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 the songs from that heat. Next up is Opera Skaala with “Heart of Light”. Did opera mixed with EDM made us scream from fear or dance with joy?
Deban: Mediocrity has never been my forte. Clearly, Opera Skaala share my view. I am blinded by the excess of it all. Essi Luttinen’s stretched face, her impossibly high-pitched vocals, random shots of roses in flower vases, and ballerinas in period costume. They all offer a very heavy dose of poor taste. “Heart Of Light” is kitsch beyond comprehension! Any admittance to liking this trash deserves a bravery award. But here’s the thing…… I LOVE IT!
Josh: “Heart of Light” is going to be my Eurovision 2015 guilty pleasure song. I can’t help but love this. I admit, the first time I heard this song, I cracked up laughing because I thought it was so ridiculous, and it is ridiculous, but its amazing! I have a feeling this would do pretty well in Vienna if it were sent. I’m surprised more countries haven’t jumped on the opera bandwagon after Federica Falzon’s result in JESC 2014. I wouldn’t complain if this went to Vienna.
William: At times in the video Opera Skaala looks like a drag queen. And I love me some drag queen! This is bonkers, bizarre and over-the-top, but totally works. I would dance to this at the club, and I’ll totally dance to it at UMK. Should it go to Eurovision? No. Should it make the UMK final? Absolutely.
Ramadan: And the best video goes to Opera Skaala. This is one epic song, even though I really hate opera. It’s over-the-top but I’m loving it, y’all. Though, I’m worried this would be horrible live. I hope I’m wrong!
Robyn: This song is totally ridiculous and I love it! Combining an opera singer with modern electro-pop has been done before (see the fabulous Cezar in 2012), but Opera Skaala do their own thing with some fresh house beats. If the music video is anything to go by, there’s potential for wonderful crazy greatness with the staging.
Sami: Everyone says you either hate this or love this. I think it’s just an okay song. Essi’s voice is amazing, but the beat is maybe a little too lazy. I don’t see myself dancing to this, as it’s more like “wow, she is great singer” than “omg, where’s the dancefloor?!” I think it should make it to the final from this heat, but it’s not guaranteed.
Sopon: Please feel free to feed me to the wolves for this, but this song is EPIC. After seeing gothic Alenka’s luminescent palm, powerhouse Malena’s phantom dancers, and miniature Federica’s overdose of the smoke machine, it’s only natural to see James Madison pirouette on stage! This avant-garde number (when combined with OTT staging) will keep my eyes glued to the screen. This certainly leaves a lasting impression, and that’s the key of doing well. #guiltypleasure, y’all!
Patrick: This lady knows how it works! Opera Skaala is weird, but special! This song is so great in its own way that it deserves a place in the UMK final. I really can see her standing on the stage in an overwhelming glamourous dress with a huge wig and amazing vocals! I love it and yes, Finland would be a sensation in Vienna!
Mikhail: This song is weird and not in a good way. I don’t like dancing tunes so much, but together with opera it transfers into something worse. It doesn’t fit together. I love opera itself, but in this song the magic of it is spoiled. The melody itself is nice, but with a normal voice it would sound much better.
The highest and lowest scores have been removed before calculating the final scores to avoid bias. We have removed a high of 10 and a low of 4.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 8.2/10
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