Ahead the second heat of Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — will review all the competing songs. Today we are listening to Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom with “Good Enough”. Are they good enough to win Finland’s selection? Here’s what we think!

Annica Milán & Kimmo Blom – “Good Enough”

“Good Enough” reviews:

Sinan: This better win in Finland! Great music video and great song — which is the most important thing. They are so artistic in the video, I just love it. I can listen to the song again and again and don’t get bored after the first listen.

Score: 9.5/10

William: They’re a real-life couple and that chemistry shines through in this delicious power ballad. His voice is very Phil Collins — rich with just the right amount of grit — and that contrasts so nicely with hers, which is so delicate but conceals proper power. Their harmonies are on point. The lyrics are optimistic and hopeful without being overly sentimental. And the melody is memorable and breathtaking. Not ashamed to be a fan boy: I love this.

Score: 9/10

Edd: This whole production is one ginormous power-ballad heaven. That said, I’m doubtful as to whether they will be able to recreate the epicness without the big budget music video – especially when the song is actually about all that “believing in yourself” rubbish rather than hostages, guns and policemen. I also don’t think Finland should be stooping to foreign songwriters when they have plenty of good songs written by native Finns.

Score: 8.5/10

Sam: Physical tears in my eyes – this is what I get from listening to this masterpiece. The lyrics hit close to home, it’s modern, slow but not excruciating, and filled with beautiful harmonies that are beyond words. I think that this collaboration will really pay off for the duo, it’s by far the best song in UMK. P.S. Kimmo Blom, thank you for being yourself this time around.

Score: 10/10

Luis: Even though power ballads are not my favourite genre, I have to admit that “Good Enough” is indeed more than good enough. While it’s doesn’t bring anything new, the quality and the dynamism of this song compensate for the lack of originality. Annica and Kimmo’s harmonies are superb: if they can translate their vocal chemistry into physical on stage, they’ve got it.

Score: 8/10

Robyn: Angelo De Nile was one of my favourite acts in UMK 2015, so I’m glad to see him back, even if it’s in his less glam, civilian persona. “Good Enough” is a very traditional sounding male-female duet, but Kimmo and Annica’s voices sound good together, nailing those harmonies. I’d like to see this at the UMK final.

Score: 7.5/10

Kristin: Wow…. just wow! This is a dynamic duo! Their voices are perfect together and the contrast couldn’t be better. This caught me right from the start. I’ve always been a sucker for power ballads, but I almost always get a little disappointed by that genre in ESC. But “Good Enough” has completely restored my faith. Raw, beautiful, heartbreaking and powerful. Annica and Kimmo to Stockholm, please.

Score: 10/10

Antranig: Annica and Kimmo sound amazing together and this is a good song that could become a great song with the right staging. The biggest problem is that it sounded mediocre on first listen and it took time to grow on me — that won’t help their cause at Eurovision with people hearing it for the first time.

Score: 8/10

Max: Annica and Kimmo’s voices meld beautifully and “Good Enough” is a rousing entry with a soaring chorus. This feels nostalgic but avoids sounding dated. My only concern would be stage presentation; there is a real danger that this type of song ends up looking like something out of a musical, and this is clearly not what you seek in a Eurovision winner.

Score: 7.5/10

In the Finnish Wiwi Jury we have 17 jurors but only have room for 9 reviews. The remaining eight scores are below!

Maria: 5/10

Josh: 8.5/10

Ramadan: 6/10

Denise: 7/10

Bernardo: 7/10

Dayana: 8.5/10

Cristian: 8/10

Mario: 5.5/10

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 5 and a high of 10.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 7.9/10

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eurana
eurana
4 years ago

If this song goes to Stockholm, it’s top 5 material. So emotional and with a good stage, probably the winner.

aari
aari
4 years ago

This is quality winner material. it better win

ct_greece
ct_greece
4 years ago

I think the reviews here verge on the hyperbole. Yes, it brings to mind Denmark 2010 and this kind of songs always have their audience at the ESC. On the other hand it;s been six years since then and I remember the Czech Republic last year who didn’t make it with better looks and better voices. Of course “Good enough” sounds much more like an american power ballad than “Power never dies” which was probably too gothic for some people. So it is probably a safer bet for Finland.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Antronig and Edd did not give it a 10/10, so it can’t be good, right? (Just kiddin guys!!) “Traditional” is one word, dated maybe another. This is the sort of song the Nordic songwriters churn out by the dozen. Two of the co-writers are no strangers to the ESC; one has “Heartbeat” by Can-linn as one of his credits, so they are all too familiar with ESC formulas. “Formulaic” is probably a good word for it, but the ESC moves on. It’s all in the exploding chorus and it has that immediate impact you need in the ESC, it’s called… Read more »

Héctor
Héctor
4 years ago

Don’t get your hype… it’s just an average song sung by ok singers, nothing new nor good.

mad-professor
mad-professor
4 years ago

An outdated song with cliche lyrics. Yeah, this isn’t good.

MrGeorpey
MrGeorpey
4 years ago

I don’t care about the music video or the style reminding Denmark 2010 and so. Not many songs made me cry and this one did. Their voices and the lyrics are just… Magical.

Saara Aalto’s song might be more original but it transmits me nothing.

I just hope they get a great staging and then… Finland will have no other option than sending them to Stockholm.

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

Like many, I’m a sucker for power ballads. It’s a difficult genre to do right, it can quickly become pompous, but this song avoids crossing that line, and it has some good memorable melodies in there.

The video is a bit ridiculous though, it’s a desperate attempt to add some darkness to what is essentially a very syrupy ballad.

deli
deli
4 years ago

I don’t care that it is male-female duet. For me this type of schlager ballads is very disturbing. Too much Denmark 2010 in it.

Jerome
Jerome
4 years ago

I think after last year as well as The Common Linnets in 2014, I’ve had enough of the man-woman duets.
This song tries to be too dramatic that it goes over the top and I end up crying for it to END.
Given the probability of making it to the UMK final, I won’t be surprised if it does but I will put this near the bottom of my ranking if it ends up going to Stockholm. NO MORE MAN-WOMAN DUETS!! (At least for this year)

EUROFAN MEXICO
4 years ago

I WANT TO CRY ITS PERFECT IT CONQUIST ME

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Nothing particularly original about it for me. Sounds like a million other songs that you would hear on the radio. Boring!
William’s Phil Collins comment is so cute. It is like something that his mother would say.

hello hi
hello hi
4 years ago

Clear winner for Finland. If this or Saara Aalto doesn’t win, it’ll be an outrage

Ian from the philipines

Great song but be careful with the staging. Remember siru