The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to Iceland where Söngvakeppnin 2018 winner Ari Ólafsson has “Our Choice”. Was the song our choice as well? Read on to find out!
Ari Ólafsson – “Our Choice”
“Our Choice” reviews
Steinunn: Ari sure is a very good singer and is very charismatic. But that bubbly and cute personality won‘t do a thing for that song, which is just plain boring and way too dated. It would maybe have worked 20 years ago. And don‘t even get me started on those lyrics. They are very unimaginative, repetitive and sound way too “privileged people wanting to save the world with a charity show”.
Anthony: As Ari performed his entry at the final of Eurovizijos atranka, my initial thought was “This would be PERFECT for Valdas Lacko”. Instead of tugging at your heartstrings with his adorable face, it’s all crooner cringe with this ’90s sounding pop ballad. Unless they pull off a West Brom Great Escape, Iceland looks set to be on course for their first ever quadruple with tears of pain, not joy.
Chris: To quote a certain queen: choices. Having been selected over a multitude of better choices in Songvakeppnin, “Our Choice” was even chosen over the considerably more palatable Icelandic language version. Though Ari himself is an incredibly likeable figure, that really counts for nothing when paired with this song. Though the message reads true and earnest, the song itself just feels dated and like a pastiche of a “Eurovision peace song”.
Kristin: This was truly an unexpected winner of Söngvakeppnin 2018. The song is dated at best, and would have been a slam dunk choice 15 years ago. The shining diamond here is Ari himself, for that boy could charm an angry bear back in its cave, just by smiling. If he brings all that charm on stage in Lisbon — which I’m sure he will do — who knows what might happen. He could pull a Michal Szpak and enchant the whole of Europe with just one glance into the camera. Ari, we’re counting on you. Shine like there’s no tomorrow!
Luis: Let me prefix this: this comment doesn’t intend to be political. But watching Ari, all I could think of is that this entry is the Eurovision version of Emmanuel Macron/Albert Rivera/your local new neoliberal party candidate. The song itself is super dated, but the performance feels so perfect, so flawless, and so polished. Result: cringe for some, unconditional love for others. I clearly lean towards the first one.
Robyn: Ari is so lovely and is a superbly talented singer. But what on earth is happening with his song? It sounds like a 1980s celebrity charity single, but worse because it contains such mind-blowingly awful lyrics as “Together we could ease the pain if somehow we could ease the pain.” And by that logic, Iceland could qualify for the grand final if somehow they could qualify for the grand final. Ari deserves so much better. This song is just not pleasant to listen to.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 7.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 3.83/10
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