Helsinki, calling! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues its journey through the Nordics by reviewing the finalists of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) 2017. Today it’s time to pull out our IDs and gain entrance to the kooky world of Club La Persé. Do we want to stick around for the party or are we creeped out by their unique looks (and truly intimidating eyebrows)? Read on to find out!

Club La Persé – “My Little World”

About Club La Persé

The first La Persé club night was held in 2005 and since then the collective has been serving their unique performance style to all of Finland. They have won many awards, including being named as the best dressed group in Helsinki. On the UMK stage we will see Mr C*nt, Jean Michelle, Miss Anti-Socialite Lili Butterfly Effective 2.0 (probably not her real name) and Ellen Vivan do what they do best — total madness. The songwriter Princess Julia says that the song is about everyone’s longing for love.

“My Little World” reviews:

Robyn: Part of my criteria for assessing a potential Eurovision act is to ask “Would this act be fun to party with?” And in the case of Club La Persé, the answer is hell yeah! “My Little World” brings their chaotic, gender-bending club-kids scene to UMK, with an uplifting dance track. And regardless of how they sound live, the group’s strong visual aesthetic will be amazing at the UMK final. This song will annoy the heck out of people who like their Eurovision entries super serious, but for everyone else, the dance floor is this way.

Score: 9/10

Antranig: All I have to say is… what? The beat at the start is catchy, albeit derivative. The vocals are disappointing, the lyrics are mediocre and the entire thing is a complete mess. Joke entries can be fun but in this case, the joke is on them. I’m trying to find a reason to give it any points at all and I find myself scratching my head. Half a point for being themselves, I guess.

Score: 0.5/10

Bernardo: Club La Persé brings UMK’s most refined joke act. The chorus is so catchy and funny — you won’t believe how quickly I cleaned my room while listening to this. It sure made me feel brand new. This is the perfect example of a joke not being off-putting. However, the lyrics and vocals are so trashy it kills any and all opportunities to slay on a bigger stage. It’s going to be cool to watch this during UMK, but sadly that’s where it will stop.

Score: 5.5/10

William: A pig, two saucy ladies and a man wearing toilet paper around his head — the thumbnail says a lot…namely that Club La Persé are batsh*t crazy! This is not a bad thing. Channeling the club kids of 1980s Paris, they mix digi-sounds and warehouse beats to create something eccentric and outré. It’s a gimmick, but one with a surprising amount of charm. Assuming what they’re smoking is legal, I’m happy to indulge — if only for three minutes.

Score: 6/10

Luis: “My little world is going nowhere”. I couldn’t have said it better. Club La Persé nail it visually, but their song falls very short. This needs much more punch: it should be catchy…but it’s not! If I saw Club La Persé at a club, I’d want to give it all on the dance floor, but with this song, I’d only sit back and have a drink. The closest act to this would be Denmark’s DQ in 2007. Both acts wanted to be the bomb, but they are no more than a firecracker.

Score: 3/10

Anthony: Ugh, there just had to be a joke act among the mix. Club La Persé are bound to be the butt of endless social media ridicule from casual Eurovision viewers. “My Little World” may have that club beat, but the whole package adds up to a complete mess. Drag acts at Eurovision are nothing new, but this is nowhere near the likes of Verka Serduchka and Conchita Wurst.

Score: 2/10

Chris: There’s part of me that wants Club La Persé to go to Eurovision solely to see them bring an armada of outfits and makeup. There’s also part of me that…well, just plain enjoys this. I love the visuals. I love the fact they know they’re not the best singers, so why even bother. It’s glorious club-kid kitsch and I can’t help but like it.

Score: 7.5/10

Sami: Maybe I’m just too school for cool, but I don’t get this. They have their own unique style — in music and in fashion — but I don’t really like either. I might enjoy it more if the singers were really musicians instead of just cool kids who were brought to recording studio without any training.

Score: 3/10

In the UMK Wiwi Jury, we have 19 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Dayana: 7/10

Edd: 8/10

Forrest: 4/10

Jordi: 2/10

Josh: 4/10

Jovana: 1/10

Kristin: 6.5/10

Natalie: 4/10

Patrick: 0.5/10

Ramadan: 1/10

Rezo: 1/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 0.5 and a high of 9.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 3.88/10

SEE OUR LIST OF UMK 2017 RANKINGS HERE

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Rodrigoo
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Rodrigoo

Who is a guy on 1:34?!

mawnck
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mawnck

“Club kid-genre is growing trend, especially in America.”

This is the same argument they made for why Electro Velvet was going to do really well.

It was stupid then too.

(By the way, American here. And, uh, no it’s not. Neither is RuPaul’s Drag Race.)

Avstriya
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Avstriya

I am biased for gays and trans. Therefore I reconsider my vote and give 10 points now.

AngieP
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AngieP

Personally I don’t like this song. The thing is that such songs may do really well or not well at all. I don’t know.

Richard
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Richard

I am completely in love with this song! Perhaps it’s because I’ve just flicked through the six songs up for the UK selection, none of which I had the patience to hear to the end, but the three minutes of this splendid offering simply flew by. Love the look and the song and would be thrilled to see in in Kyiv.

beccaboo1212
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On the surface, the title was a good idea, but remains one hell of a strange song.

3.5/10

Robyn Gallagher
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I love that this song inspires such strong emotions in people. It’s pretty punk for being able to do that!

Avstriya
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Avstriya

I dont mind their daring looks at all, but I mind their song. Which isnt a song really, just a random sequence of tones. So it is a 0 from me.

Am I to blame if I fancy melody?

I am not Jamala
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I am not Jamala

I would rather slit my wrists than listen to that stupid song again.

@jgalliano fan
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@jgalliano fan

Shame their make up and style plagiarize from John Galliano FW2003 and FW2007 rtw show . And Margiela. .

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

It’s atrocious and, unlike Caveman, it’s not even fun. It’s completely forgettable. A collection of noises (can’t call this a song) with no qualities at all.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

This song is deceptively very clever. The song is about the fakeness of image and self-styling, which considering who it is dedicated to (watch the end of the video to find out) will resonate with a certain generation. I get where this is coming from, and it’s darker than it first appears. My only issue is that while I may understand and appreciate it, the average Eurovision listener certainly won’t, and just think it’s a joke entry and switch it off.
In short: Good idea for a song and excellent deliberately tacky production, but it won’t work at today’s ESC. Sorry.

Chance
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Chance

Eurovision, especially one happen in the East, could use some queer performance art like this. I love this song. The song is enjoyable and the group would ruffle feathers.

Colin
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Colin

@Corazon – That IS the biggest issue here. They seam to think this is actually a good entry. However, nothing in it is good in the terms of bringing sincere emotions of joy, being touched by it’s message or thinking about the context. It is an emotional and intellectual vaccuum without being funny or silly.

Corazon
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Corazon

I don’t think this song is a joke entry. They are, who they are. Have you listened to the lyrics? It’s not fun. It’s serious.

And i might remind you, that Ellen Vivan is a woman.

Drag King
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Drag King

10/10
This act is something we haven’t seen in Eurovision song contest. Club kid-genre is growing trend, especially in America. (Thanks to RuPaul’s drag race). This song is fun club-banger. Song is so catchy, i can’t get it out of my head.

I’m bored to those similiar Eurovision-powerballads like Georgia and Albania.

You just have to like Club La Perse, they are the most real act in UMK. They are the most unique act. I hope they will bring their party to Kiev!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Awful. Might be one of the worst songs I have ever heard.
Nothing enjoyable about this. It could be used to torture people if played on a loop. Whoever’s idea of a joke this is, should lose their job.

Colin
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Colin

This is, without a shadow of a doubt, my personal worst song in all national finals of 2017 so far. I find it so pretentious, void of meaning, not happy, touching, entertaining or profound in any way. The worst part is that it wants to leave an impression this mess is *art*. At least Caveman seams to know it’s bad and goes along with it. The only thing going for it is that it’s *so bad* I remember it. My UMK ratings so far: 1. Love Yourself 9.5/10 tie Blackbird 9.5/10 3. Perfect Villain 8/10 4. Helppo Elama 7.5/10 5.… Read more »

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

This is pure trash! I hate it so much! With all due respect, their looks disgust me.
It’s a joke act that wants to be fun and different, but it’s not, it’s nasty!

0.5/10 (I never give 0)

Seriously, this is challenging PKN, maybe it’s even worse.