Germany’s national selection show is all set to kick off on Thursday. Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gathered in Stuttgart to discuss the contestants participating in Unser Lied für Stockholm, Germany’s national selection for Eurovision 2016. Today we look at Woods of Birnam, who will sing “Lift Me Up”. Can they win the Eurovision ticket? Read on to find out!
Woods of Birnam with “Lift Me Up”
“Lift Me Up” reviews
Luis: It’s enjoyable, but that’s all. Instantly forgettable, “Lift Me Up” is not a song I’d keep on repeat, and I don’t think I want to listen to it again after the 25th, and even less so as Germany’s song for Eurovision 2016.
Rick: I love this song. It’s fresh, it’s fun and it’s well-produced. I can imagine hearing this on the radio without any connection to Eurovision, which is good because I think that’s why the average TV viewer might also like it very much. The only problem is that this could struggle to stand out. So far we already have many bands and radio-friendly songs in Stockholm. The song itself is great!
Robyn: This is another one of those songs that exist only for the duration of the song. There’s just nothing about it that’s catchy, no infectious hooks that make me want to listen again and again. It feels like a filler act added to the national final to make up numbers.
Kristin: I’m getting some Empire of the Sun vibes here. Its a nice tune, but it blends a little bit to the background – elevator music, so to speak. But not a bad one! The fault with “Lift Me Up” is that it starts weak, and you have to wait for it to kick in. But when it does kick in, it provides much needed power. Just a little bit too late.
Deban: A frontrunner for the monotone singing competition. “Won’t you lift me up?” is the refrain running through this song. Listeners are probably asking the same question. However, that doesn’t make it a bad song. This works well on radio, and can add a different dimension to a show full of sugary pop tunes.
Mikhail: The chorus is so annoying. The song feels like a scene from an American musical movie, where I’m locked in a candy shop and the shop assistants have started to sing and dance around me, giving me all kind of candies. Maybe for someone it might be adorable, but NO. It’s freaking scary and crazy! I don’t want any of these candies, I wanna go home. Also, someone has to fix the radio they use in the song, which is broken and making some horrible noise.
Antranig: If you’re looking for some easy listening, this is for you. It’s pleasant enough for three minutes and instantly forgettable when it’s done playing. I am looking for a big moment — something worth supporting — but no such moment ever comes. There’s nothing here worth writing home about.
George: This is a really nice and happy song and I can say it manages to “Lift Me Up”. I think it’s quite original and I like it. I doubt, though, that something of this kind would actually manage to do well in Eurovision.
In the German Wiwi Jury we have 14 jurors but only have room for eight reviews. The remaining 6 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.