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. Today we look at Jasmin Gabay and her Latin-inspired song “Kiss Like This”. Can this bring the house down in Tel Aviv? Read on to find out.
Jasmin Gabay — “Kiss Like This”
“Kiss Like This” reviews
Natalie: Gosh, there are so many cringey elements to this song. From the ooh la la la la la Latino (I don’t even know what that means) to the spoken word at the end. This song has every right to be relegated to the “lol no” pile. But somehow, there’s a charm here. Jasmin has a very innocent and peppy aura for someone singing about kisses and it is a really infectious banger. It will no doubt inspire some shameless dancing. Denmark can do better but this is a happy guilty pleasure and I hope people get into it.
Julian: This is a cool one. When I first heard “Kiss Like This”, I immediately imagined me laying on the beach, listening to the song and just chilling in the sun. It really gives me summer vibes as it is an awesome party song. I think with the right staging it could do well. It won’t reach the top 5, it probably won’t reach the top 10 either, but I think there will be a few people voting for this to reach the left side of the scoreboard.
Robyn: In 2017, Latin pop blew up and went global. Last year, other artists scrambled to get on the “Despacito” bandwagon before the trend ran out of steam. And this year… we have “Kiss Like This”. It’s hard to find a reason why Denmark should send Spanish-infused pop to Eurovision and the song is at risk of sounding stale as the trend fades. It’s an adequate song, but Denmark can do better.
Florian: Off to an interesting start, “Kiss Like This” combines the current rise of Latin vibes with an EDM beat. Her voice does also work well on the song. If the staging does live up to the standard of the song, this could be a contender for the upper part of the scoreboard.
Deban: On the first listen, “Kiss Like This” grabs your attention and draws positive comments. Unfortunately, with repeat spins, much of this excitement vaporises. While I appreciate the refreshingly different Latin flavour emerging from this Danish selection, the spoken word towards the bridge of this track is borderline bananas! Still, with a careful rearrangement, this pop number could be a summer hit on the radio.
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 2 and a high of 9.