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 the man with the big vocal range Stanley Miller with “Feel The Love”. Are we feeling the love from Stanley, or are we feeling ill? Read on to find out…

STANLEY MILLER – “FEEL THE LOVE”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwLHaJ02Ze0

“FEEL THE LOVE” REVIEWS

Cristian: Nothing bad to say about his vocals, he’s really a good singer and his performance during the selection showed his vocal talent. However, this song is too generic for my taste. The music and lyrics are perfect for an Eurovision song but I say this not in a positive way. It sounds to me like an entry from the early ’00s, I don’t think this would reach the final, ’cause it doesn’t go nowhere.

Score: 5/10

Josh: I’m a little on the fence with “Feel The Love”. Stanley’s vocals are on fire! Dat falsetto tho. And whilst I understand that he’s a loving homosexual and it’s almost expected for him to sing a song with high camp value, “Feel The Love” is more camp than a tent and a bonfire. I don’t hate the song. It’s catchy and it conveys a positive message. I just want Stanley to tone down on the cheese a little bit – because someone in the audience is bound to be lactose intolerant and I don’t want anyone to have to deal with that.

Score: 5.5/10

Luis: Basically, a cliché compound that doesn’t go nowhere. There’s too much ‘oooooh-ooooooh’, too much ‘feel the love’ (wasn’t that a Eurovision slogan at some point in the ’00s?) and that ‘together-forever’ rhyme that should be banned from the Eurovision. To me, it feels just lazy: the music is super generic and I want to believe that the lyrics were written in five minutes. Maybe Stanley wants to focus the attention on his voice, which is quite fine, but putting all his eggs in one basket is never a good idea, and this song is another proof of that.

Score: 4/10

Ramadan: This sounds so ’90s and it’s 2016! It’s not a song I would listen to if it wasn’t in an Eurovision NF. It’s a very disco/Broadway kind of song that goes nowhere. It doesn’t go anywhere, honestly, and is my least favourite of the Swiss NF.

Score: 2.5/10

Robyn: Some things are working here – a big happy disco love song performed by a confident and experienced singer. But there are weaknesses – lyrically, it’s a clichéd love song, and the gospel singers used at Expert Check came across more like a nerdy community choir. The biggest question, though – will Swiss viewers take to an American singer with a Spanish-produced song?

Score: 5/10

Sopon: Not gonna lie, the first song this reminded me of is Ping Pong’s “Be Happy”. No decent song would ever remind me of that train wreck. The lyrics are cliche-heavy, and the overall composition of the song is so sugary sweet, it would put an elephant in a diabetic coma. Maybe it would have fared well 20 years ago, but this has no chance today.

Score: 1.5/10

William: This song is a never-ending ocean of clichés. It cannot be emptied. Stanley can sing and he clearly feels his message of spreading the love. But the cheese is making my stomach churn. It’s very Rent, which, of course, premiered off-Broadway in 1993. We’re in 2016 and it’s good for Eurovision songs to reflect that. My least favourite entry of the lot.

Score: 2/10

In the Swiss Wiwi Jury we have 16 jurors but only have room for seven reviews. The remaining nine scores are below.

Anthony: 7/10

Antranig: 4/10

Bernardo: 5/10

Edd: 5/10

George: 7/10

Maria: 4/10

Mario: 4/10

Mikhail: 3.5/10

Renske: 5/10

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 7.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 4.39/10

FOR OUR LIST OF SWITZERLAND 2016 RANKINGS, CLICK HERE

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eve
eve
4 years ago

This is just so bad and so dated, kill it with fire!! I just can’t stand it

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Stephanie :- I also like Rykka’s “The Last of Our Kind” studio version but not her live version, that’s all.

It is worth knowing that Stanley has also been given the biggest cover song of the night “Hello” by Adele, the biggest hit in the last year. They sing their ESC song first. The producers obviously have their “cover” part 2nd to show off their vocal ability.

Stephanie
4 years ago

The thing about Stanley’s song is that it sounds like a million other songs I’ve heard in the mid to late 90s and early 00s. The backing singers did him no favors in his expert check performance. In my opinion, it’s way too generic for Eurovision.

PS: Regarding the “pimp spot”, in the last 2 Swiss finals, only Sebalter managed to win from there in 2014 while Tiziana finished 5th last year

Paul D
Paul D
4 years ago

I won’t even bother watching this national final, it’s all so bland and dry yuck you can do much better Switzerland

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

There is a distinct lack of star quality and professionalism in Switzerland and both Rykka and Vincent come across as amateur and like wet fish lacking any stage presence. That is a worry. Live performance will matter in Sweden and it is wide open and any 1 of 4 could win. Live Performance could make the difference in this final and this entry could be the Dark Horse and he has been given the “Pimp spot” of course. Anything can happen. PP :- Charlie Mason wrote Vincent’s song, not this one. He is better known as a lyricist, but the… Read more »

Iberian
Iberian
4 years ago

I remember him also from Operación Triunfo. Back in the days he used the name Chipper, which I quite liked. What I dislike is his song for Eurovision, it’s rubbish, sorry. And what is his connection to Switzerland?

Francisco
Francisco
4 years ago

he has a great voice… I still remember him from the Spanish talent show Operacion Triunfo 2008 where he, using the artistic name Chipper, reached the final of the contest. However his song it is not what I would expected from an artist like him… additionally it sounds a bit old fashion, but anyway… all my support for a great singer

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

The positive: well produced and well sung song.

The negative: generic as hell, nothing original whatsoever

My rating: 4/10

Fatima
Fatima
4 years ago

I liked him more than the song, it would be great if someone like him would win the contest one day

PP
PP
4 years ago

Author of song, compose and wrote lyricks for entry for Italy 2012, Austria 2014 and lyricks for Serbia and Slovenia 2015.