The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has travelled to Norway to review the songs competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2019. Ten years on from their last win, we are looking for the next Norwegian “Fairytale”. Our next artist is Hank von Hell with the song “Fake It”. Is Hank faking it or did he actually make it? Read on to find out.
Hank von Hell — “Fake It”
“Fake It” reviews
Izhar: When I started listening to this song, I felt that it was full of vivacity and that it can stand out compared to most of the songs in this Melodi Grand Prix. Hans also looks like someone with a cool attitude that can bring the party to Tel Aviv. But then I realised that it reminds me of Lordi’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah” which might just be a coincidence? Nevertheless, it’s still quite a good song with a very catchy chorus. With the right staging, I can see this as the dark horse of the contest. Overall, if I put aside my “resent” due to the familiarity to Lordi, this song is one of my favourites in this year’s MGP.
Julian: This is a cool mixture of rock, pop and a little bit of anthem. The melody is very simple and gets easily in the viewer’s ears. If I have something to criticise, it would be the chorus being not that powerful in the studio version. The background singers could be more present here. But I think with good staging, this could be a good choice for Norway.
Antranig: I really enjoy this song but in a national final filled with such high quality, it just doesn’t stand up. I love the outlandish performer and the equally absurd nature of the song itself. It is truly refreshing to see amid a sea of strong contenders. There’s always room for a novelty act in a national final, especially one with a decent song. However, it must be noted that Hank ain’t going to Tel Aviv.
Antony: This song is an interesting addition to this national final. It might stand out based on the eccentricity of the performer or maybe the rock genre that the song is going with. However, the song runs a bit flat with minimal excitement. In a national final with more competitive songs, it is crucial that vocals and staging are perfect so it does not get forgotten.
Robyn: “Fake It” sounds like some 2000s-era garage rock, dressed up in the outrageous persona of Hank von Hell. Mr von Hell is a seasoned performer and whatever shortcomings the song may have, live on stage he will surely be able to lift it above and beyond the studio version. “Fake It” promises to be a fun addition to the grand final and would be thrillingly welcome in the superfinal.
Oliver: While I appreciate the attempt at trying to bring variety, Hank’s entry into MGP just does not light any spark for me. It could lend itself to explosive staging but the song itself is nothing special. The vocals felt, at times, to be washed out by the backing track and during the moments when the vocals were loud enough, they came across as rather shouty. In short, this would need a bit of work to reach the level of some of the other entries in the contest.
In our Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 6 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 7.5.