The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has been busy exploring Finland. We already know who is going to represent Finland at Eurovision — that’s the one and only Saara Aalto. But with three songs to choose from in Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the Wiwi Jury has had a lot to say about the potential entries.
Today we finish with Saara’s third song “Queens”. Is Saara the queen of our nation? Or is her castle crumbling brick by brick? Read on to find out.
Saara Aalto — “Queens”
Antranig: “Queens” has a very similar message to “Monsters” without quite packing the same punch. This is still an incredible song and any other national final would be lucky to have “Queens” in the mix. It has the same anthemic potential of “Monsters” with a slightly less gripping hook. My biggest criticism of “Queens” is that is does get a bit repetitive but when a song is this good, that’s not a bad thing. It might not have the big impact of “Monsters” but “Queens” matches Saara’s personality best of the three songs. If Saara’s forming a nation, get me a passport.
Josh: The Eurovision fandom were quick to write off “Queens”, but this is so campy and entertaining and the stage translation could be absolutely phenomenal. The track works perfectly with Saara’s musical theatre background, and the lyrics tell a tale of self-empowerment and self-love. Spread that message and spread it good! Also, wouldn’t it be fab if the House of Edwards accompanied her as backing dancers on stage for this? Sign me up for that!
Bernardo: From the three entries, “Queens” is the weakest but for some reason, it’s also the one that stands out from the others. It may sound contradictory but it isn’t. The chorus is probably the strongest of all three songs, but the verses fall short to the chorus amazingness. It shouldn’t win and it probably won’t.
Jonathan: “Queens” is a nice addition to Saara’s UMK song choices and perfectly fits the quirky nature that we grew to love over her time on The X Factor. The calmer verses combined with the danceable chorus provide the song with good dynamics that keep you interested throughout. While it doesn’t feel quite as unique and special as “Monsters”, it still has a great empowering message that deserves to be heard at UMK. The biggest takeaway from the music video, however, is that Saara isn’t afraid to take on some serious choreography herself. This queen won’t settle for being outshined by the backing dancers, which will put her in good stead for her live Eurovision performance.
Barnabas: “Queens” is the biggest letdown from a project with zero originality. The verses build up a tension that just collapses like a house of cards in the chorus. It’ll probably have a memorable staging though – and I can see this a dark horse in the UMK final. But still, Finland deserves better than this.
Robyn: Compared to “Monsters” and “Domino”, “Queens” isn’t as good. But it’s still a really good song and that shouldn’t be overlooked. “Queens” is laden with pop hooks and seems tailored to Saara’s style and attitude. But is it a good Eurovision song? The last minute of “Queens” is very repetitive and it even feels like it drops the ball near the end. “Queens” would go off at Euroclub, but it would be less successful as Eurovision entry.
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 4.5 and a high of 9.