When the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – heard that there was another diva on the Scandinavian national-selection season scene with a song involving ‘Survivor’ we just had to hear it. Did Elisabeth Carew blow us away or did she wish she hadn’t survived?
Katie: I love it! This is how to do diva pop right! She has the voice and power to pull off the perfect mixture of bubblegum, fizziness and Scandiness. This would be brilliant if it was sent to Copenhagen, it’s the kind of song you’d listen to before an exam to calm your nerves and keep you motivated. Can we send this to Eurovision Norway? Please!
Deban: Mediocre pop. It’s good, but Soul Survivor brings nothing new to the table. After the first few bars, it was obvious how the next two minutes would pan out. At best, this serves as a good filler on the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix 2014 compilation cd. Unfortunately for the stunningly attractive Ms Carew, this is her second attempt at the pre-selection, after crashing with Rocket Fuel back in 2010. Next time please, come back with fresher material.
Possibly the diva of MGP, the song is powerful and is current and now. Could go down quite well, if Norway see the potential in Elisabeth.
Well, it’s dance-friendly track. The girl can sing, and the track appeals to those who prefer electronic tracks over ballads. It’s a cute song (I don’t mean cute as in “oh, look, a puppy!” cute, I mean it as in “Oh, look, a nice little attempt at MGP” cute). Yet, if putting “Survivor” in a title indicates Eurovision success, she better hope there’s an Andra Chansen in this new final system.
I have big time for this. It’s blended Stella Mwangi combined with Margaret Berger and I adore it. The beats blend perfectly with Elisabeth’s voice and she owns the song vocally. Elisabeth is one of this year’s strongest contenders and if she can pull off a live performance then she’ll cruise to the final and who knows where else further on.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.4/10
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