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 Aksel, the winner of Finland‘s UMK, and his song “Looking Back”. Did we enjoy his nostalgic journey? Read on to find out!
Aksel – “Looking Back”
“Looking Back” reviews
Antranig: “Looking Back” is one of the few Eurovision 2020 songs that I find myself wanting to listen to multiple times. I found Aksel’s performance uncharismatic though, and this is much better as a studio cut. The other problem is that it is very middling. You either loved or hated a song like UMK runner-up “Cicciolina”, which ultimately equates to votes. Nobody would be racing to their phones to vote for “Looking Back”.
Åri: “Looking Back” is an indie ballad with meaningful lyrics, by a singer who can actually sing. I can really feel it. It’s honest, it’s straight to the point and it tells a story to which I can definitely relate. Immediately after the cancellation of Eurovision, I gave it a few spins and it captured my emotions — it’s a great break-up song, too.
Calvin: Almost every year, there’s one ballad I really love. This spot goes to Finland this year. “Looking Back” gives you a nostalgic feeling that anyone can identify with. A great memory, moment or phase in our lives, which we want to experience again. Aksel sings it flawlessly and is the perfect performer for such a song. There’s no need for dramatic gestures, pyro rain or loud screaming. Aksel stays true to himself and that’s his biggest strength. This song could be played easily on any radio program.
Esma: Aksel reminds me of James Arthur – which is a great compliment. He seems like a very charismatic guy and he is blessed with a beautiful voice. “Looking Back” is an emotional song that has a contemporary beat and approachable lyrics. However, I feel like Aksel deserved another song. “Looking Back” feels a little bland to me. Aksel is gifted with great talent, and another song would have guaranteed him of great success and appreciation he deserves on the Eurovision stage.
Pablo: I’m not mad, just disappointed. We have heard so many versions of “Looking Back” so many times before it just doesn’t create any impact. I don’t find it replay-worthy, emotional enough or with any sort of edge or show factor to make me stop and listen. Technically good live, but it was not really engaging or transformative; the overall package is just there. In Eurovision, you need to be engaging, be it by technique or difference, and with this song, it feels like Finland chose to just relegate to obscurity.
Aksel – “Looking Back” 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 2 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.5/10
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