Alessandra Queen of Kings Norway Eurovision 2023

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Norway, who have chosen Alessandra with “Queen of Kings”.

Were we bowing down in appreciation? Read on to find out!

Alessandra – “Queen of Kings” (Norway Eurovision 2023)

Review: Alessandra – “Queen of Kings”

Antranig: Alessandra is a queen and nothing is going to stop her from spreading her wings in Liverpool. “Queen of Kings” is the catchiest song of Eurovision 2023 by some distance, with some seriously empowering lyrics. This song is the perfect blend of modern pop with an unmistakably Nordic flavour, both lyrically and musically. When I close my eyes, this song takes me to the Norwegian fjords and Alessandra’s voice certainly awakens those northern lights. Kings will bow down before her, my queen is here to slay.

Score: 10

Tom: A ‘Pop-y’ version of Finnish super group Nightwish comes to mind whenever I hear “Queen of Kings” – and I love it! Epic, powerful and anthemic. Forget coffee, this track gives me the energy to get me through till lunch. I love the dark staging with the light and the fire coming out of Alessandra. It’s a big, tough song to sing mind, so I hope that she has the chops to smash it consistently throughout the gruelling rehearsal schedule. An easy qualifier, potentially a public vote winner and I cannot wait to see what Norway comes up with on stage in Liverpool.

Score: 9

Deban: Sounding like a period musical with a dramatic ending, Norway’s “Queen of Kings” has touched the hearts of many, whilst clocking an impressive 48 million streams. An impressive feat for an emerging pop star that’s currently in the top five of most bookmaker’s predictions. However, detractors have their reservations. The urgent beat here communicates more hype than substance, and lyrically, it’s difficult to decipher its meaning. As Eurovision draws closer, I have become tired of it.

Score: 6

Diego: “Queen of Kings” is the song that every Eurovision edition needs. From the very beginning, it brings that Nordic/Viking epic vibe that we love in this contest. Alessandra is ready for an epic battle to conquer the heart of Europe and we know she can deliver that exact feeling live and she’s a showgirl. I am more than excited to see what they have prepared for the Eurovision stage and how they are going to show the world they have come for victory! Without a doubt, Norway is certainly going to finish in the top 10 at this year’s contest.

Score: 7

Rick: To be honest I tried not to like it at first, since I thought this is too much “in your face” production-wise. But I couldn’t help fall in love with “Queen of Kings” instantly. This is so captivating and infectious. Alessandra’s attitude is everything and I enjoy every second of this entry. This might not become a jury favourite but it will become an entry we’ll remember forever.

Score: 9

Norway 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:

Cinan: 10

Dayana: 8

Forrest: 5

Jonathan: 9

Kristín: 6.5

Lucy: 7

Luis: 7.5

Oliver: 5.5

Pablo: 9

Renske: 8.5

Ron: 8

Ruxandra: 9.5

Samuel: 8.5

Simon: 9

William: 8

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 5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.06/10

What do you think of Norway’s Eurovision 2023 entry? Share your own score and review for Alessandra’s “Queen of Kings” below!

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Coworking Oslo
10 months ago

So proud of Norway!!!

Åsa S
Åsa S
11 months ago

The Wiwijury scores for Norway:
2015 Mørland & Debrah Scarlett “A Monster Like Me” (8.37)
2023 Alessandra “Oueen of Kings” (8.06)
2020 Ulrikke “Attention” (7.9)
2022 Subwoolfer “Give That Wolf a Banana” (7.84)
2014 Carl Espen “Silent Storm” (7.72)
2019 KEiiNO “Spirit in the Sky” (7.7)
2013 Margaret Berger “I Feed You My Love” (7.21)
2016 Agnete “Icebreaker” (7.09)
2011 Tooji “Stay” (6.9)
2017 JOWST “Grab the Moment” (6.26)
2021 TIX with “Fallen Angel” (5.89)
2018 Alexander Rybak “That’s How You Write a Song” (5.44)

Roger
Roger
11 months ago

I really find this song overhyped by the fans. The song is neither different nor unique

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

It was in my top ten in the Norwegian selection but towards the lower end of it. Unlike in Sweden, I still think every year of Melodi Grand Prix has genuinely strong pieces of songwriting in it and that there’s always a song that works on multiple levels that they could be choosing from. “Queen Of Kings” is a well-produced, professionally put-together, shallow entry that will appeal to others a lot more than it does me. My overall impression of this is that it is very Eurovision-y, and not in a particularly modern way at that. The structure of the… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

A bit of a lukewarm description (and even rating) for your 17th, but I’m attributing a part of that to the fact that it’s one of the general favorites, so all accolades have been said by others. It’s easier to sound positive when you are “defending” an underdog, then when you are putting a favorite a bit lower than most. Even if our placing isn’t *that much different (it’s 11th to me, at this point), my impression is much better. Indeed the song doesn’t aim for re-invent the wheel, impress you with its artsy touches, or move your soul with… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

PS. 6.5 is quite solid. I like my 6.5s. I just expected a 7 from a 17th, but I guess that varies per year and per song.

Overall, a well-written and cool review, as always. 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
11 months ago
Reply to  Colin

You are right to question the rating and, that’s why we keep records of this stuff! Here’s my ratings for songs I’ve (currently) got placed 17th:

2017: France (7.0)
2018: Iceland (7.0)
2019: Hungary (7.0)
2020: Ukraine (7.0)
2021: Bulgaria (6.5)
2022: Cyprus (7.0)
2023: Norway (6.5)

Could make an argument that the two 6.5’s are in the two weaker years but it could also simply be down to the song or, just as likely, songs from this year will generally get rated more highly by me as time goes by and they show their longevity!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
11 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I don’t know if that’s it, I think I’m more in-line with how Tibor’s looking at it but, just with myself, even if I’m not liking something that much, I can still appreciate and (hopefully) evaluate what it is that they were going for. If I was rating purely on my own enjoyment of his song and the likelihood of me playing it going forward in my free time, I’d probably have given it an even lower rating tbh. (To clear up, in 2017, I gave “Hey Momma” a 7.0 rating, mostly based on how much I believed it worked… Read more »

Pablo Nava
Editor
1 year ago

This winning MGP really felt like the most correct thing to happen in the NF season imo.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

It’s a very entertaining entry. It has that high energy that usually seduces televoters and benefits from a at the same time fierce and likeable performance by Alessandra. I know some fans didn’t like the staging in MGP, but I actually think the dark vibes gave it more gravitas and turned the whole act a tad more mature. So, it’s a song that will probably leave a strong impression on first time viewers as it did back home. On the other hand, I must say I grew tired of it pretty fast. The tarantella/sea shant thing became too much with… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I agree that the dark staging makes it feel more mature. It also helps it differentiate itself from presumably very colorful staging Malta will give us. It makes both songs stand out more.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

19. Alessandra – Queen of Kings (Norway) – 7/10 – classic Eurovision- fare delivered with panache from Norway. We have the mystical Nordic flair, the modern message and the poppy dance beat. Norway knows what the audience expects and duly delivers.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago

I think I’ve witnessed a foretaste of the upcoming “Tattoo” reviews. Alessandra and Loreen are both gifted, charismatic performers who significantly elevate songs that “went viral” outside the bubble, and there’s a popular unpopular opinion that their entries are unimaginative, bland and Eurovision-by-the-numbers. Norway has a few aces up their sleeve – “Queen Of Kings” features a nice, bouncy, galloping rhythm and flies by too fast to ever become annoying. The lyrics are uplifting and the rumbling, dominant chorus is meaningfully balanced by sporadic moments of tenderness, such as the last-gasp “lai la la la”. The whistle tone is not… Read more »

Liam
Liam
1 year ago

8.06? You guys are so unserious it is unreal

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
1 year ago

This is a great entry for Norway. Impactful and memorable, I really enjoy the epic arrangement with the heavy drums and the Nordic feel that “Queen of Kings” has. Alessandra is a captivating performer with a strong voice and even stronger stage presence, and I expect this to look amazing on stage in Liverpool. If there’s anything to fault is that the song becomes a bit repetitive after multiple listens, so it might not be one that will stay high in my rankings after the contest but that has no importance at all in how well I see this doing… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  ThorBeta

Same place, same rating! 🙂

ThorBeta
ThorBeta
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

We’re in sync this year Colin! 🙂

Teddi
Teddi
1 year ago

I think people are forgetting that there is many people out there with very different taste! To someone it might sound as “disney vikings” as someone said, but to the others it’s a great song. I’m the others. It’s a great song. Love it. Goodluck Alekssss!

Anhel
Anhel
1 year ago

I know everybody likes the song, but getting the same score as some ESC masterpieces? :/

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

I can understand giving Alessandra herself so many high scores, but not the song itself.

It is not good. Not good at all. Disney Vikings, from a Saturday morning cartoon.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Somewhat galling coming from Norway, Viking country, because that gives it an air of authenticity it does not deserve.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

So, do you believe that such commercially successful (i.e. Disney) songs are not “good” art at a competitive level?

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Well… there really is no such thing as competitive art, right? To answer your question, no. I do not. For example, the wonderful lyrics of Howard Ashman would be a much higher league than Queen of Kings. Which is why I demoted this to a Saturday morning cartoon, instead of big screen Oscar-winners.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m with Purple here. You know that I can also appreciate great lyrics, but does Queen of Kings really need *better lyrics* to be appreciated? Does SloMo? Does Fuego? Sometimes, when a ”girlbop” empowerment anthem tries with too much, lyrically, it can get mixed messages about just how seriously should you take it. They can be too heavy to enjoy in the song in a carefree way it’s intended. Queen of Kings is a playful song decribing a strong female warrior. That’s that. If you want to cheer on the said strong woman, you tag along. If not, it’s also… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

The lyrics are only one thing. They’re not so bad. It’s more the fake “ethnicity” that bothers me somewhat. Did Vikings really make music like this? No. It’s a Game of Thrones pastiche, not based on reality.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yes, it’s not based on reality at all. I see it as an intro song to Xena or Red Sonja. Or, as you say, Game of Thrones. I don’t feel like the song ever pretends to be based on reality. I like its fantasy appeal.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

I’ve never said there’s anything “wrong” with that. Just that I don’t like it.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

And that’s perfectly fine. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Just to hammer home my point further, in the same way I wouldn’t like Ireland sending diddly-dee leprechaun music. Or France sending a stripey man playing accordion with onions around his neck. I would imagine them to know better.

I do not begrudge anybody else liking it, though! I’m glad it brings you pleasure. Smiley face.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

I wouldn’t put nationalistic stereotypes, done unironically or in a lazy attempt at being funny, in the same category as a fantasy genre. I wouldn’t compare it with that. I’d compare it with if The UK sent a song themed like LOTR, or if Poland sent something that it feels like from The Witcher. It’s not realistic, it’s not meant to be. It’s fantasy. I don’t see fantasy in the same category as stereotypes, even if I can see an occasional overlap in imagery.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Vikings were real, though, and not always pleasant. Maybe I’m just projecting something that’s not there, but the word has been coming up a lot.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

The song never actually explicity say ”Vikings”, though. It’s our association (granted, based on certain similarities). This song could be a hymn to a Greek goddess or an English Lady of the Lake, if put in the right context. Sure, actual Vikings were complex, and totally different. But ”fantasy Vikings” (if this even is about them) are a totally different thing. Just like ”fantasy knights” or ”fantasy princesses”. I personally like the escapist factor in it, but that’s just me.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

That’s the point. Good lyrics for a bop don’t need to sound complex or velvety. I think that Fuego, SloMo, and Queen of Kings have good lyrics for what they are going for.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Måns took out the pelicans in his version. Sad.

Zisk
Zisk
1 year ago

For my personal taste I’d maybe give it a 6 or a 7. Trying to look at it from an objective standpoint for a jury I’d maybe give it a 7 or an 8. I get the overall score. Maybe not multiple 10s.

Zanoni
Zanoni
1 year ago

This fills the dual role of “favorite I don’t like” and “song from a really strong national final that I don’t like” for me. I feel like I’ve given it a very fair shake, but find it to be a shallow sledgehammer of a song. The “look at what a badass she is” lyrical mode isn’t my favorite, and the overheated EDM music gets very old very quickly. It has a tendency to play for me as a Spotify suggestion against my will after my main playlist ends, and I can’t reach for that stop button fast enough. 4.5/10

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Zanoni

At first, I didn’t really understand how someone could full-on dislike this track. I just don’t think there’s enough to it to genuinely dislike it and I mostly “nothing” it (if it plays, I leave it on, I never go out of my way to click on it though). However, my partner absolutely detests this entry, like with a proper hatred…so yeah, starting to get it.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
1 year ago

Only 2:30 mins long but it already repeats the chorus 4 entire times, purely made for the TikTokers, fundamentally no shelf life after the contest regardless of how well it will do, performance is mildly entertaining I guess and she is likeable for sure, but that’s about it pretty much. Some of these songs that only function on entertainment value alone are so ridiculously overrated, like 8.06, honestly?

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

BTW, this edition also marks 10 years since 2013’s “I Feed You My Love” and 30 years since my personal favorite Norwegian entry of all time, 1993’s “Alle Mine Tankar”, a reminder of what Norway was able to pull off sometimes, before they became so fixated on their current kitsch galore era…

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

I keep thinking of “I Feed You My Love” as a counter to “Queen Of Kings” and the things that I really don’t care for in this year’s entry. They’re going for a similar style of sound but whereas, IFYML was full of instrumental complexity, QOK is just alarming boring by comparison.
Classic case of one having substance and one not.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Rambo Amadeus

It’s an 8.06 because of the reasons you just listed. This is the Wiwi jury. These type of songs always do well here, as opposed to the more “mature” reviews/ratings from other sites.

Efthymios
Efthymios
1 year ago

My hot take of the year: This entry has been overrated for quite some time now. I wasn’t really glad when it won MGP, my winners were either Jone, Ulrikke or even Elsie Bay. “Queen Of Kings” melodically greatly reminds me of a very recent Melodifestivalen entry, that of “Run To The Hills”, which was actually even better in terms of production and musicality (I don’t really care if the comparison is unfair, it’s how I feel about the entry). The introductory Latin part is literally the best part of the song and it all goes downhill from there in… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Efthymios

I don’t even know if it’s a hot take at this point. The vast majority of reviews by anyone willing to write more than two sentences at a time, seem to pick apart this entry or explain why it comes up short.

Felix
Felix
1 year ago

Yass queen <3

Leo M
Leo M
1 year ago

Great anthem. This has impact from the get go and keeps you hooked throughout. A few tweaks needed on the performance from the national final but I have do doubt this will be top 10, possibly top 5 in the final

Noam600
Noam600
1 year ago

To be honest, we’ve heard this melody hundreds of times, this song doesn’t bring anything new to the table, will finish in the top 10 tho…

mark dowd
mark dowd
1 year ago

This promises to be another 2019 Keiino…top three televote but caned by jurors for the basic nature of the song composition…. I’d guess it’ll end 5th to 8th overall..

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
1 year ago

I like this song quite a lot but i find her voice too throaty. When I listen to It i am constantly swallowing. I think she needs to project more her voice. It sounds a bit like sung on a cave.

Jesper Hjellnes
Jesper Hjellnes
1 year ago

This is one of the most popular songs this year, yet it seems like the only people who came to this comment section were only those who think Alessandra is overrated.

I think we have a great song this year. Would love to see it get a top 10 result. Queen of Kings is a catchy song I keep playing on repeat.

Alvin
Alvin
1 year ago

I told you Wiwibloggs and other Eurovision-related websites/forums are two-worlds apart!

In Wiwibloggs, people constantly hates on entries such as the likes of El diablo, Replay, Mata Hari, Sugar, She Got Me, Spirit in the Sky, Fuego, Sekret, etc.

In other Eurovision-related websites, all the entries I mentioned above barely gets any hate!

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

8,06/10…For this? Come on! That’s really exaggerated!!! It’s in mine bottom five and I don’t care if I get downvoted , I’m not gonna change my mind!!!!

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

I’m sorry but I’m not able to see what everyone seems to love about this song. For me it just sounds like any other Nordic bop with a kind of theatrical twist. I’m not even surprised by the staging, neither it is radiofriendly. Why is it the 4th in the betting odds? Her vocals are on point, though. Norway can’t go higher than the 31st place in my top: 8. San Marino (7.25) 10. Ireland (7) 11. Armenia (7) 14. Moldova (7) 15. Estonia (6.75) 17. Australia (6.75) 19. France (6.75) 23. The Netherlands (6.5) 24. Italy (6.5) 25. Malta… Read more »

AndreasH
AndreasH
1 year ago

Gez, what is whit all the hate all suddenly?
It’s a dynamic, well produced and well sung song. Can’t see this landing outside the top 10!
8,5/10

Amar pelos dois
Amar pelos dois
1 year ago

Norway 4,5/12

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

According to my playlist, “Queen of Kings” is my most listened to track of 2023 so far, yet it sits just outside my top five in this year’s jury. It was a huge surprise to me that it won MGP this year beating some tough competition. It’s quite a short song, originally at only about 2 minutes 29 seconds of actual music, but wow does it pack a punch. This song has an Intro, with a “chanting” melody that we only hear once. It is reminiscent of a musical-theatre transition moment where the music is accompanying characters walking onto the… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I am happy that you like this song! I listen to it a lot too. It’s a ”diva bop”, it’s empowering, yet it has a slightly humorous edge. Songs like this tend to be really liked among fans, yet overlooked by many music critics. Personally, I’m totally charmed by it.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Indeed, it seems the song was only a surprise MGP winner to me. 😀

Sos
Sos
1 year ago

I really love Norway in Eurovision, but this year it’s a 7 for me. Alessandra has an amazing voice, she’s very strong and kind, but the performance is a little kitsch for me and I think that the song is nothing new to eurovision.

Anyway Alessandra is a good singer and the song is ok, but I don’t get all the hype around. I understand why many like it, but I think there are better songs this year that are not so hyped and I’m sad because it happens all the years and it’s not fair.

Scott Jackson
Scott Jackson
1 year ago

Remove all the social media hype and bias and this entry still stands very high. It’s pure Nordic Eurovision and the songs message is very 2023. It’s bold, its catchy and Alessandra brings her A game everytime she performs it. This song does not need all the hype it gets because it will shine on the evening anyway. One of my favourites!

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

Game of Thrones: The Musical. And I’m totally here for it. Top 3 finish is almost certain

pink bucket hat
pink bucket hat
1 year ago

the nordic dance track and the time signature and the ‘HEY’ literally the same as that other song in the norwegian selection hahaha

the bit where it switches from triplet to 4/4 drum roll before the first chorus is so grating why did they have to do that

Emily
Emily
1 year ago

15) Norway – While my interest in this song has gone down since it won MGP, I still think this can do really well in Eurovision. I really love Alessandra’s voice and this will do really well in the televote, most likely with younger folks. There’s just sadly more interesting songs than this. But still, a 7.5/10

Emily
Emily
1 year ago
Reply to  Emily

Random throwaway comment, but was anyone else disappointed by the music video for this? I wanted pirates, dangit… PIRATES! But then I remembered this was a female empowerment song. Boo.

Escfan
1 year ago
Reply to  Emily

Oh for sure, and I have seen several comments both on the MV and on social media echoing that sentiment, saying they were disappointed with the music video because they were expecting that pirate or sea shanty theme.

Emily
Emily
1 year ago
Reply to  Escfan

She coulda really put a cool (I mean they’re already cool to me) spin on any of the female pirates like Anne Bonny or Grace O’Malley and I’d definitely eat it up. Oh well. 😛

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Emily

I agree. While I understand, and appreciate, how this entry can be empowering to people in general, as a metaphor, I’d much rather be a basic guy a stick to the fantasy elements the song has on its surface. They are more fun and less done to death at ESC.

Anja
Anja
1 year ago

I really love to work out to it, but it ends there. It gets tiresome really quickly and it’s not a song that came to stay. A lot of hype, but I think no one will particularly remember it in 5 years. Not a winner song. It’s in my Top 10, I like it, but I don’t listen to it apart from a workout or some Eurovision related thing. The wiwi votes are ridiculously high, but it is what it is. I’m also going with Deban here: I’m a bit tired of it. But for casual viewers it’ll still work… Read more »

Markus
Markus
1 year ago

For me, Queen of Kings fits perfectly in a row of cheesy and annoying entries, that Norway has sent in recent years. The vibe that I get from this performance reminds me of a Disney musical – or of Eurovision from the early 2000’s. 2/10

Vivian
Vivian
1 year ago

Yeah I’m not surprised to see a score so high. I feel like I’m the single person in this world who thinks this is immensely overrated. The production here sounds really cheap, and while Alessandra gives this song her all, I just don’t vibe with this. People crap on Ireland for saying it’s “stereotypically Eurovision” but lo and behold, Norway does a “stereotypical Eurovision” song and the fandom loves it, because “yay female empowerment” or whatever. (I’m a girl myself FYI) Even though it tries so freaking hard to be epic… something misses the mark for me, and the rather… Read more »

Escfan
1 year ago
Reply to  Vivian

I mean, coming from an Irish esc fan, I think two of the main reasons why people would prefer the Norwegian entry (which as you mentioned, is in its own way, a typical Eurovision pop entry) to the Irish entry are: 1: Whilst both contain several elements you’d expect in an uptrmpo esc entry, Ireland imo is bringing nothing else to the table. It is exclusively relying on an overused trope of “we are one” “let’s be together” etc which we have seen done to death in the last 20 years or so, Norway on the other hand, whilst sonically… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

NORWAY – MGP has given us a club banger with a Viking flavor, and I’m here for it! With one of the best hooks of the year, Queen of Kings brings a melody that is hard to forget. The production feels modern, and ready to be played in any club across Europe. Yet, there are some interesting classical elements that elevate this package so much. For instance, the intro chant in Italian, or the almost operatic way Alessandra sings the pre-chorus in. It feels like a theme song for a powerful female warrior like Xena or Red Sonja, and it… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Yeah, for me, it’s probably a bit too straightforward and even though, I don’t dislike it, I am quickly bored by it. It’s one of those that is well-served by the structure of the Eurovision song contest, and the fact that it has three minutes to make an impact and then we’re onto the next. I think any sort of prolonged exposure to “Queen Of Kings” results in one finding more issues with it than things to genuinely admire. One of the things I don’t get is this Viking “flavour” that people claim this is supposed to have. If it’s… Read more »

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 year ago

a very easy qualifier, very easy top 5 material in the final as well, same KeiiNo schlager vibes what the eurofandom all adore, and performed by a cute girl next door type of very gorgeous looking lady

the complete package

even though i prefer last years magic from another planet of Subwoolfer

8.5

Escfan
1 year ago

Norway: This year are bringing an early 2010s scandipop anthem. In a selection with several memorable songs, many of which have ended up in my playlist, Queen of Kings is a solid entry that is sure to continue their qualification streak and do well in the contest. I think the entry itself is pretty decent,when I first heard it, I did immediately think of Run to the Hills from Melfest last year but seeing as that wasn’t selected, I doubt many will be making comparisons to it on the night of the semis or final. Like I think with another… Read more »

Escfan
1 year ago
Reply to  Escfan

thought of*

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

While this is my personal biggest grower (I was not a fan of it at first because it sounded too much like Run To The Hills from Melodifestivalen last year), I do enjoy it now and Alessandra is a wonderful performer with a ton of charisma. THAT SAID….I wouldn’t rank this anything higher than a 7.5 just because it is a stereotypical empowerment song with a standard fast BPM beat. I enjoy it but its not like “wow this is the #1 song of the competition” so far for me

Thanos
Thanos
1 year ago

Soooo 31st place: NORWAY: Queen of the Kings is a classic “ethnic-Viking-inspired but at the same time produced in a mainstream poppy way” bop song. And I never like this sort of entries (even if I may occasionally vibe with them). No one can deny Alessandra’s nearly operatic vocal capabilities (although she missed a few notes by a lot during MGP final) but this doesn’t save the song for me. The ethnic themed lyrics and some parts of its music remind me even more of past pre-2009 contests or of songs like Mata Hari from Azerbaijan. I also have to… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Thanos

That’s a fair review for the song you enjoy less, Thanos. As you’ll see above, I love it myself. But as I am tired of seeing every ”girlbop” worshiped by everyone, it feels fresh reading less stellar reviews as well, even in cases when they aren’t aligned with my opinion. 🙂

Thanos
Thanos
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

It’s one of the first songs this year where we have a seemingly big disagreement. Queen of the Kings is not my least favourite as it’s my 31st meaning there are 6 songs I enjoy even less (with one more unpopular opinion lurking there although I think we two won’t disagree enormously there) but I personally rarely like girlbops. Nevertheless I have caught myself repeating the chorus on my own so no one can deny it’s catchy. I am glad you can enjoy the song.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Thanos

I noticed that our ranking so far is pretty similar, which is cool. This time, our ratings don’t align, but that’s cool. I have a hunch which unpopular entry we might agree on later on. 🙂

Thanos
Thanos
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Let’s just say that a certain mythical creature will not really feel phenomenally good with my ranking of a song that references it.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Thanos

Ditto! That might just be my biggest disagreement with the general fandom this year, but I am happy that I won’t be alone in that.

Lorena
Lorena
1 year ago

I mean, it’s all right. It should finish top 10, but in a position closer to the 10th than to the 5th. I am sure it will get a lot of teenager televotes and the Nordic juries will rank it high. But that’s it.
I enjoy listening to it every now and then. But I agree with Deban, I’m getting tired of this.

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

It will come as no surprise to some that this is just too glossy, vapid and gimmicky for me. Yes, Alessandra, Queen of the North, can sing, but did she have to use her powers for questionable ends, wear a cape and belt out this clichéd kind of poppy sea shanty that sounds oddly familiar? It’s as if the ride of the Valkyries had taken a wrong turn and somehow ended up in a beer tent. I cannot cope with this kind of music, I understand that some might find it uplifting and empowering, but I have to turn it… Read more »

Markus
Markus
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

It’s as if the ride of the Valkyries had taken a wrong turn and somehow ended up in a beer tent.” You made my day – love it!

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

she and Nathan Evans should duet at some point then, the wellerman bop sea shanty icon

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

If he’s willing to wear a cape, they just might.

Kobe
Kobe
1 year ago

Such an overrated song. Queen of Kings is recycling all the Eurovision cliche’s, only the beat makes is a little more contemporary.

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
1 year ago

An 8 for this feels a bit too much, simply because it’s totally “inspired” (to not say something worse) from Klara Hammarström’s “Run To The Hills”. Sem concept, same beat. But since noone accuses it of plagiarism, we move on. Vocally it’s not something I can judge yet, trhanks to the autotune introduction in MGP. And preparties are preparties, some have fun and don’t care ab singing perfect;y, some want to impress. What matters is the vocals on the shows and this is what I’m waiting for to give my opinion. As a song, it’s just good for me. Nothing… Read more »

Lorena
Lorena
1 year ago

Ah, plagiarism and Eurovision this year seem to be very close concepts, not only with this song.

Komi
Komi
1 year ago

Extremely annoying song. 3+/10

Xaxaxa
Xaxaxa
1 year ago

Mediocre, average, nothing special. This should be highlight of this year edition? Lol

Michael 073
Michael 073
1 year ago

This is the song that gets on my nerves the most. Absolutely not my cup of tea.

Karl
Karl
1 year ago

She has a beautiful voice, is very charismatic, and I’m sure she’s a lovely person. But I don’t like the song, sorry. I skip it every time.

Dida
Dida
1 year ago

This is ridiculous. It’s a known fact that every year some countries are being favored by Wiwi Team. Norway is one of them, along Sweden and Australia. Basically, anything these countries are sending to Eurovision, the Wiwi ranks are exagerrated. This one is overrated and will most probably flop….

Tropo
Tropo
1 year ago
Reply to  Dida

No way this will definitely not flop. Hello?! Game over b*tch 😀

Slimax
Slimax
1 year ago
Reply to  Dida

No way in the world will this flop, the general public will eat this up. And rightfully so!