Earlier this afternoon the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—ate rösti accompanied with fried eggs and spinach on the shores of Lake Geneva. Then we reviewed Sebalter’s Eurovision 2014 song “Hunter of Stars”. Were we in awe as he pointed his bow and arrow at the Milky Way? Or did we want to shove his song in a Black Hole? Read on to find out…
“Hunter of Stars” reviews
Bogdan: Ah. One of my early favourites, Sebalter deserves to be in the Grand Final. And I have a feeling that his whistling and violins and clapping will gather enough votes to push him through. There is a resemblance to Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale” which I think won’t escape the viewers, although SeBalter’s entry is a bit more mature and less catchy because of the complicated and at times nonsensical lyrics. I don’t mind the accent (actually I think it’s quite charming) and I find the singer very cute. That should earn him some points as well!
Angus: Okay so initially I misjudged this. I am suffering with major folk overload this year but Sebalter is the best of a bad bunch. The whistling is beyond catchy and adding in the clapping turns it up an extra notch. Unfortunately, if this makes the final I expect it to bomb as badly as Anna did in 2011. One year there’ll be justice for Switzerland like in 1988. But it won’t happen in 2014.
Vebooboo: Latvia’s cake song has a simplicity to it that makes it digestible within 3 minutes. This song, on the other hand, plays in a similar genre but is simply too much to swallow—even for a big girl at a hot dog eating championship. The lyrics go so fast that even a native English speaker simply cannot understand them. I just don’t know what to make of it, especially the erratic violin playing during the interlude toward the end. This is one I hope exits early.
Francheska: It’s utterly nonsensical. I normally love Switzerland at Eurovision (I will defend 2008, 2009, and 2012 to death), but seriously, THIS? I mean, there are nonsensical songs that work for Eurovision (Ukraine 2007 and Russia 2012), but they have some grounding. This sounds like a hyperactive 10 year old wrote it. I do, however, appreciate the video’s criticism of Switzerland’s hospitality industry. At least he’s cute.
Deban: Heavily accented, and quirky, ‘Hunter Of Stars’ begs not to be taken seriously. I like the instrumental-heavy approach. The whistling intro and hand-clap bridge provide a vintage, but yet refreshing twist. I chuckled at the part that says ‘I feel your judgement’- Very apt, especially as it arrived at the exact moment I was thinking, ‘Will this track advance to Saturday’s show’? Hmm..I’m not so sure.
Katie: Well, this is nice. The whistling bit at the start is quite catchy and I’m absolutely fascinated by Sebalter’s ability to sing so fast! I can’t speak that fast and English is my mother tongue! It’s probably just me, but I find the music video absolutely HILARIOUS. Especially the part where he walks along the lobby doing the clicky-fingers dance. I’ll be so disappointed if he doesn’t bust a move on the Eurovision stage after seeing that. Also, he looks like Roman Lob. After 1:30 of watching the music video, I’m not even listening to the song anymore and I’m cracking up at the flying spaghetti and chefs with guitars! More so, the reaction to the flying spaghetti. You can’t make this up! Oh, it gets even better with the violin playing on trolley. In terms of the song, it’s pretty good. Different to all of the other songs but it’s not the best, Sebalter’s vocal abilities are limited. Please, become a comedian instead of a singer!
Billy: “Hunter of Stars” is a boring entry and I’m completely indifferent to it. Sebastian needs to take an English class, or should I say un cours d’anglais. He really sounds like he’s singing in French. He also needs to ditch one particular instrument as it has transformed the whole song into a country one. To his credit I love the video-clip and those whistles at the beginning.
Padraig: Well this is awkward. Back during the talent cesspit which passed as a national final in Switzerland, I was so relieved to discover something listenable, that I may have been a little overzealous with my praise for Sebalter. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the guy. His cheeky chappy persona is infectious and I absolutely want to see him light up the final. However, in the intervening months “Hunter of Stars” folksy charm has worn thin and even the whistling gimmick seems a bit mediocre in comparison to Ukraine’s troupe of whistlers. If this is to succeed it will be on Seb’s roguish affability rather than the merits of the song.
Patrick: I was really sad that Sebalter won the Swiss National Final because my favourite was Yasmina Hunzinger. This song is cheap and a bit dumb and his voice is really not suitable for this. Grand Final for Switzerland? Yes, but only if Sebalter will perform naked! Bonne chance!
Wiwi: Sebalter fingers his fiddle with the best of them, and he knows how to purse his lips. How else could he whistle with such force and ryhthm? I like this song in the moment: It makes me tap my foot and the whistling is very catchy. But the moment Seb & Co. stop singing I stop humming, and I’m eager to hear the next act. For some reason this falls nicely on the ears and then falls away. Sadly that’s not enough to get my vote.
All 19 members of our jury rate each song. However, we only have room to share 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining nine scores.
James L: 4/10
Maxim Montana: 9/10
William C: 8.1/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 5.12/10
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