Grab a drink, locate your earplugs and find that vile of painkillers! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are reviewing the ten finalists competing in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2017. The next song comes from Günther & D’Sanz. Are we ready to join their self-love movement or does this turn us off? Let’s see what we think.
Günther & D’Sanz – “Love Yourself”
About Günther & D’Sanz
This duo is probably the most international act this year. Günther, a Swedish singer and model, took part in the Swedish Melodifestivalen back in 2006. Some of his earlier hits include “Ding Dong Song” and “Touch Me“, which features Samantha Fox. Born in Spain, D’Sanz — real name Daniel Sanz — now lives in Finland. He took part in Spain’s Operación triunfo in 2005 (the same season as Edurne!) and in 2016 he competed on The Voice of Finland.
“Love Yourself” reviews
Kristin: I feel super creeped out and strangely aroused at the same time. This is so delightfully cheesy! It’s like Pitbull got kicked out of the USA and decided to team up with a random Finnish musician and make one more sleazy dance track. And the message is clear(ish): One should truly love him/herself. The meaning behind that? Up to the listener, I guess. But I’m digging this from the bottom of my heart and I’m ready to love myself (no pun intended).
Robyn: Günther delivers his sleazy lounge lizard style, but it’s D’Sanz (aka Daniel Sanz) who really brings heart to the song. His sincere style makes the song as much about having positive self-esteem as it is about Günther’s favourite kind of self-love. We all need a little D’Sanz and Günther in our lives.
Sami: Without knowing Günther’s back catalogue and his knack for wordplay and eccentricity, you might find this very confusing. But when I was younger Günther had some big hits in Finland — and we listened to them even if we didn’t really understand what he was talking about. Sticking to his tried and tested formula, “Love Yourself” is full of slightly explicit lyrics and lots of sexual innuendo. For me D’Sanz is really the star as he brings energy to the song. If he did this solo, it would be my favourite song of the bunch.
William: From the pornstache to the aviator sunglasses to the saucy lyrics, Günther proves himself to be the master of the burgeoning gigolo discotheque genre. On the surface his song is a high-octane ode to hedonism and masturbation. But in instructing us to love ourselves and feel a little pleasure, he also suggests we should live each moment to the fullest and seize the day (if not the hot guy at the bar). Look past the sleaze and you’ll find an anthem of empowerment.
Josh: Unlike Knucklebone Oscar, Günther and D’Sanz actually manage to make me smile during their novelty act – but I can’t help but think that these guys are actually taking this competition 100% seriously. This appeals to the filthy-minded teenage boy I once was. Albeit sleazy, “Love Yourself” is fun, memorable and could actually win. After all, “loving yourself” every now and again is perfectly healthy, right?
Bernardo: From time to time, a song appears in the market and it’s so so trashy that you secretly download it and listen to it time and time again and don’t tell anyone. I’m not saying I downloaded this — God forbid. The thing is, “Love Yourself” accomplishes its goal. It won’t win but will for sure entertain us for three minutes — and for that I give Günther & D’Sanz credit.
Antranig: I’m sorry but after hearing this, I need to take three showers. This is quite disturbing and almost predatory. I’d be fine with all of that if it was catchy but if anything, it’s annoying. I need to remind myself that we are safe in the circle of light. I hoped that nothing bad will ever cross the line but I’m afraid they’re crossing every line on the map. Call the police, you’re disturbing my peace.
Patrick: “Baila el Chiki” mixed with Germany’s Guildo Horn and with a wannabe Danny Saucedo for the chorus. What a sad outcome though! If I heard only the chorus I might like this a bit. But even the chorus is a tad old fashioned and sounds a bit like a Takasa rip-off. It is Eurovision-y — but with a cheap melody, one okay singer, a grandpa and some creepy lyrics. It’s sad and funny at the same time. Lord help them.
In the UMK Wiwi Jury, we have 19 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 0 and a high of 8.5.