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. Up next it’s Luisa Värk with her song “Minu päike”. Did she sink or swim? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Luisa Värk’s “Minu päike”
Angus: This feels like a vintage Eurovision track from the 70s which is worrying since it is 2015. It isn’t inspired by that decade: it literally sounds like it belongs from then. Luisa has a lovely voice and the track is endearing but also hopelessly dated.
Anthony: Hard to believe the Estonian Prime Minister’s other half is actually competing at Eesti Laul. So I first thought she’d sing a classy ballad, but I was wrong. This is quite unexpected from Luisa, a positively uptempo feel-good pop song but I don’t think this one would work out on the Eurovision stage.
Chris: Whereas a lot of the songs in Eesti Laul this year have little soul and instead feel like cheap throwaways, Luisa has a warmth about her that engages me. It’s hardly a song that is going to light up the scoreboards, but I can enjoy this a lot more than most of its competitors.
Josh: Another 80’s sounding song this year courtesy of Ms. Värk. This song is highly boring. There is no memorable melody and it just lacks some oomph. This doesn’t do it for me. Sorry Luisa!
Patrick: Luisa Värk is a lovely singer with a pleasent voice. This song reminds me of former Eurovisions in the late 70s which could be bad in 2015. If we go to her look I would say she covered Tanja’s style but sadly not her music… Damn I had such high hopes for her…
Ramadan: I can listen to the song, but that’s all. Luisa’s voice is lovely, particularly the intro, but it’s just not winning material for the moment.
Robyn: This is another song that sounds inspired by alt music from the early ’90s. This one has the lush gangly guitar sound from the era, and the rest of the song matches that style. It’s a pretty catchy song (though I’m wishing the lyrics were in English) but it might be a bit too light to work on stage in Vienna.
Sami: There’s like everything in this song and that makes it quite a mess. She sounds nice and the song is bringing the summer to the building, but after these three minutes, I remember nothing.