The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at the winners of Denmark‘s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix Ben & Tan and their song “YES”. Did we feel affirmative about this number? Read on to find out!
Ben & Tan – “YES”
Angus: “YES” is a safe song. It has pleasing hand-clappy appeals and a contemporary radio-friendly sound. For their part, Ben & Tan sell it well, but this is a bit saccharine for my taste. It also feels “YES” relies a lot on a catchy chorus to do heavy-lifting instead of doing anything musically interesting in the rest of the song.
Deban: Ben and Tan ain’t no KEiiNO. At best, they’re a hastily hashed-together duo assembled for Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. For a high-school musical project, “YES” is deserving of rapturous applause. However, this over-saturated slice of shouty guitar-pop isn’t probably the best fit for 170 million viewers. It is as disposable as this pairing that won’t be co-joined in 2021.
Lucy: “YES” is an injection of sheer happiness and cuteness, that I don’t even care that it verges on saccharine. The Danish pair’s performance at DMGP managed to make us all forget there wasn’t even a crowd there which is a stunning feat for a show broadcast from an arena! The upbeat tune and chemistry between the two is enough to lift my spirits every time I hear it — a near-perfect entry.
Robyn: There’s something to be said for an intensely upbeat pop tune. Ben & Tan deliver the goods, with a bright, joyful celebration of love. The only issue is their chemistry — at the Danish national final, they came across more as two friends performing a song together than lovers struck by cupid’s mighty arrow. But at least when listening to the studio version song, it’s like enjoying a big fat slice of birthday cake.
Tom: Say yes indeed! This song is nothing original, of course, but I am a sucker for a harmony and I love how Ben and Tan’s voices blend together so effortlessly. I love the Scandi-Celtic vibe to the song. It’s romantic, fun, makes me feel all warm and gooey inside and it just fills me with happiness. A solid effort from the Danes.
Ben & Tan – “YES” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five 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 4 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.5/10
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