Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — extended our stay in Lillehammer for a day of cross-country skiing. After making up for every single leg day we’ve missed, we settled down to review the ten acts competing in Norway’s national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Next up, we look at Alejandro Fuentes and his song “Tengo Otra”. Do we think this song has more Spanish flavour than a giant pan of paella? Read on to find out!
Alejandro Fuentes – “Tengo Otra”
“Tengo Otra” reviews
Jonathan: This song has me slightly torn. Musically, it’s a great piece of reggaetón and wouldn’t be out of place on the radios of South and North America, as well as Europe. However, it would feel slightly odd if Norway were to send this to Eurovision as a representation of their music industry. If it were a Spanish entry there would be no questions asked. But despite its danceability, it’s probably best if it became yet another national final “Despacito”-copy reject.
Robyn: I’m not going to mention the D-word, but of all the national final entries following in the steps of the Puerto Rican song, this isn’t bad at all. The biggest weakness of “Tengo Otra” is the chorus — it never quite gets going and the song loses energy. The result is a number that would be more suited as background music in a beachside cafe, rather than on stage in Lisbon.
Antranig: Norway’s “Despacito” knockoff is one of the weakest ones in all the national finals around Europe this year. If you’re going to be the token Spanish act in your national final, at least do it well. Norway should stick to doing what they do best, and if they’re desperate to send a bit of Spanish to Eurovision, they should probably forget Alejandro and give Adelén a call.
Sebastian: Across all corners of the European continent, 2018 has created its own music genre – ‘the poor man’s reggaeton’. And “Tengo Otra” could honestly not be more fitting as a song title. But don’t be mistaken – Alejandro is the real deal, with both a look and an accent to match the genre. While this is a great bop to dance your Saturday night fiestas to, it’s not a deserved Eurovision entry.
Kristin: Oh joy! Another “Despacito”-inspired number. Unlike other copy and paste songs, this is actually great. It’s not quite an “OMG this is going to win Melodi Grand Prix” good, but rather an “I’m dancing, I’m enjoying myself and yes I’ll have another Margarita” kind of good. Alejandro oozes that Latino heartthrob vibe with the right amount of Nordic coolness. I accept this entry without hesitation.
Our jury for 2018 consists of 15 jurors, but we only have room for 5 reviews. The remaining 10 scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 8.5.