The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in Eesti Laul 2017. Next is Ivo Linna, who previously represented Estonia at Eurovision 1996. He’s back with “Suur loterii”. Did he make us feel like we’d won the lottery? Read on to find out!
Ivo Linna – “Suur Loterii”
“Suur Loterii” reviews
Natalie: Oh how I love those beautiful northern languages — and Ivo Linna delivers one brilliantly here. While I haven’t a clue what the song is actually about, I can feel the sincerity and heartfelt emotion. The instrumentation is pure, rustic and very natural. Unfortunately it does drag on a bit. It may struggle to stand out among a sea of contemporary music, but I’m very happy to have it in the competition and hope it at least does well.
Anthony: Buy yourself several tickets, check those numbers, win nothing, then leave disappointed. That’s pretty much the feeling I’ve got after hearing “Suur loterii”. Coming from a former Eurovision representative, I can understand it’s an entry for the older generation. Although it’s got a pleasant retro pop rock melody, Ivo hasn’t quite hit the jackpot this year.
William: Having been a performer for more than 50 years, Ivo is putting the old in old school. Sweet, tender, folksy — this song comes from another era and serves Hasse Andersson Melodifestivalen realness. It’d be the perfect accompaniment to a dance in your farmhouse. The thing is: most voters don’t have farmhouses and the target audience — octogenarians — may not have smartphones with which to vote. This is great for variety, but I don’t rate the song.
Robyn: The inclusion of a beloved music legend and former Eurovision representative is a very Melfest move — and a welcome addition to the Eesti Laul line-up. “Suur Loterii” has a great melody and really delivers on the chorus. The song has a cosy old-style feel to it, and makes a nice change from all the edgy contemporary pop. I’d like to see this in the national final.
Chris: There’s something quite charming here, mainly in Ivo’s voice and the fact this feels like a genuine throwback. It’s obviously not suited to Eurovision 2017 and Estonia would be highly foolish to send it. The chorus far outweighs the fairly drab and plodding verses, too, which weigh the song down further still. However, I completely see why this is in the line-up and I would not be averse to seeing Ivo given a shot in the final.
Bernardo: Take me to the fair, gramps! This takes me back a few years to when I was eating popcorn at a fair. Such a good tune for national consumption, yet so far from what is expected at Eurovision — especially for a comeback artist. Ivo seems lovely, but the song is from another decade. I applaud Estonia for the diversity nonetheless.
Jason: Ivo has a nice voice and “Suur Loterii” certainly has a charming, feel-good quality to it. All merits aside, unfortunately I could not see this doing very well for Estonia at Eurovision. In recent years the contest has seen very few “joke” acts although Ivo is a Eurovision veteran, I think someone else deserves a chance this year.
Josh: One thing I enjoy about Eesti Laul is that it generally pushes the boundaries when it comes to Eurovision, both in its acts and taste in music. Selecting Ivo Linna to compete for Estonia seems like something SVT would do for Melodifestivalen. This spot in the competition could’ve been given to an up-and-coming star with current musical flair, instead of a sweet-old man performing a dated song.
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 20 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 1 and a high of 7.