The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are re-assembling to celebrate the 2010s. Today we are reviewing the fabulous Emmelie De Forest from Denmark. She came to Malmö’s contest with boho style and a raspy voice, and gave us “Only Teardrops”.
The winning song in 2013 brought orange lighting, pounding drums and a man with a flute, but most of all it gave us unique tones from Emmelie. She won with 281 points, 47 clear of her nearest rival (Azerbaijan), after filling a rather small arena with pulsating beats and an ethereal feel.
“Only Teardrops” is very different to anything else heard in the decade, so do the Wiwi Jury still go back to it for their fix of de Forest goodness, or have they ditched the flute for something more electro?
Emmelie de Forest – “Only Teardrops”
“Only Teardrops” reviews
William: Of all the songs at Eurovision in 2013, “Only Teardrops” seemed most likely to play well in the most markets. It has East-West appeal, is radio-friendly and actually has a story to tell. Themes of division and unity apply to love, politics, and the environment—and cut across all cultures. The tribal drumming taps into our most basic instincts and would have stirred a reaction in the first homo sapiens, the mandarins, and Enlightenment thinkers, just as it will in today’s bright young things, supermodels, and fans of pop. This song has aged well as it’s timeless and has no borders. Mature lyrics with a spiritual delivery. LOVE!
Antranig: Hands down my favourite Eurovision winner of all time, just ahead of “1944”. “Only Teardrops” is timeless and will be replayed in highlight reels for many decades to come. Every winning song — even the ones I don’t like — has a “winning moment”. Emmelie’s winning moment came before she even started singing. The trophy was hers the second you heard that flute. Game over, you timeless beauty!
Lucy: “Only Teardrops”‘ is perfectly fine, Emmelie’s voice was perfect for it… but to my ears this is boring and not engaging. She gets points for originality — there’s certainly not really been anything like it since. It’s simply a case of it not being my cup of tea back then, and this is an opinion that has stayed throughout the six years since her win. I’m not a fan of the orange hues in the staging either, and whilst I get the boho fashion choices fit the song, it doesn’t grip me. I much prefer Emmelie’s work since, truth be told – her latest EP offering, History, is stunning.
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5 years ago tonight! ?Here's a few pictures of my journey, from realizing we had actually won, to texting in front of whole Europe on my way to the stage (I didn't know they were filming me at the time ?) To sing #OnlyTeardrops again on the big stage and receive the trophy with my team. The next day @madsstef and 15.000 happy Danes greeted me in @tivoli in Copenhagen ??? So many great memories to look back on!
Kristin: The contest in 2013 was merely a formality for Emmelie (and the flautist). She was the winner from the start, and I for one was quick to jump on the “Only Teardrops” bandwagon. This song is timeless. It’s both old-fashioned and modern at the same time, and Emmelie’s laid-back and natural appearance along with the flute and the drums was exactly what makes this a winning song in all sense. It has stood the test of time and goes down in history as one of the epic ones.
Florian: Unsurprisingly the landslide winner of 2013. Beginning with the prominent flute intro, the song had a winning composition to begin with. And Emmelie managed to draw a picture that took viewers into her flow. “Only Teardrops” is one of the Eurovision winners that hasn’t been forgotten — indeed it’s a perfect example showcasing what modern Eurovision songs could sound like!
Julian: I love Emmelie de forest and I liked her song and performance back in 2013 but she definitely isn’t my personal winner in that year. It is a good song which still is in my playlist but there were way better songs competing in Malmö!
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 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 5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.95/10
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