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”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In the Swiss Wiwi Jury we have 16 jurors but only have room for seven 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 1.5 and a high of 7.