The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Estonia, who have chosen Alika with “Bridges”.
Do we want to join Alika on the other side of the water? Read on to find out!
Alika – “Bridges” (Estonia Eurovision 2023)
Review: Alika – “Bridges”
Dayana: Alika is an incredible singer and I’m sure she will hit all those notes at Eurovision, just as she did in the Estonian national final. I’m not a big fan of ballads, but “Bridges” gives a sweet nostalgia of early 2010’s entries. It has a memorable chorus, great lyrics and a nice melody that just perfectly fits Alika’s voice. The more I listen to “Bridges”, the more I like it.
Deban: Whilst there is no doubt that Alika’s vocal expression uses tonal shifts and resonance to optimum effect, one critical factor remains unchanged, her song is languid. Music experts may have judged this differently, but as they’ve been banished from the semis, I struggle to see the televote appeal here. Alika’s voice is phenomenal, but “Bridges” reads like loud and louder on snooze.
Antranig: “Bridges” is an entry that has quietly gone under the radar, but there is some serious quality here. Alika’s vocals have a mysterious undertone beneath the big notes and “Bridges” has an almost urgent characteristic about it as the song builds towards a huge crescendo. My only concern about the song is that I feel juries may appreciate it more than a televote, which could be a problem in the new voting format. “Bridges” is a journey and if Alika can build some bridges to the grand final, the jury may push her significantly up that leaderboard.
Kristín: Estonia, what have you done? You could’ve been edgy and different and driven the crowd completely wild, but instead you opted for a generic and boring ballad, guaranteed to put people to sleep. Why, oh why? But I will give credit where credit is due, for Alika is a star and is definitely shining brighter than the dull-fest she is performing. Should Estonia qualify, and I’m not saying that’s entirely impossible, it will be because Alika is a powerhouse and I know that she will give her all and more on stage and hopefully shake things up, because unfortunately they need a good shaking.
Samuel: When I think of Estonia, I think of a piano that plays itself and not a lot else. Alika strikes me as a talented and engaging performer, but “Bridges” for the most part fails to impress me. That is with the ironic exception of the bridge of “Bridges”, which builds nicely and complements Alilka well. As ballads go, “Bridges” isn’t bad, but it might need more than a self-playing piano to hold my attention next time.
Estonia 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 2 and a high of 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.83/10
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