The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we check out Denmark‘s Leonora with her multilingual song “Love Is Forever”. Were we feeling the love? Read on to find out!
Leonora – “Love is Forever”
“Love is Forever” reviews
Pablo: In the wake of some of this year’s Eurodrama, Leonora’s sweet song did not just grow on me, but also led me to believe that we needed this song. A cute French-inspired ditty in Zoe’s ballpark, “Love is Forever” feels like a big hug and a bowl of candy. May be too much for some, but it certainly delivers what it wants to transmit, and the language switching adds to the experience. If they elevate (literally) the staging and work around the big chair, this one may just punch a ticket to the final.
Antranig: Take every Eurovision trope you can think of and shove them into three minutes. Anyone partaking in a Eurovision drinking game will be maxing out their credit cards before this finishes playing. The French lyrics work really well but the other languages are unnecessary and add to the overall cheesiness. I am not a fan of this at all however my heart is open for Leonora to win me over. To do that, she needs to actually look like she is in love in her performance, and not like she is giving me death stares because of my score.
Florian: Lyrically, this is one of the strongest cuts. I love how Leonora is playing with several languages in her song. Her voice nicely fit the melody. Singing about difficult times isn’t always easy, but Leonora makes it seem effortless. Denmark sends what could be a dark horse in Tel Aviv. The last part of the song will give that final touch to stand out.
Renske: This is so cheesy, but I am totally buying it. Leonora sells it very well too, that has to be said. This has the simplicity and the classic Eurovision vibe that the casual viewer will be searching for between all the melancholy. Perhaps it was a bit too much of musical theatre in the performance that she gave in DMGP, but after all, who doesn’t stan a song that manages to squeeze through lyrics in four languages in three minutes?
Robyn: It’s halfway there. On one hand, “Love is Forever” is a really sweet, likeable song, performed with charm by the talented Leonora. But there are things that don’t quite work. The multilingual section feels like repetition to fill out the three minutes, Leonora’s aesthetic is reminiscent of failed Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and the one-shot staging feels confused and unfocused until Leonora reaches the top of the giant chair. But all that is fixable. And regardless — the song leaves listeners with a good feeling.
William: Love is forever — but Leonora’s song is only three minutes. And in that time she takes us on a jaunty, feel-good trip across Europe, skilfully weaving between English, French, German and Danish. The song has a distinct Parisian vibe — there is romance, insouciance and a great deal of heart — yet it somehow feels universal. She speaks in clichés, no doubt, but it’s a language we can all understand. And boy: never has mounting a chair been so magical! The second half of this song feels rather flat visually. But if producers can extend the wonder and intrigue of the opening 90 seconds she may just be a surprise qualifier.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.28/10
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