The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — reviews the three songs by Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman that will compete in Finland’s national final UMK 2019. Finally we take a listen to “Look Away”. Did the song grab our attention? Read on to find out!
Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Look Away”
“Look Away” reviews
Antranig: “Look Away” is not my favourite but I connect with the message of the song more than the others. The chorus is repetitive and basic but it sounds like what you would expect from a Darude song. Sebastian makes the verses his own here and “Look Away” showcases both artists in a better light than the other songs. This would be a good entry for Finland.
Essi: “Look Away” has a good and global message, something that we all can relate to. The rhythm is nice and I also feel that Sebastian’s vocals also sound the best in this track. For me, Look Away is the best out of these three, if I would have to choose, I would send this to Tel Aviv. Like I said, it’s nice, but then again, nothing special. It’s not horrible but it doesn’t give me a wow feeling either.
Julian: It seems that he heard the people worrying about Finland getting a spot in the final! The third and last song is my favourite one even though it’s not far away from “Superman”. This one is a cool dance pop song with electronic piano vibes by David Guetta. You could call it dated — it probably is — but with a good staging I think this could maybe end on the left half of the scoreboard.
Lucy: There’s something more provided with “Look Away”, and finally we have a song that suits Sebastian’s voice. The tempo changes in the bridge before going into a big chorus, and we needed the “let the Beat. DROP.” moment this song has, something surprisingly lacking in the others considering this is EDM. It does still feel like it’s five years old and not quite fitting with 2019, but out of the three, this has got to be the one for Finland, surely.
Luis: “Look Away” feels the entry most tailor-made for Sebastian’s vocals. It begins mysterious, and then it booms into a big EDM tune. The only problem here is the constant repetition of “Look away, look away”. It gets uninteresting by the second pre-chorus, basically because you know what’s coming from there till the end of the song. Out of the three this could well be the best choice. While musically, “Superman” is more reminiscent of “Sandstorm” (and thus, superior), “Look away” has a good hook, which “Superman” lacks.
Robyn: There’s a lot of promise in “Look Away”. The verses and pre-chorus seem to be building up to something that’s bold and thrilling but the chorus doesn’t quite deliver. It’s still a good chorus, but a song with a message needs to say more than just “look away, look away, look away”. The ending seems abrupt, making the whole song feel more like a demo than a fully formed Eurovision entry. Still, there is a lot that works.
In our UMK 2019 Wiwi Jury, we have 11 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 8.