Attitude, ambition, point of view — Estonia knows how to do Eurovision. So the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues reviewing the songs competing in Eesti Laul 2017, its national selection for Eurovision. We now turn to Elina Born, who previously represented Estonia in Eurovision 2015, teaming up with Stig Rästa. Now she’s back all by herself. Are we “In or Out”? Read on to find out!
Elina Born – “In or Out”
“In or Out” reviews
Antranig: Elina Born is unquestionably a superstar. “Goodbye to Yesterday” slayed Eurovision 2015 and her debut album is one of my favourite albums ever. “In or Out” would be a perfect fit on that album which sums up how great it is. Stig Rästa’s songwriting with Elina’s vocals — I’ve died and gone to heaven. It’s very early in the national final season but I doubt we will hear a song better than this one.
Josh: It was clear from the beginning that everyone would compare this to “Goodbye to Yesterday” – which is still one of my favourites from 2015. I don’t enjoy “In Or Out” as much, which is really disheartening because I want to like this. It’s just too mainstream and loses Elina’s individuality as the seconds roll by. The song is not bad, it’s just not good.
Chris: Let’s just put it out there straightaway: no, it’s not as good as “Goodbye to Yesterday”. So let’s put that to one side and take “In or Out” for what it is, which is a bloody good song. The ham-fisted Jekyll & Hyde reference aside, my foot wants to tap along throughout the song and I’d suspect Europe would be doing the same. We know all about Elina’s vocal prowess and she’d make Estonia proud if she got to Kyiv.
William: No, this doesn’t reach the heights of “Goodbye to Yesterday”. But it does allow Elina to show off her sexy voice, which sounds gritty, gutterul and strong against the banging of drums and the summery sound of the sax. This serves 1940s, entertain-the-troops while they’re at war realness along with a slice of big band — a genre I’ve never been into. While I respect this song and Elina’s performance, I’m not feeling it. In or out? I’m going with the latter.
Bernardo: In or Out? I’m in the middle. Elina’s voice draws me in, the verses get me excited and when I expect the chorus to boom I’m left a tad disappointed. Very catchy production that combines pop-ish elements from nowadays with some old-school instruments — the perfect tune for young-face, old-soul Elina. Potential winner.
Robyn: This is a really fun and super catchy tune but it’s slightly let down by a chorus that doesn’t quite match up to the energy and attitude of the verses. It’s not a Eurovision winner, but if Estonia just want to avoid a repeat of last year’s effort, it would probably see them sail into the grand final with no trouble. Estonia usually does well with staging so there’s potential for the weaker chorus to be lifted with good visuals.
Matt: I am so in love with this song. Elina has gone solo this time and she is the one to beat in quite a talented field. I cannot fault this song — it’s upbeat, it’s my cup of tea and I just can’t stop playing it over and over again. She can take this title and then some in Kyiv.
Patrick: Well well well… Look at her, coming back after Vienna and boy am I shook. We all know that Elina can sing and I have no doubt that she will deliver. This song is well produced with a cool sound and a damn good saxophone. The wild lyrics coupled with Elina’s inevitably strong stage show will ooze passion. Elina, I am in for you in Kyiv, my queen!
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 6 and a high of 10.