After a long day skiing the slopes of Norway’s picturesque mountains the Wiwi Jury – our in-house jury of music unprofessionals – sat down with some steaming mulled wine and listened to Dina Misund with her song ‘Needs’. Did she meet all our requirements or did we need an end to her song before it was over? Read on to find out.
Eurovision is known for showcasing a variety of musical styles, so, I applaud Dina Misund for throwing her dice on country music. Unfortunately, this track doesn’t satisfy the melodic or structural requirements of popular music. It was forgotten the second it finished playing, and it became a task in itself to consider pushing the repeat button for another listen. Furthermore, it would be going against The Common Linnets. It’s a no-brainer! Both songs won’t make it to the final.
Oh joy, yet ANOTHER acoustic-guitar clad countryish song. It’s quite nice and soothing but bloody boring! I can’t imagine she’d be able to keep the crowd’s attention for the whole three minutes. It didn’t make my ears bleed but it certainly sent me to sleep, I’d forgotten the song within minutes.
Please no more country music. (Side rant: I don’t get country music in Eurovision. I’m from the US, and country music to me can really only come from the South/Midwest. Anywhere else makes me cringe). I’m disappointed with Malta, I’m disappointed with Switzerland, and now the land of Margaret Berger and Wig Wam is producing this. No. Nope. Nopity nope. Norway should not be sending country music, and should not even consider it. Besides that, the song is boring (and no, I don’t think all country music is boring), has no drama or elegance or element to it. It’s just… there.
This is a very charming song, it’s nice to hear after two very pop heavy songs. It’s simplistic but captivating. I personally find this song a nice little number.
Yuck. Folk fever strikes again. Nashville has no place in Eurovision – and that’s coming from a bonafide country music fan. It’s a genre that’s alien to the continent. I’ve no problem with folk music if it mirrors the Rybak school or even Dino Merlin. Sadly I’ve got big problems with Dina. The song’s a bit wet. Nothing happens for three minutes except some raspy whispers and that isn’t enough to win MGP by a long shot.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.7/10
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