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 Laura with her song “Supersonic”. She brings electro-pop and a little bit of supersonic speed to the table. Did we catch her wave? Read and fnd out!

LAURA — “SUPERSONIC”

“SUPERSONIC” REVIEWS

Mikhail: It is a decent pop song, but for me something is missing. There is no hook and I don’t know what to put my eye on. And let’s not talk about the lyrics. Why are we “supersonic”? A strong song, nevertheless, but it gets pretty boring at the end.

Score: 7/10

Deban: “Supersonic” touches on life’s serious issues, but handles it in a vapid way. That said, Laura has successfully lodged her entry in my brain. Insanely catchy, danceable and packed with fiery key change, this track doesn’t just want you to like it — it insists that you love it.

Score: 8/10

Bogdan: I’ve had this song on repeat since I first listened to it. It ticks all my musical boxes. Electropop? Yes. Dark lyrics? Uh-huh. Haunting vocals? Yes. Charismatic singer? Hello! Head-bopping rhythms? Yeah! Dramatic key change? Yep. I am even going to ignore some clumsy lyrics like “we must have to choose”, because musically “Supersonic” is pop perfection.

Score: 10/10

Kristin: This is quite a good entry. Electro pop at its finest. Its a lot stronger than Grete Paia’s song and is a brilliant candidate for Stockholm. It has a certain sound that appeals to me, even though I just can’t figure out why. Laura is a great singer, and if this delivers live on stage, she’s a strong leader this year.

Score: 8.5/10

Cristian: Would I like to listen “Supersonic” on the stage of the Globen Arena? Absolutely yes. This is one of those songs that’s beautiful in the studio version and just amazing live. It’s a track that would suddenly get a spot in my personal top 10.

Score: 9/10

Antranig: If you can overlook the fact that the lyrics make no sense at the best of times, this is a top quality entry. It is extremely catchy and Laura’s voice works wonderfully with the song. I would love to see Laura take “Supersonic” to Stockholm but if she does win Eesti Laul, those lyrics will need a major overhaul.

Score: 9/10

Renske: In both production values and songwise, I think “Supersonic” is the best song in the selection. For once, the whole song is enjoyable. It does not only have an amazing chorus, but also good verses and a proper instrumentation. I think this could even win Eesti Laul, if the performance is strong enough.

Score: 8.5/10

Anthony: Like Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Moonwalk Studios and composer Sven Lõhmus are Estonia’s very own strike partnership with their musical firepower. Just as they did with Grete Paia, they’ve combined to produce this stunning electropop entry. It’s no doubt Laura’s strongest entry to date. Her staging and live performance will be crucial if she’s to do well.

Score: 9/10

Zakaria: Another example of songwriters who believe that assembling difficult and non-related words in one sentence make great lyrics. I quite enjoyed listening to this one after going through the otherwise depressing entries in Eesti Laul. The chorus is infectious and Laura’s voice fits in very well. I think it’s all gonna come down to the stage performance.

Score: 7/10

William: Sometimes the pills don’t work, but sometimes they do. In this instance it’s hard for me to decide where the medicine fell. On the one hand the melody, the voice and the shape slay — this is modern, catchy and, in some weird way, motivating. The lyrics, on the other hand, are a hot mess: we’re only “dirt in the road”…but “we’re supersonic” and should be writing poetry. A catchy if confused entry, but one I enjoy listening to.

Score: 8/10

“SUPERSONIC” SCORES

Robyn: 5/10

Josh: 9.5/10

Angus: 8.5/10

Luis: 8/10

George: 9/10

Bernardo: 6.5/10

Patrick: 8/10

Sinan: 8/10

Denise: 8.5/10

Dayana: 6/10

The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 5 and a high of 10.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 8.11/10

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Robyn Gallagher
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I’m not a fan of “Supersonic”. I can’t get into a song that wastes a hook with the line “We should be writing, writing, writing, writing…” And that Lady Gaga 2008 aesthetic? Even Gaga herself has long since moved on from that style. I feel like my 5/10 was a bit generous.

Transmermaid
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Transmermaid

Hate her voice literally. The first time i listened to this i kind of enjoyed it but days after i was kinda over it.
7/10

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

this is the most formulaic of them all
honestly if this wins Eesti Laul will have been a huge waste

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

This is not good. There is nothing special about it at all.
If a contest as strong as this year’s Eesti Laul puts forward a song like this, it would be such a waste. I would like to say that this does not stand a chance but you never know!

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As a native English speaker I can’t look past the lyrics, I would’ve rather Sven Lõhmus’ team created a song in Estonian such as ‘Valged Ööd’

Marshpan
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Marshpan

I honestly found this song to be a bit annoying and bland… there’s nothing in it that makes me gravitate towards it other than the fact everyone else seems to like it. It tries to take this robotic route that rubs me in all the wrong way; instead of sounding modern and interesting, it’s soulless and forgettable. Compared to the ‘overly electronic’ sounds of other entries in Eesti Laul this year, this is perhaps the most middle-of-the-road, generic and mainstream you could get… there’s so little risk or controversy to it that I’m wondering if Laura’s just trying to play… Read more »

Redfox
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Redfox

the lyrics are embarrassing. Guys, we do actually speak better English than this!

WTF
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WTF

There’s absolutely no way they send bland pop trash like this, not when they’ve got stuff like “Sally”, “Play”, “Seis” or “I’m Facing North” in their selection…

marie
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marie

I don’t like

#Super
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#Super

I’m sold to perfection. Amazing job Laura!

Österrike
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Österrike

omg, this is really bad…. i feel tired after hearing this

bogtrotter
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bogtrotter

At every turn, going through the Eesti Laul entries, I expected to come across something that really takes the traditional Eurovision route, and some of these songs definitely come close with their broken English lyrics that are clumsily literal. I totally get the hook here and it feels cool without being overproduced, but it’s a pity that perhaps the most conventional song is getting the most traction from a really fascinating selection. But I’ve talked about how good I think the selection is enough before, and this song absolutely gets “stucked” in my mind. If someone cleans up the lyrics,… Read more »

DenizNL
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DenizNL

I like this! It should win.

@EugeneESCUK
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Hex :- I respect all opinions including yours, but any jury will not take a song seriously with the crass lyric “Supersonic”. (Please don’t mention “Say Yay” it’s like comparing chalk and cheese!!) Couple that with the lack of originality, I just cannot see it doing well in Stockholm, but go ahead Estonia………………………..shock me.

Hex
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Hex

@EugeneESCUK

You never know with Eesti Laul. We might pick some really weird song for the contest.

Remember Sandra Nurmsalu 2014?
Grete Paia 2013?

Hex
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Hex

Agreed as some others have already mentioned, the lyrics ARE a hot mess and it brings my rating of the song from 9/10 all the way down to 8/10.

Stage presence and staging will be crucial as is with every other top contender this year so getting that right can lead into a win at Eesti Laul

@EugeneESCUK
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Not for me, this is so yesteryear. Nothing original and so same old, same old. “Supersonic”? That is just SO bad!! I’m pretty sure Estonia will not pick this one.

eve
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eve

I liked this song until I heard her perform it live, I don’t like her voice nor her stage presence :/ I much prefer Play and Seis

Mario = Legend
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Mario = Legend

Don’t like it. Not a favourite for me, especially compared to Play since is other favourite.

Jerome
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Jerome

Winner for me! Go Laura!
And on the argument that the lyrics make no sense:
“Undo my sad” – Sweden 2014
“Still stucked in my mind” – Georgia 2015 (even autocorrect is confused)
And both songs were still great.
So yeah…. Case closed

Steven Keenan
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The lyrics really drag this down for me.

jowncarlo
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jowncarlo

There were two warriors last year. Will there be two Lauras this year? Mehe.