in the late 90s. That I can live with. What I find more difficult to take is the call-to-arms to love each other. Their heart is in the right place, but their brains are not. Who thought this was a good idea?! This would struggle to get out of the semi-final at Eurovision, but, in what is a lackluster year in Switzerland, it actually has a chance to win at home. Sad times.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.08/10
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