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 are taking a look at Rykka‘s “The Last of Our Kind”. Is Rykka deserved of her early favourite title, or is this the last time we want to hear this song? Read on to find out…
RYKKA – “THE LAST OF OUR KIND”
“THE LAST OF OUR KIND” REVIEWS
Antranig: Call off the national final right now — we have a winner! This is absolutely incredible and I think this could bring Switzerland their best result in a long time. I also think she and Vincent Gross are the only two who could get Switzerland back to the grand final. Switzerland need to send this — Rykka absolutely slays!
Cristian: The video screams “Sia” but actually the song is far away from Sia’s jewels and her real appearance as well. Rykka is more like a mix between a Lolita and a femme fatale coming out from the 1950s. It’s a good song, and probably the best among the six left. It perfectly follows the contemporary music pattern: electro-pop songs with ’80s vibes. She’s got a nice voice but her performance was far from perfect, and she has to improve a lot of her skills for the national final. However it’s still the best chance to get a spot into the grand final.
Edd: BOOM! I honestly think this is the most modern song I’ve ever heard in the Swiss national selection. Over the years there has been a massive gap in the contest for electropop. With a few more synths and robotic sounds, Rykka will absolutely slay the genre. There’s even a key change!! I was very pleasantly surprised with her live vocals, although disappointed with the performance. If she really is the last of her kind then she needs to stop looking so human and bring out the inner alien.
Josh: “The Last of Our Kind” is obviously the best of a bad bunch. The beginning of the song is so promising however it quickly leads to something so lacklustre that I’m just left bored. I find the key change in the final chorus to be really off-putting – something you’d find in a stereotypical ’90s ballad. Rykka tried to bring theatricality to her Expert Check performance but unfortunately it failed to meet expectations. You can cover a turd in glitter, but at the end of the day it’s still a turd.
Renske: “The Last of Our Kind” is one of the most interesting songs in the Swiss national final this year. Although Rykka’s image looks great, like a Swiss version of Sia, she does not look secure on stage. Sadly, this distracted me really from her performance. If she takes some vocal lessons and works on her stage performance, I’ll give her a chance.
Robyn: Here’s my dilemma – I really like Rykka but I don’t like her song. She’s a great performer with a rich, expressive voice and has great stage presence, but “The Last of Our Kind” is such a let-down. Despite the strong, dramatic opening, the song quickly runs out of ideas and ends up with Rykka singing “We’re the last of our kiiiind” over and over. But it is still the best song in the NF and I’d be happy to see Rykka win it. I’m just not a fan of the song itself.
William: With shades of Sia and Agnes, Rykka pulls Switzerland into 2016. Her modern entry stands out for its production value and for mixing a hopeful message with dark, electro sounds. It’s heady and modern, yet clearly engineered for Eurovision: see the key change in the final third. A strong entry that deserves to do well — in Switzerland and at Eurovision. PS Love that trash bag she wore to the Expert Check!
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 5 and a high of 10.