The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continued its tour of Finland. Saara Aalto is going to Eurovision and her song will be selected from one of three performed in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu.
Today, the Wiwi Jury listened to “Domino”, Saara’s second potential entry. Is Saara falling like a domino? Or is she hit by a wrecking ball? Read on to find out.
Saara Aalto – “Domino”
Robyn: Love ballads aren’t always good news at Eurovision, but “Domino” works. It creates a sweet, loved-up feeling and Saara seems to tap into genuine emotions (awww…). The weakest part of the song is the chorus lyrics, with evocations of Miley Cyrus’ wrecking ball and the tired stutter style of “domino, domino”. But Saara elevates the song above those lyrical cliches. This isn’t my favourite to go to Lisbon, but if it did, it wouldn’t be a bad choice.
Bernardo: Like all songs presented for UMK this year, “Domino” works with Saara’s vocals and personality. You can see it was made especially for her and it gives a certain degree of authenticity we all crave nowadays. Having said that, it’s not my favourite to go to Lisbon, mainly because of the chorus. I wouldn’t be sad to see this in Lisbon, but I wouldn’t be cheering for it either.
Raphael: There’s nothing to dislike about “Domino” — Saara and Thomas G:son have gone right for a classic mid-tempo pop song structure, and Saara’s powerful voice only lifts the track. Having heard such similar songs at Eurovision before, though, I’m doubtful whether even the gold glitter or woman-on-woman affection in the music video could make this memorable among 25 other songs. Nobody remembers a “safe” entry — go big or go home!
Cinan: I thought that this song would be more amazing than the first one, but maybe I became a huge fan of “Monsters” and my mind does not want to take other songs. Of course, the song is very good, but I do not think that it would have the same or higher success than the first one. Nonetheless, Saara is a great vocalist and can bring this live.
Anthony: G:son’s done it all before when it comes to making an instant impact as a songwriter, but “Domino” was a bit of a letdown following the high expectations. Things started off promising but waned after the chorus and sounding like a Jessie J/Miley Cyrus mash-up won’t do Saara any favours either. If there’s any room for a revamp, don’t underestimate G:son’s capabilities.
Jordi: Saara Aalto’s powerhouse ballad offering is such chart-topper material. It has good composition, stunning production and Saara’s very own appeal. It’s all well-mixed and resulting in a very nice well-crafted composition. However, coming after “Monster”, it didn’t leave me with as much of an impact as her first offering did. While the hook is impressive at the beginning, as the song flows it kinda loses its catchiness and ends without really showcasing anything different. Live though, this song could be explosive. And still, a very pleasant song to listen to. Amazing work, Saara!
In our Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2018 Wiwi Jury, we have 16 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 5.5 and a high of 8.5.