The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have been watching the film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga and have a few opinions about the songs that make up the film’s soundtrack.
We’re starting with “Coolin’ With Da Homies”, written and performed by accomplished American songwriter Savan Kotecha. In the film, the song is performed by the Swedish act Johnny John John. Did this fictitious Melodifestivalen winner get us grooving? Read on to find out!
Johnny John John (Savan Kotecha) – “Coolin’ With Da Homies”
“Coolin’ with Da Homies” reviews
Esma: During the national final season, I’m always rooting for the hip-hop entries. Much to my sorrow, rarely does such a song actually make it to ESC so it makes me glad to see they included this underrated genre in the Eurovision movie. It’s no surprise I’m vibing on “Coolin’ with Da Homies’’. I love the song’s energy, the funky beat but most of all the brilliant and hilarious lyrics. I can’t wait for the full version of this song to be released! And no, I’m not loving this BecAUsE IT’s SwEDeN.
Pablo: There is always a “Coolin’ with Da Homies” in every national final, every year, and ironic that they gave it to Sweden this year, the fabric of perfect pop boys and boy bands. It is delightfully cringy, and taking it as a jab at those “trying to be too modern” entries, I admire it. But it doesn’t stop it from being a bit grating in the meantime.
Robyn: Most hip hop at Eurovision never manages to get it right and deserves to be mercilessly skewered, but is “Coolin’ With Da Homies” a little too good? While Johnny John John’s rhymes are right on level with the sort of rhymes that have been dropped on the Eurovision stage, the super catchy chorus is a dead giveaway that there are pop geniuses behind it. And as for claims that a song like this would never win Melodifestivalen, well, if Samir & Viktor can effortlessly win a semi-final, anything is possible!
Suzanne: “Coolin’ Witt Da Homies” opens up with a fun, catchy beat that makes me want to drop to the floor and dance. From the movie, I picked up on a seemingly “You Got Me” and “Soldi” (both Eurovision 2019) inspired vibe with the colourful background, the train, and the beat with which I was really in sync. There is a sense of rebellion — no one’s going home to cut the grass. Opposing rebellion is a healthy side – sipping on a café latte vs. gin and tonic. Just one question: Why do rap songs always gotta go gangster style?
William: Johnny John John gives swagger rhythm in this surprisingly musical number about living life on your own terms. As with so much rap, the lyrics are clever if you listen. Kanye may not appreciate Kim’s silicone volcanoes, but surely even he will applaud Mr John John’s takedown of haters and his ability to persevere through these difficult times: “Glaciers meltin’ all around, but they ain’t gonna drown me.” This isn’t my cup of tea, but I appreciate the par-o-dee.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 11 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 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.06/10
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