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 winner of Estonia‘s Eesti Laul Uku Suviste and his song “What Love Is”. Did we listen to his lesson in love? Read on to find out!
Uku Suviste – “What Love Is”
“What Love Is” reviews
Bernardo: “What Love is” is one of the cliché Eurovision ballads we are all used to. Uku provides the usual powerhouse vocal — a good one, in this case. But it’s not enough to elevate an average composition with average production. Channelling Omar Naber 2017 realness is not the way to go.
Deban: Uku builds a story on stage, whilst managing to keep the viewer transfixed. This isn’t an easy thing to do. Yes, elements of this are dated, and the song in general is somewhat needlessly theatrical. However, let’s not lose sight of his compelling vocals and the undeniable hook here. “What Love Is” has a charging melody that will leave you yearning for another reprise.
Pablo: Getting this out of the way, “What Love Is” was the weakest song of this year’s edition. It’s not that “What Love Is” has overused tropes, it’s how it does them all wrong. It’s not only sonically dated and lyrically cliché, it just feels… ill-conceived. The lyrics are very crammed, and it turn, Uku’s delivery becomes really sloppy and pretty much makes everything lacking. Live, lyrics, music — all of it comes short. Estonia may have previously been criticised for becoming overtly safe and sterilized, but it had yet to hit a low point. We’ve found it.
Renske: The chorus of “What Is Love” is so powerful, because Uku sings it with a lot of passion. Perhaps this song is a bit too much of Eurovision 2013 throwback or a Kirkorov concert hit for most Eurovision fans, but there is always a need for a great variety of songs, including simple and less bombastic ones. Although I love artsy entries, I think Eurovision would be boring without songs like “What Is Love”.
Sebastian: The glaring light in “What Love Is” is strong production over what is a bland song with clunky lyrics that simply do not roll off the tongue. Uku, who has stage presence as a performer, is swallowed by a poor song that does not display his talents. Thankfully Uku can come back next year with a stronger song that showcases what we love about him. “What Love Is”, however, is not what love should be.
Uku Suviste – “What Love Is” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 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 1 and a high of 7.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.1/10
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