Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – gathered in Reykjavik to discuss the contestants participating in Söngvakeppnin 2016, the national selection for Iceland at Eurovision 2016. Today we look at Þórdís & Guðmundur with their song “All Over The World”. Do we want people all over the world to get behind this song, or should we suspend their passports? Read on to find out…
Þórdís & Guðmundur – “ALL OVER THE WORLD”
“ALL OVER THE WORLD” REVIEWS
Robyn: I was settling down, expecting this to be another polite, folky song, but then – bam! – there comes the rap. Guðmundur’s rap complements Þórdís’ singing surprisingly well, and by the end of the song some of his swagger seems to have rubbed of on her. She’s not there to just sing the chorus, he’s not there to just add a guest verse. It’s a solid partnership and it works really well.
William: It’s true that the opening bars are sleepy and a bit dull. But do we really need an Icelandic rapper to wake us up? Hell to the NO! Rap is bad enough in English, but the reality is that English is the linga franca of rap. Straight Outta Reykjavik just doesn’t work for me.
Steinunn: I’m digging this. Is it a hard-core hip-hop song? No. But it has just the right amount of rap and just the right amount of pop elements to meet the Eurovision criteria. It all depends on the performance. If they nail that factor, I believe this is going to go far in Söngvakeppnin 2016.
Josh: When I first started listening to “All Over The World”, I was preparing myself for yet another folk song. I did not expect it to build into an R&B/rap song, and the surprise was actually good for once! This entry is so incredibly different for Iceland and I really like it. Þórdís has a really sweet voice that suits the femininity of the sung component whereas Guðmundur’s rap complements the song very nicely. This is a great effort!
In the Icelandic jury we have seventeen jurors but only room for four reviews. The remaining thirteen scores are below!
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 8.5.