The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has travelled to Denmark to review the songs competing in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019. Up first is Teit Samsø with the song “Step It Up”. Can Teit step up to the big stage in Tel Aviv? Read on to find out.
Teit Samsø — “Step It Up”
“Step It Up” reviews
Natalie: It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to punch someone so much. The lyrics are so immature and so gross that I don’t know whether to throw up or just run. The overly try-hard production and Teit’s voice don’t help either. It’s as though he wrote this after watching hours of really terrible porn. I don’t mind songs with sexy undertones at all, but this is far too creepy for me. It has absolutely no class or substance and I can’t get behind it at all.
Julian: Teit Samsø is an entertaining artist and so is “Step It Up”. It is like a mixture of modern tones and Bruno Mars’ funky jazz songs. I find it hard to expect a good result at Eurovision though because I don’t know if Teit and his song will be as entertaining live as the studio version. Add some dancers and maybe even dance yourself and I think you’re good to go.
Robyn: “Step It Up” is like a reimagining of One Republic’s “Love Runs Out” as a booty song. And it doesn’t quite work. The verses have a soul jangle, the pre-chorus is edgy synthpop and the chorus is disjointed funk — there’s little flow between them. And how many times can one hear Teit proclaim his appreciation of his bae’s hips before it starts to get weirdly repetitive?
Florian: For some reason, this track sounds really familiar, thus I’m not sure whether I like it or not. While this isn’t the most original song, it might be able to be staged in a proper way. However, it also sounds quite monotonous and could need a little more variation.
Deban: Annoying AF! The instrumentation here may be funky, but its lyrics and repetitive delivery erodes almost all merit. Pseudo-American in tone, and somewhat out of date especially in today’s “me too” climate, “Step It Up” as we hear it has very few redeeming qualities.
In our Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Wiwi Jury, we have 11 jurors but only room for 5 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 1.5 and a high of 6.