On Monday Switzerland’s Italian-language broadcaster RSI revealed the acts competing to represent the broadcaster in Switzerland’s internal selection. The revelation that Eurovision 2014 finalist Sebalter was among the acts has had the Eurofandom working over time on social media. A lot of you have been talking about his song “We’ll Carry The Light” and how it stacks up against his Eurovision 2014 entry “Hunter of Stars”.
And today we’ve decided to throw ourselves into the action. Below a handful of wiwibloggers offer their assessment of the track, and sound off on how it compares to his previous Eurovision entry. Have a read. And then vote in our poll to let us know which song you prefer.
Renske: People who immediately said that “We’ll Carry the Light” is disappointing compared to “Hunter of Stars” clearly forgot how much polishing it took to help “Hunter of Stars” reach its full potential. “We’ll Carry The Light” is a nice track up to the same level as his 2014 entry, even if it still needs polishing. It is clearly the strongest of the bunch in RSI’s selection and would make a great entry for Switzerland.
Pablo: “Hunter of Stars” is far better. That song had a homemade quirky charm and no doubt deserved to do better than it did. “We Carry the Light” sounds like Sebalter is trying to go for that Sunstroke Project feel, but falling flat on its face. His voice is slurry, the beats are unexciting and the production value just sounds… low-tier Belarusian. If you want to return, fine. But not with this.
Robyn: “Hunter of Stars” was such an uplifting bop that there’s always been the risk that any Sebalter follow-up wouldn’t seem as good. And indeed, that’s what’s happened here. But “Carry the Light” is still a good song and stands on its own. It has a cheerful, uplifting spirit and plenty of hooks. It may be a little clunky in places, but so was the original version of “Hunter of Stars” before it was polished into its perfect final form. But most importantly, “Carry the Light” is a Sebalter song — he is an incredibly charismatic performer and his stage personality has the potential to distract from any minor flaws the song may have. Let’s have him back!
Chris: There’s definitely positives in “Carry the Light” — namely that, unlike some returning artists before him, Sebalter isn’t simply rehashing what worked in “Hunter of Stars”. Not only that, but lyrically it’s a vastly improved piece. But like others have said — this isn’t as good as the final version of “Hunter of Stars”. Whereas there was a joyful quirk to his previous effort, “Carry the Light”‘s hook feels just a little too generic. There’s obviously plenty of time to improve though. Given how impressive Sebalter’s recent efforts are — “Weeping Willow” and “Better Not” in particular — this does feel a little bit of a let down at this moment in time.
Luis: One thing that’s in favour of Sebalter’s 2019 entry is that he is not trying to repeat what worked with “Hunter of Stars”. Instead, he’s bringing a very pleasant song which lacks the immediacy of his 2014 piece, but offers a more mainstream sound. In a way, “We’ll Carry the Light” reminds me of Stig Rästa’s “Home” from last year’s Eesti Laul — a strong artist with an impressive history at Eurovision returns with a quality song that’s more intimate and slightly less interesting. In short, Sebalter may be able to carry his light to Israel, but it still needs lots of polish and a bit more direction to work as a Eurovision entry.
Josh: In the battle between Sebalter’s “Hunter of Stars” and “We’ll Carry the Light”, “Hunter of Stars” is the clear winner for me. While “We’ll Carry the Light” does have a more modern pop sound like you would hear today, the lyrics in places are a bit contrived and trying too hard. Although the title lyric tries to be the catchy hook of the song, there’s no driving beat or catchy interlude for the listener to latch onto to really make the song memorable. The drum beats and Sebalter’s charismatic whistling wizardry in “Hunter of Stars” just immediately caught your attention and made you listen and gave that entry a uniqueness you won’t find in many Eurovision entries. He’d do well to think about what little tweaks or moments in the composition he could add to make it stand out more, otherwise he’s destined to go middle of the pack or worse at Eurovision, if he even makes it out of the Swiss national final.