Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gathered in Bern to discuss the contestants participating in Die Entscheidungsshow, the national selection for Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Today we look at rock-group Kaceo with “Disque d’or” (“Gold record”). Do we think Kaceo has the midas touch, or do we think they’re destined for the bottom of the scoreboard? Read on to find out…
KACEO – ‘DISQUE D’OR’
“DISQUE D’OR” REVIEWS
Anthony: After finding out Kaceo were the eventual replacement to original qualifier Stéphanie Palazzo, Switzerland have pretty much shot themselves in the foot with that decision. An unusual combination of rock and folk-pop, they are fast becoming a novelty act, especially with several seconds of a Pete Townshend level of madness moment towards the end. Even if they cleaned up their act under EBU rules, they’ll be making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Josh: Aside from the fact that the lyrics are blatantly degrading towards females, the song as a whole is literally horrendous. I feel like I’ve been personally victimised by Kaceo. Why must every national final consist of at least one “joke” act? Surely, in the entirely population of the lovely Switzerland, they could’ve mustered up an act with at least some sort of talent. Nope. Sorry. Can’t deal. Next.
Luis: So now sexist lyrics are acceptable at Eurovision? Thank you Kaceo, that’s all we needed! These guys might think that international superstars do little for women’s dignity, but you know what? “Disque d’or” does less. It’s the definition of “degradation” in terms of music, lyrics and performance. Apart from lacking any coherence, these guys have gone too far with their performance. With all this, I’d be very disappointed if they earn more than last place with zero points.
Mikhail: At first I was really enjoying this Swiss chanson, which was pretty pleasant to listen to, but then a strange chorus came — but at least it is listenable. Then there is some weird speech, which completely puts me off. It sounds just awful! But what happens next? He takes off his belt on stage, which makes me start begging that he doesn’t do a striptease. Thank God! My prayers were heard! But still he does something odd, by beating the drums with the belt! Seriously?
Robyn: What a huge disappointment from Switzerland. “Disque d’or” is a sexist rant against female pop stars, women who dare to bring sexuality into their music. The slut-shaming lyrics are quite clear – women like this should work in porn, not music. Whatever. I’d much rather see a confident female pop star werking it – Miley, Gaga, Demi, RiRi, Queen Bey – than listen to this misogynistic tirade again. I’m generously giving half a point for Kaceo’s energetic live performance style.
Sopon: I didn’t even bother to look into the lyrics like some of my colleagues did — this is a hot mess even without a translation. Polka meets rock? Seriously? The lead singer is way too over-the-top for this, he looks desperate to frontline a punk band rather than Kaceo. Even as a joke entry, this isn’t amusing.
William: This reminds me of hot nights and sticky fumblings in Parisian clubs — and that’s no bad thing. It’s crazy, over-the-top and kooky — a refreshing departure for the Swiss selection, which too often leans toward the sterile and clinical. It’s like Zdob si Zdub have been transplanted to Zurich, and I’m feeling it. Is it my winner? No. But am I happy that it’s here? Absolutely.
In the Swiss Wiwi Jury we have 16 jurors but only have room for 7 reviews. The remaining nine 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 0 and a high of 7.5.