The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Iceland, who have chosen Diljá with “Power”.
With great power, comes great responsibility — the responsibility to review! Read on to find out what we had to say.
Diljá – “Power” (Iceland Eurovision 2023)
Review: Diljá – “Power”
Pablo: There is something captivating about “Power”, and more specifically Diljá’s performance, that makes this number a joy to listen to and repeat over and over in my playlist. Perfectly serviceable, inspiring pop that sounds ‘now’ with mesmerising peaks and valleys, and a dangerously catchy “p-p-p-power” hook. It has a factor that just hits the right spot for people with all music preferences to like it. Watch out for this one, because there’s nothing more effective for people than an honest package, and this one might be the most honest of all 37. Don’t count Iceland out, because they can strike gold with any tool.
Simon: Something in me likes the nod to the 80’s vibe of Iceland, but it’s a tough task to swoon me after the likes of Hátari and Daði Freyr. Diljá definitely has power (I know…) in her voice and I like the theme of female liberation and empowerment in the lyrics, although it gets a little repetitive for my taste. This song doesn’t hold the power over me just yet, so it will land at a mid-table score hoping for a surprise in the live shows.
Kristín: What can I say about my beloved country? “Power” is definitely a power number. Heavy beat, somewhat catchy chorus and we of course have the tsunami that is Diljá — and I say this in the most positive way, for the girl has some serious pipes and her energy and love for the stage is off the charts! In any other year, this would’ve been a sure-fire to the finals, but I fear that it will be a steep hill to climb this year, for there are sooooo many strong female-led songs and many of them better than “Power”. But I will not put it past Diljá to go against all the odds and come out on top because she is a fighter!
Jonathan: Icelandic drum and bass here to give us a power boost. “Power” is a thumping track that Diljá commands well, drawing us in through the first verse and then hitting us with her strong vocals in the chorus. The staging at Söngvakeppnin was rather lacklustre, particularly into the second half. But hopefully Iceland can give Diljá something more interesting to work with in Liverpool, because they’ve got a banger of a song on their hands.
Renske: “Power” is a sweet powerpop anthem. It feels a bit too similar to many entries we have seen from other countries in the 2010s. It sounds like a watered-down version of a classic top 10 power ballad from the last decade. The message is good and Diljá is a talented singer-songwriter, but for Eurovision in 2023, it simply cannot weigh up against other entries.
Iceland 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 2.5 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.78/10
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