The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Finland, who have chosen Käärijä with “Cha Cha Cha”.
Are we joining the crazy party? Read on to find out!
Käärijä – “Cha Cha Cha” (Finland Eurovision 2023)
Review: Käärijä – “Cha Cha Cha”
Dayana: It’s crazy, it’s catchy, and it sends an important message – we don’t need alcohol to have fun. And Käärijä manages to serve all of these effortlessly, along with his unmatched style. What else could you wish for? The staging is already perfectly suited for Liverpool, but I’m hoping to see some surprises from the Finnish team.
Kristín: I love Finland. That has never been a secret, and I’ve never hidden in the shadows regarding that. And I won’t this time either. Holy green puff-sleeves Batman, this slaps and it slaps hard! Käärijä is in the house and he’s about to cha cha cha the whole effing building down, leaving few, if any, survivors! This song is filthy, gorgeous, cute and disturbing, all at the same time, and I’m eating every single second up. I hereby bow to Käärijä’s greatness and hopefully we are heading to Helsinki next year. Kiitos.
Deban: A crowd-pleasing techno romp blending elements of K-pop, chants and VGM (video game music). Clustered in parts, but at the same time musical, this is a welcome assault. Finns would love this for staying faithful to their language, and fitness freaks will be adding this to their workout playlist. There is so much to appreciate here, including Käärijä’s striking appearance and his energetic performance.
Ruxandra: Finland is the living proof of how a good live performance can change somebody’s opinion about a song 100%. When the song appeared in UMK, my first reaction was “What is this?”. The live performance made me change my mind; I find Käärijä one of the best performers of this year. The song is a banger, the musical transition that appears in the song is iconic, the vocals are on point and I see a contagious charisma when I look at Käärijä. There’s no better description for this song than “it’s crazy, it’s party” — and we need craziness in Eurovision. With a green bolero and some easy to follow dance moves, Finland is so ready to conquer Europe!
Simon: This is a kind of song you would only hear in Eurovision and only from a few certain countries. Finland and Iceland are those kind of countries (hello Hátari!). Although Käärijä didn’t get me cha-cha-cha’ing from the first listen, I’ve surrendered to the visual overflow and the catchy chorus by now. Love the shift mid-song from the hard-pumped intro to the almost 80’s schlager vibe at the end. I will be shouting my cha-cha-cha’s out loud and proud in Liverpool.
Finland 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 3 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.97/10
What do you think of Finland’s Eurovision 2023 entry? Share your own score and review for Käärijä’s “Cha Cha Cha” below!