Ahead of 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. Next up is Rafaela Truda with “Rise Up”. Was the song enough to get us up and dancing? Read on to find out.
Rafaela Truda – “Rise Up”
“Rise Up” reviews
Robyn: “Rise Up” sounds heavily influenced by Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, but to her credit, Rafaela can deliver both the Ariana and the Iggy parts. It’s a decent modern pop song, but it feels like it’s playing off someone else’s old ideas from 2014. Even the “Problem” mastermind Max Martin has moved on to new styles.
Antranig: Rafaela Truda is Ariana Grande, with the pleasant exception that she is actually talented. “Rise Up” would deliver what it promises and get all of Europe on its feet and dancing along. It’s the only song in semi-final two of UMK that I would like to see at Eurovision and it would surely do better than its Greek namesake. Let’s rise up tonight!
Edd: Let’s be honest – if this were sung by Ariana Grande it would be a worldwide smash. It’s not a well-written melody, nor is the hook very catchy. However, the delicious saxophone completely makes up for that, and makes it stand out. The chorus could do with having a more dense production to differentiate it from the verses – but that’s nothing that some of Rafaela’s swaggy dancing can’t disguise.
Sam: This, simply put, is just another overkill pop number that leads nowhere. Fun to listen to, but no impact on me whatsoever.
Luis: “Rafaela Truda, ha!” Amen, goodbye to this song. I’m seriously doubting this is a parody of 2014’s music scene. Such a blatant copy of the pop world of two years ago makes this entry cringy and unnecessary in UMK. Going to Eurovision means having high standards, not mimicking them.
Sinan: YAAAAAS, I LOVE THAT! I do not care that the song is like Ariana Grande’s “Problem”. I’m loving the music video, the choreography and the rap part. I hope she will bring a great live performance.
Kristin: Rafaela completely lost me in the very first second, with that agressive introduction: “Rafela Truda! Ha!” Tacky and unnecessary. And then the song started and it was all downhill from there. Girl, are you serious?! This is old and dated, and imitating famous paintings randomly in the video, only gives it a major cringe. It’s a big, fat no from me.
Max: I have one major problem with this song, and my fellow wiwibloggers are tiptoeing around it — it’s an Ariana rip-off. Rafaela and her song have flair and energy, but there is ultimately no getting away from the fact that this is shoplifted sass. Personally, I’d rather listen to the original.
In the Finnish Wiwi Jury we have 16 jurors but only have room for 8 reviews. The remaining eight 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 2 and a high of 9.5.
WIWI JURY SCORE: 5.93/10