The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are reassembling to celebrate the 2010s. Next we head to the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway where Germany’s Lena Meyer-Landrut became the first winner of the 2010s, giving the Big Five its first (and to date only) win since its introduction, with “Satellite“.
Lena’s catchy number coupled with a great British twang and Little Black Dress made “Satellite” an iconic track and performance. She was even one of few winners to brave the task of defending her title when she took it home the following year, snatching a top ten in the process. Will our jury still love her 2010 melody the same all these years later?
Lena – “Satellite”
William: There’s a fine line between puppy love and psychotic obsession — and Lena blurred it brilliantly. The playful lyrics captured an innocent who, in pursuit of a man, did her hair and bought new underwear. But by the time the chorus rolled around, she was dancing in a black void, akin to the loneliest of travellers: “Like a satellite I’m in orbit all the way around you/ And I would fall out into the night/ Can’t go a minute without your love.” Surely she was wielding Cupid’s arrow as a weapon by the end! This ability to project cute and crazy in equal measure was at once musical, memorable and fun.
Angus: This performance has aged like a delicious glass of fine Riesling. It has everything going for it: a killer song, excellent artist and smart camera angles. People often write this off as Lena wiggling her hips for three-minutes in a black dress, but the choreography is smart. At different times you can see she’s a 19-year-old singer taking a huge gamble, other times she’s just the casual girl next door, and other times she’s feeling herself and having a flirt with the camera. The overall effect is as enchanting now as it was in Oslo all those years ago.
Bernardo: “Satellite” is without question one of the few winners that aged really well. A well crafted radio friendly pop song with a goofy and charismatic performer. Lena conquered Europe with a simplistic yet compelling performance. However at the time and even know it does not conquer me. At the time I though it was a safe bet and I’m not a fan of safe bets. That being said, I think Lena is the perfect example of an artist that used Eurovision in the best way possible as a foundation for what is now a solid career in Germany.
Oliver: This song was the “Toy” of its day; not in terms of musical style but rather in how many people knew of it. Friends from opposite corners of Europe knew the lyrics and melody to Lena’s “Satellite”, even if they were not big fans of the contest. To this day, whenever I find myself in a conversation about Eurovision among friends, “Satellite” is bound to come up in the discourse. The reason being? It’s relatable. Lena was not trying to be anyone else but herself. She didn’t have explosives, special lighting or quirky gimmick infested costumes; but what she did have was a catchy pop song and a relatable attitude which catapulted her to stardom.
Florian: Back in 2010, many acts went for extravagant performances showcasing some kind of — more or less successful — attempt to stand out from the masses of songs. And then there’s a 18-year-old girl from Germany with a song that strikes in its simplicity. Without a doubt it was and is that natural aura Lena constantly spread wherever she goes that people fall in love with. “Satellite” is one of these songs you can just play and vibe along, even nine years after her victory.
Julian: Satellite by Lena is a song which will always find a place in my Spotify playlist. After 10 years, the song still is a catchy one and Lena’s sympathy in general — and especially during her performance in the final — is so entertaining. People are still arguing if Germany deserved its win in 2010, but Lena absolutely deserved it!
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 5.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.05/10
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