Tere Estonia! Eesti Laul 2015 — Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision — will stage the second semi-final on February 14. So the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — is busy reviewing the ten acts that will compete in that heat (just as we did for the first semi, which takes place on February 1). Up next it’s Demie feat. Janice with their song “Kuum”. Will be dancing with Demie and Janice? Or ditching them on the dance floor? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Demie feat Janice’s “Kuum”
Angus: This might be high NRG but it’s also highly annoying. It makes no effort to rise beyond generic eurodance territory. Serviceable for dancefloors from Ibiza to Cyprus but not for the Eurovision Song Contest. An utter disappointment.
Anthony: It’s not often you’d hear drum and bass entries in a national final, but “Kuum” does exactly just that. This one, however, feels like a souped-up version of Rudimental’s single “Waiting All Night” featuring Ella Eyre. Will it make the same impact? Who knows…
Chris: Remix this and send it out to clubs around Europe and you might have a bit of a dance hit on your hands. But this would be hopelessly lost at ESC. The song itself isn’t that good as it is and there’s no connection going on through the song. The energy remains at such a constant that it doesn’t build you up or get you going – it’s just there.
Josh: If Rihanna and Rudimental could somehow get together had have an Estonian baby, it would be this song. I quite like it! Demie’s voice is great, and this style of music has proven to be well received, if you remember Hungary 2014. It’s catchy and it makes you want to dance. I like it.
Patrick: Ladies and Gentlemen – Welcome to the biggest electro voice mess in Eesti Laul. Kuuum Kuuum Kuum Kuuuum… that’s 80% of the song and it’s horrible. If somebody could mute them during Eesti Laul it would be great.. obviously my toilet break for the show! NEXT!
Ramadan: I’m really enjoying this song. Most of the time, I do like electro-pop and I’m liking this one. However, there’s a missing element in the song. I can see people dancing to this in clubs all around Europe. Overall, a nice song and showcasing the Estonian language, which I adore!
Robyn: If a song is going to be sung in a language other than English, there has to be some sort of emotional hook to capture audiences. “Kuum” is just a generic electro-pop banger and it doesn’t have anything that makes it stand out.
Sami: They could’ve added more lyrics than “kuum, kuum, kuum”. But this song is still quite enjoyable. Unlike many artists, who enter with this kind of song and can’t really sing, Janice sounds amazing live. The worst thing is that it’s maybe a little bit too fast to dance to. I’m looking forward to seeing the live performance.
Sopon: This song starts off with a huge dose of energy and doesn’t let us take a break to breathe. Standard electro-pop. It’s something you could expect from the most unspectacular Estonian entrant in history, Getter Jaani. Nice try.