The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the competing songs in Estonia‘s national final Eesti Laul 2019. Next we take a look at Ranele with “Supernova” and Sandra Nurmsalu with “Soovide puu”. Did we think either of these two were stars? Read on to find out!

Ranele – “Supernova”

“Supernova” reviews

Angus: “Supernova” would have sounded tired at any Eurovision Song Contest this century and yet the ’90s dance elements – thumping beat, towering vocal, dance drop – are as compelling today as they would have been 19 years ago. This is a better choice for a club dance floor than the biggest non-sporting television stage in the world, but you can’t deny the appeal of the ’90s dance track factory formula that underpins its DNA.

Score: 4/10

Bernardo: “Supernova” is borderline annoying and doesn’t work as a whole. Ranele’s voice doesn’t fit the experiment that is trying to be done here. The production value is low for what the song is trying to achieve. The repetition of the word supernova shows the low standard in the writing process. Nothing works. Next.

Score: 1.5/10

Jordi: Ranele’s “Supernova” is not as bombastic as her song title might suggest. Her offering doesn’t bring to Eurovision anything we haven’t seen before whatsoever. This might not be helped with the fact that it also sounds too generic and the melody is with all honesty, not catchy – and pretty messy. However, it’s great to see her Estonian realness and her way of sticking to the Estonian language.

Score: 3.5/10

Luis: This frenzied track from yesteryear is the least appealing entry to grace Eesti Laul in 2019. It does not work at all: Ranele’s voice doesn’t belong in the song and it has so many filters that at some point I wonder whether it’s a human voice. “Supernova” is annoying, dizzying and, ultimately, absolutely uninteresting.

Score: 2/10

Oliver: This song seems to be portraying multiple facades at once. Starting out somewhat gently, that impression is completely destroyed during the chorus and we’re taken to a cheesy Tallinn ’90s disco.  While the beat does provide some structure to the song, perhaps the phrase “less is more” should have been considered during the songwriting process. It’s a dated attempt at best but could be fun with some intricate staging.

Score: 4/10

Sebastian: The drum and bass is an interesting touch – but ultimately, it is too ‘in your face’ for the kind of song “Supernova” is. Something about the production is lacking — and perhaps it is the fact that Ranele plays second fiddle to the heavy instrumental track. The strength of this song will lie in its live staging and vocals — if Ranele can hold on par with the full-on drum and bass, we could have a banger. But she does risk being drowned out by the drums.

Score: 6/10

In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 5/10

Barnabas: 5/10

Deban: 6.5/10

Florian: 2.5/10

Julian: 4/10

Lucy: 2/10

Lukas: 6.5/10

Natalie: 8/10

Pablo: 5/10

Robyn: 2/10

Steinunn: 3/10

William: 5.5/10

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 1.5 and a high of 8.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.16/10

Sandra Nurmsalu – “Soovide puu”

“Soovide puu” reviews

Angus: Ethereal pop moments are all well and good, but if the best you can do is take us on a tour of your forest clearing you’re unlikely to set the scoreboard on fire come voting time. Sandra has a fantastic voice, aesthetic and form flying the flag for Estonia at Eurovision. But “Soovide puu” doesn’t have a lot going on. A great choice for a meditation at dawn on a mountainside. Less good choice for Estonia’s Eurovision 2019 song.

Score: 5/10

Bernardo: Everything was perfect until they changed the tempo of the song at 1:05. The etherial sound that was transporting you to another planet transforms itself in a random song you would listen to in the background of your local Chinese restaurant. It’s a shame Sandra’s magic vocals are lost in this song.

Score: 3/10

Jordi: One of the most special entries among this year’s Eesti Laul. Sandra’s “Soovide puu” is angelic at its best, heavenly at its finest. A proper breath of fresh air. Her voice is everything here, but also joined by such pleasant yet fairy-like melody. While it’s still quite uncertain to predict how this could do in a competition like Eurovision, it has all ingredients to make an impact: it tastes different and has a clear Estonian identity, not without its sweet and catchy melody.

Score: 7/10

Luis: Sandra’s vocals are to die for, that’s undoubtable, however “Soovide puu” doesn’t make them justice. While the verses are thrilling, with all her vocal twists and flourishes, the chorus is lacking. The verses are a mysterious and dark Estonian forest in winter, whereas the chorus and the bridge are the pleasant scenery of the paintings at your local Chinese restaurant. That is, uninteresting and kind of unnecessary.

Score: 5.5/10

Oliver: There is something instantly captivating about Sandra’s voice.  Its enchanting, ethereal and delicate qualities compose a serene and calming atmosphere, allowing the listener to almost float through her song.  Sure, it may not be as good as Urban Symphony’s “Rändajad” was, but it is definitely something signature to Sandra and stands above the rest as a piece that’s original, cultural and magical.

Score: 9.5/10

Sebastian: Sandra is a vocal genius — ethereal, astounding and arresting. She’s an absolute welcome entry to Eesti Laul – but sadly “Soovide puu” as a track does not build enough to warrant the talent that Sandra is. Despite this, expect Sandra to blow us away in her live performance.

Score: 6/10

In our Eesti Laul Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 6/10

Barnabas: 7/10

Deban: 7.5/10

Florian: 5.5/10

Julian: 7.5/10

Lucy: 2.5/10

Lukas: 8.5/10

Natalie: 9/10

Pablo: 6/10

Robyn: 7/10

Steinunn: 4.5/10

William: 3.5/10

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 2.5 and a high of 9.5.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.16/10

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blondboybc
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blondboybc

Not impressed with the low jury scores for Sandra. Her voice is angelic, the song is both enchantingly beautiful, with strong ethnic elements which give it an added distinction, and fits her voice. It will come alive with staging and live vocals, I’m sure. 9/10!

Ell
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Ell

I’m Estonian and I gotta say that I don’t get the hype around Sandra’s song. Rändajad was much better, it had a really good and true meaning. This song, Soovide puu (meaning ”The tree of wishes”) is empty and bland for me.
Seems like they are hoping on Sandra’s voice and success she had in 2009. Something BIG is missing and that’s it. It’s not suitable for Eurovision.

ani
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Sandra will blow us away with her love performance dw

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

These two songs are both very divisive because of how they are arranged. Personally, I don’t like “Supernova” because the one experimental idea it has blows itself up quite quickly and gets lost in repetition. That’s disappointing. However, I very much like “Soovide Puu” because it is lightly arranged. I understand that there are negative comparisons to restaurant music, but I think those critics are missing the point. When you sit at a restaurant, the music is supposed to enhance the “magic” of the occasion, and so that’s what the production of this song has consciously tried to do in… Read more »

AngieP
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AngieP

“Supernova” starts quite nice but then I lose interest. On the other hand, Sandra followed the same pattern as in 2009, singing a beautiful almost dreamy song in Estonia, which absolutely fits her. I love her, she’s great, but I;m afraid it’s forgettable. Personally, I love her voice, the music is beautiful but I can’t remember how it goes.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I have no clue how Estonia can send anything but Sandra this year. I also prefer her new song over “Rändajad” a thousand times. It’s so cheerful, hopeful and talks about trees, which is incredibly original for Eurovision’s lovelovepeacepeace standards. Yes, it could need some improvements but it’s leaps and bound ahead of anything else in this year’s competition as it is.

Colin
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Colin

Supernova – Neat idea, but the mixing is quite awful here. It feels weirdly sped-up. Lyrics are nice. – 4/10

Soovide puu – Enchanting and magical as I would expect from Sandra who gave us Randajad. Her beautiful voice brings me to the ancient woods and snow mountains. I’d prefer if the final part is a bit more climactic, but this feels delightful either way. My favorite to win in Estonia. – 9/10

Walli
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Walli

Soovide puu has beautiful lyrics. Sandra’s voice is just angelic and the song shows just that. It’s best Estonia has had in years. It sounds evergreen. <3

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Did Bernardo and Luis have a Chinese together last night or something? That is NOT what immediately comes to mind when listening to Sandra’s song lol

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

#MadeMyDay 😀 Absolutely!!! 😀

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Yeah, what Chinese restaurant were they at? LOL!

omg
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omg

what other country has 2 reviews each day? maybe Sweden, sometimes not even countries that have only 5 or 6 acts in nf. you really like the Baltics.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

How can you write a negative review for SLAYvide puu I-

Ranele’s song and video are a trip. I stan even though she has no chances.

Jo.
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Jo.

Slaying those sleeping pills…