Tallinn, calling! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues reviewing the songs competing in Eesti Laul 2017, Estonia’s national selection contest for Eurovision. Next up are Eurovision veterans Koit Toome and Laura with their Shakespeare-themed “Verona”. Did we want to get lost with these star-crossed lovers? Read on to find out!
Koit Toome & Laura – “Verona”
William: Did Laura say we wake up with a “butt” in our hands? Enunciation issues aside, her voice is rich and melodic, and works well with his sexy intonations. Unlike so many Eurovision duets, which sound like they’re from another era, this manages to straddle eras. At times it harks back to Phil Collins and Glen Menderios. But the production pulls it firmly into 2017 — especially the supersonic, Nordic chorus. The more I hear this, the more I heart it. I’m starting to think Romeo & Juliet has a happy ending. This is my winner of Eesti Laul 2017.
Natalie: I can appreciate the intensity and thought put into this, and Kooit and Laura definitely have chemistry. But this ultimately feels like a mess with repetitive and somewhat meaningless lyrics (even with the overt Shakespeare references). This is nice, but not special.
Chris: Romeo and Juliet ends with their demise in Verona. I fear the same for Koit & Laura’s chances, yet again. It’s obviously a very good song and another solid entry in their catalogues. But I just wish there was something else: more passion, perhaps? Seeing this performed live with full staging could really elevate this one. I hope so. For a love story, this is just a little too tepid right now.
Patrick: I loved Laura’s “Supersonic” last year and for me she was the real winner. Seeing her back this year made me happy and that she tries with Koit is sooo good. But I’m in shock, as this lacks a spark. Where is the the edgy, original style that Laura is known for? Yes, it’s cute. But there is so much room for improvement. I’m okay with it in the end but not satisfied.
Anthony: “Verona” feels like a step-down following last year’s attempt from Laura, but after Estonia hit rock bottom at last year’s Eurovision semi-final, “Supersonic” might not have fared any better either. Once again, Laura continues to deliver at Eesti Laul with her vocals. It’s a decent entry and I’m intrigued to see whether the chemistry with Koit Toome sparks life.
Robyn: Laura has such amazing vocal technique, but it comes with the unusual twang that makes her voice unmistakably Laura. The result is that she outshines Koit, making him sound like her backing singer. “Verona” has a cool moody feeling, but sometimes it doesn’t all come together. I suspect the live performance will be the only way to really way to gauge the potential of the song. Also, Laura needs to fix the “like Gromeo” pronunciation.
Mikhail: This channels the pure romance of a bygone era — and I don’t mean Shakespearean England! I can see this on a soundtrack to a romantic historical movie, where two lovers run around the city trying to find each other. It’s just charming. Although it falls a bit flat in the end, it doesn’t spoil the picture perfect image.
Steinunn: Laura had a really good song in last year’s Eesti Laul and Koit is one of my favourite past Estonian performers. But after listening to this I’m beyond disappointed. It’s not that the song is awful, it’s just there. It’s a bland pop number with some ‘try-to-be-witty’ cultural references and two rather good singers. Not much meat on this bone I’m afraid. Shame really, as this could have been such a super duet.
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 3 and a high of 9.5.