The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we turn to Denmark where Fyr & Flamme have “Øve os på hinanden”. Did the song get us all fired up? Read on to find out!
Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden”
“Øve os på hinanden” reviews
Kristin: To have Denmark think so much outside the box is delightfully surprising, considering that they have been known for choosing so middle-of-the-road songs that they almost have a visible dotted line. And this particular bulletproof Danish ’80s-inspired pop is everything good in this world, and then some more. This is different, it’s fresh and it’s a boatload of fun! And the joyfully ambiguous lyrics are the sweet sweet icing on this kærligheds kage that is “Ove os på hinanden”. I get that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but don’t be haters of fun! Fyr og Flamme are bringing us good ole fashion party like its 1985, and we should cherish them like the national treasure they are. Cause this song is pure, it’s a masterpiece in its simplicity and Fyr og Flamme are a gift that I’m not so sure we truly deserve. Now, excuse me while I spray gallons of Studioline in my hair and join them on the dancefloor, wearing a light blue dress.
William: My enduring memory of this comes toward the end when the lead singer jumps off his platform and swings around with the mic stand. He could have just taken the mic, but he wanted to leap around the stage with a large metal object, which he may have been pretending was an oversized magician’s wand. It sums up the zaniness of this — they are here to have fun, to sing a song that could have competed in the 1980s and to wear clothes picked from the depths of DR’s wardrobe department all because they want to. They do it with panache and buckets of charisma. It makes it rather hard for me to say anything negative at all.
Pablo: This song makes me unreasonably happy. On a landscape full of singers evoking the eighties into a modern age, Fyr & Flamme unapologetically bring every single aspect of the music scene of the period to today: the good, the kitsch, the garish and I can’t thank them enough for that. Coupled with amazing lyrics and a really good Italodisco beat, this is authentic, creative and a big risk for a country I’ve usually deemed safe. “Øve Os På Hinanden” is a very welcome addition to the lineup and a bold, stark and colourful reminder of where the current musical trends the mainstream fawns over originated.
Josh: “Øve os på hinanden” attempts to ride the wave of ’80s inspired pop that we’ve seen in the last few years in national selections. The problem is that it just doesn’t do its job as effectively as some of the others. That’s not to say there is nothing redeemable here — the chorus is catchy and the authentic energy Jesper and Laurits try to bring to it gives the song some needed lift. It’s just not enough. The only thing I’m left thinking is “it’s ok, it’s alright, it’s middle of the road, nothing more”.
Robyn: I love the energy and spirit of “Øve os på hinanden”. For a song that’s about dancing, it’s a very good sign that makes me want to dance. Some will point out the song’s 80s style, but I’ll tell you this — most synth-pop was never this big and glorious in the actual ’80s. It’s also great that Denmark have resisted the temptation to enter an English translation of the lyrics — “Øve os på hinanden” is strong enough to carry the Danish lyrics so why not let Rotterdam dance to a little dansk?
Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden” 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 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.84/10
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