The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we look at Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2021 winner Tusse and his song “Voices”. Did we feel his performance? Read on to find out!
Tusse – “Voices”
Ron: “Voices” and Tusse are a package deal which you can’t separate, that’s its strength. While the lyrics of this song are a bit cliché and a bit strange in some parts, Tusse is selling this song so well in his performance that at the end of the performance you don’t even remember the few things that bothered you in the song. Tusse is not simply singing this song, he is shouting it out and in a very touching and convincing way that makes you feel connected to Tusse and to the song. He really feels this song in every note and every word and you can tell Tusse has a really deep connection to it. The great vocals, the impressive staging, the anthemic and slick production and the powerful message of unity, hope, perseverance and freedom are making this entry, as an overall package, as one of the best of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Luis: The strength of “Voices” resides completely with Tusse. He is a brilliant performer who elevates a very plain entry to unseen heights. Was this song not on his hands, it wouldn’t have even made the cut for Melodifestivalen. It’s so sad that such an engaging singer with his voice and stage presence doesn’t have a song that matches all his abilities. Lyrically, musically, production-wise we’ve been here many times before. Tusse’s artistry is the only remarkable asset of Sweden’s entry.
Natalie: I love the neat incorporation of world music into this song, it really holds the whole thing together and makes it distinct from what would otherwise be a quite generic song. Tusse’s voice is bright, bubbly but also dramatic and powerful. The staging at Mello, with the many faces and the ferocity of it was also a big part of what led to Tusse’s landslide win and I really hope they come up with something as equally moving in Rotterdam. Its a timely song and I love to see it from Sweden. I really hope Tusse does well.
Tobias: He’s got the voice, stage presence, a powerful stage performance and… a mediocre mainstream pop song. But the overall product is so sleek and the melody and lyrics are so easy to remember “Can you hear a million voices?“. The strength of this song is that it is so easy to embrace for any listener. And in ESC you only get three minutes to make an impression. Having that said, I do find that Sweden’s Tusse with “Voices” is one of the more memorable songs this year. It doesn’t take more than one listening of “Voices” before you can hum the melody and sing the chorus. Sometimes that’s a very important ingredient and just what is needed to get the general Eurovision viewer’s vote.
William: The opening shot of Tusse walking on digital water is a come-to-Jesus moment: You can’t help but go silent and get ready for the Scandipop sermon! Tusse is a vision in velvet and diamonds and glamour, yet when he sings you hear the wisdom of a survivor who understands struggle and what it’s like to be dragged through the mud. It’s this grit — along with his total authenticity and freedom of movement — that elevates this above all the other generic songs about haters. He sings, yes, but you also get the sense he’s speaking directly to you and from his heart. We may have heard it all before, but we haven’t heard it this good.
Tusse – “Voices” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 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 5.5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.14/10
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