The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Iceland to review the acts of Söngvakeppnin 2018. Up next is Tómas Helgi Wehmeier and Sólborg Guðbrandsdóttir performing “Think It Through“. Have they thought this one through and come up with a winner? Read on to find out!
Tómas Helgi Wehmeier and Sólborg Guðbrandsdóttir — “Think It Through”
“Think It Through” reviews
Jonathan: Tómas’ and Sólborgs’ aesthetic excited me that we could be in for an interesting change of pace. Unfortunately, they gave us one of the dreariest songs of the selection. “Think It Through” never really gets going and plods along at the same tempo for the entire three minutes. The two of them will need #Almaia levels of chemistry to help elevate this and make it work live.
Aline: The matching voices makes me get interested to continue listening. I was hoping for a powerful chorus, but that rather disappointed me. The song is definitely not bad, but it gets a little boring after two minutes. If this gets to represent Iceland in Eurovision I would go for the Icelandic version as I already have a cold, Nordic feeling when listening to it.
Barnabas: It may be just me with a heart of stone, but this duet about breaking up didn’t impress me at all. It is nice, but it doesn’t have that hook that would make it stand out from the rest. An average effort.
Chris: How could anyone think that this would be suited to Eurovision? Within 20 seconds it’s clear that this one is going nowhere. It’s actively annoying before it builds to anything. Even then, all we get is a stock key change. Props to the harmony, but you need much, much more than that to get anywhere.
Luis: How can you look so badass and sound so inoffensive? There are some good ideas in here, but the song never gets the drive it needs to become a successor to “A Monster Like Me”, or even a contender for Almaia. The song builds as seconds go by. However, they’re not building a mansion, but The Simpsons’ escalator to nowhere.
Natalie: So I’ve thought this one through. And I’ve decided that this song isn’t very good. It’s not just that it has nothing interesting in it, it’s also that it constantly teases that it’s building up to something that might be memorable, and it just doesn’t. No matter strongly Tomas and Solborg sing that we should hesitate, there’s just no energy or emotion here. There’s no reason at all to remember this song.
In our Söngvakeppnin 2018 Wiwi Jury, we have 10 jurors but only room for 6 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 2 and a high of 8.
Nice start. But it’s so low tempo. And it gets repetitive.
Think it through- definitely listenable at least! Iceland is being killed though here!
OK but not good/great! Won’t make iceland qualify.
I’m so sorry guys but I strongly disagree
– This is a beautiful song
– It could be an easy Top 10 on ESC 2018
– Their voices sound amazing together.
Based on the jury comments, you would expect this to be horrible. It is not. Voices sound good, creates a mood and nothing that much wrong with it. Maybe needs a bit more power after that first chorus or at least, some addition percussion, but yeah, they have something decent to start with here.
I think the jury is too harsh on the Icelandic songs so far tbh. I’m from Iceland so I’m maybe a little biased, but while I can’t see us qualifying with any of them, they are not THAT bad…
If Iceland sends Ég og þú/Brosa/Óskin min » I will vote your country on 1st semifinal, fortunately my country can vote in your semifinal. I really want see Iceland on grandfinal, these songs that I mentioned are fair finalists in my opinion.
I agree with Robyn. 7/10. A beautiful song with some meaningful lyrics unlike many other car crash songs in the competition. The other scores here are ridiculously low. Shame there aren’t more positive comments from the jury. FTW!!
You guys must be living on another planet, best song in the selection.
underrated, this song just need an intro and an instrumental part on middle. The emotions are all in Icelandic version. But this a studio version the emotions will be more strong when they sing it on their NF. Also it reminds me “A Monster Like Me” but less dramatic.
… Funny how chris says there is key change. I cannot hear one???
PS – I like this song.
Next to the housewives this is actually the only song in this selection I like.
I am quite overwhelmed by the score. This is definitely one of the better songs in this weak NF in my opinion. It has a great melodic sound which is very soothing and their voices work together nicely.
I think wiwi juries and audience listen two different songs! The song actually can be something similar to Common Linnets – Netherlands 2015, where most of Eurovision critics wasn’t expected to do well and they placed 2nd! No matter what’s it’s a good song! What I think is a song that will either do very bad or very good!
You are tasteless wiwi jury… that’s all I can comment. This is, by far, one of the best songs in this year’s national finals.
Interesting surname of Tómas. Does he have German relatives?
For what it’s worth I think this is one of the best songs of the competition. Yes that doesn’t mean a lot because the standard is poor but the song builds and builds to an emotional end. Be interesting to see it live.
ps – it would be interesting to hear what @robyn and @Bogdan think as they seem to be a lot more positive…….!
Really nice and melodic. Their voices blend in quite nicely. There is little variation, though, which makes it monotone. Still, very pleasant to hear.