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 Sigga Eyrún with her song “Crazy”. Are we going crazy for Sigga, or is she driving us crazy? Read on to find out…
SIGGA EYRÚN – “CRAZY”
Josh: May contain traces of Pacman and Mario Kart. For some reason “Crazy” reminds me heaps of “Rockefeller Street” from Estonia in 2011 combined with “Technologic” by Daft Punk. It’s actually super funky and cool for Iceland but I can’t help but think the song is a little gimicky.
Mario: Well, well, this is something new for Songvakeppnin, yet it feels like ’90s trash music. And no, I don’t like novelties. “Kreisi” reminds me of entries in Latvian selection shows that usually — to the surprise of every Eurovision fan outside Latvia — climb up the scoreboard and (almost) win. And that certainly is not a good sign for li’l Iceland.
Robyn: Well, this is different for Iceland. I’m loving the 8-bit bloops combined with the sexy, dark synth bass. It reminds me a little of the chaotic cool of Kelis’ “Young Fresh and New” (produced by Pharrell in 2001), but with some Icelandic sweetness. A song with this much drama has the potential for great staging. Let’s see what Sigga gives us.
William: Nintendo, sci-fi and salsa converge in this bizarre but memorable dance number. Sometimes I think she’s a subversive genius, but usually I just think she’s a total mess. “Crazy” lives up to its title and requires the audience to be in the right mood to play along. After repeated listens, I’ve decided I just don’t have the energy to keep up.
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 1.5 and a high of 10.