Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – spent three hours whale watching off the coast of Iceland, before sitting down to review Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir and “Trust In Me”, her entry for Söngvakeppnin 2017. Do we trust her to bring the trophy home to Iceland?
Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir – “Trust In Me”
About Sólveig Ásgeirsdóttir
Sólveig is another newcomer to the competition, and is singing a song written by her sister. They say that “Trust In Me” is about the world of love and friendship. We’re feeling the sisterly love y’all!
“Trust in Me” reviews
Robyn: “Trust in Me” is so sweet and cheerful, but it ends up feeling quite unsubstantial. It’s not a bad song, but it’s just not especially enjoyable to listen to. It reminds me of a folk-pop song from the ’70s, the tail-end of the ’60s folk revolution, when songs were getting formulaic. But Sólveig is has a lovely voice and I’d like to see her return in future years.
Jason: “Trust In Me” is different to anything at Söngvakeppnin 2017. It is sweet and possesses a gentle charm, and is unlikely to polarise an audience. However, it is totally wrong for Eurovision. Nothing about it stands out, and that is its downfall. It lacks memorability, and therefore, it is not a winner.
Chris: For the second time this national final season, I’m given Regina Spektor vibes. The second the guitar gets introduced, my interest peaks in the song. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite last. Solveig has a nice voice, but it’s all a bit too sweet.
William: It’s like one of the Indigo Girls got bored, split from the group and decided to perform after drinking a heady mix of vodka and sleeping pills. The sound is great and so is the voice. But the song has a drowsy quality, even as it reaches its climax. Perfect for a teen movie, not-so-good for Eurovision.
Sami: The Icelandic version sounds very joyful, while the English version is bit too American folk to my taste. Sólveig has extremely sweet voice and I’m sure I will enjoy the live performance much more than the studio version. I still believe this isn’t going to Kyiv and will struggle to qualify from the semifinal as well.
Matt: Solveig has come up with a stunner of a song. With this mid-tempo number she has won me over and I am putting my trust in her to win the Icelandic ticket to Kyiv. With the violin bringing the Norse thunder and the mixture of beats, I didn’t know what would come next. I was mesmerised from the word go! This is easily the best song in Iceland’s national final.
Josh: “Trust In Me” is incredibly sweet and endearing. Sólveig has a beautifully dainty voice which accompanies the style of instrumental perfectly. I can’t help but think that if Flor-De-Lis fled Portugal for Reykjavik, they would create this sort of sound. Not my cup of tea, but it’s inoffensive and sweet.
Mikhail: At first I thought that I’m gonna be sick of another ballad, but then I’d heard that the melody is getting more energetic and I became excited, but it didn’t last long… The melody was so quirky, playful and I was expecting Solveig to sing it in the same style, to give this more energy, but she kept on singing it like a ballad, which killed the song for me.
In our Söngvakeppnin 2017 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.