The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Estonia, who have chosen Stefan with “Hope”.
Were we getting in the cowboy spirit? Read on to find out!
Stefan – “Hope” (Estonia Eurovision 2022)
Review: Stefan – “Hope”
Lucy: Stefan has been inching towards an Eesti Laul win for years, so I’m delighted he’s now actually made it to Eurovision – it’s by far his best attempt. “Hope” is so very different than anything in the contest this year, and Stefan’s voice suits it to a tee. His soulful tones in the song provide an experience straight from a high-budget Western movie. He is a charismatic performer, with a song that takes on a whole new meaning in current times. I hope, I hope, I hope he does well in the grand final for Estonia!
William: The staging in Estonia was very Brokeback Mountain with an emphasis on the broke. It looked so cheap I felt like I was at a kiddie amusement park, where you might be able to get away with thrift store cowboy costumes. Stefan deserves more and he deserves better, because the song is actually strong. Its Spaghetti Western vibe comes through strongly and the chorus soars with optimism and the hope Stefan so beautifully sings about. I hope (I hope, I hope…) that he gets the staging he deserves. With something less cliché and more expensive he’ll be worthy of a spot in the final.
Tom: Estonia does country! Who knew? And it’s not half bad. Stefan’s voice is excellent, he’s likable, and I appreciate the message of the song. Now, I “Hope” the Estonian team don’t go full on cowboy on stage; the performance has potential and I don’t want it to turn into something tacky. I will also add that I would have liked “Hope” to give us something different in the second half of the song – it is a tad repetitive. That being said, there is nothing like this in the contest this year and it will stand out from the pack. I don’t think “Hope” will worry the upper end of the scoreboard, but it should still cruise into the final.
Josh: I’ve had my eye on Stefan for a long time, ever since he first competed at Eesti Laul. I’ve felt like he could make it to Eurovision, and make a big impact, if he just had the right song. Unfortunately, the phenomenon of talented artists finally making it to the contest with a song that just doesn’t reflect their best is alive and well here. It gives off “B-side soundtrack of a generic Western movie” vibes, and it pains me to say, but it leaves me absolutely bored and uninterested. The credits are rolling, but the audience has left the theatre.
Pablo: First of all, bringing Spaghetti Western to an Italian-hosted Eurovision is the most clever nod to a place’s culture I’ve seen in a while. “Hope” treads that fine line between pop and art perfectly. It’s cinematic and grandiose, but still feels accessible, immersing the listener in this melancholic, but rousing universe where the sun’s intense heat mercilessly falls on the landscape of an adventurer on horseback. A movie that’s not lacking in gruff Western intensity and beauty, surely Ennio Morricone’s smiling somewhere. Estonia is back, and what a way to do so.
Estonia Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 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 3 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.72/10
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