The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Up first is Denmark, who have chosen Reiley with “Breaking My Heart”.
Did we fall in love, or did our own hearts break? Read on to find out!
Reiley – “Breaking My Heart” (Denmark Eurovision 2023)
Review: Reiley – “Breaking My Heart”
Diego: “Breaking my heart” is one of those songs that you are sure to hear everywhere. A very well-produced and catchy song with a mix of everything you can nowadays hear in the the top charts around the globe. It’s something different from Denmark than previous years and it can definitely become viral everywhere. Even though it’s a bit mainstream for me, I think with the correct staging and Reiley’s personal touch Denmark can make it to the final — they have the perfect song for it and they can definitely work for it.
Antranig: There’s a lot of fanfare around Sweden, Finland and Norway, and rightfully so. But if you’re looking for quality Nordic entries, don’t sleep on Denmark either. Reiley is extremely talented and there are few songs with a more memorable chorus than “Breaking My Heart” this year. The music video is visually stunning and I hope they can capture a little bit of that on the Eurovision stage. I’m so happy to see the Faroe Islands represented at Eurovision and I’m sure Reiley will do them proud! Call me crazy, but for me this is Denmark’s best entry since Emmelie de Forest.
Deban: The studio version of Reiley’s track slays! However, the live versions give cause for concern. The hook is far too processed to allow a compelling live delivery, and if his performance at Dansk Melodi Grand Prix is anything to go by, expect lazy staging. Still, he’s of this generation, and with the right team, budget and his youthful charisma, it could improve their chances of advancing beyond the second semi-final.
Simon: The best choice we had in DMGP to represent Denmark this year, with an entry that has a current sound to it and is catchy. Reiley is a sweet guy but the concern is whether or not he will connect properly with the audience behind the screens, as he can come off as a bit slick in interviews and on stage. Looking forward to the rumoured upgrade of the staging, because the song needs the same bright colours and upbeat feeling as it has in the music video. Hopeful for a spot in the final for us, although it will be close!
William: In a contest where Finland’s Käärijä serves performative cunnilingus and Norway’s Alessandra moves so hard her hip may pop off, Denmark’s offering feels a bit too safe. Despite the bright colours and bold styling, this reads more Mickey Mouse Club than Eurovision Song Contest. The melody, while sweet, isn’t particularly impactful, and the electronic voice effect leaves me wondering if there’s a hidden robot performing the main vocal backstage. Reiley has youth on his side, but at DMGP this seemed to lack the freedom you’d associate with that. Conveying a bit more joy — and a few more smiles — will go a long way in warming this up. It needs to feel more relaxed and less programmed.
Denmark Eurovision 2023 ranking
In the Eurovision 2023 Wiwi Jury, we have 20 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 4 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.64/10
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