Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled back to Oslo to get dance lessons with Tooji. After getting drenched in sweat and Tooji asking us to stay, we bailed and settled down to review the ten acts competing in Norway’s national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Next up, we look at Aleksander Walmann and his song “Talk to the Hand”. Does Aleksander’s hand make us want to flip him the bird? Read on to find out…
Aleksander Walmann – “Talk to the Hand”
“Talk to the Hand” reviews
Bernardo: Aleksander’s smooth and sexy voice invites you for three minutes of good feeling vibe. It comes on the same line as “Grab the Moment” but better. The song suits Walmann’s voice better and the verses are really strong, which makes the chorus weak compared to it. Nonetheless, it’s one of the standouts of MGP.
Cinan: Another strong entry for Melodi Grand Prix this year. I’m surprised to see him back so soon, but his comeback is very good. The song itself has great potential to do well, and I’d love to see another song full of personality from Norway this year.
Josh: It’s cool to see Aleksander giving MGP another crack, this time under his own name. “Talk To The Hand” is a fun, upbeat entry and it’s memorable enough for Aleksander to give Eurovision another shot and do well. I just wish the title of the song wasn’t so tacky. Stop trying to make “talk to the hand” happen. It’s not going to happen.
Lukas: This is much better than what Aleksander had with JOWST last year. The song is very catchy and a lot of fun. You just want to move along with the beat. Performed live, this should be even better because Aleksander can give an amazing performance. From all the songs in Norway this year this one might be the strongest one. It is fresh, modern and easy to remember.
Robyn: Call me an old granny, but I remember when “talk to the hand cos the face ain’t listening” came to fame as a cringey catchphrase from an early ’90s sitcom. So whenever the chorus comes along, it just sounds so naff. The rest of the song is great, though! The Walmann/JOWST combo proves to be a success, and this time I get the feeling the song is more in line with Walmann’s taste in music. I’m not sure if this would do better than “Grab the Moment”, but it wouldn’t do badly.
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 5.5 and a high of 10.