We’ve reached the end of the road for the UK Wiwi Jury, as we take a look at the final song competing at Eurovision: You Decide. It’s the turn of Karl William Lund with his song, “Miracle”. The song is a labour of love, written over several years and ultimately dedicated to a relative’s fight with cancer. Find out what we thought about the song below, and don’t forget to vote in our Eurovision: You Decide poll to have your say too.
Karl William Lund – “Miracle”
Edd: This reminds me of Tom Frantzis’ entry in this year’s Belgian selection — a Hozier-style echoey rock-ballad. Sadly, Karl’s song is far soggier than Tom’s, and has been sprinkled with a generous handful of strong cheddar. I would love a ginger to represent the UK, but let’s save it for something a tad more exciting.
Antranig: If the UK sends this, they will need a miracle to avoid last place. The chorus is derivative and mediocre, the verses lack any real power and it never gets out of first gear. The lyrics are unfortunately the best part of the song and they’re not great. After this, I’m convinced that only Natasha Bogdanova can work a song with miracle in the lyrics.
Anthony: My Swedophile senses are tingling. And it’s starting to pick up some Scandi-pop influences, although this sounds like something out of a rejected entry from Denmark’s selection show Melodi Grand Prix. If Karl does represent the UK this year, the song definitely needs a revamp based on its current state. Not a bad entry, but I still prefer the Romanian “Miracle”.
William: We know that Karl can sing — just check out his cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo”. The problem for him is that Eurovision is not a karaoke contest and you need to have strong original material. He does not. “Miracle” is cliché, forgettable and ultimately quite hollow. Not even a wind machine and an LED screen will be enough to save this.
Max: This is a missed opportunity. “Miracle” sounds like it’s building up to a huge climax that simply never arrives. If some radical changes were made to the last minute of the song, this could be transformed from a forgettable entry to one with real impact. The fact that it’s performing last on Friday indicates that the BBC see potential here, but in its current form it is simply too safe and too timid to be a contender.
Luis: If this was a competition to find songs for church choirs, I’d totally take this. A chorus can make this big, sadly Karl can’t. The composition of “Miracle” is so simple and it lacks zillions of things: a good hook, to begin with. I get the story behind it, but seeing someone overcoming cancer is something really empowering and encouraging, and hence, it should translate into a strong song, not a demure one.
Chris: With a name like “Miracle”, you expect something that will wow you in this song. That moment never comes though: there’s absolutely no build. It would take one hell of a stage show (something the BBC have pretty much never got right) for this to really make an impact. I can appreciate this is a labour of love for Karl, but a “story” does not work at Eurovision — just ask PKN or Sjonni’s Friends.
Deban: This would require a miracle to make any impression anywhere, positive or negative. Decidedly middle of the road, and almost impossible to recall, Lund’s “Miracle” is rather underwhelming.
In our UK Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 7.5.