We are getting close to Estonia’s national selection for Eurovision Eesti Laul 2016, which kicks off on February 13. In recent weeks the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has been listening to and reviewing all of the songs. Next up are La La Ladies with their song “Unikaalne”. They’re bringing up some energy, sugar, sweets and lady power. Did we buy it? Read about it below!
LA LA LADIES — “UNIKAALNE”
Angus: BANG BANG into the room! You know you want it. This ’50s jazz-banger is breezy fun, dodging Moje 3 style, screeching and honing in on classic harmonies. It is perhaps a little lightweight in a field of heavy, serious contenders but that might be just the niche it needs to surprise in Estonia.
Bogdan: If they pull it off vocally as flawlessly as they do it on the recorded track, La La Ladies (what an unfortunate name though) have a chance of making the final, but I don’t see this dated and utterly forgettable song representing Estonia this year. It would be a pity, with so many more contemporary and memorable songs in competition.
Patrick: Why? I’m annoyed… Why? Why? Why? Why? Message for you: nobody likes rip-offs and annoying sounds!
Kristin: Oh Jeez!! The minute this song started, I was annoyed. Newsflash! Beyoncé, Kelly and the one who’s not Kelly, already did this years ago – and they did it better! I’m gonna pass. I get some serious “SunTribe” vibes here, and that ain’t good!
Cristian: If these girls win the selection, the Eesti Laul will be a total failure. “Unikaalne” is a silly sugary amateur mess.
Luis: This has potential to be a killer tune, but it needs major work. Mainly, in the absolute lack of strength and power the song and the girls have. Maybe it’s too demure for my taste, but at Eurovision you need atomic bombs, and not petards.
Renske: This song is outdated, it brings back Las Ketchup from ten years ago: dull, cheesy girl group pop. Though, the vocals on the track sound impressive, it lacks charisma.
George: “Unikaalne” is a really nice song. The voices combine perfectly and the result is beautiful and definitely capable of doing well at Eurovision. Let’s hope the live performance will be equally good.
Sinan: I really do like that song! At the beginning, I was like, wow honey! The song sounds like it is written for a musical movie — and I love those movies! I do not know whether it will be chosen to represent Estonia at the Eurovision, but I think it will take a good place in the national final!
Zakaria: In a field of very dark and slow ballads in Eesti Laul, this piece comes like a breath of fresh air. The girls are giving a very strong vocal performance and their harmonies are perfect. If they can pull it live, I think they might do well.
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1 and a high of 8.5.