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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 0.5 and a high of 9.