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 Montenegro‘s six-piece singing group D mol and their entry “Heaven”. Did we enjoy their heavenly harmonies? Read on to find out!
D mol – “Heaven”
Sebastian: I’m feeling the love for D mol – merely for the fact that they are trying something aurally different in a sea of familiar sounds. As a recorded track, “Heaven” sounds like a ’90s track, covered by the cast of Glee. And it is exactly those clean, youthful harmonies which bring so much joy out of this track. It might be dated, and we’ve seen the standard key change and dressed-in-white look all before – but it’s still a bop. Seeing a group this large on stage is something that’s sorely lacking at Eurovision.
Angus: The truth of the matter is that D mol are sweet and talented kids lumbered with a decidedly sour song. True the revamp is a 10/10 improvement on the national final, but that’s only made “Heaven” into a 3.5/10 song. The ethnic elements are nice — had they been pushed further this might have been more promising – but alas they’ve only been added to give the most modest of refreshed feelings to the track. In the future the individual members of D mol may challenge at Eurovision, but this year Montenegro seems doomed to be knocked out in the semis.
Lukas: This year Montenegro is giving something more fresh with the young singers but the song just feels very dated. Even after the revamp it just doesn‘t stand out. Knowing it’s going to be in the second spot in the first semi-final, chances are very small that Montenegro going to qualify. Overall the song is quite nice and catchy but there is no wow factor and I am not sure about the live version of it because some parts in the national preselection sounded quite off.
Kristin: This is like the final soundtrack from a straight-to-DVD Disney film. Does anyone remember The Little Mermaid 2? No? Well, good, ’cause “Heaven” is the tune you’d hear in that! D mol are very accomplished singers and together they harmonise perfectly, but this song does them no justice. It’s dreary, sappy and forgettable. Montenegro has left the building. Thank you, next.
Chris: “Heaven” at least has shown signs of improvement in the revamp, but that’s hardly saying much based on the original version. It’s a dated piece of pop (now with a slight ethnic hook) that deserves to have been left behind in the early 2000s. To their credit, the members of D mol are doing their very best to try and make this dud of a song work. But there’s only so much six people can do — even a choir of angels wouldn’t be able to salvage this track.
Robyn: “Heaven” sounds like it comes from a parallel universe in the early 2000s, where the winners of the first Montenegrin series of Popstars are taking their series winner’s single to Eurovision. But there’s something very comforting about the song. Perhaps it’s just so joyful and warm and uncynical, that it’s impossible to outright dislike it. But the best thing: with the individual group members, Montenegro has its Eurovision acts sorted for the next six years.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 30 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 1 and a high of 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 3.96/10
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