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 Indrek Ventmann with his song “Hispaania tüdruk”. He is bringinging us sunshine, he is bringing us the beach and sea, and he is bringing us… a Spanish girl! Did we feel his dreams? Read and find out!
INDREK VENTMANN — “HISPAANIA TUDRUK”
“HISPAANIA TUDRUK” REVIEWS
Mikhail: I really enjoy listening to this relaxing tune, imagining myself somewhere on the Maldives, laying on the hammock and drinking coconut milk. Paradise, right? But, unfortunately, this feeling isn’t enough for me to put the song into my playlist. And after all, the song is about a Spanish girl, as the title says, and I am not feeling any girls, either in this song nor in my dreams.
Robyn: Indrek brings this song of summer love, another slice of refreshing modern pop, tempered with a reggae beat. It would be the perfect song to listen to while hanging out on a beach with friends, but “Hispaania Tudruk” feels a bit too low key to work as a Eurovision song.
Patrick: Now let me be honest, it isn’t a bad song but why is it here for Eurovision? The success of this song would end faster as PKN’s song in Vienna. He might be a charming guy, with a decent voice and a name that neither Måns or his charming co-host would pronounce well. Listen, Estonia — this is nice but it won’t give you any points.
Deban: Indrek channels drive-time realness in this sunny pop number. His confident vocal marries well with the female voice in the latter half of the track. Although it flows predictably after the “kuula” opening line, “Hispaania Tudruk” still manages to leave you with a nostalgic, breezy, feel-good high.
Kristin: I immediately got the late ’90s summer lovin’ vibes when I heard this. It’s a happy song indeed, but I somehow got the feeling that Indrek is a little bit bored. His voice is beautiful, but I think it’s missing the joyful feeling that this song so desperately needs. But I’m willing to give this a chance. If he brings his all in the live performance and shows us some real beach party joy, I’ll definitely raise my score!
Renske: The production values are very low, but there’s still a lot of potential in this song. With better production, this song could be among the better entries in the selection. Unfortunately, that will not happen. So, the only thing left is to enjoy this song for the moment it’s on.
Bernardo: Bring me my ice tea! I’m at the beach relaxing and listening to “Hispaania Tudruk”, but that’s it. This is not Eurovision material and it will get lost among better entries in Eesti Laul.
Antranig: The first word of the song is kuula and it has me running for the hills immediately. Luckily the song is not as boring as Estonia’s Eurovision 2012 entry, although it admittedly does come close. Parts of the song are cute but it is mostly forgettable.
William: I keep hearing the phrase “horny as…”. Sadly, this never gets me worked up to the point of thinking about sex. In fact, I find this downright mind-numbing — and honey, I want music to make me feel something. This could work as backing music in a rom-com for when the guy realizes he loves the girl while they are on the beach. But for Eurovision? No.
Sinan: I love the voice of Indrek! I think that this song is not so good for his voice. But I like the beat, and the part where a woman sings. I wish him success!
“HISPAANIA TUDRUK” SCORES
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 2 and a high of 6.5.