The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continues its journey through Germany ahead of the Unser Song Für Österreich 2015 final this Thursday. As we love to have our tummies full, we went to the Hofbräuhaus in Munich where we ate the Weißwurst! Of course, we couldn’t forget to review Andreas Kümmert with his songs “Home is in my hands” and “Heart of Stone“. How did our jury like Andreas? Read on to find out.
ANDREAS KÜMMERT – HOME IS IN MY HANDS
Louis: Isn’t he just a bundle of joy! I enjoyed this very much. The lyrics and the music are well written and there is something about his voice that makes you fall in love with the song. I’m worried that with added pressure and nerves in Vienna, the harmonised passage at the end might get out of control and those high notes won’t be reached.
Max: Is it me or does this man sound like a breathless Ronan Keating? Such a tiresome, lacklustre excuse for a song does not belong ANYWHERE near the Eurovision Song Contest. He might be trying to emulate one man and a guitar like Tom Dice but he’s failing miserably. I actually struggle to get through the full three minutes.
Mikhail: It’s a nice song, but I am not into such slow, kind of emotional tunes with guitar clanking all the way. It gets boring so quickly that I’m counting seconds till the end of the song.
Kristín: This is a feel-good tune all the way. And Andreas delivers it like a pro. I don’t mind the guitar-slamming at all. Nothing better than heartfelt guitar anthem about missing someone. Thumbs up to Andreas from me.
Patrick: I’m not the biggest fan of this song or genre – I love his voice, though. He has this special thing in it that is magical. I can understand that he won The Voice of Germany cause he’s really a talent. It’s a pleasant song but it wont do well in Vienna.
Robyn: This is a nice surprise – a tough looking guy who has a rich soulful voice and sings a pleasant folky tune. The song gets a little repetitive at times, and the live version with the keyboardist chiming in on backing vocals doesn’t work so well. I’m not convinced it’s Andreas’ better song, but if the performance gets tightened up, it could work.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 5.42/10
ANDREAS KÜMMERT – HEART OF STONE
Louis: It’s a bit slow to get into at the start, but once the chorus kicks in with the percussion and more filling accompaniment, it completely changes my outlook on the song. I found myself singing along to it on the first time of listening too – always a good sign.
Max: Maybe I have a heart of stone myself, but for me this song goes nowhere. It may ooze emotion and passion from Andreas but it lacks any direction and it just sounds pretty bland. It has subtle hits of the blues which compliment the track but I still feel cheated as this man’s voice should be singing something of a much better quality.
Mikhail: This song is definitely better than the previous one, but it has the same problem – going in one line. There is nothing special and there is no way this song can do well.
Kristín: I came for a ballad and left with soft rock. Not bad, Andreas. Not bad at all. This is an extremely friendly to one’s ears, and I found myself singing along, after only one time. I disagree with my mate Mikhail. I think a song like this could actually do pretty well, given the chance.
Patrick: Now the lyrics are really good and as I already said his voice is strong. This is way much better, it’s really strong in the rhythm and the melody. I really like this, and he could do well in Germany but not in Vienna.
Robyn: The beginning of the song threatens to be yet another ballad, but soon enough things erupt into more a rock track with loads of attitude. “Heart of Stone” suits Andreas’ big soul voice and lets him put plenty of emotion into it. This song has the potential for dramatic staging, so I’ll be interested to see how it is live on stage.