The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next up, we turn to Estonia where Uku Suviste has “The Lucky One”. Did we think luck was on his side? Read on to find out!
Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One”
“The Lucky One” reviews
Jonathan: In studio cut, Uku is definitely bringing a more compelling song to the contest compared with 2020. “The Lucky One” has some drama and passion fuelling it that gives listeners a reason to stay engaged. However, the performance at Eesti Laul felt very impersonal. The grey overtone to all the lighting washed out much of the song’s emotion. If Uku is able to finetune things so that he retains the moody performance while still giving the audience at home something to grab their attention, then he’ll at least have a solid entry on his hands.
Sebastian: Genuinely, “The Lucky One” is lucky enough even to receive a score of 2 – and it simply does because they’ve tried to throw enough money at it make it look expensive. But frankly, “The Lucky One” is just a bad investment in staging, songwriting and artistry. There is very little redeeming features to what is just a terrible package. Lyrically uncreative and poorly delivered by what seems to be a competent singer in Uku, it’s really a cursed package.
Renske: Estonia has one of the most underrated songs this year. Yes, it’s perhaps not the most original composition in the competition. For some reason, “The Lucky One” connotates a type of fight song. For once, it’s about a man who notices that his lover is perhaps not truly trustworthy, showing a vulnerable side to himself. Surrounded by an addictive drumbeat, Uku Suviste delivers his best song yet. Being a New Wave bronze medalist and a The Voice of Russia semi-finalist, Uku stays one of the stronger male vocalists this year.
Robyn: Look, there’s nothing at all wrong with this song. Uku is a good singer and performer, the song is well written. And yet the overall performance ends up being a bit bland. “The Lucky One” will be up against other moody synth-pop tracks from Poland and Greece in semi-final two but it doesn’t stand out as much as those two. And while Uku received strong support at the national final from local viewers, it is worrying that international juries were significantly less impressed. However, there is room for improvement and Estonia usually manage to do something special with their Eurovision staging.
Ron: “The Lucky One” is a great dark pop song with amazing slick production. The song is so anthemic and powerful that you literally feel recharged with energy after listening to it, so you just want to listen to it again and again. While its live performances weren’t perfect it didn’t lose its strength and I actually enjoy listening to it live just as much as I do enjoy the studio version. I love the drama and the passion of the song and the rich sounds in its production. My favourite part is the backing singer (or is it Uku himself pre-recorded?) in the chorus repeating Uku and singing “better off alone”. Uku delivers a convincing performance with quite an impressive staging and you can tell he is feeling this song.
Uku Suviste – “The Lucky One” 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 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.07/10
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