The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Finally, we head to Switzerland where Gjon’s Tears has “Tout l’univers”. Were we feeling the universal spirit? Read on to find out!
Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers”
“Tout l’univers” reviews
Julian: This year, I’m giving my 10 points to Switzerland with their talented singer Gjon’s Tears. When I first heard “Tout l’univers” my mind definitely went through the universe after hearing his beautiful angelic voice and the emotions in it. This song has a cinematic quality and could play in movies like Interstellar or Inception. Switzerland proved in 2019 that they can get staging right and if they will again in Rotterdam, I see Gjon’s Tears in first place!
Natalie: I’ve not been as wild about Gjon’s Tears as everyone else has, to be honest. I respect the immense level of passion and emotion he puts into his singing, and the soaring nature of the music. But I dunno… it’s not hitting me as hard as the other songs this year. It’s not because I don’t want it to, I love his music video and I love how the song manages to effortlessly be powerful, loud and delicate all at the same time. I dunno… it feels a bit contrived and overly sentimental to me, I guess. Still, if we did get another non-English song winning, I wouldn’t complain at all.
Oliver: Gjon’s Tears would win Oscars and Grammys if “Tout l’univers” was on the soundtrack of an epic fantasy movie. There’s a great cinematic atmosphere, the composition is brilliant and Gjon’s vocals are strong as ever. But as a song, there’s something missing. It feels somewhat inaccessible, with little in the way of instantly grabbing audience attention. Worryingly, the music video foreshadows bland, overdone staging — a picturesque purple-black galaxy backdrop, that blossoms and grows more intense as the song develops. Up the ante there, and this will stand out from the crowd. Otherwise, viewers might not respond. Based purely on musicality, Switzerland deserves to do well this year. Victory, however, is uncertain.
Pablo: Sublime. “Tout L’univers” showcases Gjon’s Tears at his best. Possibly the most arresting ballad in the mix, the epic instrumentals hark of Woodkid, one of my all-time favourites in the French music scene, while Gjon makes those high notes sound as effortless as they are crisp, clean and pretty much pitch-perfect. With a tender first half that grows into an explosive cinematic flair, this song exudes class. Switzerland didn’t show to just play the game, they want to taste the gold once more, and if they do with this, it’ll be extremely well deserved.
Robyn: I love everything that is going on here. “Tout l’univers” creates so many moments of stillness and emotion as Gjon takes us on his journey. Having French lyrics might seem like a weak point — not everyone parle français. However, this is a case where the emotion of the song and the way the melody guides the feeling more than helps the listener get the sentiment of the song. This is rightly among the bookies’ favourite to win Eurovision 2021.
Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers” 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 6.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.77/10
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