EUROVISION 2016 - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN

 

SECHUK JURY 2016 - COMMENTS & SCORES FOR: NORWAY

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ICEBREAKER

 

AGNETE

SECHUK JURY

Rating

 208/320 (65%)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY

NORWAY

INT

JURY TOTAL

104.5

 

Amar

I'm confused by this... it sounds like two separate songs in one. Agnete is a good performer and has a nice voice, but this song just doesn't come together for me. 

5

 

Benedek

This is a song which is made from two songs.Booth parts are good, but the rhythm change is forced. The staging is a cliche and for me is nothing outstanding. With this Norway will qualify, but I cant predict what will happen in the final with this.Still this is one the strongest entry's of this year.It is a better entry than most.

8.5

 

Christos

Do we watch the Swedish participation in 2012 again??? ... frankly I'm bored, I'm sure that will scan 12 degrees from the Nordic countries but unfortunately the inspiration and originality missing. The Song Contest is in crisis and the Norwegians contribute to it. So Sorry for the future of the competition ....

6

 

Daria

The chorus makes it all in the song. Verses are a bit simple for me, but on the other hand it makes an interesting contrast with the powerful chorus. And there is a lot to polish in the performance.

8.5

 

Douwe

A landslide victory for Agnete with 'Icebreaker' written by Ian Curnow ('I Need You' (Deuce, SFE 95) and Gabriel Alares ('A Million Voices' and Moldova 's 2016 song). 3 minutes of suspense and creativity and Agnete gives such a powerful performance of this challenging, intriguing and enticing song with interesting tempo changes. It has been likened to Margaret Berger's 'IFYML' and to Loreen's 'Euphoria' and just look how well they did. Perhaps not the winner but it will go very close ...

9

 

Elena

I'm confused... In the verse her voice doesn't carry, and in the chorus she gives it all, but I don't like the change from up beat to low beat. I do believe others might find this new and exciting. But somehow this feels old, and very scandinavian. Love the scenography.

4

 

Frederico

Icebreaker is no Laika, which should have won MGP in Norway . The song is quite good though and Agnete puts on a good performance. The song is non-descript but in a way that it works.

7

 

Josť

I think that Scandinavia can remain with the crown, with Norway . Well done, Agnete is charming, the song in contemporary with realy nice rythm change and with a little improvement in the show, this can break all the rest of average songs selected this year.

9.5

 

Mark L

This song is all over the place! It feels like about 3 songs rolled into one and it doesnít work at all for me

2

 

Melissa

This is a mess! I can't believe the group responsible for creating this song didn't realise how hard it is to listen to this. You can't grab two songs at two different BPM and splice them together just expecting it to sound harmonious with little work. Agnete's vocals don't help matters either. I hope this doesn't qualify.

3.5

 

Octavio

I like the choruses and I like the verses, but the song is a little bit confused by the rythm. The chorus just doesn't fit with the rest of the song. she has a good voice, very strong and powerful.

7

 

Paul C

A bit of a messy song but it's not a bad song. The staging was good, and the change of tempo makes it an original song. Having said that, I am not sure the viewers will like it much.

6

 

Pia

Yesss !  Norway delivers as usual ! What a strong one ! top 5

9

 

Roberto

After two classy and stunning ballads, Norway gets back to a more adult-contemporary pop and the result is overall good and moving, but a bit predictable. Nice chorus, nice atmosphere, and a scratchy trend. I am enough satisfied with it. 

8

 

Roy

A singer with a name that sounds like one of the ABBA females, so that do grab attention and a title called ICEBREAKER, the production looked cool and interesting and she has a good voice, but I sort of lack something in this. I AM YOUR ICEBREAKER, so many lyrics have that line I AM YOUR (whatever). This will get to the final but if there are many strong songs, it may get lost end in the middle of the table.

7

 

Samantha

This is two songs squished into a single package. Each element is fine, and Agnethe's voice is pretty good, but the complete lack of transition between time signatures really takes me out of the enjoyment of the song. Bring back "Oro jaska, beana!"

4.5

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

NORWAY

UK

JURY TOTAL

103.5

 

Andrew C

After the entire population of Northern Norway misunderstood and thought they were calling for an Icebreaker to rescue them the result was never in doubt. I'm similarly confused by this song. Feels somewhat contrived but has a definite hook nonetheless and could come close.  More important it isn't Feel Da Rush!

7

 

Andrew G

This is ok but a bit flat in some areas, I thought I would of liked it more before hearing it, most probably it will qualify, I can see a lot of people liking it.

5

 

Daniel

It's a little messy. Sounds like two songs have been thrown together. But it could work!

6

 

Danny

Iíve seen a lot of people say they dislike the change in tempo between the verses and chorus of this song but I think it makes it stand out and it will definitely be remembered. This is fresh, dynamic and original and I think it is definitely going to be in the upper echelons of the scoreboard come final night. They just need to work on the staging. Good job Norway !

9

 

David B

I like this but as yet, I don't love it. There is something slightly clinical and 'safe' about the song. Harmless pop for the middle-aged? It's nice and non-threatening and I think tit will probably be saved by a great stage show in Stockholm

7

 

David E

I LOVE the staggered verse/chorus combo and, having been in Spektrum when this was picked, I know she can deliver a stellar performance live.  I suspect this is going to be well up there in the final, hopefully Top 10.  

9

 

Dean

A very interesting song. The first time I heard it I fully expected the chorus to burst to life and not slow down. I'm used to it now and quite like it, but I'm not sure those hearing once will 'get' the change in tempo. But this is a quality entry and surely a finalist.

7.5

 

Eddie

Is this two different songs? I love the verse - feels like euphoria, great atmosphere. And then the chorus is totally different and totally shifts the song. I like each part but i don't think it fits well.

7

 

Gary  

This sounds like 3 songs in one and just how many people are singing it? (Iím guessing that they have hooked on to the Swedish idea of off-set singers boosting the main vocal (cheating?)). That canít possibly just be one voice . The flow is strange, so I canít really see it grabbing viewers. All told itís a powerful performance which should take it to the final. Reminds me a bit of Malta ís Warrior last year thoughÖ Stilted.

6

 

Joe

She's great and can really sing. I can't get over the fact that it sounds like two songs though with such a contrast between verse and chorus. This could do very well if staged right.

7.5

 

Mark M

Completely confused that Norway didn't pick Afterglow. This song is a bit odd and I'm not sure what to make of it.

5

 

Martin

'Icebreaker' messes with my head big-time.  Fast upbeat verses and slowed down choruses?  Three musical styles in three minutes?  This is a hot mess musically and in its staging, Agnete having to walk downstairs from a podium containing a barely visible dancer.  Unbelievably, Norway risk not qualifying for the Final...

5

 

Matt

A high quality national with lots I liked, including this.  An interesting ploy in slowing down the chorus when you think it's going to build.  She looks like she's stepped out from a 60s fashion catalogue which is no bad thing.

9

 

Nico

Two entirely different songs heinously shackled together, each alluring in their own right, mercilessly trying to kill each other for survival. I just can't bear the brutality of this. The poor girl sings her heart out beautifully, but in the end neither song can win and both inevitably perish. Oh Norway , what have you done? From the sublime Monster Like Me, to a Frankenstein's monster like this. Cold, so very, very cold.

1

 

Sally-Ann

What a strange combination of tempos!  It's neither one thing nor another and, as a result, not easy or pleasant to listen to and therefore pretty pointless. 

4

 

TristŠn

This is an odd one. At first I thought it was going to be another Loreen-style song, but then that total beat change (which really jars at first) makes this song fresh and original. I don't think it will do amazingly, but it's definitely standing out for me and that's always a good thing at Eurovision. I wish they'd chosen Freddy Kalas, though. There is something very sexy about this song, though.

8.5