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 next is 23-year-old Sigmund with the song “Say My Name”. Will we be saying his name in Tel Aviv? Read on to find out.
Sigmund — “Say My Name”
“Say My Name” reviews
Antranig: I feel like this song tries too hard to build up to a pop drop. Having said that, it achieves what it sets out to do and does so with aplomb. Sigmund knows how to work his body and if he can bring this level of sass to the stage, this will stand out. It is a quality entry and the marriage between song and artist is made in heaven. I’m picking this as my dark horse to squeeze through to the superfinal.
Jordi: Sigmund’s offering has power, yet it isn’t catchy. The melody and its arrangement really pops out all song long and creates a vibrant festive feeling. However, when lyrics are integrated into the song, it turns out to be quite messy overall, becoming a bit repetitive after several more listens. This calls for an eye-catching performance, somehow aiming to create an impact.
Oliver: Unstable, jittery and messy. Those were the first three things which came to mind whilst collecting my thoughts of this song. “Say My Name” felt incredibly difficult to follow and keep track of at times due to the constant shifts in rhythm and key between verse, pre-chorus and chorus. One could interpret this as being varied and diverse but in my eyes it just came across being poorly blended, as though it were three different songs strung together.
Luis: Sigmund has a certain similarity to Years and Years, however he manages to stay fresh and defend his own narrative. The song is stellar until the pop drop, which is a big let down. The build up is fabulous… and then it drops completely. It’s so unoriginal and generic it’s even painful. Denmark doesn’t usually revamp their entries ahead of Eurovision, but if he goes (which I hope he does), DR should consider mixing it up and creating a bomb out of the pop drop. How I wish Electric Fields would take care of this entry.
Patrick: Fresh, young and definitely radio-friendly. Sigmund does not just look really nice but he also seems full of energy and power which will come in handy on stage. Now we have not seen it live yet so let’s see if he keeps up vocally but for now the vocals are fitting with the genre and it is very easy to listen to. I might agree that it tries a bit too much to be “in your face” but it is definitely not the worst effort ever. Youngsters will like him and the song and rightfully so!
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 3 and a high of 7.5.