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. Today we travelled to the Finnish Lapland to listen to Solju, a mother-daughter duo who mixes jojking with modern pop in their song “Hold Your Colours“. Did we enjoy this mix or was it too exotic for our jury?

Deban: With the right staging, this song could really take flight. It’s cleverly structured and makes room for interesting folk elements, whilst retaining its pop roots. Solju could use some choreography to tone down her upper body movement. It’s slightly too flouncy for a song that requires one to breathe, feel, uncover and connect with one’s inner colours. However, that is minor. The major deal here is that “Hold Your Colours” is UMK’s hidden treasure.

Score: 8/10

Josh: “Hold Your Colours” is an interesting song. It has the potential to be really great but for me it doesn’t get there. It sounds like Solju has gained inspiration from “Rainmaker” by Emmelie De Forest, slowed it down and added some Chinese meditation music. I’m not fond of the little solo bits from the lady in the colourful outfit in the film clip, as she kind of sounds like she’s taking the piss out of yodelling. Not terrible, but not the best.

Score: 4.5/10

William: Motion, lotion, ocean — I’m not always sure what she’s saying. But I do know that I prefer the parts where the woman in indigenous costume is dropping it gutteral style. The message, it seems, is that people should protect their culture. It’s slightly patronizing, but I’m glad Modern Woman is kind enough to give tribeswoman a hug for her glossy video, which presumably wasn’t shot in the village. It’s well-meaning but just a tad repetitive and boring. Nice vocals though.

Score: 4/10

Photo: Anton Sucksdorff
Photo: Anton Sucksdorff

Ramadan: I’m loving the Sami inspired ethnic singing in the song, would have been amazing to hear some ethnic Sami sounds as well. Other than that, It’s a really great song but it’s not that catchy. I’m kinda confused with this one. I think a revamp could complete the song. A let down.

Score: 6/10

Robyn: As further evidence of the amazing diversity of UMK, this is a blend of pop and joik, the traditional song of Finland’s native Sami people. But the ‘pop meets world music’ thing ends up being reminiscent of the stuff Deep Forest was doing in the ’90s. It’s a sweet song, but it just isn’t very catchy.

Score: 5/10

Sami: She sounds great and the jojking is also nice, but the song is maybe a little too pop. The chorus is very beautiful and it reminds me a bit of a campfire song. I’m sure they will perform it well live too, which might get them to the final.

Score: 6/10

Photo: Olli Tamminen (wiwibloggs)
Photo: Olli Tamminen (wiwibloggs)

Sopon: This is a grower to me. I didn’t really care for the yodeler much at first, and dismissed the Hillary Swank look-alike as being another pretty but plain voice. However, after a few listens, you begin to hear the harmony between the two voices, and the beauty of the song almost makes me want to cry. This is a dark horse, and rightfully so.

Score: 9/10

Patrick: Wow! I didnt expect this song from Finland. If we look to the situation in UMK at the moment, this could win it all! It’s not really Eurovision-friendly but it’s special, powerful and the native voices are great! Yes, I really adore this song!

Score: 8/10

Mikhail: This is nice and sweet, and the folk parts sound really interesting. However, it doesn’t leave any stamp in your memory. It is quite boring and requires a climax for sure.

Score: 5.5/10

The highest and lowest scores have been removed before calculating the final scores to avoid bias. We have removed a high of 9 and a low of 4.

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.1/10

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Ohi
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Ohi

To be fair Siru didn’t go through cos her performance was flat…and everest was just terrible on every level

JonathanUK
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JonathanUK

Clearly nowhere near as great, or special, as Opera Skaala! Opera Skaala has it all… The look, the performance factor, the stage presence and THE VOICE!! Stunning performance by Opera Skaala! Also, I have a sneaky suspicion that Solju won’t even make the final! If Eeverest and Siru are anything to go off… The Fins clearly want something a bit different and I think Solju won’t bring it… Nor will she connect with the audience, so I could see this not even making the final of UMK! That said, I do like the song but the Chorus is where it… Read more »

Easpag
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Easpag

@Edward, I see where you’re coming from, and I understand. But this way really is the fairer way to score an entry.

Your method was used by the jury for the past couple of years, but they changed early last year because of the large variation in scores these outliers were creating. It’s a tried and proven technique, and it’s a far more accurate way of getting the average when the scores can vary by such a wide range. The technique is even used in certain Olympic sports, so I cannot agree with you on that one.

Edward Nygma
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Edward Nygma

I’m sorry if I sounded more upset than I actually am. I don’t really care that much. I might disagree, but I respect the rules of the site.

Edward Nygma
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Edward Nygma

Easpag,

Thanks for clarifying that, but I would disagree on that bias thing. EVERY review is by a definition a bias, and just because someone’s preference is higher or lower than the next doesn’t make it less important. Giving a mediocre rating is as much as subjective as praising or despising the song. If I were running the site, this stupid rule would be abolished. But I am not, so, it’s just a useless rent…

Anyway, in many cases Wiwi Jury rating doesn’t come close to song’s actual success.

Deniz
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Deniz

Siru didn’t qualify, this is my favourite now. Very cultural

Easpag
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Easpag

Edward, they only remove the 1 highest score. If 2 jurors give a 10, only one of the scores is discounted, not all of the 10’s.

Also, it tends to remove bias and/or outliers. If all jurors but one give a score of 8, but one gives a 0, it will skew the score as opposed to the general consensus. It’s the fairest way of reviewing a song.

Alex
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Alex

Best song in the Finnish selection, including the ones that have been eliminated already. Absolutely amazing Sami vocals here. 10/10

Edward Nygma
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Edward Nygma

Isn’t removing higest and lowest scores kind of cheating? What if 7 out of 10 reviewers review a song as a 10, but it doesn’t get counted in cause it’s highest? Seams stupid if you ask me. Score should be counted from ALL reviewers equally.

Me...Lucy
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The concept/idea is very interesting but I feel like the song could be much better if they made it faster and more energetic,especially the chorus.

WTF
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WTF

Why the hell is a country who once proudly sent bands like Lordi and Terasbetoni considering sending utter crap such as Solju and Opera Skaala?

Dev
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Dev

Bad song 1/10 for this song

Mario Vision of Gay Love We Are The Children Of The Sun Its NOT The FIN(land) Here! xx
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Mario Vision of Gay Love We Are The Children Of The Sun Its NOT The FIN(land) Here! xx

NICE song here…Original and interesting…
It definitely offers and brings something different and fresh in Vision..
If this finlandic beauty 4 a song wins in the upcoming UMK and represents Finlandia in the Diamond EuroVision of Vienna i won’t mind at all.. xx

NikolaoufromChileCTM
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NikolaoufromChileCTM

Now my Love….now my Siru…is out

So i´ll support Shava and Solju, none can win Eurovision like Siru could.
But i hope Solju pass and Win UMK :3
8,5/10

Daniel
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Daniel

Sorry but I do not respect some of your judgement. This is a song that represents the country so well in a traditional way with a modern influence and it is amazing. This has to be the winner, whether Opera Skaala is made for Vienna or not, Finland please, please PLEASE send this. 10/10.

EF0912
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EF0912

This is my favourite after Opera Skaala. I hope it passes tomorrow