Look north, close your eyes and take in that Baltic pop! That’s the mantra of the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — as we continue reviewing the songs competing in Eesti Laul 2017. Next up is Lenna Kuurmaa, who previously competed at Eurovision for Switzerland in 2005 with “Cool Vibes”. She’s back for Estonia with “Slingshot”. Were we in her firing line? Read on to find out!
Lenna Kuurmaa – “Slingshot”
Josh: A vast contrast from “Cool Vibes” from Eurovision 2005, “Slingshot” is an inoffensive pop track that could at a minimum get Estonia back into the grand final. Lenna’s voice is flawless and complements this style of music perfectly.
Jason: “Slingshot” is a well-crafted track and Lenna’s pleasant voice serves it nicely. However, this song has a lot of unrealised potential. At the moment it is stuck in a rather inoffensive adult-contemporary form, when it could be much, much more. Think more drama and less Disney soundtrack filler. Not bad but absolutely forgettable as it is.
William: “Somewhere in the sky there’s a rainbow,” she says. And if it’s as lovely as Lenna’s voice then I want to see it! But not for three minutes. I appreciate her ethereal vocals over the piano, horns and electronic sounds, and the fact she’s managed to update the traditional Eurovision ballad. But after the first 90 seconds I’m a bit bored. This is great as backing music in a movie — a blockbuster, even. But it’s not going to have an impact on the Eurovision stage.
Robyn: “Slingshot” is a bit too nice. Everything about it is very pleasant and inoffensive. So it leaves me wanting more, craving a few rough edges and some attitude. Having said that, I actually think it could do reasonably well as a Eurovision entry, and could at least get Estonia back into the final. But let’s not examine that iffy slingshot metaphor too closely.
Chris: This is a song that wants to be anthemic, but really doesn’t manage to get there. It needs more life, more drama: something. Either the trumpets need to be removed or throw even more in, because they’re the odd one out right now. If that were fixed, I’d enjoy this a lot more, because Lenna really sells it. Let’s hope there’s some good staging to get her through Eesti Laul with the song as it is.
Anthony: It’s hard to believe Lenna Kuurmaa once represented Switzerland in 2005. “Slingshot” is a pleasantly crafted entry and brings out a more subtle side of Lenna. If Estonia decide to send a former Swiss act to Kyiv, I’m hoping the Sia-esque vibes of “Slingshot” means a hark back to Lenna’s “Vanilla Ninja” days rather than last year’s Rykka mess.
Steinunn: It is a nice melody, Lenna has a nice voice and overall the song is nice. But that is kind of the problem — it’s just nice. There is nothing remarkable about the song but at the same time there is nothing terrible either. The worst thing to say is that I think the lyrics are a bit weird, but Lenna’s voice evens that out. A nice song but not a winner.
Zakaria: “Slingshot” is one of the very few songs in Eesti Laul that I could listen to until the end without wanting to skip it. Still, the song lacks a wow moment. It feels like Lenna is playing it too safe with this one. If this song makes it to Kyiv, it might give Estonia a very narrow qualification at best.
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 4.5 and a high of 9.