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 Norway‘s Melodi Grand Prix winner Ulrikke and her song “Attention”. Did we want to give it our attention? Read on to find out!
Ulrikke – “Attention”
Antranig: A stunning Nordic beauty lamenting “I just want your attention” may just be the least relatable song ever to grace the Eurovision stage. But there are plenty of positives here. A fantastic performance, a brilliant vocalist and an excellent musical composition. While the lyrics could use a lot of work, I have to focus on the positives because I’ve seen enough here to suggest that Ulrikke has the ability to win Eurovision if they can find the right song for her in 2021 or beyond.
Florian: Ulrikke did have my attention from the very first note that she sang at the Norwegian national final. While “Attention” itself isn’t the most remarkable song in Eurovision history, it’s her passion and expression that makes this a stand-out moment. There’s a lot of emotion and rawness in this performance which makes Ulrikke come across not just as a solid performer, but also a person — at once fragile and inspired.
Lucy: I’m really not understanding where all the hype for “Attention” came from this year. It’s a decent song, sure. And Ulrikke is an incredible artist. Her voice on that big moment where she belts out “So why, why do I think it’s okay” is perfection — an awesome moment combined with the pyro curtain. But this just feels extremely safe and ironically not attention-grabbing other than that one moment. There’s high emotions but I can’t buy into them.
Luis: Isn’t the key change in “Attention” the perfect Eurovision moment? It’s all I would ever want if I was a singer: belting out a note with pyros falling from the sky and all the lights igniting the stage. Ulrikke’s song is formulaic, but it’s an excellent take on your regular Eurovision ballad. I just want to clap for her every time I hear this.
Oliver: During the Norwegian national selection, I did not really pay this song too much attention (sorry), as I was not too blown away by the studio version. However, upon Ulrikke performing her entry live on stage, it added an extra dimension to the song brought about by her emotion and charisma on stage. The flawless vocals and juxtaposition of mellow against the powerful chorus really create a wonderful atmosphere that draws the listener in.
Ulrikke – “Attention” 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 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.9/10
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