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 final stop in our Norwegian tour is the group KEiiNO with the song “Spirit in the Sky”. Are KEiiNO soaring to unparalleled heights? Read on to find out.
KEiiNO — “Spirit in the Sky”
“Spirit in the Sky” reviews
Antranig: “Spirit in the Sky” is better than life itself. This is by far one of the best entries across the entire national final season. It is modern and builds up with a catchy hook, before breaking out into traditional joik. This transcends musical genres and showcases traditional music in a manner that screams worldwide hit. Norway’s wait for a Eurovision victory might be half as long as Israel’s. If the live performance encapsulates that same magic, Eurovision 2019 may have just found its winner.
Antony: There is a unique quality to this song. That’s evident from the alteration of the different vocals throughout the song, but also that Sami, one of the official languages of Norway, is being featured in the song. All of this is strung together by an electro-dance beat with the result being a delightful song. This song should not be forgotten by jury and televoters during the national selection, as it could do remarkably well at Eurovision.
Robyn: This is very Scandi, in all ways, The verses have a cool modern electronic sound, before erupting into the 100% pure schlager chorus that has vague hints of ABBA. But then things get next level with the joik break (and this isn’t the only joik song aimed at Eurovision this year). The best thing is that it all works, an expertly crafted song that just builds and builds and feels Nordic. Norway would not go wrong sending this to Tel Aviv.
Oliver: This is one of, if not the best song that I have heard all national final season. I have been craving for one of the Scandinavian countries to send a modern song infused with Sami elements for ages now and finally my prayers have been answered. “Spirit in the Sky” is a modern pop song with an ethnic soul accompanied by pure, pristine vocals. I can not only see this winning Norway’s national final but also climbing the scoreboard in Tel Aviv this May.
Sebastian: “Spirit In The Sky” does so much right. Diverse voices, diverse languages and a beating instrumental really elevates the track. And while I can definitely see people jumping on this hype train, I’m not sure I’m boarding. It’s a little clunky and messy at points, most probably because of a heavy electronic sound which overpowers it. The live performance will dictate this song’s strength.
Deban: Less is more. However, if one is committed to cooking more, then cook it right! KEiiNO are master chefs of their craft. They’ve created the perfect musical dish that is bursting with flavour. The infectious chorus here ticks every box. It is lightly esoteric and majorly uplifting.
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 5 and a high of 10.