The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Sweden, who have chosen Cornelia Jakobs with “Hold Me Closer”.
Were we embraced tightly by the song? Read on to find out!
Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer” (Sweden Eurovision 2022)
Review: Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer”
Ron: I rarely give 10s in my Wiwi Jury scores, but this one is just so good! Cornelia sings the song but each one of us can identify with the lyrics and see himself/herself in her shoes (that she’s not wearing). Everything here is perfect – the beautiful touching melody, the really well-written lyrics, Cornelia’s powerful voice, and the simple effective staging. Cornelia’s lovely raw voice fits this song so well that every imperfect note just makes it shine. You can really feel the pain in her voice and it feels so genuine and sincere. She’s just talking to you and telling her story and you just gotta love her and hug her. I really wish you the best, gurl.
Deban: The lyrics here are of particular importance. They tell a personal story of finding the perfect one at the wrong time. A clever take on love lost within the context of seeking love. Unfortunately, much of this isn’t enunciated with clarity — and Cornelia’s vocals are inconsistent at the best of times. Eurovision fans (most of whom show love to all entries in equal measure) won’t find imperfections here. However, reality often rolls the dice differently. But with the right tweaks and vocal uplift, this has the potential to surprise everyone at the grand final.
Tom: I am man enough to admit when I am wrong, and I was wrong. In my Melfest top-three video I said that “Hold Me Closer” (though I liked the song very much) wouldn’t finish particularly high if it were to get to Eurovision. Again, I was very wrong. Cornelia’s performance, charisma and her gritty vocals won me over at Melfest. After the final I understood that “Hold Me Closer” had to go to Eurovision. Now recently seeing her live at LEP I got goosebumps – I knew that this could win. The song touches me on a different level now I really listen to the lyrics and feel the emotion in her voice, I believe every word Cornelia says. I would be delighted if this won.
Robyn: “Hold Me Closer” is a good song but somehow it never sticks with me. I want to like it more, because I can see all the ingredients are there — Cornelia brings a lot of personality to the performance, while the song is dynamic, builds and packs emotional heft. But it’s not a song that’s become an earworm for me. It seems to exist only when I’m listening to it — and a good Eurovision song needs to be stickier than that.
Pablo: “Hold Me Closer” just feels right. It feels right that it earned its way to be in Eurovision, and it for sure will feel right if this takes the crystal mic. It has that quality of maybe not being your number one song, but managing to hit the right buttons so precisely, you can’t help but love it in the end. Robyn meets Adele, Swedish pop at its best. Cornelia’s husky yet youthful voice smoothly travels through the tender and thumping parts of this song and every single part feels extremely satisfying. With this song, Sweden firmly cements the fact that it wants and will try to get that seventh win.
Sweden 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 6 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.94/10
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