In the run-up to each heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), Finland’s selection for Eurovision 2015, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — will rate all of the songs from that heat. Today we listened to “Äänen kantamattomiin” by Vilikasper Kanth. This 25-year-old singer-songwriter has done Finnish Idol, The Voice of Finland and now also Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu! Let’s see if those experiences have paid off…
“Äänen kantamattomiin” reviews
Deban: Vilikasper Kanth’s falsetto is somewhat irritating. The guitar strums give it an acoustic feel, but also pitch “Äänen kantamattomiin” as an unfinished product. Sounding like a busker out to make a quick buck, I doubt if this entry is capable of transitioning to a big stage. When he started rapping, I felt verbally abused.
Josh: This song is getting quite a bad rap in the comments section of the YouTube video. I don’t know if it’s entirely deserving of that though. This song is definitely not the worst in UMK. Yeah it’s a little boring but there’s something about it that I find quite charming. It’s not terrible. It’s not the best.
William: Well, at least I like his earrings. The song starts off pretty flat and, despite the rather catchy chorus, I’m a bit bored by the bits in between. It takes off in the last minute, but by then I’m already drifting to sleep.
Ramadan: I find this song pleasant and enjoyable to listen to. Really like it how it’s in the Finnish language. The chorus is so catchy, and even though I don’t know what he’s saying…it’s no problem!
Robyn: Vilikasper reminds me of a Finnish Ed Sheeran, not afraid to mix up folk-pop with some stealth rap. Unfortunately this song isn’t anywhere as good as Mr Sheeran’s repertoire. It ends up being a bit boring and doesn’t seem to go anywhere.
Sami: I really like Vilikasper’s voice and there are worse songs than this in the competition. The lyrics are bit cheesy and not very imaginative, but it’s nice to sing along with. If he sounds nice live, it could make it to the final.
Sopon: Country pop is so done.
Patrick: This is such a lovely song to listen to! It’s so pleasent, innocent and sweet. I have a feeling that this song could surprise us all and I wouldn’t even be sad because it’s lovely! YAY!
Mikhail: The tune is very catchy, but the guy’s voice is irritating. Also the song itself is quite boing and forgettable. The ending needs some work.
The highest and lowest scores have been removed before calculating the final scores to avoid bias. We have removed a high of 7 and a low of 3.5.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.7/10
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