Hej Danmark! Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2015 — Denmark’s national selection for Eurovision — takes place on February 7. So over the next week the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — will review the ten acts that will compete. Next up it’s Cecilie Alexandra and her song “Hotel A”. Did we want to make a reservation? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Cecilie Alexandra’s “Hotel A”
Deban: “Hotel A” is smooth, jazzy and memorable. Cecilie Alexandra’s velvety vocals is the dulcet offering that offsets some of the “noisy” entries in this year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. I picture myself indulging in a box of truffles, and sipping on creamy liquor whilst listening to this. Although intimate in flavour, the right staging could transform “Hotel A” into a showstopper.
Denise: This song sounds Romanian to me. It’s something different from what we’ve heard before in Eurovision. I already see myself laying on the beach with a cocktail in my hand listening to this. I’d like to see Cecilie Alexandra (what a great name by the way) going to Vienna.
Robyn: I get the feeling that this song was originally written as a bigger, faster and louder popstravaganza that was given this sweeter, slower and cuter arrangement. It seems to suit the style of Cecilie, but this quiet version isn’t especially engaging. It needs an intimate audience, not a stadium.
Ramadan: Cecilie’s voice fits perfectly with this cute, catchy song. I can already see people falling in love. However, the song is probably a little too slow for my liking. Overall, I really enjoy listening to “Hotel A” and wouldn’t mind her going to Eurovision.
William: An instantly catchy and engaging song delivered by a telegenic singer with the voice of an angel. It’s more adorable than fierce, and more sweet than high-impact. I wouldn’t vote for this at Eurovision, but I’d happily hear it on a television advert on Valentine’s Day. That is not a slight. Cecilie gives me warm fuzzies and there is power in that.
Mikhail: Her voice is a bit annoying. It was so calm, with the same rhythm, that I was yawning the entire time. Definitely not my favourite.
Sami: It’s such an adorable song! I wouldn’t expect Denmark to send this, but that would be a very pleasant surprise if it happened. Cecilie is sweet, she has a beautiful voice and the song just flows so smoothly. I really like this song and it’s one of my favourites in this year’s selection. The only thing that annoys me is that the ending is so unexpected.
Photo Credit: Bjarne Bergius Hermansen DR