The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to Norway where the trio KEiiNO has “Spirit in the Sky”. Did the spirit move us? Read on to find out!

KEiiNO – “Spirit in the Sky”

“Spirit in the Sky” reviews

Oliver: This was my favourite in the national final and it shall take that spot in the main contest too. KEiiNO and “Spirit in the Sky” is everything that I have dreamed from Norway: a modern pop song enthused with Sami elements. Everything about this entry is perfect in my books — the verses, the pre-chorus, the chorus, joiking: everything. It is fantastically produced with excellent transitions between each section of the song and to top it all off, it is performed by three impeccable vocalists. What could be better?

Score: 10/10

Sebastian: With three strong, proven vocalists on stage, “Spirit in the Sky” seems like an obvious winning performance on paper. But there’s something not quite cohesive about this package. At times, the track feels too cluttered vocally, with too much of a disjoint between the two main vocalists. And while the inclusion of Sami is respectable and clever, it’s difficult to recreate the power that the Sami vocals have on the recorded track, almost sounding hollow on stage. As the old adage goes – two is a company, but three is a crowd.

Score: 5.5/10

Anthony: Although I’m delighted with Norway’s decision, the fact that KEiiNO struggled with the international juries is a cause for concern. I get that “Spirit in the Sky” is built on the Sami culture, but Fred’s joik solo sticks out like a sore thumb and could baffle casual Eurovision viewers. And they definitely need to sort out their staging as their Melodi Grand Prix version was woefully underwhelming.

Score: 9/10

Julian: This  year, I fear that Norway is a country that it is a favourite in the Eurovision bubble but nothing more — and that might lead into a non-qualifier. I really love the song and I get the hype which the song definitely deserves. “Spirit in the Sky” was the best decision Norway could make and I’m glad it represents its country. I just think that the hype won’t spread to enough people. Add more polar lights and less dancers and I really hope that Norway can reach a top position they deserve.

Score: 7.5/10

Tobias: “Spirit In The Sky” is typical Europop, cheesy but so damn catchy! That’s the beauty with this kind of genre and that’s what people tend to like in Eurovision and so do I. You only have three minutes to stand out and get people’s attention and you need to have something memorable and KEiiNO is not an exception. The joik and the chorus get stuck in your head immediately and that’s the essence to do well in Eurovision. I like the combo of having three so different singers who each, on an individual level, add some excitement and different texture to the song and keep my interest during the three minutes. I think this will do really well in Eurovision. Euro-pop has been reborn!

Score: 7/10

Luis: Norway brings the ultimate guilty pleasure of the year, and I’m here for it. “Spirit in the Sky” is an unashamed kitsch delight, a formulaic Euro-pop entry, and it’s fantastic that it’s made it to the Eurovision 2019 line up. KEiiNO’s proposal is an amazing throwback to the 2000s decade, where people went out there at Eurovision and when the quality of the song wasn’t the most important thing of the entry. “Spirit in the Sky” is a delicious hot mess, which hopefully will get the audience outside the Eurovision bubble drawn into the party and not put them off. PS: Get rid of the interpretative dancers, thank you.

Score: 7/10

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

Angus: 8.5/10

Antony: 9.5/10

Antranig: 10/10

Barnabas: 8/10

Bernardo: 6/10

Calvin: 7/10

Chris: 7.5/10

Deban: 7.5/10

Essi: 6/10

Florian: 6/10

Izhar: 9.5/10

Jack: 8.5/10

Jonathan: 7.5/10

Josh: 9/10

Kristin: 8.5/10

Lucy: 6/10

Lukas: 9.5/10

Mikhail: 4/10

Pablo: 8.5/10

Renske: 6.5/10

Robyn: 5.5/10

Ron: 8.5/10

William: 8.5/10

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 4 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.7/10

What do you think of this song? Share your own score and review below!

See all our Eurovision 2019 reviews and rankings

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Isjenrer
Isjenrer
1 year ago

Came back here to read comments about Norway being a fan flop 😀

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Isjenrer

Haha same

tonis
tonis
1 year ago

Giving this song anything over 4/10 means that you are either really old-fashioned or simply under the influence of Eurovision fan bubble. I am 100% sure this song will not qualify.

Hello!
Hello!
1 year ago

Who’s with me on the fact that this is a well composed song, yes fun but also serious, catchy and unique? Raise your hands! 😀 LOVE IT!

Hugo
Hugo
1 year ago

Perfect for the early 90´s… too late now. Overrated.

Conchitah
Conchitah
1 year ago

What a good song! For the people, who like to listen to AUTOTUNE CRAP.

Stian F
Stian F
1 year ago

Norway seem to be one of the more dividing songs of the year… Just as with Iceland and Portugal. People either love it or hate it. But in most cases, Norway is not talked about as a potential winner… Still it gains lots of support both in fan polls, OGAE ratings and even preview shows… Everyone keeps talking about Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Iceland, Portugal or Russia as the winning candidates of the year.. But not Norway… Still it is up there in the polls just in the middle of these other mentioned favorites. There is NOTHING else like the Norwegian… Read more »

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Stian F

Wow, great review! Agree on 99%
I’ve got too say something about “The song has to be catchy OR deeply emotional” – it can be both, and Norway this year is.

ESC 2019
1 year ago
Reply to  Stian F

8: its a copy…

Hello!
Hello!
1 year ago
Reply to  ESC 2019

A copy? Really. What about the British song as an example, it’s the kind of song you’ve already heard a thousands of times. The whole song! You are referring to a line in the chorus, which is a bit similar to last year’s Monsters. But doesn’t make it a copy, get a grip!

Hello!
Hello!
1 year ago
Reply to  Stian F

It certainly is one of the best this year, and deserves more praise! And a higher spot on the betting lists. A lot more unique than many of the other so called favorites, if it doesn’t win i hope it does well!

esc26
esc26
1 year ago

This is the fan favorite flop of the year. Mark my words.

Aisling
Aisling
1 year ago

This song is definitely not a 10/10 for me. Do people see this on the same level as Arcade, Euphoria, Fuego etc….? Nah man, this song is good in its own right, but not amazing.

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Aisling

Of course it’s not the same level as those songs mentioned by you. This masterpiece is better than all of them by miles.

mjefcfan
mjefcfan
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

You do realise that the music is almost the exact same score as that of Finland’s monsters of 2018?

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  mjefcfan

Yes I do, Finland was my winner last year, and it’s among the best songs in ESC history as well, though I didn’t connect with the message of Monsters THAT deep I connected with Spirit In The Sky this year.

mjefcfan
mjefcfan
1 year ago
Reply to  Aisling

the song was not great but the performance was. It ended up in second place but could just as easily have been the winner.

Euphoria is one of the festival’s best songs. Probably with Waterloo the winner that changed the contest.

Arcade is good and it’s emotional honesty reminds me of the German entry last year. That was undervalued before the shows but ended up 4th in the end. I hope Duncan will do a little better but still.

Makis
Makis
1 year ago

At first, I did not get the love for that song. But, in a sea of fake seriousness and “quality”, this is a diamond. Definitely top 10 for me.

MyName
MyName
1 year ago
Reply to  Makis

I think THIS is fake seriousness 🙂 Whilst e.g. Portugal is REAL seriousness and quality

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago
Reply to  Makis

Quite boring when listening to that more than once actually. It’s nothing more than a pure popsong production like the radio’s ones… Please come on, honor other ones who deserve more attention and value from us such as Portugal for example!

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Kev'

How about loving both?

Hello!
Hello!
1 year ago
Reply to  Kev'

What a joke!

Veta
Veta
1 year ago

0% objectivity is the definition of your comment. An ordinary hater.

Veta
Veta
1 year ago

10/10 it must win the entire contest! It’s a masterpiece that has the whole package. The lyrics are one of the best of this year, every line carries so much meaning and at the same time they remain simple. I often cry at them. I think I will include it in my list of the best ESC songs all-time. Also, KEiiNO are one of the most implicated artists of all this year, if not the most. They try the hardest as they can to promote the song and make everybody understand and connect with it. The result of these efforts… Read more »

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

The atmosphere should be better in Tel Aviv! I see this song as the only one that really engages the audience to make the join and dance and joik!! It’s the only really good feeling song this year. It seems it could engage the audience in a really effortless way. Flowing like a river. I LOVE IT!!!!

Henry
Henry
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

You silly girl…..:-)

tonis
tonis
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

This literally won’t make it to the finals. Mark my words

Mark Dowd
Mark Dowd
1 year ago
Reply to  tonis

Some strange words being used here today.
What do you mean ” literally. “? Why not say “this won’t make it to the finals “?

Mark Dowd
Mark Dowd
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

What’s an “implicated ” artist?

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Dowd

I meant something like “the most devoted to all this Eurovision story happening to them, the ones who care the most”. Yeah it was a wrong word to use.

mark dowd
mark dowd
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

OH, OK….thanks. Good to know that….I guess “involved” or “committed.” I agree. I love Norway!!

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

There is something about the 3 of them together that for me is very welcoming and pulls you towards liking them. Plus, the tune is catchy which is always helpful for the one-time viewers. Also, I grant you that some of the lyrics are a little basic in places, but actually the underlying message of the song is so nice. Who doesn’t want a spirit in the sky looking over them? I find it really uplifting!

Piikatschoo
Piikatschoo
1 year ago

Robyn, “when the sun rise again” is perfectly grammatically correct. It’s called the subjunctive mood.

cestnick
cestnick
1 year ago
Reply to  Piikatschoo

It could be the subjunctive mood, but it is not used in that situation. We use it to express a condition which is doubtful or not factual with certain typical verbs. “Can” is not one of them.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  cestnick

Who would have thought that wiwibloggs will give us the opportunity to learn English language grammar. LOL.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

That is often what I look for when I am deciding if I like a song – whether it is grammatically correct.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

The “sun rise again” is an artistic license situation.

Anita
Anita
1 year ago

As I read your statement I thought about Sennek. How much work and effort she invested in her song writing process. She even travelled to America for it. The lyrics were great and musically she did something amazing too, at least musicians said so. But that’s how it is with Eurovision. I guess this song was a quick production, but they used ingrediants that Eurovision viewers love…

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Anita

The song of Belgium 2018 had, theoretically, everything to qualify and why not, reach a good place in the GF. But the presentation was bad. Very bad.

Anita
Anita
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

yeah, what a pity – she took the wrong decision by performing amongst the crowd etc… My point is that a lot of work will at least be detectable when you read the lyrics of a song and analyse it musically.

Veta
Veta
1 year ago

“Rises” would not fit the rhythm line there. Many of famous songwriters like The Beatles, Ringo or others used the words in gramatically incorrect way in order to keep the rhythm. (such as using “don’t” instead of “doesn’t”, for example).

M&M
M&M
1 year ago

10/10. I Love this song and group! Can’t wait to hear what they are working on in studio?

Aline Van Rossem
Aline Van Rossem
1 year ago

Nothing but love for this entry! A BIG FAT 10/10

ESC 2019
1 year ago

For a song who is a biG copy, 7.7 is tooo hight. I hope its not go to the final

Hello!
Hello!
1 year ago
Reply to  ESC 2019

You are trolling everywhere you can, don’t you?

MyName
MyName
1 year ago

I am from Norway. But i also try to be “objective” (even if subjective) about our own entries. I don’t think a song is good just because it’s our own, or cheer especially for it because it’s from Norway. A mistake I think many people do! We are actually TOO patriotic….I support songs, not countries. Nevertheless, I like the song. Around my 15th place. It’s a lot of good feelgood spirit. And their voices are amazing. How they blend, I think it’s a very joyous sound. And I love the yoik! It makes the song stand out, more distinctive and… Read more »

M&M
M&M
1 year ago
Reply to  MyName

How is this song more “made” for Eurovision than any other song sent to the competition? This is a group that started because they had a good chemistry last year, and added joik in pop music to get a different twist than regular pop music. I can’t wait to hear more from this group. The Eurovision competition is just the start!

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  M&M

I guess what MyName means is that it has been written taking very much into account the elements that usually do well among eurovision fans. Basically, following the “love, love, peace, peace” rules

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Let. LOVE. Rule.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

I don’t think there is any “peace” in this song. If anything, to me, the lyrics sound like there is an internal war going on. Talk of “demons” and “nothing being here” doesn’t sound so peaceful to me?

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

In the second verse they find peace and light.

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  MyName

You say: “Of course, gays, lapps and women are all OK, but why make such a deal out of it. Esp. in the postcard to MGP it was just ALL too much! When they say they take part in ESC to raise this awareness, it’s just too much…” Sorry, I don’t know how are things with human rights going in Norway bcs I don’t live there, but I assume since for you it’s “too much”, you either trying to look away from some unpleasant parts of reality, either your country indeed is modern enough and for you it’s truly not… Read more »

Anael
Anael
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

A pure simple popsong resumes everything MyName ?

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

Veta, you wrote such a thoughtful comment. I applaud you.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

Who gets to decide what is contrived and what has meaning? Surely it is down to the listener to interpret the song and connect with it in a way that works for them? Of course, it is interesting to read the composer’s perspective, but still ultimately music is all about how it connects with the individual? So to call out an artist for writing contrived lyrics or for having a “message” is really insulting to those people for whom the lyrics mean something.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

Well put Kosey.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

I consider it a charming entry, but I fear it maybe won’t reach its potential, unless they have a good plan in mind. When I rewatch MGP’s performance, I feel something is missing. This was supposed to be fun and mystical. But the interactions between the singers are stiff, the spirits and the northern lights are barely there and the joik feels endless. Yet, there are a lot of strenghts to explore. The song is accessible, the voices blend well and the nordic culture is fascinating. I think they should be unashamedly folk about it and take the “Higher Ground”… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yeah, I like it quite a lot. Another instance of a bigger score difference (2 points), but still not as high as 2.5. Seven is also quite a good score. For instance, I really like Austria and Denmark, my sevens. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

I believe Norway can provide one of the more entertaining moments of this Eurovision. I can see it getting a better grade from me after the rehearsals. Unless they insist with what they did in MGP, of course.

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

“The joik feels endless”? Damn, it’s hilarious how different people’s perception might be! My mom wants more joik in the song, saying she feels the song lacks it.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Veta

I can get why your mom feels that way, because the joik is what makes this entry one of a kind. And honestly, when I listen to the studio version, the joik feels just right to me. My issue is with the live performance. I would say they need a visual to pair with the joik. It’s the same way I feel about the “nothing holding me down” repetition in Australia’s entry. In both cases, I believe they could use staging to give it a purpose.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

This is top 5 for me. There is something genuinely spiritual about this song, I always feel happier after I have listened to it, and that is no mean feat. Plus, they seem to be such nice people and have a strong dynamic between the three of them. All in all, a very accomplished effort which I think will do very well.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

I came to the conclusion that people that don’t relate to the message of self-empowerment or empowering songs like this one are either insensitive, out-of-touch with social dynamics and inter-personal relationships, or bullies who just can’t stand the fact that their “victims” don’t take their bullying anymore and become the strong person they want to be.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

… It’s not that deep man.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

it’s a matter of perspective.

Darren
Darren
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

just because a song is about self empowerment doesn’t actually make it good.
And if disliking such a song makes someone a bully, then you need to step outside of your bedroom, leave your house and step out into the real world and stop being so sensitive.
I like the song by the way, but it’s not exactly about empowerment. But I got to say, your approach to life really got me triggered.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Darren

Ok, I take it. It doesn’t apply to ALL people but to “some people”, it does.

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

Well, that is an obvious statement. Anything you might say will be applicable to someone. Still, not liking a song (or this particular song) has absolutely nothing to do with relating to a certain message. I could spend 3 minutes on a stage shouting “human rights!” and I will surely not condemn you for not enjoying it…

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

So you don’t read the same comments that I read.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

Psychology.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

There is poetry in this. If anyone has lost someone or something, or suffered a lot, or has a lack of confidence in themselves, I think they will get a lot from the metaphors in this song.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

Probably your marbles?

keith mawson
keith mawson
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

Totally agree with that. 10/10 on my list. I don’t think they will win but top 10 at least

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

My KEiiNO darlings, I love them and I love them as an act. I was rooting for them at MGP and their victory is a personal victory to me. Spirit in the Sky is one of my favorites this year and I will definitely keep it on my playlist. Their take on self-empowerment is dynamic, full of hope, and I love the poetry of the lyrics. I live for the joik part. 10/10.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
1 year ago

This is the light- hearted fun that a lot of people watch Eurovision for, I don’t know if this will do well with the juries, but I think that it could be a televote hit if stageds right, because the MGP staging was a mess. I love the mix of styles here and the joik bridge into the last chorus is just amazing. 10/10 and yes I do think this might not qualify but for now I’m guessing that it will.

Kris
Kris
1 year ago

Well I didn’t really listen to a lot of songs in 2000 cause i wasn’t very big then but I can tell this doesn’t sound not from 2010’s !! I don’t know what kinda songs do you guys listen but this would work great in any club today I’d reckon

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris

Great, I am not the only one.

Kris
Kris
1 year ago

While many say this song is Eurovision cut-out , my sister who didn’t know this was a Eurovision song hesrd me playing it and asked me to add this to her dance playlist. That’s a good omen. I absolutely loved the song on first listen , was a clear winner in Norway for me but since I have played it on loop so much , it seems to me like It may have run out of steam for me. But Eurovision viewers will have only 2 days to get addicted to the song and they will get addicted. Not so… Read more »

Kris
Kris
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris

Lol, my autocorrect keeps changing JURIES to jurijus

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris

You should allow your device to run with the lions! 🙂

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

And ring with a roaring tone.

Kris
Kris
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Lol

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris

The issue with the jury voting at MGP is that they announced only the 12 points, so it’s not possible to tell how many points they gave to Spirit in the Sky. IMO they must have gotten points from every jury.

Kris
Kris
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yeah , but it does tell that the jury was more in favor of D’sound than this

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris

Norway is in SF2 with Denmark and Sweden, so they might profit from neighbourvoting?

Kris
Kris
1 year ago
Reply to  All Wei

There is no doubt this will be Top 10 with televoters , but it might be bottom 5 with juries and the summation of the two makes it unpredicatable !! We don’t know if it will be 4th with televote or say 7th !

Una
Una
1 year ago

I like it. Not guilty-pleasure like. I hadn’t followed MGP but many people on this blog were raving about it. I looked it up and looooooved it. Wanted it to will MGP. I was ecstatic when it did. Light and enjoyable and I will move around it and sing along. That’s more than enough for me to love it. Come the lovely interview that wiwi made with them in London and I am rooting for them big time to go to the GF. Go KEiiNO! This song is my number 3 after Romania and Poland. My score is 9: so… Read more »

Laia
Laia
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Congratulations! You are a nominee for the Worst-Taste-Of-The-Year Award!

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Laia

Awww, thanks! You don’t get one for the worst troll of the year.

Hello!
Hello!
1 year ago
Reply to  Laia

And you know nothing about good music i assume? No need to reply, i already know the answer. 😉

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Poland moved up for me BIG TIME after I watched their performance in Madrid.

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

2. GRE (9.0)
5. AZE (9.0)
8. RUS (7.5)
9. NMC (7.5)
10. EST (7.0)
11. HUN (7.0)
12. ROM (7.0)
16. IRE (6.5)
17. ARM (6.5)
18. ALB (6.0)
20. AUT (6.0)
21. DEN (5.5)
22. NOR (5.5)
27. FIN (5.0)
29. BLR (5.0)
31. SER (4.5)
34. ISR (4.0)
35. GER (3.5)
36. MOL (3.5)
37. LIT (3.5)
39. LAT (2.5)
40. POL (2.5)
41. POR (2.0)

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

The Norwegian song is totally bipolar for me. It’s fun to listen to and to sing along after having a couple of beers, while I find it almost unbearable with 0% alcohol in my blood (what happens to be 99.99% of my time). It’s so cheesy but catchy at the same time! It should, however, last only 2 minutes, because when the joiking starts I wish I could rip my ears off of my head. It’s not at the bottom of my list because I give them some credit for the fun factor, but it did not manage to reach… Read more »

Chriss
Chriss
1 year ago

I like this entry. It’s so “eurovision “. And I think every year we have such a song and usually ends up quite high in the score board. So good luck Norway!

khan
khan
1 year ago

mark my words.. Norway won’t qualify

Cesar's salad
Cesar's salad
1 year ago

This song is an insult. A fart against the wind is more inspirational.

Sly
Sly
1 year ago

So overrated. Norway wont qualify.

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

I love this song 8/10

INAMOO
INAMOO
1 year ago

You guys used the wrong pic for KEiiNO again

Anthony Ko
Editor
1 year ago
Reply to  INAMOO

How is it wrong when the official Eurovision website used the exact same press photo?

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Anthony Ko

I demand a photo where Tom wears his wolf ears.

INAMOO
INAMOO
1 year ago
Reply to  Anthony Ko

My comment was a reference to the wrong photo that this website uploaded about KEiiNO in that other article, mind you.

Pluma
Pluma
1 year ago

The most bubble gum Eurovision fun friendly(gay) entry this year, that gonna fight at the final for the last 6 spots

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Thanks for a happy Easter, Wiwi! Reviewing Albania and Norway was a joy! Both are in my Top 10. Greece also shifted two places up, entering my top 10 on ninth spot. Now I have only four of my top 10 still to review, including my top 2 winners.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

This song is like a pack of Sami flavour crisps. It’s not a fancy food and when you eat a large amount of it you feel fat and guilty, but it tastes delicious and it’s alright if you eat it from time to time, it’s excellent at parties and hardly anybody dislikes it. 6.9/10

Yaya
Yaya
1 year ago

Europop of 2000’s. The worst song for me, it won’t qualify on ESC !!!2019!!!

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

NORWAY – Yes, this IS cheesy and taken directly from the Mans/Petra textbook! It’s very aware of that fact and thrives on it by being both a guilty pleasure and a real gem. If Tom, Alexandra and Fred weren’t as good performers, it probably wouldn’t work. It’s very ambitious and feeds the energy from the execution rather than the concept. But so far the trio has proven to be consistently reliable, with great chemistry on stage. They go all the way and simply have fun! It showcases Sami culture and language, while still being very marketable and friendly. I am… Read more »

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Oh Colin! I have the same score 9/10 but I don’t find the execution cohesive. Maybe I just don’t see much chemistry among them. Nevertheless, on my second spot this year.

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

Welcome to this year hyped entry by the old-fashioned fans. Every year we have one of this. You know fireworks, fans at full-power, divas, glimmer, key changes, cheesy lyrics and the most over the top and shabby stagings. Norway brings a lot of these things this year to appeal those fans. You can tell they are doing great as Norway is 4th in the OGAE voting and the wiwi jury gives it a 7.7/10! I don’t dislike this type of songs, they can be enjoyableand uplifting. “Spirit in the Sky” is not bad per se, a bit messy and over… Read more »

MyName
MyName
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

I like the song. But you are right. The downside of it is that it’s too cheesy. And far too clearly MADE FOR ESC – NEVER a good thing! And it’s also (surprisingly) over-pretensious lyrically. They should rather treat this for what is is – a pure fun party song.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  MyName

Toy and Fuego were made for Eurovision, Replay the same, basically all other songs in internal selections this year and in the past. At least Spirit in the Sky won in a national selection with televoting involved. Eurovision needs pure fun party songs – this kinds of songs and powerful ballads make Eurovision what it is.

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I get your point, Una, but Eurovision has proven to not be as static as many thought. Happily, the ESC has evolved after a rather atrocious 2000’s (else, I would have stopped following it already some years ago), and for the last years more and more “high quality” songs has been sent. Of course, diversity is the key, and I am not saying that party songs and poweballads shouldn’t be welcome, but there is room for more than that. After all, it is a song contest and a good song does not need to fall into any of those categories.… Read more »

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Rimig, I agree with your statement in general. I’ve only followed the contest closely since 2016 but am well aware of its history and evolution. We in this bubble are few as compared to the hundreds of millions that see it every year. There’re a few categories of songs that make Eurovision including the power ballads and the party songs. Gems like Iceland or Portugal this year are controversial and divisive. Rocks songs don’t qualify albeit one that I can remember of. Some countries qualify no matter what (with few exceptions). Add the freak factor. I think that the show… Read more »

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

I do agree that those factors are important. ESC would be unbearable if we had, for example, 41 dark, sad songs. Still, if you look at this last decade winners, with the exception of 2014 (freak element), 2016 (ethnic element) and 2018 (both party and freak), none of them fall into those categories. What they have in common is that they were all appealing and good (at least for a majority) songs (personally I might have wanted to take out “Only teardrops” and, most definitely, “Running scared”)

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

Norway 2019 = Finland 2018
Will maybe borderline qualifies but bottom 10 material in the final.

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

I don’t get all the people talking about “Spirit in the sky” as a PARTY song while I want to cry on it, rather than party.
This song is not only fireworks, it’s feelings also. Lots and lots of deep feelings. And it’s a great combination.

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

I mean it is a good song, but 7.7 is more inflated than Turkish economic growth statistics…

Pluma
Pluma
1 year ago
Reply to  NickC

Ahahaha

Lolz
Lolz
1 year ago

The ultimate guilty pleasure of the year is between Montenegro and San Marino. Norway is simply good

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

I don’t know whether it’s meant to be taken seriously or not. I don’t think it’s fun enough to be a successful joke act and it’s a bit too silly to be taken completely seriously. As others have said, I do not think that this is going to match its Eurovision fandom hype with actual points from jurors or televoters. I can see this missing out on qualification to something a bit more solid, such as a Lithuania or Romania.

NickC
NickC
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

You stole words from my mouth!

romanian
romanian
1 year ago

This will have the unexpected success of Yodel it!
He-lo e loi-la

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago
Reply to  romanian

Interesting observation. It IS a possibility.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

Well it’s good to see Norway having fun with their entry. 🙂
There is more to the song than meets the eye at first, but I won’t bore you with the details. Just enjoy it, if you can.

KYLLITO
KYLLITO
1 year ago

Potential to be top five as long as they stay away from the goofiness that was portrayed in the music video. They’re vocals are spot on every time and they are fortunate that their verses and chorus are all earworms. Good job Norway from Texas.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

Well, this is a grower for me. It’s fun, catchy and unpretentious. Alex’s pre-chorus part is great. I think they will do very well with the public, but not so much with the jury.
7.0/10.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Mix of Yodel It with Higher Ground.

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago

Please no more Eurovision acts whose made-up names we can’t pronounce. In 2019 we have KEiiNO and S¡sters. In 2017 it was O’G3NE.

Marlene Jørgensen
Marlene Jørgensen
1 year ago
Reply to  Fatima

Keiino is the last part of Kautokeino, a Samí city in northern Norway. How is that difficult to pronounce?

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

Complaining about “S!sters” is a stretch, they replaced the i with an exclamation mark. But Keiino I heard it pronounced in two ways, with an “e” and with an “ay”. O’G3NE was chosen based on a family story which was quite dramatic. Artists usually get asked during interviews about the pronounciation of their names so checking those out will give you an answer. I think that unsual names are fun.

Darren
Darren
1 year ago

Is it the best song ever? No, will it win ESC 2019? No way…BUT I really really like this! Norway has finally looked at themselves for a change and said “Hey! Why try to be other countries when we have a great and unique culture within our own nation!”. Something the other Scandinavian countries really need to consider. I love the Sami representation and the song is also so catchy and charming. Really showcases Norway. Something that they have really been shying away from over the years. This could get top 10 in Tel Aviv or not even qualify at… Read more »

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

This is one of the few songs this year, I really do not enjoy at all, it sits firmly in my personal bottom 5. I like Alexandra Rotan a lot and would have been over the moon, if she and Stella Mwangi would have represented Norway last year instead of Alexander Rybak. This track, though, is really, really not my style, it is the next and most unpleasant member of the disco-fox-group, it has a definitive schlager vibe, I’m not fond of, the joik seems grafted on and gimmicky, nothing about this whole act fits, it feels extremely inorganic and… Read more »

ESC LOU
ESC LOU
1 year ago

This is my grandad’s favourite this year… yep so it’s a 10/10 from him (lol). And from me whilst watching mgp this was my favourite and I was praying it would win and I was so relieved when it did HOWEVER now after listening to most of the songs again I think I would’ve preferred En livredd mann but I still love this and with the right staging Norway could place in the top 10, 9/10 🙂

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
1 year ago

Oh my god, here we go… I’m already preparing myself for a lot of dislikes, but: I really do not like this song. At all. This is some pseudo ethnic mix of everything I don’t like. First of all: I don’t like Europop. Yes, Joik is cool at Eurovision. But not in this form… It really annoys me how the Joik just doesn’t fit in with the rest of this nightmare, it’s not organic. It sounds like it was added in last minute to get more votes. This song is just silly, cheap, trashy, dated, meaningless and it’s a mess.… Read more »

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Oh, btw: RIP Morland, he could’ve been my 1st place.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Would’ve been top three for me so I share the sentiments.

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

He had two chances.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
1 year ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

<3

Veta
Veta
1 year ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

You may not like the way this song sounds but saying it’s silly and meaningless kills any possible objectivity and makes your point invalid. Every line of the lyrics is full of meaning.