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 is Jüri Pootsmann with his song “Play”. He sings a soul ballad courtesy of composer Stig Rästa, who wrote and sang Estonian 2015 entry “Goodbye to Yesterday”. Did we appreciate his new Eurovision bid? Read and find out!
JÜRI POOTSMANN — “PLAY”
Mikhail: Mesmerizing! The production of this track is beyond! It has an amazing set of instruments, which is really great. Moreover, it has Jüri’s voice, which is deep, wich touches your soul and gives you goosebumps. Also, his look may seem cold, but it goes right through you like a laser! I absolutely love it!
Robyn: Stig Rästa isn’t taking a year off. He’s still bringing his songwriting A-game, delivering another moody, 1960s-inspired tune. Jüri has a great voice (among other things), dripping with loads of drama, cool and attitude, and YouTube suggests he’ll be just as good live. This is one of the strongest songs in Eesti Laul this year, and I’d be very happy if it went to Stockholm.
Deban: Dreamy pop veiled with silky sex — I LOVE THIS! Pootsmann’s voice penetrates the soul, and the production on “Play” keeps me guessing throughout. The key change at the bridge provides enough sensory variety. However, it doesn’t depart from its core. Yes, Stig Rasta composed this, but Pootsmann gives it life!
Angus: Jüri’s voice is dreamy. Pure silky sex, the vocal floats over a production that tingles and bristles with intensity that is difficult to find in the rest of the entries. As Jüri sings, “we we ain’t got all night”, and in three minutes he hooks your attention. Let the record play.
Bernardo: My second favourite and probably the winner. Jüri owns a powerful, deep, moving voice and Stig Rasta has delivered another brilliant piece of writing. I see this working perfectly at the national final and with the correct performance it should score a final spot at Eurovision. Bravo!
Anthony: Having obliterated everyone else with Elina Born at Eesti Laul 2015, Stig Rästa has passed down his composing talents to a possible successor. With Stig’s influence and Jüri’s silky soulful vocals oozing with depth and emotion, the two have blended together perfectly. It’s a definite contender and should it win, Estonia have got themselves another fantastic Eurovision entry.
Luis: This is brilliant. Stig Rästa worked his magic again and Jüri transports the song to another level with his attitude. Somehow he manages to give his voice many interesting textures without excessive vocal choreography in a Sinatra-esque way. It so easy to fall in love with it. In the end, “Play” feels rich, solid and appealing. It’s even sexy, and here’s a straight guy writing that! I love it.
Antranig: I’m predicting Jüri Pootsmann as the runaway winner. His voice is dark and seductive and Stig’s exceptional songwriting talent shines through. Estonia would be making a big mistake by sending almost anybody else to Stockholm — I think this could go a long way at Eurovision.
George: I really like this song. It combines many things I like and it’s just another proof that Stig Rästa owns the thing… And of course Juri’s voice fits perfectly. It’s a really strong song in a really strong NF and I can see this doing really well at Eurovision. The only negative thing is that when it’s over, I want more…
Sinan: Oh My Godness! Very strong song by Stig Rästa, again! And Jüri sang the song magnificently well! One of my favorite songs in this years selection! I like the style of the song, something like a song of Adele. I love these kind of songs!
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 6 and a high of 10.