The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Finland, who have chosen The Rasmus with “Jezebel”.
Were we ready to rock along? Read on to find out!
The Rasmus – “Jezebel” (Finland Eurovision 2022)
Review: The Rasmus – “Jezebel”
Deban: The Rasmus are tried, tested and know what they’re doing. With sales in excess of five million records and a solid catalogue of nine hit albums, having them in the Eurovision landscape is a blessing. Their song “Jezebel” salutes the original biblical troublemaker. She’s a fierce rebel that’s set to take the continent by storm. With infectious hooks, a rock edge and the noughties nostalgia, this is destined to be one of 2022’s most memorable entries.
Oliver: There’s a lot to love about The Rasmus. A tonal shift from their competitors with retro sounds and visuals pulled from gritty anti-hero DC comics, their efforts to spark the emo renaissance don’t go unnoticed. But while great in theory, “Jezebel” is sloppy in execution. The phrasing and metre of the chorus is off-putting, the transition from verse to chorus is jarring, and the lyrics push way too deep into try-hard edgelord territory. Elsewhere, the track sounds overcrowded, with none of the instruments or vocals having their own space to shine within the mix. Qualification is likely, but Finland shouldn’t rest on its laurels.
William: “Jezebel” is a classic pop-rock number with an accessible theme and an easy-on-the-ears chorus. As a studio cut it’s safe and somewhat middle-of-the-road. But live The Rasmus work their magic to create something in-your-face and memorable — you feel like you’re at a real rock concert. Channelling the Biblical troublemaker and serving her naughtiness and edge, the stage becomes a vehicle on which they can really slay. Depending on how hard they go this could really surprise on the scoreboard.
Angus: Finland’s entry feels curiously tame for a glam rock number and perhaps more worryingly does precious little to encourage enthusiastic headbanging, which is surely one of the best measures of a strong rock entry. That said, it does at least have a great narrative going for it and what is certain is that The Rasmus will deliver a visually arresting performance. One just wishes the live performance would have been matched to a better song in the first place.
Antranig: Never has there been a song I want to like more than I want to like “Jezebel”, but it doesn’t live up to its potential. Musically, the song is brilliantly constructed. The Rasmus have great stage presence and can really sell this package in a live performance. My issue with “Jezebel” is the lyrics – the message of the song, in places, is incoherent and poorly constructed. It’s almost as though someone threw a dictionary into a blender, picked out some of the scraps and tried to turn them into sentences. The Rasmus are an incredible addition to the Eurovision family, yet I can’t help but want more from their song.
Finland 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 2 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.53/10
What do you think of Finland’s Eurovision 2022 entry? Share your own score and review for The Rasmus’s “Jezebel” below!
The lyrics are weird, its about a human without a head. The head is in the fridge.
And at midnight its apparently time to put the face/head on. So this person is creepy at day and normal at night krvetjwtjöwtjöwt
I was going to compare this song to another one I have loved but I feel that would be an insult to that song. It has similar vibes but that song was epic and iconic.
This song just feels flat every time it’s performed live. I want to love it but please can you at LEAST nail the live performance just once? Pretty please?
10.Finland – An absolute banger. The singer’s voice could maybe improve a bit, but they have a great visual presentation and an amazing song. Finland going back to rock year after year, this should still work.
7/10 The main thing that bugs me about this song is the lyrics, they’re so odd? I usually love odd, but Jezebel’s lyrics to me just don’t fit together? I do think there were better options in UMK, but this is a solid package- I did like their staging at UMK.
I keep my fingers crossed for Finland. The song is great and I hope The Rasmus wins.
At the moment, a borderliner for me. Not as good as last year’s.
I don’t know if the lyrics are quite as successful as you say they are but I do share your general excitement for the entry on a purely musical level.
The additional fame behind the act doesn’t hurt the profile of the contest either. Good luck, Finland!
This is an awesome take and I am also genuinely excited that they’re there. I am somebody who didn’t really care for The Rasmus at the height of their fame but I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like the music they’ve put forward in this entry. I think we all know they’re going to put on a good show, too. We should be grateful they’re there!
I really like this, but Eurovision fans mild reactions seem to start with “I heard In the Shadows years ago..” and then starts the comparing with these two, but if we just talk about this song in particular it stands out as the most competetive rock song this year.
If the stage show goes well I could see this as a likeable entry to gain the attention of those who like rock, but not hard rock.
If this song had been internally-selected and put forward, I think the reaction would’ve more favourable and one of genuine excitement. The fact that this won a selection widely-regarded to be amongst the best in Europe this season has probably left a lot of fans still feeling a bit sour towards what is a very solid effort from Finland. People are even trying to manifest non-qualification on this for a number of reasons and that just doesn’t seem realistic. This is a solid result waiting to happen for Finland. It’s got a great early 2000s sound to it (as it… Read more »
Em, it’s definitely should have higher score, common
The lyrics of “Jezebel” are atrocious and they pretending to sell this as a feminist anthem makes everything even more cringy.
A rock song that’s afraid to be rock while also including lyrics that are laughably out of touch. In my opinion, one of the worst songs of the year.
Trust me, I’ve always been a fan of these kind of songs. Especially when it comes to Eurovision. But this one… I don’t know it feels slightly dated and certainly less impactful than any other rock entries we’ve seen in Eurovision. It wasn’t even the best song in UMK2022. I’m sure The Rasmus won because of their already established popularity. “Jezebel” isn’t “In the Shadows” While relying in their popularity and fanbase might work again in May, they should bring a terrific live performance to really go for something bigger. And I’m not only talking about the staging but also… Read more »
14. Finland – The Rasmus – Jezebel 7.5/10 – a confident and accomplished rock performance. This doesn’t push the boundaries in any way and it sounds like the type of song we have heard plenty of times before, but this is the polished offering of an experienced act with strong guitar and drum work, the requisite catchy hook and the instantly accessible theme. Add in the professionalism of the live performance and I expect this to be an explosive moment in Turin.
Same exact position currently, Kosey. You’re right in that this is pretty safe by Eurovision standards but, at the same time, I think that’s why it’s going to get a good result in the final. This is a song for televoters at home, not for dedicated Eurovision fans.
Completely agree with your view on this, I can see it doing really well – top 10 is likely. It ticks a lot of the boxes for it to have an instant impact – visually arresting, familiar sound, catchy chorus, accessible theme – it is not a song to adore or obsess about, but lots of people are going to enjoy it and therefore I expect it will do well. And I have no problem with that, it sits firmly in my “like” category.
Lovely. Top10 in tele.
Radio friendly- for those numbed by monotonous playlist- this one will be popular. Not so sure about how much love it will get from the juries however.
Interesting how Deban LOVED this. I was not expecting that!
I, like every European millennial, have listened to “In the Shadows” about a million times as a kid, so the nostalgia factor is huge; and yet I’m not a fan of this song. It’s nothing special musically and the lyrics seem so dumb to me. + Hearing a woman’s name 1000 times in a song is something I’d rather leave in the last century, and Jezebel is one of the worst sounding ones to me too.
I love The Rasmus, and I love “Jezebel.” It is a little bit basic for a rock song, but that is arguably part of its charm. The guitar melody and the vocal melodies are “rock anthem” worthy for sure. As has been explained by others, this will inevitably get compared to last year’s winner, which may or may not work against them.
N.B. This song is ranked 8th in my top 10.
I’m really glad that you have it in your top 10, Purple. I have it in my top 15 and do genuinely like it. It’s one of those songs that you can just enjoy without thinking too much about it. If that makes it “basic”, then I guess I’m basic. XD
FINLAND – I am a huge fan of In the Shadows, and having The Rasmus at the ESC feels surreal and super-cool! Unfortunately, this continues the trend of me rarely agreeing with the Fins about which song is to be sent from the usually strong bunch in UMK. From the standpoint of production quality, this is of a high standard. The hook ”Jezebel” is very punchy, and the composition feels well put together. The lyrics feel like they have been written by a teen living in the early 2000s. It means that they are full of clichés about a strong… Read more »
Not super-surprised by the rating itself but I might be surprised where this will fall in your ranking. Where is it currently sitting?
Definitely agreeing with you about the national final. There were two songs there that would’ve held their own against the best that 2022 had to offer without relying on nostalgia to this extent but, nostalgia can bring about good results so I’m not saying it’s a bad choice, it’s just a choice.
Comparing it to Finland’s entry last year, this is by far my preference. But, even I acknowledge that this going to get a lesser result.
It is musically stronger than lyrically. ”A girl who looks like she’s a boy” is out there with ”Making you the one I want and I’m not even topless (Be cautious)” as the most cringe lyrics of this line-up. If the lyrics were better (at least okay), this would likely skyrocket on my list. As it is, it’s my 30th. It’s the lowest ranking song over 6 at this point. Might go higher later on.
And yes, Bess would be around my 7th place, and Isaac around my 13th.
I’ve grown to kind of like this song in studio, but 2022 is kind of the worst time for them to appear, because comparisons between last year are likely to be automatic if not “antique band wants relevance again”. The live in comparison to the studio also feels pretty thin. I believe qualification is likely but juries may gloss them over.
Considering it’s a competent rock song performed by an experienced band that has many fans around Europe, I assume Finland will do well, even if matching Blind Channel’s results is a tall order to take. I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, “Jezebel” has good instrumentals and The Rasmus obviously knows how to use a stage (Emppu is fantastic!). On the other hand, the clunk lyrics have moments of bad taste, use clichés and get strong women completely wrong. Lauri’s live vocals are another point of concern. 6.25/10
What? “Killer shark in heels” isn’t appropriate to characterize strong women anymore? 😉
Hi, Sabrina, I just read through some of your reviews and saw that you are worried that my disappearance had something to do with our little exchange. Rest assured, that’s not the case. If this site had a private messaging system, I would explain my reasons to you. I just need some time off. I guess, I’ll be back next season. 🙂
Oh, Tibor! Glad to know you’re fine (well, at least alive and typing) and our exchange wasn’t the one to blame for your disappearance. Hope the reasons that made you take a time off aren’t anything serious. I’m missing your reviews here. About the lyrics of “Jezebel”, “Killer shark in heels” is indeed awful, but nothing is worst than “a girl who looks like she’s a boy”, a line so tone death and out of touch that could offend at least half a dozen (being conservative with the numbers) of different groups of people. The Rasmus’ luck is that this… Read more »
There are other interpretations of these lyrics, of course. It is a rock song, so this is highly likely. Here are some alternatives to think about: – In the Bible, Jezebel is a condemned queen. – “Killer shark in heels” could be describing a man in drag. – There is the “in my blood” lyric, so the song could literally be about an STD. This also connects with “was it the dangerous things you do” and the “leave a scar on a heart” lyrics. – “A girl who looks like she’s a boy” could be many things, including referring to… Read more »
Hi Sabrina. I wrote a reply to you yesterday offering some alternative interpretations for the meaning of this song. However, it has been filtered, probably for too much adult content. 😀
By the way, I forgot to reply to you on the Slovenian one. My life has been so busy these days, I’m actually surprised I’ll be able to complete WiwiJury.
Wishing you all the best, Tibor. You have been missed. 🙂
I am very glad to hear from you, Tibor. All of us were concerned, and I’m happy that you are fine. I hope that you will successfuly go through whatever you are going through. Sending you my best wishes and I am looking forward to our future conversation. 🙂
I miss you too. Does it mean this is the last we read from you this season?
Ach! All the best!
wiwibloggs to me is reading Tibor and Sabrina comments! Take care of youself!
That’s kind of you as always, Anita. 🙂
I think you’ve got a really good take on this one, Sabrina. If these lyrics were actually written successfully and conveyed the message that I honestly believe were intended (an intention missed though) then Empuu is an absolutely fantastic presence on-stage to direct that powerful, don’t-give-a-damn woman that “Jezebel” is supposed to be. But, those lyrics choices just make it so hard for that to be the message to take away.
Musically, I think it’s fine. The lyrics are holding it back from doing what they want it to do.
I agree that the intentions were probably positive, and by having Emppu right there, better lyrics about a strong female figure could have a huge impact. But the lyrics sadly feel like an older man trying to sound youthful with outdated references.
This song and famous band has worse ranking than Israel? Omg. Esc fans should be happy that big stars like The Rasmus want to compete.
As a new Eurofan who watched UMK but had never heard of the Rasmus, this is not the song I would have picked. Nothing against fans of the band, just don’t be surprised if casual viewers don’t connect with this particular song.
Great instrumental, atrocious lyrics
Astonished to see so many low votes. I think they will finish top 10. A great rock song by a great, experienced band. 8.5/10
I don’t agree, i think they’ll get 20ish in the final
I’m still very salty about the Rasmus being here, they had what was imo the best nf but they picked my least favorite song and the only one I disliked.
Imma agree with Oliver here and say that I like it in theory but a lot of the execution leaves me either cringing or wishing for more. Still by no means a bad song
Agree, except they were my pre-last. The chorus is alright, but I do not vibe with the verses. I will be upset if this is the highest scoring rock entry this year (and most likely it will).
16. Finland: I was very supportive of “Jezebel” in the beginning but since it won UMK it has gradually been falling in my top. The truth is that if we ignore the Rasmus’ fame and past songs, “Jezebel” is a mediocre rock tune. It has its nice moments like the bridge before the final chorus and the final chorus itself but it also has some flaws. The most striking of these for me is the lack of rhyme in the chorus, which makes the singing feel disconnected from the music. And of course we can all agree that the lyrics… Read more »
I definitely think “medicore” is a bit of a harsh word to use on this one, Thanos. It has its issues but there is quality and effort there. Something like Bulgaria would be more on the “mediocre” side (people need to stop call it bad because it’s not) whereas this deserves a little bit more.
Your criticism about the lyrics and live vocals are valid though.
Yes perhaps mediocre was a strong word. I like Jezebel and I want to do well. And yes the instrumental itself is really qualitative. And I agree with you about Bulgaria as well. When the time for that review comes I will have ranked it surely better than most other reviewers. Not extremely high but not terribly low as well. Because as you said Intention is not bad just mediocre.
jezeflop will only do well because of who the rasmus are. cyan kicks deserved to win umk but didn’t
It’s been months now. Get over it
1. Bad pun
2. There’s no need to degrade the fact that the Rasmus are appealing to many people, even without their history.
Cyan kicks is so generic rock and seen in ESC, mostly only a fan favourite.
It’s been already 2 months, get over it. Moreover, Bess and Isaac Sene were better than Cyan Kicks.
So, here is some fresh RuZZian propaganda from Serbia’s entry.
Disgusting. Straight from my number one to contemplating deletion from my playlist, tbh.
Just saw your comment on anther thread. Can you explain if there is anything in this image alluding to Ana’s support of Russia? Besides the obvious Z’s.
HAHAHAH omg .. what could be the secret of this tables?
This is exactly what she is talking about … that people are looking for banal things where they do not exist
People have the right to be sus, but of course many are instantly calling her names and wanting her to be DQ’ed. I just wanna know if there is anything worth talking about here.
Please just leave this comment section with your negativity, RTS posted a statement about it, these “z” shaped tables are used for over 3 years, way before the war started
This is ambiguous. On one part, some say she’s supporting the invasion with the imagery in this photo. On the other, some say she criticizes it, because of the red in the water above the sign. Then again, it might be coincidental. RTS will, of course, be the happiest claiming it was, even if Ana’s work is often dipped in symbolism. Considering how much she criticizes the societal ignorance towards mental health issues, I would find it hard to believe that would support the war in such a blatant way. Sadly, it is possible, but I would need more than… Read more »
I feel the same way.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FRNrrIYXsAQKjBb?format=jpg&name=large To translate from Konstrakta’s *Official Twitter page*: ”The tables from this photograph are used for more than three years now, in this case, for one photo only. Giving an additional meaning to this set design element is pointless, and in some cases even malicious. The original performance of the representative of Serbia intrigue our and the world public, but it always will be just an artistic show, the one turned towards the love of mankind and life. Flags of Serbia and Ukraine with a heart in it. So, now I am certainly inclined to believe that Konstrakta is NOT… Read more »
I don’t have much to say about this one. I don’t love it, neither hate it. Might qualify, might not. I will just miss Cyan Kicks in Turin, since their song is one of favourites of the pre-selections this year.
00s type of rock. nothing to write home about, it’s a decent song that will find its fans and do nicely, but not as well as other choices from umk could’ve done.
This is one of those songs that fans really like and then they are shocked when it does not qualify for the finals. I’m afraid Finland had better options this year. People voted for the name and not the song. Europe does not fall for big names! Europe actually sets the bar very high for big names and if the expectations are not met, people get disappointed and the country does not do well. Hope the Rasmus proves me wrong.
I don’t think this song I very highly rated by fans in general. A possible non-qualification would come as a surprise only because of who the Rasmus are.
*this song is
Kind of surprised by the low score! This song grew on me lots recently. It went from an OK rock song to one of my most replayed tracks of the 2022 playlist. I’m still on the fence when it comes to the lyrics but the studio cut is something I enjoy a lot now, and I think Finland will stage it well during the semifinal and make the cut. I’m giving this a 7/10
The scoring is BONKERS.
I can tell why some people don’t like this but a 5,53 seems a bit harsh for me. It’s the best rock song of this year, that’s for sure. I’d def understand if that was i.g Denmark’s score but The Rasmus really don’t deserve this. They know how to elevate a performance and this can help them qualify. The song is good, I never understood why the lyrics are bad as many claim, nice melodies but the vocals could have been better in the verses.
Rating: 8/10 (14th)
Finland – UMK had by a mile the strongest quality in songs this year, though I’m not really surprised at all that The Rasmus won. It’s what was the safe option for Finland, and it’s the safe option for Eurovision. These guys are seasoned pros and I wouldn’t be surprised if they qualify, but final-wise I don’t think they’ll nearly do as well as Blind Channel last year. 6.5/10
Nothing unfair in what you wrote, Emily. I don’t think it’ll have the impact of last year’s song but I also think that it is going to stand out in this year’s selection. I honestly don’t see how it drops below being in the top fifteen.
OK, here’s my take on the song: WHAT?! The Wiwi Jury only gave Finland a rank of 5.53 this year? This is too harsh. The Rasmus is one of Finland’s most respectable rock bands, so I don’t see any reason to underrate them. “Jezebel” is all that’s good in a Finnish rock song, and as we all know, Finland takes rock music very seriously. Finland and rock music go hand-in-hand in Eurovision. It’s not that Finland is bad and weak, it’s just that semi-final 2 is too strong and full of great songs, that more than 10 songs can qualify… Read more »
If Finland wins, the host city would most likely be Tampere, as Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena is vetoed bc of its Russian ownership
5,53/10….I’m sorry I have to laugh. Okay it’s not as good as “In the shadow”and it’s probably not even one the best entries this year, but it’s still a more than a decent entry. And way better than some of the songs who got a higher score!
EXTREMELY FAIR OVERALL SCORE! While the music is somehow decent, the lyrics are way too edgy and have a provocative sense of vulgarly and draw me off even more than San Marino. Not to mention that Lauri (is that the name of the lead singer? I have never heard of The Rasmus before, to be completely honest, despite their 15+ year career) cannot sing this live without struggling to catch a breath. It’s an opener that I won’t really be enjoying and would probably preffer to not listen to on repeat. My 37TH place with a 4/10 RATING.
this song is so cringe i’m sorry. it’s really tacky and has been done so many times before. i think it’s another example of a cheap unoriginal rock song being overhyped by the fandom.
In the Shadows of course is their biggest known hit, yes but i also love Wonderman from them, i support them since few years ago actually after seeing them on the Willkommen show at brandenburg tor couple years ago, i very much like their music and frontman Lauri is also such a very likeable guy as for their song Jezebel, i prefer this to Dark Side, for me personally it is catchier and lesser shouting, can also for some reason see this one end up on many people their halloween playlists for this year, as for its chances, could make… Read more »
Great song !! I love it, one of my favorites
with songs like hurricane, ram pam pam and thank god i’m an atheist, i still wonder if they really won bc of the song or bc of their name
it was a combination of the name and finnish people thinking that if dated rock brought them to the top ten last year, then this would be a safe choice
dammmmn, when this comes top 10 many people will eat their words. 5.5 is definitely too low for this
5,5 is definitely too low, but it’s definitely not that good to come top 10
We’ll find out in a few weeks. When I say top 10, I mean barely sneaking in, but I am sure this will do much better than people expect
Uhh, i think it’ll do much worse than people expect it to? i guess we’ll have to wait and see