Tere Estonia! The second semi-final of Eesti Laul 2015 — Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision — takes place on February 14. Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — turns to the bookies’ favourite Elina Born & Stig Rästa and their song “Goodbye to Yesterday”. Did Elina and Stig live up to the hype? Or did we want to say goodbye to them? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Elina Born & Stig Rästa’s “Goodbye to Yesterday”
Angus: Confession time: I didn’t get this first time around. The nonsensical lyrics felt like they belonged at Latvia’s national selection: not Estonia. The 60s vibes have won me around though – as has Elina’s voice. It is an astute composition in light of the smash success of Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’ last year.
Anthony: I’m not surprised they’ve become the fan favourite of this year’s Eesti Laul. It’s got that hint of Eliza Doolittle kookiness to it, and is a prime example of keeping a song simple but effective. If they do win it for Estonia in Vienna this year, they’d make a much better pairing than the one 14 years ago.
Chris: I kind of feel that this song needs to be performed in a smoke-filled club from decades ago. Elina and Stig make a good match for each other and this doesn’t feel like “just another” attempt at the Common Linnets. That being said – I still don’t massively get the hype for a song that’s tipped to win the entire ESC. It’s good but it’s not necessarily the type of song that gets me going.
Josh: Yaaassss. This song is the tits, y’all. Admittedly, it did take me about 3 listens before I got really into it, which is a bit of a concern considering they only get to perform it once for votes. But I think this is Estonia’s strongest entry in quite some time. Elina’s voice chimes in at just the right moment. Stig’s voice reminds me a little Nick Cave circa ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’, which I’m digging! I’d love for this to go to Vienna and even go on to win. Party in the Baltics! Tallinn 2016! YAASSS MAMA.
Patrick: Somebody did a great job there! I love this song so much – I can’t believe this is being used for Eesti Laul. It could be a world-wide hit if managed by an American record label. Elina Born is obviously an amazing artist and beautiful as hell, and Stig’s voice reminds me of Hozier. It could easily win Eurovision with the right staging! Estoniaaa send this!
Ramadan: Not surprised to see Estonia already the bookies favourite to win Eurovision. It’s one of my favourites in this year’s Eesti Laul and I’m loving every second of it. It’s catchy, cool and reminds me of the Common Linnets. Elina and Stig fit perfectly. I hope they’re well on stage together as this could easily win the contest.
Robyn: Like Angus, I also didn’t get this at first listen, but it’s definitely grown on me. It’s easy to compare “Goodbye to Yesterday” with “Calm Before the Storm”, but I’m getting more of a sexy-cool Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra ’60s vibe than the country style of the Common Linnets. There’s potential for great staging here – especially if Elina and Stig bring their A-game in smouldering looks.
Sami: This song is perfect. I adore their voices, their chemistry and especially the lyrics. I love how there are two sides to the story, told by two people, instead of a man-woman duo singing about how they love each other more than anything. I really think this could be the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2015 if Estonia sends this to Vienna. I beg you.
Sopon: I didn’t get this at first either, especially since Stig’s narrative lyrics were a strange thing to add into the song. However, I think this might be the first national final song I’ve heard this year with minimal cliché, if any. Instead of similes relating love to the weather or space or music, “Goodbye to Yesterday” actually does tell a story, and an emotional one too. All the above comparisons to Hozier and the Common Linnets and such are all spot-on, and the success of it all has made this smooth mixture the obvious favorite to win Eurovision before it has even won Eesti Laul.