The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — continues its reviews in Norway with “En godt stekt pizza” (A well done pizza) by Staysman & Lazz. This party band know what they like to eat, but was their song to our jury’s taste?
“En godt stekt pizza” by Staysman & Lazz
Angus: Confession time: “Timber” was my guilty pressure. And I mean everything about this is hideous, but so hideous I kind of dig it. Awkward Dad-Pop has a place in national selection season too.
Anthony: The 15 second snippet immediately screamed out joke act for me. So unsurprisingly, after hearing the entire song, it sounds like it came from Texas and not a Nordic country, plus it’s awfully cheesy – like a pizza with extra cheese! I just hope they have ordered hundreds of pizzas to be delivered to the Oslo Spektrum Arena on 14th March, as they’ll be going absolutely nowhere with this song.
Colin: This song truly is a burnt piece of pizza. It is not even funny or catchy. When the Norwegians released “Salsa Tequila” or “What Does the Fox Say?” these songs were actually funny and catchy. This song is just going on the trend of being a joke, but falls flat.
Deban: Another joke act trying to bite the hands that could potentially feed them. Why are they in the finals? The humour here has backfired! Don’t waste your vote on this trash!
Francheska: I’m not exactly sure what I expected when the translation of the song title is “A Well-Done Pizza,” but I was not pleasantly surprised. These guys look like 3Oh!3 had children with Burger King, and even though I can appreciate the song as a joke (provided when the stars are aligned correctly), it does not go far enough. It’s a failed joke entry, and a failed serious entry.
James: It’s a joke act. A really bad joke act. Even though the title is meant to provoke a reaction of “Hva?!”, the song is still not really about pizza. It’s just well organised party music but in terms of how much of a song it is, I can’t really give it any clear valuation. It’s fun. That’s all that’s going for it.
Josh: Sometimes a bad pizza can actually be incredibly satisfying. Yes, I may have to be incredibly drunk to enjoy said pizza, but it’s delicious at the time and it makes me a happy man afterwards.
Max: I feel like I should rip this entry to shreds but I can’t. Yes, it’s Norwegian rap, yes it has awful lyrics, yes it isn’t the sort of entry we want associated with Eurovision but I’m a sucker for a violin, especially when it’s used in the way where I just want to jump up and start line dancing! Needless to say it would do awful if it were to reach Vienna, but come on, let it have its moment of glory!
Patrick: Now this is fun in Norwegian. We all know that this is a total disaster in would horribly fail in Vienna, but I understand why they want to be funny and enjoy it. I already imagine them with the fiddle and funny clothes. I think many Norwegians will vote for this and it will surely be in the top 3 in Norway – but naaaah!
Ramadan: Typical joke entry, and this is so dreadful. Estonia 2008 is superior to this, so that does say something. Hopefully the Norwegians will not waste their money on this song, and just use your money wisely on a lovely margherita.
Renske: This one will bring many a smile on their face, including me. It’s quite fun and totally 2015. It deserves to be in this selection, but not to win to be honest. Although I like the ” message” behind the song (and pizza), I don’t think the jury will like this song (but probably they will like pizza). I wouldn’t mind if they win, but it’s not really fair to some of the other song which are quite good, while they are just a joke entry.
Robyn: These guys and this song remind me of Trackshittaz and their entry “Woki mit deim popo” – it’s that good-time party-dude spirit. The song also has some bluegrass fiddle mixed with electronic beats, a nice throwback to ’90s party band Rednex. Songs like this never do well at Eurovision, but Melodi Grand Prix needs an act like this to liven things up. And hey – pizza is awesome.
Sopon: The infamous pizza song that’s been widely discussed! Omigod, wow. It’s like Gummibär on testosterone! Lots of autotune, electro-country rhythms, and cheesy lyrics in Norwegian. It’s a slight guilty pleasure, but honestly, no, it shouldn’t win.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1 and a high of 8.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.32/10