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 Rasmus Faartoft with “Hold My Breath”. Is this a breathtaking performance? Read on to find out.
Rasmus Faartoft — “Hold My Breath”
“Hold My Breath” reviews
Antranig: Rasmus is putting on a vocal masterclass. Unfortunately, the song is not befitting of his talents. “Hold My Breath” has its peaks and troughs, taking the listener on a journey. It’s definitely not monotonous but it’s just not all that original. It feels like the type of ballad you have one of in every Nordic national final. Rasmus is capable of winning Eurovision with that voice but he needs a better song.
Jordi: There’s some legend-story sound in here. His voice is the best element of the song, having its own quiet quality. However, it needs a better hook as, even if the song sounds enchanting, isn’t that catchy. Perhaps, by adding new elements to the melody or more instrumentation, he can create a stronger impact.
Oliver: Rasmus is giving power and passion with those vocal chords, especially during the carefully constructed and well-placed key change towards the end. With all that in mind, the song itself doesn’t seem to match the uniqueness of Rasmus’ voice. The chorus came across almost as a wall of wailing repeating itself over and over again, becoming cumbersome after more than one listen. There is a lot of potential for dramatic staging here but it still won’t fully mask the discrepancy between impeccable voice and lacklustre song.
Luis: Excellent vocals, so-so song, WTF lyrics. Rasmus may be trying to serve major drama but his song is utterly lame and boring. And that combination is not good nor desirable. This entry is totally suitable for a film festival. He might be singing “Hold My Breath”, but all I hope is that the Danish public hold their horses and don’t vote for this snoozefest.
Patrick: Vocally, he blows away the cold air of Denmark in a heartbeat, but then again the song makes it blow right back in his face. Here is the thing — I love strong vocalists and when he starts the chorus, I feel all the emotion and clarity that is behind the song. The timbre of his voice is the right ingredient for a fine act — he could fill whole arenas just with his voice alone, but the song is just not good enough. Easily forgettable on a big stage in a sea of different songs — just change the song and there you go!
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 3.5 and a high of 7.