The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the songs from the soundtrack of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Next up, we listen to the dansband-tastic tune “Jaja Ding Dong”, a favourite of the Icelandic locals in the film. The song is performed by Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Molly Sandén. Did this song have us ding-dong-ing along? Read on to find out!
Fire Saga (Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Molly Sandén) – “Jaja Ding Dong”
“Jaja Ding Dong” reviews
Esma: The character from the movie with whom I can relate the most to, is the man at the bar who requests Fire Saga to play “Jaja Ding Dong” every single time. “Jaja Ding Dong” is a kitschy bop that radiates happy vibes! I can’t get enough of it.
Pablo: Will I go listen to the song per se on repeat? No. Did it perfectly work as the intended running gag? Certainly! It is just regular, dated schlager, but as a joke, it did what it had to do, and it makes sense as the tired song a certain someone did not have enough of.
Robyn: Of all the song from the Eurovision film soundtrack, “Jaja Ding Dong” has proven to be the enduring earworm. The song deftly captures the good-times feeling of a dansband classic — there’s a good reason why the tavern crowd only want to hear the song, over and over. The lyrics are a little rude, but that just adds to the fun of it all, Now, PLAY “JAJA DING DONG”!
Suzanne: Jaja Ding Dong is one song that all who watch The Story of Fire Saga are likely to remember, with its fun, silly, sing-songy tune. The people of Husavik clearly love this song. It’s quite fitting for a small fishing village. Other than work, what else is there to do, day or night, but get love on by expanding the ding dong wide and long through the Milky Way? Much like movies geared towards children, adult content is slyly woven in to be enjoyable for all. The sexual innuendos are (semi) child-appropriate and just enough to perhaps inspire listeners go “sex nuts.” I cannot stop singing this song!
William: While I’m always down for a good penis joke, particularly one involving swelling and bursting, this just doesn’t get me going. Yes, it’s fun and comes with clever wordplay and brilliantly builds on the kind of music we’ve all heard at Eurovision nights in dive bars in Finland. But it’s not a genre I enjoy. In that sense, I guess the song’s just too true-to-life for my liking.
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 4 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.61/10
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