The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – just can’t get enough of this year’s Melodi Grand Prix entrants and at the half-way point of the acts dove in to listening to Oda and Wulff with their song ‘Sing’. Were we humming along or crying or it to end? Read on to find out!
Deban: Originality counts for a lot. It’s one thing to be inspired by an artist, it’s another to literally copy and paste their musical style. “Sing” is jolly, but I can’t help but think that it belongs in the B-Sides of Of Monster’s and Men back catalogue. It’s sweet, but not cute. The lyrics were meant to be uplifting, but I find it annoying. Even nursery rhymes construct their moral tales better.
Katie: Somebody kill me, please, now. Another act that thinks they’re Mumford and Sons! It was bearable until the chorus, “Sing, sing, sing, sing like you mean it!” WHAT?! Who came up with these lyrics? Did they take a Norwegian nursery rhyme, paste it into Google Translate and put the translation to a guitar riff? Probably.
Francheska: This reminds me of “Counting Stars”, but, you know, not of actual quality. It even sounds childish. I can imagine myself surrounded by preschoolers singing this song with a guitar. How many times do you have to chant “sing”? And that useless trumpet. If I ever have to become a preschool/kindergarten teacher, this song will be in my playlist to play to the munchkins.
This is a very uplifting and charming song. It reminds me of “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers slightly. It’s a cute little song that will probably get the audience involved.
This sounds like .Fun but really isn’t. I’ll say again folk has no place at Eurovision. I don’t get why everyone seems to have gone crazy over it but I just fine this annoying. The vocals are overtly nasal and the song has nothing in it to interest me. It’s too light-weight. It will be overlooked and deservedly so.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 2.8/10
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Ah guys, you’ve been too harsh! This song is great. Love it. Fyi here’s the official vid http://youtu.be/nnNtDGv-WfI
It is a nice (somewhat childish) song, but it doesn’t stand out as a folk song. I think the folk-genre definitely deserves some recognition at the contest, but not with the entries so far (f.e. latvia and malta). I admire their effort though.