The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next up, we listen to Norway’s TIX and his song “Fallen Angel”. Were we enchanted by this angelic entry? Read on to find out!
TIX – “Fallen Angel”
“Fallen Angel” reviews
Kristín: Norway trolled us all this year, didn’t they? And thus are giving us the most beautiful ballad of 2021. “Fallen Angel” and TIX might seem like a novelty act at first but underneath there are raw emotions and a haunting melody, delivered by a strong singer. Many have expressed that the song should have been kept in Norwegian. And yes, the original version was just as brilliant, but TIX gives more power in the English version and completely captures the audience. The thing about TIX is that he immediately makes you care about him and his song. You simply want to embrace him. “Fallen Angel” could very well turn out to be one of those dark horses that quietly sneaks into the top ten — something of a trademark for Norway in recent years. This is by far the most captivating entry of 2021 and that’s the hill I’m ready to die on.
Oliver: At first glance, the Norwegian entry seems like the cheesiest of all cheese. But TIX transforms this song into something special. He oozes personality and charisma, and he’s got the performance chops to back it up. Moreover, the smooth timbre of his vocal lends itself perfectly to the song’s lilting and enchanting melody. Lyrically, “Fallen Angel” is a tad cliché — but the words are honest, sincere, and show a vulnerable side to this otherwise flamboyant character. Although the angel versus devil battle has been done on the Eurovision stage countless times before, TIX’s unique interpretation of the concept stands out as one of the best.
Antranig: When I first heard “Ut av mørket”, I thought it was a perfectly acceptable song. When I heard the English version and saw the performance, I jumped ship. The English lyrics are so full of utterly lazy cliches and the national final staging was so full of completely unoriginal Eurovision stereotypes. I simply don’t understand what Norway saw in this song but I hope TIX can do them proud. If he were to decide to sing in Norwegian, I’ll jump on board and support him too.
Robyn: Behind the dark glasses, the headband, the fur coat and angel wings, there’s a really decent song. “Fallen Angel” brings pop and alternative R&B together, with TIX singing about his feeling of anxiety and inadequacy. While TIX might be hiding behind his blingtastic costume, he is still opening up and showing vulnerability with the song lyrics. While the angels and demons staging of the national final directly ties to the lyrics, I’m hoping that Norway will bring something a bit different to the Rotterdam stage.
William: This is not a song about unrequited love. It’s about a man battling the dark voices in his own head that tell him he isn’t worthy of love. As he makes clear in the verses: “Here in the dark, inside the hole in my heart, I’m fighting all of my demons trying to tear me apart, and I’m still not sure what you ever saw in me.” TIX conveys that tortured subject matter with ease, wearing his heart on his sleeve (and his furry coat). The song itself has a real earworm quality and glides effortlessly from pained verses to soaring chorus. The literal treatment of heaven and hell with all those winged angels adds a level of drama worthy of the big screen.
TIX – “Fallen Angel” 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 2 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.89/10
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