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 Kéa with her song “Lonely Boy”. Did she make us feel welcome? Read and find out!

KEA — “LONELY BOY”

“LONELY BOY” REVIEWS

Josh: C’mon, Estonian Kelly Clarkson! “Lonely Boy” is poppy, catchy and radio friendly. Kéa has a great vocal range and it suits the mood and style of this song perfectly. Because this could mesh too well into some other mainstream acts likely to be sent by other countries, I don’t think this would stand out very much in Stockholm, but it’s still a decent song.

Score: 8/10

Bernardo: I feel I’ve listen to this type of song over and over again in the last few years. Don’t get me wrong — I like it! Kéa has a good voice, the song has some nice production into it — but at the end of the day, this is just another one in the lot. It’s not going to stand out, and doesn’t have the possibility of reaching Stockholm.

Score: 6.5/10

Bogdan: An interesting effort compromised by the chorus, which is not only underwhelming but also annoyingly repetitive. The singer has a decent voice, but unfortunately is not helped by an uneven song that goes nowhere. I would be surprised if it makes the final!

Score: 4/10

Angus: This is sweet but flatlines after the first minute. The vocal is meant to sound defiant but just lapses into the same monotone delivery without any real emotional intensity. Maybe a live vocal will elevate this — the studio leaves a lot to be desired.

Score: 5/10

Kristin: I tried so many times to listen to Kéa with undivided attention, but each time I got distracted by something else… like math. But okay, “Lonely Boy” is not a bad track, just forgettable. I doubt this will make a lasting impact with viewers, and will be quickly written off after Eesti Laul.

Score: 5/10

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George: God, this NF has so many really good entries that I can’t decide which is my favourite. Kéa is definitely among them. I really like her voice and the way it fits with the music. If the chorus was a bit less repetitive, that song would definately rock, but it is a decent song either way.

Score: 7.5/10

Cristian: This song is so generic. It’s hard for me to comment on this mediocre American pop-oriented track. It’s just boring. A comparison with other entries of this selection diminshes “Lonely Boy” even more.

Score: 4/10

Renske: A bit of a standard NF entry to me, though potentially this could be a really good stage performance. But for Eurovision, this song is just too monotonous and too cheesy. “Lonely Boy” shouldn’t be lonely, but at Eurovision this song will be lonely.

Score: 7/10

William: Sarah Dawn Finer meets Kelly Clarkson in Kéa — a singer with a great voice… and a rather dull song. Her plea not to be lonely would be much more effective if there were more verses to break up the monotony of it all, particularly in the last 90 seconds. I’m over it before it finishes.

Score: 5/10

Anthony: While Kéa’s pleasantly warm vocals make “Lonely Boy” a cheerfully good pop song, there seems to be a hint of loneliness in there due to its repetitiveness. Once you’ve gone past the first minute of the song, the rest feels like you’ve been stuck in a time loop. It’s a decent effort from Kéa, but I’m hoping her live performance wins me over.

Score: 7/10

“LONELY BOY” SCORES

Mikhail: 6.5/10

Robyn: 6.5/10

Patrick: 6/10

Deban: 5.5/10

Luis: 5/10

Antranig: 8.5/10

Sinan: 8/10

Denise: 8/10

Zakaria: 7.5/10

Dayana: 7/10

The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 4 and a high of 8.5.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 6.39/10

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aari
aari
5 years ago

horrible, don’t even understand how it ended up in EL

el
el
5 years ago

@bogtrotter
I totally agree that the song is not the best, but it’s definitely not bad. It’s just average.
That live performance was on morning television, she even said herself that she didn’t wake up early enough to warm up her voice. I’ve already heard her vocals from eesti laul rehearsal/pre-recording and she sounded much better.

bogtrotter
bogtrotter
5 years ago

What a waste of a song. I don’t object to the verses that much, they’re pretty decent, but that chorus is truly terrible. I don’t want to hate on any of these songs, but this really dangles near the bottom of my list, and I keep forgetting it exists. This song ends too soon and too late at the same time. The average grade for this is kind of bizarre to me, cause there’s lots of songs that I think are vastly superior that have gotten a similar grade – but then again, they may be more divisive, because there’s… Read more »