Ahead of the third and final heat of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2016, Finland’s Eurovision 2016 selection, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — listened to and reviewed all six of the songs to find out which three deserve places in the final. Today we turn to Tuuli Okkonen with “Don’t Wake Me Up”. Did this sound like a dream or a total nightmare? Read on to find out…

Tuuli Okkonen – “Don’t Wake Me Up”

“Don’t Wake Me Up” reviews

William: She begs the listener not to wake her up. I say don’t worry: Just put your song on full blast and you’ll sleep through anything. This drags on for what seems like an eternity and I’m not really convinced she feels anything she is singing about. This power ballad really lacks power. Her voice would work better on an Auto Tune dance track.

Score: 3.5/10

Edd: Just another one of those pop ballads. A sweet girl and a pleasant production — but it evokes no emotion in me whatsoever. I’m pretty sure that of the six songwriters, only one of them is Finnish — and that’s Tuuli herself. Maybe some countries do send better entries with the help of international songwriters, but Finland certainly isn’t a country in need. And it saddens me to see this factory production of songs slowly stripping Eurovision of personality.

Score: 4.5/10

Sam: I feel the ice in her voice as she coldly sings this heartbreaking song – and the excessive autotune definitely helps in conveying it. But the genericness of it all brings nothing new to the table. I don’t have interest in seeing how she sings without autotune if this is the song she’s bringing.

Score: 2/10

Luis: It’s another case of a national final song in which the most appealing part is the music video. Tuuli’s voice is likeable, but her song felt like a random background music in a curious video. I’d compare it to Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight — if you like the genre, you’ll like it. But if not, you’ll find it boring, even if it’s wrapped in a nice package.

Score: 3/10

Robyn: I like the song more with its deliciously weird music video. On its own, the song is a rather more ordinary tale of heartbreak. How it comes across live will depend on whether the magic of the video can be captured on stage. I’m not saying that Tuuli needs to sing to a melting ice sculpture at UMK, but wouldn’t that be amazing?

Score: 7/10

Kristin: Is it just me or does the SNL actress Kate McKinnon have a doppelganger in Tuuli? With that said, “Don’t Wake Me Up” is a pleasant pop song, and the chorus is completely stuck in my head. It might not be the strongest song in UMK this year, but Tuuli has a sweet voice, and the song itself delivers smoothly. I think that in order to advance, Tuuli does have to bring her A-game to the stage, so the song will definitely stand out with the audience, but for my part, I like this, with or without the ice sculpture.

Score: 7.5/10

Antranig: I have absolutely no idea what is happening in the music video but I like it. The song itself is cute for the most part, but it is a bit too repetitive and lacks the power to be a real contender. It could be elevated to a higher level with an improved chorus but as it is, this sits comfortably in the middle of the pack.

Score: 6/10

Max: “Don’t Wake Me Up” is a well-structured and beautifully produced electropop ballad, and when paired with Tuuli’s crystalline vocals, it should (in theory) slay the pack. I’m spiritually uplifted when the final chorus arrives, as Tuuli’s voice soars to shimmering heights on a bed of dreamy synths. At once ethereal and epic, this is an indulgent three minutes of pop melodrama. And I just can’t get enough of it.

Score: 9/10

In the Finnish Wiwi Jury we have 16 jurors but only have room for 8 reviews. The remaining eight scores are below!

Maria: 4/10

Josh: 4/10

Ramadan: 6/10

Denise: 6.5/10

Bernardo: 6.5/10

Dayana: 6.5/10

Cristian: 8/10

Mario: 3/10

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 2 and a high of 9.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 5.43/10

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Brian
Brian
4 years ago

LOL. This song’s so cheasy.

Netherlandish
Netherlandish
4 years ago

wiwi blogg please stop rating songs while you’re drunk…. this is such a great song!
”A power ballad without power” i can understand that, if you only listen to the beginning of the song. I’m not expecting this song to win, but i don’t mind.

Thank you Finland for this great umk year!

deli
deli
4 years ago

I am not a fan of this song. Remindss me of random bland songs from Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Just like Ylona. Sandhja and Barbe-Q-Barbies slay in this semi.

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

My favourite! 10/10
No power? What about the giant part just before the last chorus? Powerful enough.
Very underrated.

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

Yes, easily the best one in semi 3.

Mas
Mas
4 years ago

I adore this song! It won’t win but it’s the only one worth downloading from the UMK this year.

D
D
4 years ago

This is easily one of the best entries in UMK this year.

Jerome
Jerome
4 years ago

Tuuli Okkonen FTW!!!!

James
James
4 years ago

Wiwi juries must clear their ears. LOL This could be the potential winner

pasi
pasi
4 years ago

One of my three faves! And by far the best song in my eyes in that semi!

Don´t know why you rate this so low… I give this song 9/10

Steven
Steven
4 years ago

Surprisingly low score for one of the stronger entries.

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

I would like to hear the full version of this song one day, as it sounds at particular points like bits have been cut out to fit it into 3 minutes (for example after V2, the two-bar mini-bridge is missing, whereas it’s there after V1). Due to the slow tempo of this song, it perhaps needs 4 minutes to fully flourish and have more meaning. That being said, all of the main dramatic musical points are there. This song includes the old extended melisma, which i personally love. When Tuuli sings “hurting,” there follows a tremedously dramatic series of arpeggiated… Read more »

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

This is the best song in the semifinal in my opinion.

The Blogging DJ
4 years ago

LOL… This is actually my favourite song from the whole of UMK 2016.