Ahead of the second heat of Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2016, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are busy reviewing all the competing songs. The final song comes from Mikael Saari, who placed second in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2013. Can he do better with “On It Goes”? Read on to hear our thoughts…
Mikael Saari – “On It Goes”
“On It Goes” reviews:
Sinan: I don’t know why, but I like it — and I am not a fan of ballads. It has a great music video and I’m loving all these old fashioned costumes. I will definitely listen to this more than once.
William: On it goes — for three tedious minutes. I can remember the instrumental but not the verses or the chorus. I appreciate that he has a great voice, it’s just a shame it’s wasted on this wet, slightly wandering song.
Edd: Ballads very rarely move me, but Mikael Saari is an exception. The song pulls on your heartstrings with its tenderness in the first minute, and then builds and builds and doesn’t stop building. His voice has a beautiful timbre, and the orchestral production and non-standard melody makes it feel so organic. I wouldn’t say “too good for Eurovision” but more, “too complex to be a fan favourite.”
Sam: “On It Goes” feels anything but genuine. Mikael’s voice is good enough, but the instrumentation accompanying him is too sugary and too excessive. It doesn’t help that the song itself bores me to death, and I’d fall asleep immediately if it weren’t for the super screechy violins. Let’s shut this one down before it goes any further.
Luis: Is Mikael sure his song was for Eurovision? Because I see it more in a Broadway production. “On It Goes” is a very good composition, but the drama and the over-trascendence of this song surpass the Eurovision limits. I had major Didrik Solli-Tangen feels with this song, although in some parts it also reminded me of “A Monster Like Me”, which I loved. It’s not as boring as “My Heart is Yours”, but I doubt it can get as good a place as Morland & Debrah.
Robyn: This sounds like a song from a musical, a ballad that the hero sings while wandering the stage, gazing at a moonlight backdrop. Mikael has a good voice and the song’s production is good, but all up, it’s just not grabbing me as a song. However, I have a feeling that it might be more powerful when performed live.
Kristin: I am totally and completely head over heels in love with this song. The beginning reminded me of Didrik Solli-Tangen’s “My Heart is Yours”, and in my case, that’s nothing but good. But that was just for split second, and then Mikael took it to a whole new level and I ended up with goosebumps and a mysterious lump in my throat. And suddenly I discovered why. I was having a case of the…..feelings! Which is everything this song is about and Mikael portrays it so so beautifully. Perfect, simply perfect.
Antranig: I’m not a fan of this one at all. On and on it goes for three minutes and it gets nowhere. I usually criticise songs I dislike for making three minutes go by extremely slowly. In Mikael’s case, three minutes passes in the blink of an eye and I feel as though nothing happened. It’s one of the weakest entries and I’m looking elsewhere for a winner.
Max: I didn’t know quite what to make of this at first. There’s nothing else like it competing in UMK, and I think it will definitely make an impression when performed live. But ultimately Mikael does seem to stretch those 3 minutes out, and the first minute of the song is dreary enough to lose my vote. This is an enigmatic yet flawed entry.
In the Finnish Wiwi Jury we have 17 jurors but only have room for 9 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 3 and a high of 10.
WIWI JURY SCORE: 6.03/10