The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has reached the end of their Estonian journey where we have listened to and ranked the 20 songs competing in Eesti Laul 2018. Last is Elina Netsajeva with her operatic song “La Forza”. Was the force with us? Read on to find out!
Elina Netsajeva – “La Forza”
“La Forza” reviews
Antranig: “La Forza” is beyond epic. This is otherworldly elite popera that should blow the competition out of the water. This must be the winner of Eesti Laul 2018 because nothing comes close in terms of quality. It doesn’t stand out as a traditional Eurovision entry but neither did the last two Eurovision winners. I could see Elina winning Eurovision and taking us back to Tallinn and it would be well deserved.
Barnabas: “La Forza” is definitely a standout track, and it is, (despite being a crossover opera track) a fan favourite as well. The vocal techniques are amazing, and if someone, then she will hit those high notes! Eccezionale!
Deban: A soaring pop-opera ballad with an impressive crescendo. When listening to “La Forza”, positive adjectives pour out of my core. It is grand, epic, serene and beautiful. Elina’s voice takes you on a smooth journey to soprano’s heights. Even though this genre of music isn’t the main course at Eurovision, when it’s cooked well, it deserves to come out of the kitchen.
Lukas: Opera isn’t my cup of tea but Elina makes me really start to like it. From the start her voice just captivates and brings you into the journey of this song. Elina has a voice of an angel and she shows it in this song. Her high notes give me goosebumps. In recent years opera-inspired songs have done well at Eurovision. If Estonia chooses this act I think that the final is guaranteed for them.
Rick: “La forza” sounds like it was recorded on another planet. Mystical, magical and very professional. Not only because of Elina’s angel-voice, but also because of the production. It grabs your attention immediately. This would never be my personal overall favourite, but I’d still like to see it at Eurovision to have some variety.
Robyn: The song will appeal to people who like vocal theatrics. If big “Sound of Silence” money notes are out of fashion in pop, a song like “La Forza” is there to pick up the pieces for people who like ladies with lungs. Full respect to that audience, but this just sounds like a bunch of vocal tricks to show off the singer’s range.
In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 15 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 4 and a high of 10.