Tere Estonia! The second semi-final of Eesti Laul 2015 — Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision — takes place on February 14. So the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — are dishing out our uncensored opinions. Up next it’s Kruuv and their song “Tiiu talu tütreke”. Did their brand of Celtic crazy leave us smiling? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Kruuv’s “Tiiu talu tütreke”
Angus: Such Celtic feels y’all! There’s something really charming about this – as there tends to be when older competitors enter the national selections. The bagpipes really make it sparkle and it is really hard not to tap your toes along to it. Maybe that’s just the half-Scot in me though?
Anthony: When the 20 acts were announced, I had a feeling there was bound to be a joke act somewhere in the mix. And I was right all along. Take InCulto’s “Eastern European Funk” from Baltic neighbours Lithuania, replace the funk with some Irish folk and it’s painfully cringeworthy to listen to.
Chris: Bizarre. If this is meant to be funny then the joke is completely lost by having the song in Estonian. It’s a weird mix of being a “fun” song that also manages to be completely soulless. The bagpipes are just an odd inclusion too. If this is meant to be a joke entry, then Estonia have done much better before (hey, Winny Puhh).
Josh: NOT BAGPIPES! NO! This song is thoroughly lame. Nothing to really enjoy here. I know the show only just started, but if you need to go potty, now is the time to do so!
Patrick: This is so hilarious! It’s a mess of Estonian happiness, funny melodies and blah voices. I can see them doing well, but I wouldn’t vote for it. I think we will see a funny and entertaining performance!
Ramadan: I love bagpipes! In Albanian traditional music, many of our songs have a bagpipe. How can anyone hate this song? It’s a lot of fun, and it makes you happy when you listen to it.
Robyn: If Ireland or the UK sent a song like this, it would be seen as trite and embarrassing. So does another country get to send an unremarkable Celtic-flavoured folk song? No. It’s jolly enough (and Kruuv are cuties) but there’s just not enough there. Maybe there’s an Irish pub in Tallinn looking for a house band.
Sami: I’m actually liking this one. It’s fun, it’s catchy and it just makes you happy every time you hear it. It could work better in English, as I’m not sure Europe will understand this as it is. The chorus also sounds a bit like some song for children. It’s kind of like Pollapönk’s Celtic little brother.
Sopon: It’s a mess, and the music video isn’t doing much to curb the craziness! What do you get when you add Scottish bagpipes and Swiss yodeling with Estonian language? I’ll tell you what you don’t get: a ticket to Vienna!