Germany’s national selection show is all set to kick off on February 25th. Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gathered in Hanover to discuss the contestants participating in Unser Lied für Stockholm, Germany’s national selection for Eurovision 2016. Today we look at Keøma, who will sing “Protected”. Do we have a winner yet? Read on to find out!
Keøma with “Protected”
Rick: Although this song has no climax, it’s my personal favourite. “Protected” actually makes me feel protected and safe — it’s even a bit magical. But I’m sure it won’t even make it to the superfinal as Germans don’t know Keøma at all and they probably think it wouldn’t stand out – which is false. This is so special and unusual that people would remember it after all songs have been performed on 14th of May. Maybe it’s only because I’m very nocturnal and this suits my typical “night mood” but I’m already a big fan of it.
Robyn: Whenever I hear this song, I keep imagining a bigger, faster, louder version performed by a fiery soul diva. That would work. But as it is, Keøma’s “Protected” is too polite and unassuming to work as a Eurovision song. That’s not to say that minimalist songs can’t work at Eurovision. But they need to have the sort of magic that “Love Injected” brought to really work.
Kristin: This one is a little hypnotising. There isn’t much going on in the song. It just sort of flows through without much demand, and usually that would make me want to turn my attention elsewhere. But there is something here, something appealing which I can’t put my finger on. But whatever it is — Keøma’s voice or the lyrics or whatever — I think I like it. That girl gets to you!
Luis: Forward this to Durex, as this might suit their next advertisement. “Protected” (come on, even the title!) tries to be sultry and sexy, but it fails to achieve this goal. It’s too slow to fit any performance that doesn’t include live sex. In fact, this is virtually porno background music, and Eurovision, for the moment, can’t be that explicit.
Deban: Trip hop at its finest. Although it pitches quietly, “Protected” incorporates a broad range of sounds into its arrangement, making it one of the most pleasurable pre-selection listening experiences. The spellbinding artwork gives a taste of the visuals to come. Keøma may not be in your face, but they are quietly taking over.
Mikhail: When you listen to it, you think that this song should get you emotional. But nope, it doesn’t. It becomes quite bland and I wanted it to end faster, so I just skipped half of the song. It’s boring and it leaves no effect on me.
Antranig: Keøma has a great voice but does not have a good song. The music video reminds me of “Ain’t Got Time For Boys” but the song is nowhere near as good. It’s subtle and understated and it would get swallowed alive on a Eurovision stage. I’d like to see the singer try again with a very different song.
George: To be honest, I don’t believe this song can go well at Eurovision. Nevertheless, I think it’s quite original (even if I get “River Lea” vibes at certain points) and I like it. If they have chosen to go with something more pop, this could do really well in Unser Lied für Stockholm, if not win outright, as the girl has an amazing voice.
In the German Wiwi Jury we have 14 jurors but only have room for eight reviews. The remaining six 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 2.5 and a high of 9.