The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Finland‘s DJ/producer Darude and vocalist Sebastian Rejman with their entry “Look Away”. Did the song make us want to look in their direction? Read on to find out!

Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Look Away”

“Look Away” reviews

Kristin: For us ’90s kids, Darude entering Eurovision was like a dream come true! Although “Look Away” is not quite as powerful as “Sandstorm”, it is a pretty damn enjoyable song nonetheless. It has that undeniable Darude sound, whilst being approachable for those who might not be all that into late ’90s heavy techno music. But it’s Sebastian’s silky smooth voice that brings the song all the way home. I’m super happy with Finland this year. More of this, please!

Score: 8.5/10

Angus: Throwing spaghetti at the wall at a national final is cute, but at Eurovision you’ve got to serve up the perfect plate of pasta if you want to qualify. And at the national final, “Look Away” was a decidedly overcooked production. The dated DJ booth, LED box and OTT hand-gesture-based-choreography did not make for a palatable plate at the end of broadcast. But Finland has all the ingredients for a delicious dish come semi-final time. Sebastian has leading-man looks and a virtuoso vocal. Darude has star power. And “Look Away” is a delectable slice of dance music. The performance is what needs works and will make the difference in May.

Score: 6/10

Antony: Dance music can often be described as disposable, but this one ain’t one of them! There’s emotion and meaning in the lyrics and it’s impactful and deep. Sebastian really conveys the message well with his vocals and choreography. Pair this with exceptional staging seen in the national final, and this should be a guaranteed qualifier for the grand final. Shivers down my spine, guys!

Score: 8/10

Robyn: Regardless of what is on Darude’s CV, his Eurovision entry needs to stand on its own. “Look Away” is a catchy EDM track with a great energy to it, but the UMK performance didn’t quite deliver. In the national final, Sebastian seemed to have vocal troubles, but that could be down to having previously done two other big performances in the same show. There’s potential for a big EDM moment with a message at Eurovision, but it will be essential to get all the pieces working, with clearer staging and stronger vocals.

Score: 6/10

Deban: Sebastian Rejman’s emotional rendition works well over a ’90s dance beat. “Look Away”  is Darude updated for 2019. Expectations were high and this partnership delivers. That said, it could slay higher with more energy and a vocal boost.

Score: 7/10

Pablo: This is an EDM hit, so naturally I’m all over it, but this feels… unfinished. When we were advertised Darude, we all imagined a big club-floor banger, which “Look Away” does accomplish, but it just doesn’t grip fully. This kind of song may not be the best vessel for Sebastian’s message either, with the lyrics feeling repetitive and muddled as the song ends. Finland may want to really bank on the dance banger part of their song, else they could be in trouble.

Score: 6/10

In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Anthony: 7/10

Antranig: 8.5/10

Barnabas: 5/10

Bernardo: 4/10

Calvin: 3/10

Chris: 5.5/10

Essi: 5/10

Florian: 4.5/10

Izhar: 4.5/10

Jack: 5/10

Jonathan: 5.5/10

Josh: 8/10

Julian: 5/10

Lucy: 3/10

Luis: 6.5/10

Lukas: 6/10

Mikhail: 2.5/10

Oliver: 6/10

Renske: 7.5/10

Ron: 8/10

Sebastian: 5/10

Tobias: 3.5/10

William: 7/10

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 2.5 and a high of 8.5.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.78/10

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Phary
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Phary

I think it’s nice that Finland are bringing some EDM this year because YAYYY DIVERSITY ! But as far as I’m concerned this song is very very VERY middle-of-the-road. I don’t know, it has a very respectable message, but it doesn’t have any kind of particular effect. Also it sounds like the second half of the song is exactly the same as the first one but with two different lines, and it does end up being a bit repetitive. A 5.5/10 for me.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Nice to see that Finland always risks and chooses different kind of genres and singers….
Much better than a bunch of countries that always select the same boring screaming women….

Gavin
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Gavin

The thing I love most about the London Eurovision Party is it completely proves those who scored this at 3.5 WRONG!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Assuming they’ll keep and improve the staging, it can become a strong global warming alert and find an audience beyond EDM fans. In UMK the whole thing lacked some urgency. They’ll have bigger screens to show better images, which will help. But since Darude and Sebastian aren’t really that charismatic, I would focus on the dancer’s face and body language. Nothing much to say about the song, which is only OK, quite basic. Sebastian’s vocals have been disappointing so far, but I still don’t know if the sound mixing is the one to blame. 4.5/10

Carita
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Carita

To be fair, the Finnish broadcaster YLE has had a tendency to constantly have problems with the sound mixing on events like this. The same problem was present last year during Saara Aaltos performances in the national final.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s true. Also, sometimes EDM tracks “bury” the vocals, since they’re made to the dance floor, not to a contest with live performances.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

My 3rd place! Good message, strong melody, fantastic staging (!) and Sebastian’s emotions/ male vulnerability (finally on stage!). 9.5/10

Govvvi
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Govvvi

Why is all comments on wiwibloggs so aggressive and disrespectful? I don’t like when all hbtq youtubers hate on Finland for example. Just because you are special sexuality

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

You can change your name, but your profile pic stays the same, so we see it’s you making all those comments. And you’re a bigot.

Govvvi
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Govvvi

You misunderstood. I don’t change my username lol. There are another guy with a tomato too. His name is tomatinho or something.
I think that everybody have right have their own sexuality. ESC is open for everybody.

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

Yes, and the 3rd person with that picture is called Gorry and the 4th Sofia (see down below). 4 persons with the same picture in one article would be new to me and I am commenting here for a long time now. You are one person changing names!

Pancake
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Pancake

Possibly my favorite out of all the bunch. Yes, the repeating part of ‘Look Away’ can be tedious, but it also kinda adds the sense of a build up before the drop reached it’s climax. If you listen to the instrumental, it kinda has that feel of euphoria and that kind of nighttime vibe, perfect for Tomorrowland or UMF. Really, Darude manage to deliver a perfect that vibe perfectly, which is something I don’t expect. I really this will do well in ESC (10/10)

ESC LOU
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ESC LOU

I didn’t mind this or Release Me winning this year, both are ok. There’s nothing special about this entry but again it’s definitely not the worst this year. The NF staging was really cool and it being Darude will definitely in my opinion give this song a few extra points. Not sure if this is a qualifier for me so i’d give this a 5.5/10.

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

It sounds very late 90s/early 2000s. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I love dance music from that era. But this isn’t a very strong song, mostly because of Sebastian’s vocals. A different singer would make this song a lot better. 5.5/10

Tomatinho
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Tomatinho

Don’t hate his vocals, he can read this. And he has good vocals, atleast in the studio version

Kredential
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Kredential

Whatever these jurors are smoking, I want some of it… Finland’s entry this year is not very good at all, and this is coming from someone who is usually a fan of this type of music. There’s a reason he’s a one hit wonder and there’s a reason he scored it last century. Sorry Finland 🙁

Gorry
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Gorry

Haha lol “One hit wonder”
He has many famous songs, “feel the beat” “look away” “sandstorm”

Héctor
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Héctor

I didn’t like “Sandstorm” specially, but I was expecting something better than “Look Away” (or than the other two). This is just weak, not horrible, but weak and non-competitive. Sebastian’s vocals are interesting, but the low-pitched voice in the verses makes it almost impossible to understand or even hear what he is singing. The staging is just a non-sense and they said they are going to keep it. I’m afraid Finland is not qualifying this year. Finland is the 28th in my top. 13. Armenia (7) 14. Austria (7) 24. Latvia (6) 28. FINLAND (6) 29. Serbia (6) 32. Poland… Read more »

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I often forget Finland participates this year, which is sad because they have the iconic Darude. Sebastion does him no justice tho, his vocals are quite weak in this already not that interesting song. This one is quite harmless in the contest, which is not something you want, especially when you are going to perform 3rd in the semi… I do not see this qualifying.
5.5/10

Doris
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Doris

Look away, look away, look away, look awayyyyyyy

And we have the lyrics

Tomatinho
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Tomatinho

Theres something in the air at night
Is it in my head-ee- ead
Am i the only one
Is he gonna like it (oops belarus sorry)

Jo.
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Jo.

It’s dated and cheesy, but still enjoyable. Not gonna do amazing in the contest tho.
5.0/10

Darren
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Darren

I expected better when I heard that the iconic Darude was going to the Tel Aviv, however when I heard the song I couldn’t help but be disappointed. It’s a flop instead of a bop. It is clear to see that Darude’s success was in the early 00s. He’s had his time. The song is dated and cheesy.
I think YLE took the Nicky Byrne route and went for artist over song, and hoped that the artist alone would ensure success because they had fame a few years ago. Sorry Finland. Must try harder. 4/10

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Most of you know the drill: No negativity allowed for me. Just a “thank you for your efforts” note along with a gift card, and the prepared feedback of: “This entry is not to my taste, but best of luck.”
The major positive about this entry is the moral message it sends to people about ignoring injustices. According to Darude, it was written after having visited India. But when I hear the song, I prefer to think of this year’s ESC sponsor. There’s “something going on” indeed; if only the singer would let us know what it is more clearly.

dani
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dani

Yeeeees, Purple Mask is back. Have you heard that ENDI will dance for Croatia?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yes, of course. I adore him. But ENDI has nothing to do with persuading me on this issue.
The fact is that I am breaking my principles by continuing to support the ESC this year. This hurts me. However, that is “my problem”, not this blog’s. For my problems to impact this blog does seem a bit unfair to you all, especially if you are in the same situation. So I stay.

Una
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Una

Love your arguments. Again, good to see you again 🙂

Fys
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Fys

Finland is always overrated by wiwibloggs

JonIS
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JonIS

5.78? Overrated? Would have deserved more. The only classical EDM-song would deserve 7 point something.

Sofia
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Sofia

Jealous because you are from Georgia or Mobtenegro?

Peters
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Peters

No wow or unique factor. Such a meh song I skip every time.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

One of the biggest disappointments this year. I mean tbh I haven’t heard of Darude before, because I’m quite young, but when I heard how talented he his, my I got hyped for him, but all for this. This song will flop – there is no way this qualifies, if Poland didn’t last year in a weaker semi with Polish diaspora, there’s zero chance this goes to the final. BUT I don’t think it’s a bad song, but it’s just there, and I can’t imagine someone actually voting for it. I think it will get even less vote than Georgia.… Read more »

Cucumber
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Cucumber

Not at all zero chance. It is such a good song before weak songs like Poland and Slovenia. And after Montenegro.
Last year Finland qualified last from hardest semi in many years, why not this year too?

Rimig
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Rimig

This year, Finland sets the limit between the “just meh” zone and the “dislike” zone within my personal ranking. The song sounds dated and rather cheap. Even back in the 90’s I wouldn’t have liked it, I guess. Even though the lyrics try to add some seriousness to the song it is unable to transmit the message as it turns out to be an infinite repeat of “look away” and “is it in my head?” It does not stand out musically nor vocally. Besides that, when Sebastian sings “how can we go to sleep at night, and lay there in… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

FINLAND – It has a great message, but in a wrong package. This song is too repetitive and boring to land on a receptive ear. As it’s uptempo, it doesn’t feel as dull, but any song with so little variation and so much repetition is not something I would listen to. My issue is not with the style, the assumption that it’s dated or the vocalist (although last two are not a plus either), but the mere fact that it’s equally paced throughout. Now, I know that the repeated phrase in the chorus is supposed to strengthen the impact, but… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

I’m a little shaken that you put this on a par with Carousel … I need another coffee … 😉

Colin
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Colin

They are both kind of monotone, but I did put Latvia a spot higher for conveying the feel of it’s message better. (The order in which they are presented next to the rating is also an order of my list) 🙂

Nicky91
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Nicky91

it isn’t boring, if this doesn’t qualify nothing from finland deserves to qualify for me anymore

Tibor
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Tibor

Yes, but you see, “boring” isn’t an objective category. Some people are bored by “That Night” or “Limits” – and perhaps both won’t qualify. That doesn’t mean I have to be bored by these songs and can’t listen to them anymore.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Your very first sentence really sums it up. I expected better from Darude.

Kuhkatz
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Kuhkatz

The biggest problem here is Sandstorm.
People hear Darude and the first thing that comes in their mind is Sandstorm. I believe if it wasn‘t Darude or any other DJ of his reputation, people would look at it from a different sight.

Look Away is decent, I do really like it, yet it‘s far from being a winner. Staging will lift this up for sure and I hope, that Sebastian is able to improve his vocals.

FunkyCoffin
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FunkyCoffin

At one point Its was mine nr 1 but after a while it kinda get boring/the same and at EIC it was for me underwelming.

Tibor
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Tibor

Whatever happened to Finland over these last years? I used to at least like every other Finnish entry, but after last year’s fiasco, this is also not for me. Perhaps I’m one of the few people who had never heard of Darude or “Sandstorm” before this year’s contest (not kidding, I’m just not following the charts), so I wasn’t starstruck, when they announced him. I checked it out and cannot rule out, that I have heard it back in the day and simply forgotten about it, it is such an unremarkable, stereotypical nineties tune. Unlike other commentators, I cannot tell… Read more »

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Same here. I had no clue about “Sandstorm” and never followed any charts or trends in my life. Yet I still know when something is horribly dated. And one pattern seems to be fool-proof: If the Eurovision bubble gets overexcited about a name, the product is most likely going to be a huge disappointment.

Tibor
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Tibor

The thing is, all these artists are only entering Eurovision when their career is already on a slippery downwards slope. But there always seems to be a reason why they aren’t as popular anymore. They are for the most part hopelessly stuck in the era of their biggest success. I’m very cautious and don’t like to throw around this “dated” verdict all the time, more often than not people are just using it to describe something not chartfriendly. In this case, however, I have to say, that even in the nineties there was electronic music that sounded more “current” than… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

I answered but got filtered once again, sorry …

Tibor
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Tibor

I guess, this answers my question, if the mods are automatically looking for filtered comments. Apparently they don’t, because I swear, I didn’t write anything nasty … 🙂

Colin
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Colin

I agree, Tibor. This is a rather weak song and probably another NQ for Finland. Also, when someone says ”this is so 2016” I imagine them being 12. Music trends need some time to change.

Tibor
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Tibor

And music trends surprisingly coexist … But you’re right, this might be a question of age.

Rimig
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Rimig

So right, both Tibor and Colin!

Tomatinho
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Tomatinho

So shocked that you don’t have heard Sandstorm.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Mikael Saari would save all of Finland’s problems at once. Finland is once again proving that you should not blindly go with any recognizable name at any cost. A lot of no names would have brought songs a thousand times better than this.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

* solve

Nicky91
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Nicky91

he was asked but he said no, many finnish artists got asked and they or their managers said no

mikael would’ve been in my personal bottom 3, since his music (and most indie music) isn’t my cup of tea

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Cite your sources for that claim.

Una
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Una

I wouldn’t be surprised if established artists refused to participate in Eurovision. It’s too much of a risk for their careers. A big name doesn’t necessarily mean a good result. AFAIK only Blue (UK 2011), Anouk (Netherlands 2013), Patricia Kaas (France 2009) and Il Volo (Italy 2015) managed good results for their countries. Talking about artists known internationally. Otherwise I could argue that, for example, well established and popular artists from Romania, like Luminita Anghel, Paula Seling and Mihai Traistaru all managed top 3 or 5 but they were not known internationally.

Tomatinho
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Tomatinho

Nobody in Finland remember/know that guy. He is not famous in Finland. Still many ESC fans know him

Tibor
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Tibor

Like I said: Maybe I have heard and just forgotten about it, because it was so unremarkable. 🙂

Tibor
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Tibor

Sorry, reply to the wrong comment. :/

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

That’s what I said. Do you prefer a name like Darude being a NQ or a no name qualifying for Finland?

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Indeed. Many thought he should have gone to ESC 2013 instead of Krista. And his song and stage setup for 2016 would surely have qualified; but instead they sent Sandhja, and I knew they were dead on arrival.

John
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John

Jesus Christ, 5,78 is FAR too generous.
It wouldn’t have been a fresh tune even in the 90’s.
2/10.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

so disrespectful youth of these days, who are only obsessed with their mainstream indie music trash 🙁

this song is a good EDM bop, and Darude has been a role model for current dj’s of today, same as Tiesto in our country Netherlands is a role model

Meliris
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Meliris

I wish you had something else to do in life than being the most annoying dutch person ever.(with a very questionable taste in music as well)

Una
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Una

I kind of like the song. Not something I would have on my playlist but I like it enough to replace Estonia with Finland in my top 10 SF1.

Kris
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Kris

A decent song with a chorus that keeps looping and a singer whose live vocals are worse than Yianna Terzi , so this is not a good omen. A 4.5/10. Bad running order reduces a point . Lack of support from dias hipora reduces another point. I’d assess for it to have a 25% chance at qualification.

Kris
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Kris

Diashipora , i like that word

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

the wiwi jury is especially generous this year ! i don’t dislike this song but it’s atrociously dated and incompatible with the current music market. it doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities. good lyrics ? nope. good vocals ? nah. catchy enough to make us forget bout bad lyrics n vocals ? nuh-uh. issa 3/10 for me. plus, i feel like all three darude songs would’ve worked 100x better with a female vocalist, sebastian is unable to stand out in darude’s heavy production.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Is it bad that I really love this?
Again, it might be an age thing but this is just fantastic to me.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

same, i also like it

youth want bops, yet they criticize EDM genre which has only boppy music

this performing after the hopeless Montenegro i can see them having a chance to stand out, and like you and me, there are others more who like EDM, and not to forget Darude’s fanbase hopefully will make finland qualify too, finnish people don’t believe in it, well i do