Grab your coats, charge your cameras, and open your eyes and ears to some quirky euro-pop realness! Yes, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues reviewing the songs competing in Estonia’s Eesti Laul 2017. Next up is Carl-Philip with his song “Everything But You”. Did it make us want to think of anything but him? Read on to find out!

Carl-Philip – “Everything But You”

“Everything But You” reviews

William: Nodding to Brit pop but pulling it firmly into 2017, Carl-Philip has created a song that’s current, dreamy and memorable. His voice carries longing and hope from lower register to upper register with ease and his delivery has me totally convinced he can win. I’ll never be the same again.

Score: 9/10

Zakaria: Very unoriginal and random song that fastly becomes boring and irritating, especially when Carl-Philip hits the “Youuu” part. There’s nothing more to say about this song. It’s pure filler and I can’t see it representing Estonia in Kyiv. Next please.

Score: 3/10

Robyn: There is an idea that Eurovision 2017 will be the year of chart pop. If so, then “Everything But You” is a serious contender. It’s a really well written pop song and Carl-Philip delivers strong vocals, especially on that big chorus. But it is a bit generic — a catchy random love song that doesn’t quite have the emotional hook that a good Eurovision song needs. A national finalist for sure, but less likely a Eurovision pick.

Score: 7.5/10

Chris: This one ticks a whole lot of boxes. Carl-Philip is evidently a talented vocalist, paired with a song that compliments him in pretty much every way. It’s all a bit familiar, but not in either a dated, “heard it before” way or too much like a rip-off of other chart hits. Still, though, it feels a little empty. It might be too “obviously” Eurovision to suggest this — but, seriously, would a key change have gone amiss in the final chorus? Just something to mix it up a bit as the song goes on.

Score: 7/10

Luis: Carl-Philip is a contender, for sure. This song is likely to hit the Estonian charts, and it could do so in any other country in Europe. However, it would only achieve moderate success. As it is right now, there’s something missing here to stand out at Eurovision. Carl-Philip’s voice is strong and engaging — am I the only one hearing a bit of Alex Turner at the beginning? But the song is too generic. Great staging could do wonders for this song, though.

Score: 7/10

Matt: It has everything but that wow factor. It has that edgy, urban feel but it’s missing some vital components. The song is OK but doesn’t grip me from the first three bars. He has the looks and the vocals but not a distinctive sound. It won’t be enough to even qualify for the final.

Score: 5.5/10

Mikhail: This instantly grabs you and I would put it on my playlist while cleaning up. It has energy and rhythm, but it gets a little bit repetitive toward the end. Mix up the song in the home stretch and perhaps I won’t skip to the next song.

Score: 7/10

Steinunn: This song sounds very familiar, maybe because it sounds like every other pop song that has been released in the recent past. This can both be a good and a bad thing…but I lean toward the good. Carl-Philip has a really good voice and that’s what keeps the song going. The verses have that x-factor quality that gives it a little ‘ooumph’ and edge. It won’t win Eurovision, but it’s a pleasant pop song.

Score: 7.5/10

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:

Anthony: 7.5/10

Antranig: 5.5/10

Bernardo: 7/10

Dayana: 5/10

Edd: 3.5/10

Forrest: 6/10

Jason:  6/10

Josh:  7.5/10

Kristin:  7/10

Natalie:  6/10

Patrick:  3.5/10

Sami: 3/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 3 and a high of 9.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.06/10

See our list of Eesti Laul rankings here

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AngieP
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AngieP

Nothing special. A typical pop song. Not a fan.

Paula
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Paula

He is a cute boy. I’m not so fan of his voice though. The song is also bit outdated and not that interesting. It’s a bit boring. Maybe next year with a better song?

Ananas
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Ananas

I really don’t get the hype from almost all of the YouTube Eesti Laul Tops about Carl-Phillip’s song. The song itself is bland and so generic. And his voice is getting more annoying the more you listen to it, especially the “Youuuuu” parts. Don’t like it, hope it’ll not be the winner.

2/10

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@(J)ESC Fanatic: Frustratingly, I really can’t say any more at this time. I’m really sorry! Hopefully everything will be fine and we’ll see him at Eesti Laul. The song is really good. 🙂

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

@Purple Mask

Why wouldn’t he be able to compete, if I may ask?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I really hope that Carl-Philip is still able to attend the Eesti Laul Semi Final. (There have been some indications of doubt online.)
The song’s lyrics really resonate with my own past, as does the sound of the music itself. I won’t say too much about the singer; I don’t want to jinx anything. I hope we see him at Eesti Laul. 🙂

Héctor
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Héctor

OMG another underrated entry by the jury. ‘Everything but you’ is one of the best song in Eesti Laul this year, much better than some that you have reviewed and this only scores a 6? This song has a current pop sound while its lyrics aren’t love cliché something with is difficult to find these days at Eurovision. But I suppose this is the problem for some, right? Maybe it wouldn’t stand out with other 40 songs, but the song itself is high quality. The chorus is particularly memorable and the first verse catchs you for the whole song, so… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

A clear ripoff of Maroon 5’s 2012 sound. Uninspired, yet catchy song – in other words, a harmless piece that could easily be classified as radio filler. 5/10.

Melow
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Melow

Estonians should know better before sending this flop to Kyiv lol

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Good song but the live performance was really bad. His voice was far too high and lost a lot of the grit from the studio version. He did not seem to be able to control a lot of his notes.
If he got his vocal on-point then this could contend.

Vanessa
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Vanessa

He’s my personal favorite in Eesti Laul 2017

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

I like it, it has a great hook.

7.5/10

Colin
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Colin

The song is ok. A bit typical, I guess. I don’t think it stands out much. However, it is very listenable.

Just noticed how most Eesti Laul song got over 6 score. That just proves how it’s one of the best finals this year.