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 “In the Mirror” performed by the fictitious Söngvakeppnin winner, the angelic Katiana — played and sung by Demi Lovato. Were we captivated by her power ballad? Read on to find out!
Katiana (Demi Lovato) – “In the Mirror”
“In the Mirror” reviews
Antranig: I have to admit I’m partial to Demi Lovato before I even heard the song, as she is just about my favourite artist. Despite that, it’s easy to see why the fictional folks at the Icelandic broadcaster thought “In the Mirror” was about to end Iceland’s Eurovision drought. It’s exactly the sort of big emotional ballad sung by a powerful voice that rakes in the jury points. I only wish we got to see a longer version of Demi’s performance in the movie.
Julia: “In The Mirror” is a real traditional pop song with high octave emotions in full swing. The first few lines of this song make me question if Demi wrote this song about her own life but just disguised as a Eurovision ballad. Can only imagine the rainfall fireworks if this was ever performed.
Renske: Every year, we get a group of songs which were rejected in Sweden ending up somewhere else in Europe. I don’t think “In The Mirror” fits this requirement. If “In The Mirror” would indeed enter the Icelandic preselection, everybody would talk about it. After all, it is a well-polished song with a great singer who brings the whole package.
Sebastian: “In The Mirror” is almost a serious attempt at the cheese-genre of this movie. Demi Lovato’s voice is stellar, but the song sadly sounds straight of a MelodifestivalenAndra Chansen. In that sense, “In the Mirror” feels clinical and typically Swedish — a perfect addition to the movie as often these songs are shopped around to different Eurovision national finals. But as a song in its own right, it lacks the warmth that the rest of the movie and soundtrack evokes.
Tom: I enjoy the juxtaposition of arrogance and vulnerability of “In the Mirror”. Gloriously congratulating herself in the verses yet admitting her loneliness in the chorus. That, with banging vocals, is a match made in heaven and jury catnip. Not a Eurovision winner as the sound is still somewhat generic but it’s a radio-friendly song that could have easily hit a top ten spot on any leaderboard.
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 5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.39/10
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