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. Our next Eurovision hopeful is Simone Emilie with the song “Anywhere”. Is this going anywhere? Read on to find out.
Simone Emilie — “Anywhere”
Antranig: I like “Anywhere” but it feels like it was written 15 years ago and has been gathering dust on a shelf. Someone picked it up and thought it might be a good song to make up the numbers at DMGP. Simone Emilie delivers the song in a captivating manner but it’s not a compelling entry, with lazy repetitive lyrics. She could’ve taken me “Anywhere” but I felt the song went nowhere.
Jordi: Charming at its finest, Simone’s “Anywhere” is sweet yet memorable. The production in here is truly delightful, driving you vibrantly all three minutes long to a peaceful state of mind. It feels heavenly and the song has an uptempo beat that inputs more modernity into the song. This reminds me of Clean Bandit’s vibrant and straightforward quality. The song needs a revamp to create a stronger moment in the end by adding a stronger beat.
Oliver: A textured unique voice accompanied by a very decent song. This entry is one of the better ones in this year’s DMGP, being a very credible and professional entry. It has a solid build up which gradually adds more and more elements and flares but not so much that it becomes a messy wall of sound. The gentle verses and initial chorus work very well together to help build anticipation and tension before the song builds more. One complaint is that after 90 seconds it does feel a bit repetitive but hopefully some good staging can elevate it a bit more.
Luis: “Anywhere” walks the thin line between a radio-friendly tune and the soundtrack of one of those extremely boring North European romantic tele-films. Simone has a beautiful voice and she manages to create a kind of mystery around her entry during the first minute or so. Sadly, when the heavier electronic production appears, the song starts losing my interest, and the final parts just pass you by without noticing.
Cinan: This selection is one of my favourites. Denmark is producing really good music every year for this selection. The song by Simone is a really good one but I don’t know if it is enough good for the Eurovision stage. Eurovision audiences love to hear songs that have a strong message and make them feel good. I think this song will do good on the radios in Europe and I can’t wait to see the live performance.
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 5 and a high of 9.5.