The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we turn to Estonia where Victor Crone has “Storm”. Did we want to take shelter? Read on to find out!

Victor Crone – “Storm”

“Storm” reviews

Tobias: This screams AVICII, to the point where it could be a cover of an AVICII song. “Storm” is a mix of country/pop ingredients with only a small touch of house and I am totally sold! I can see this song being the big surprise in the final of Eurovision, because it will, without any doubt, qualify for the final. It feels modern, it’s radio-friendly and it is a pretty decent song that I sing along with. Top ten for sure!

Score: 8/10

Bernardo: Good Evening, Sweden. From song to singer, everything screams Nordic production, everything screams AVICII. Everything screams radio-friendly. The only thing missing and the special ingredient that this does not have to make it successful at Eurovision? Authenticity. Victor is a competent performer and the song is a nice pop effort but in a sea of more than 20 songs, I can’t see this standing out. Borderline qualifier and I wouldn’t be surprised if its snubbed from a place in the final.

Score: 6/10

Chris: “Storm” floats under the radar as one of the catchiest songs of the year. In many ways, its biggest success is that it doesn’t try to be anything grander than it is. The lyrics are fairly simple, but that helps make the track more universal. Throw in a likeable and charismatic performer in Victor Crone, and Estonia should be looking very comfortable for the Saturday night final.

Score: 7.5/10

Julian: Sadly, I’m definitely not into Estonia this year. The song is generic – which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. But as “Storm” is a mixture of singer-songwriter style featuring some David Guetta vibes, it doesn’t take me anywhere. It surely is a modern song, but every time I hear it, I think I’ve already heard it before. I also don’t have many expectations in his live performance other than hearing the background singers even louder than they were in Estonia’s final. Sorry, Victor!

Score: 2.5/10

Kristin: This is a very delightful entry from Estonia. It’s smooth, entertaining and you find yourself tapping your feet along the tune. Its kinda like Avicii and Waylon had written a single together, for “Storm” has a little country in it and there is also a little EMD there as well. Victor Crone does a great job delivering the song, and is rather dashing as well. With a good performance spot in the semis, I see no reason why “Storm” should not storm into the finals without trouble.

Score: 7.5/10

Renske: “Storm” sounds too Swedish to be Estonian, which I think is a big pity in regards to their rich and unique Eurovision history. The song is a bit too repetitive and is neither original, nor delivers an innovative sound in its genre. Victor Crone is however performing it with a mighty vocal and great enthusiasm, which makes the song eventually a solid pop effort.

Score: 7/10

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

Angus: 5/10

Anthony: 7.5/10

Antony: 7.5/10

Antranig: 7/10

Barnabas: 6/10

Calvin: 6.5/10

Deban: 8.5/10

Essi: 6/10

Florian: 6.5/10

Izhar: 5/10

Jack: 6.5/10

Jonathan: 8/10

Josh: 8/10

Lucy: 2/10

Luis: 6/10

Lukas: 9/10

Mikhail: 2.5/10

Oliver: 3/10

Pablo: 7.5/10

Robyn: 6/10

Ron: 7.5/10

Sebastian: 7/10

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 and a high of 9.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.41/10

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Jo.
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Jo.

just saw the video, I think this will be for you guys your first “shocking NQ”

John
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John

Diego’s lush, that is all.

But also, LOL at the subtext in the review. ‘Lose the chick, eww’ haha

This does the nuts and bolts of Eurovision really well. Potential top 10.

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

Song is way too generic and basic. The only thing it has going for it is that Eesti Laul staging. Personally I’m hoping this doesn’t qualify but I worry it may simply because it’s in the weaker semi.

Jo.
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Jo.

As bland as it can be.
2.5/10

Héctor
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Héctor

Generic, very generic, but still enjoyable. Same situation with Belarus. I think this one has a more recognizable Avicci’s sound, which will make some casual viewers to vote for it instead of Finland or Belarus (direct competitors). I do think it will qualify as a borderline, but Estonia will place in the bottom 5 in the Gran Final.

Estonia is my 19th.

3. Greece (8.5)
5. Lithuania (8)
8. Portugal (7.75)
13. Armenia (7)
14. Austria (7)
15. Hungary (7)
19. ESTONIA (6.5)
24. Latvia (6)
26. Belarus (6)
28. Finland (6)
29. Serbia (6)
30. Russia (5.75)
32. Poland (5.75)
33. Ireland (5.5)
34. Denmark (5)
37. Romania (4)

Polegend Godgarina
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it’s something we’ve heard before a thousand times, nothing much to say bout this. out of the many generic songs this year it’s one of the better ones

Sabrina
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Sabrina

“Storm” doesn’t bring anything remotely new to the table, but the result is actually satisfying. It has a lot of Avicii, but also some Nashville country pop. It’s decently written (besides the “like this” repetition) and produced. And we already know they have the whole staging figured out (hopefully with better effects for the storm part). It’s a professional entry. My big concern is about Victor’s voice in the chorus. Depending on how he attacks, it can get uncomfortably scratchy. For me and him. 6.5/10

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Sorry, busy day here today, so not enough time to type up fully. Quick summary: Nice refrains, challenging vocals, basic lyrics, but my friends seem to like it. I’m not a big fan of it, but it’s okay. But I might, I might be all wr-ong.

Colin
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Colin

Is it just me, or you actually did like it at Eesti Laul?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It was my third favourite, after Stefan and Sandra. So, effectively, yes.

Colin
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Colin

Exactly like mine! Stefan and Sandra were my winners, but I grew on Victor a lot too. 🙂

Marcel
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Marcel

Robyn? Is it possible to find or to get the overall Ranking of all? till now who got their votes?

Nicolas
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Nicolas
Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

This screams 7/10 as much as it screams televote flop. I dont think this will qualify.

James
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James

Both the lyrics in the pre-chorus and the chorus is the weakest for me. Too basic with its composition as an English-language song.

ESC LOU
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ESC LOU

The lyrics aren’t the best and the song is just too repetitive but it’s not bad, it’s catchy and I could see this with the right staging qualifying. Also Estonia’s place in the running order, however surrounded by fan faves, will help them be memorable to the first time listeners. 6/10

Rimig
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Rimig

This song could be defined as one of my guilty pleasures. And its “guilty” because it is repetitive, the lyrics are nothing special (I have, however, no problem at all with the “this/this rhyme) and Victor struggles with staying in tune sometimes. But its a “pleasure” because, at the end of the day, I enjoy listening to it, as it is catchy and uplifting. Somehow, Estonia managed to sneak into the top of my list, standing at spot number 10. I believe it will qualify for the final, but I cannot be completely sure of it. 2. Greece (9.0/10) 8.… Read more »

Leo
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Leo

Scores way too generous for such a mediocre song. Victor’s talent gets lost in the storm.

Maria
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Maria

What means 1 or 2 scores? The singer has a song with music and lyrics, and has a great voice. If he were out of tune or silent during the song then it might deserve 1-2 scores. I think it is ridiculously low, and actually very insulting to the artist, who has worked very hard. If you do not like song then the most acceptable score could be “4”

Kris
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Kris

This is a good pop song and for me that’s all that matters.I can groove to it. The lyrics are a bit trite and the live performance was a bit lacking but the effect with the storm was cool. This is miles better than Finland’s song. A 7/10. The running order hasn’t done it favors as it’s feels pretty nonchalant in a run of pretty out there songs , so reducing a point. Lack of general public support reduces another point. So 50% chances to qualify I’d reckon.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

I don’t like the song (and I’m gonna leave it like that) but judging by people’s reactions, potential for interesting staging, radio-friendliness usually appreciated by juries and the fact that in the middle of wtf performances it’s probably gonna stand out, I’d say that Estonia should qualify easily, tho I don’t think that deservedly.

INAMOO
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INAMOO

What’s with many Estonian voters this year? Picking male singers who can’reach high notes like Victor and Uku?

INAMOO
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INAMOO

*can’t

milky
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milky

tween girls vote for them because they’re hot.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

a NO from me, outdated pop song 1/10

esc stan
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esc stan

It’s meh for me, I don’t see this in the grand final

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

He can’t sing high notes. Good song, poor performance

Sam
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Sam

It may not be Estonia’s best effort to win the ESC, but it’s a catchy song, and a good tribute to Avicii’s style. That’s the reason why I believe it deserves a place in the final (on Saturday a final result on the right-side of the scoreboard would be fair for it though).

Nicolas
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Nicolas

It will be very sad if Estonia qualifies and original songs like Poland and Portugal not.

mic
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mic

The lyrics are terrible and his voice is way to screechy. My ears bleed every time he tries to hit those high notes

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Take one of the most unexciting and predictable songs of the year. Throw in a guy who can’t particularly sing. Throw in the fact that just about everything in the Eesti Laul final would’ve been a better option. Got a recipe for a deserved non-qualification!

haron
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haron

just a big NO
1/10

Tibor
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Tibor

I can practically see people disco-foxing to “Storm” before my inner eye and that is never a good sign. This has a schlager feel to it, I cannot explain where it comes from. Perhaps it’s the overly simplistic melody that in the chorus just goes up and down the scale in a very linear and predictable way, perhaps it’s the beat in the chorus, I don’t hear Avicii, but something much less flattering, perhaps it’s Victor Crone’s 80s Rockstar vocal tone – I don’t know, to my ear everything works to “Storm”’s disadvantage. I almost cannot believe, that it is… Read more »

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

“A storm like this can break a man like this”???? What in absolutely tremendous freaking hell they thought by writing these lyrics?!?!?! My place 28 and 5.5 points, because I am a gentle boy and the melody is catchy. Otherwise it would be Bottom 3…

Una
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Una

Yeah, someone asked why isn’t there “a man *like me*) instead of repeating “like this”. My opinion is that happened because inflated masculinity. Men in general are expected to be strong and never fail and never be decisively affected by adversity. As far as I remember the names of the authors for this song, all are men.
On the opposing side, a man wrote Arcade and he’s not afraid to show vulnerability.

I’ve replaced Estonia from my top 10 SF1 with Czechia.

Colin
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Colin

I have both Estonia and Czechia in my top 10 of the semi. 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Una: I love how you gave your own counter-argument there. Very smart. 🙂

Iloilo
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Iloilo

This got lower score than Romania? Really?

Una
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Una

This is just a generic mainstream pop song sung by a very handsome man and co-written by another man with good pedigree in Eurovision.
Romania has a complex song melody-wise, diverse instrumental, professionally trained and versatile voice and delivery by a very charismatic and talented performer.

Colin
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Colin

ESTONIA – Among many daring and edgy songs, sometimes an entry like this is a breath of fresh air. It has a special place among my favorites, because it’s actually quite mainstream, a thing that many confuse with being uninspired. However, that’s not the case here. Lyrics are very beautiful and hopeful (yeah, I know, rhyming ‘this’ with ‘this’ is an odd choice, but it’s such a detail), and it builds-up nicely throughout. It’s dynamic, but calming at the same time. It has elements of EDM, pop and Country mixed in a way they seem compact. Sure, it’s a mainstream… Read more »

Tibor
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Tibor

I can see you compare “Storm” to my least favourite winner of the past decade, so it kind of makes sense … 😉

Colin
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Colin

Obviously that kind of music isn’t for you. 🙂 No matter… Many will see my rating as ‘overrating’, but to further explain – In a period when I was *really* down on how things were going in ESC, this was the first song I clenched to as still being good in the contest, so it was a safe harbor for me in a way. Also, if you look at my Eesti Laul review, you will see an 8.5 rating, so it went only a little bit up. Still, there are songs I love even more, but that’s a surprise for… Read more »

Makis
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Makis

You mean the winner who robbed Il Volo so mercilessly?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

9 against 6.5. I guess Estonia just won our biggest disagreement award, Colin. But you can see I don’t hate it. It would be a borderline qualifier toe.

Colin
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Colin

Yeah, 6.5 is a pretty solid rating. With a 2.5 points of difference, Estonia is now in the lead of our different ratings. The record still can be broken, as there are 25 more songs to go.

As for it’s real qualification chances, it’s in a tough spot, sandwiched in the middle of a five-way good stream. It would be a pity if any among them fail to qualify.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I have the feeling it will benefit from being “the normal one” in this sequel. I would like all of them to qualify.

Jonas J
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Jonas J

Dear-o-me! It sounds as if it has been written by a schoolboy!

Makis
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Makis

This song is underrated. It’s not at the top of the pack, nor at the bottom. I love it.

NickC
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NickC

This is so middle of the road that no one will vote for it. I actually like the song, but I predict non qualification nevertheless.