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. We are taking a day trip from Copenhagen to Paris to sample Leonora with her multilingual entry “Love Is Forever”. Are we feeling the love? Read on to find out.
Leonora — “Love Is Forever”
“Love Is Forever” reviews
Antranig: I can already see a song containing the lyrics “don’t get too political” being sandwiched between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the running order. All jokes aside, this is a respectable entry by a very talented vocalist. My only concern is that it is extremely forgettable. After listening to all ten songs, I remember very little of “Love Is Forever” other than “that French song”. That won’t bode well in a sea of 26 songs at Eurovision. This song is a bit too safe and more than a bit too basic for my liking.
Jordi: What a breath of fresh air! Leonora’s “Love is Forever” captures attention from the very first note, with the spot-on ukulele joining her offering. Leonora’s angelic yet personal tone shines second per second. It’s sweet but vibrant, beating in a pleasant pace following an enchanting melody. Her language change manages to keep the listener’s attention by adding dynamism. Such an exquisite composition.
Oliver: A cute and breezy number performed by a very capable and fitting vocalist. This song definitely hits the mark when it comes to less is more. There are no illusions or tricks or gimmicks — “Love Is Forever” is just a simple yet accessible song with a simple yet accessible message. It is reminiscent in some aspects to Finland’s 2011 entry into the contest but a tad more uplifting too. Finally, the icing on the cake was the inclusion of multiple languages towards the end, which added another layer of sweetness to what was already a very sweet song.
Luis: It puzzles me that this is one of the best options Denmark has. Leonora’s “Love Is Forever” is as pleasant as it is forgettable. She’s got a beautiful voice and her song is a beautiful lullaby which could come from any moment in the past 50 years. Sweetness and simplicity are always appreciated but I’d rather have a bit more spice. Extra points for the French.
Patrick: Honeycomb, cotton candy and loads of love — Leonora sounds like the cutest little flower in a big garden of colourful flowers. Now usually I would start complaining about how simple it is and how she is trying so hard to be sweet — but actually none of that is true because it all makes sense. Simplicity rules sometimes and Leonora won’t need a big show to impress. Let her sit on a park bench with Paris in the backdrop — people will eat her up and vote for her. This is definitely a contender and it shows that love could really be forever.
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 4.5 and a high of 8.5.