The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we listen to Germany’s Jendrik with his ukulele song “I Don’t Feel Hate”. Did we feel hate or just sorry? Read on to find out!
Jendrik – “I Don’t Feel Hate”
“I Don’t Feel Hate” reviews
Jonathan: Jendrik is a theatre kid, and as a lover of musical theatre myself, his entry resonates with me. “I Don’t Feel Hate” very much feels like when the comedy character of a musical comes out in the middle of the second act and delivers a fun and catchy song – from the tap break to the Cabaret-style announcement to the jazzy trumpets in the bridge that scream old-school musical theatre. My one concern is whether the use of the peace-sign costume on stage will take the performance across the line into gimmicky territory. Nevertheless, while the song might not be everyone’s cup of tea, don’t count out this triple threat just yet.
Antranig: I’m really glad Jendrik doesn’t feel hate because I don’t have much positivity to offer here. This song is so juvenile it’s about to hit puberty. However, the one thing I do like about it is the message. It’s a universal concept and I think we could all do well to learn a thing or two from Jendrik. I just wish he could deliver his wonderful message in the form of a song that wasn’t so… well, awful. I feel like the only way to make this song credible would be to have The Wiggles sing it.
Renske: Eurovision is sometimes named a cabinet of curiosities or a freakshow by its haters. But Jendrik couldn’t care less and that is what we need in 2021. “I Don’t Feel Hate” deals with an issue of all times: being down-talked and bullied for who you are and what you like. But to feel strong and confident, you need to learn to stop caring about those who like to pull you down. Jendrik tries to bring this across in his own style and manner, combining musical theatre and humour. It’s hard to combine comedy and a serious message at Eurovision, but Jendrik has pulled it off. (I was laughing before the song even started)
Robyn: Jendrik doesn’t do things by halves. “I Don’t Feel Hate” is full of zip and zing and just when it feels like the dial has turned up to 10, Jendrik cranks it up to 11. At the heart, though, is a message of resilience, of not succumbing to the negativity of those who attempt to knock you down. The song itself is a perfect example of this: Jendrik isn’t trying to create a song that everyone from everywhere will love (honey, there ain’t no such thing). Instead he’s being true to himself and expressing himself in a way that he wants to.
William: Jendrik clearly feels laughter and joy very deeply, so much so that I suspect he burned more calories watching Bridesmaids than most people would burn running an entire marathon. That sense of unbridled happiness gives this song its heart — it’s all about feeling good even amid all the negativity of the world. The charms of the video, including that blaring instrumental and the steady strumming of the ukulele, have faded for me on repeat listen — it all starts to feel a bit loud and slap-across-the-face. And while he purports to feel pity more than hate, I can’t help but wonder: is a musical clap back — even with a smile — still an act of aggression? Regardless, this is ultimately a song to be watched and performed, not a track made for Spotify loops. His clear charisma and the novelty of it all will surely turn heads.
Jendrik – “I Don’t Feel Hate” 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 1 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.14/10
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