EUROVISION 2017 - KYIV - UKRAINE  

SECHUK JURY 2017

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VERONA

 

KOIT TOOME & LAURA

 

SECHUK JURY

Rating

 257/320 (80.3%)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY

ESTONIA

INT

JURY TOTAL

118

 

Amar

Nothing too stand out about this one. I like the staging and chemistry between the artists, but as a song, it doesn't really go anywhere. If this qualifies, it will be a borderline qualifier. 

6

 

Benedek

 

Now this song is a combination of new and old. I like the melody. he song has a hook but I don't think it stands out enough to be memorable. It  will be a borderline qualifier. The duet is good they have chemistry but this wont be enough I think.

5.5

 

Christos

 

Even If I donít like the Estonian entries usually, this year I have to admit that the Estonians have a veeeeeeery good song. Firstly, Verona is my favorite Italian city, Romeo and Juliet lived there (the house of Romeo still exists). It is a romantic song with an excellent rhythm but mostly it reminds me so many good elements of sound. Koit Toome is back after 20 years more mature and experienced than ever. For sure they have purchased a place in the top 5. I love Estonia this yearÖ

9

 

Daria

Nothing special, but itís the right year for this song. Epic chorus and the singers themselves are the two best things about this entry. And I also like the positive atmosphere.

7.5

 

Douwe

Following last yearís disappointment Estonia revert to a duet which has proved successful for them in the past. Koit and Laura, both Eurovision veterans perform the Shakespearean themed ' Verona '. Her voice is rich and melodic but she needs to work on her diction. This is cute, catchy and straddles eras but it lacks that little spark and falls a bit flat. Rumours that it will be rearranged would make it more fitting for a big venue so perhaps not all hope is lost but I doubt we are heading to Tallinn in 2018. Interestingly the international juries only placed this 6th during Eesti Laul.

7

 

Elena

I know this is not about the clothes, but can we have a silent moment for that dress? It's amazing! Unfortunately, the song is not. I'm not very fond of this half-tempo that is not a ballad but you can't dance to it. The singers are very good, but the song itself sounds like a Swedish reject from early 2000.

4

 

Frederico

I absolutely love this song and often listen to it on repeat and am so glad the Estonians chose this. However I think they really need to work on how they come across on stage. Great song. Definitely in the final. 

8.5

 

Josť

Finally! This are the kind of songs I expect for Eurovision, yes this is a ballad, but not "another ballad" most of the other ballads this year are bland, and this is powerfull, with strong visual elements, for sure Estonia will get a high placement.

8.5

 

Mark L

This song was awful at the start and then built to a great end. I particularly like the male singers voice. Gets an extra point for a fabulous dress!

7.5

 

Melissa

One of the weakest entries they've sent in years. Koit's voice is nice enough but I'm not a fan of Laura's vocal stylings here. The song isn't very memorable either and there isn't a lot going on during the performance. Pretty weak for me...

5

 

Octavio

Very 90's. I really love it. It's a song is catchy, sounds very goodly, stylishly, pleasantly and easy to remember. This song is amazing and it will do very good at Eurovision.

10

 

Paul C

This sound very 90's but it's not a bad song and like the music behind.

7

 

Pia

Yessss, this is goood. Good performace and good singers !  And powerful !

9

 

Roberto

A tribute to the City of Love . A pop-deluxe catchy song, a nice duet, good voices with modern and flashy melodies. Simple and effective, it seems to have everything to be a real contender in Kiev .

9

 

Roy

Having met Koit in 1998 ib Birmingham and this song that year was my favourite,I had a soft spot for him returning to Eurovision. The song is good and a favourite with many but somehow I do miss the WOW factor. But it will again give Estonia a good placing in the final.

8

 

Samantha

Song has a nice hook, and Laura and Koit have great voices, but they seem to lack chemistry. This reminds me almost of "Running Scared", in how capable, yet clinical, this feels. Wish it had more authenticity.

6.5

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

ESTONIA

UK

JURY TOTAL

139

 

Andrew G

I like this very much, has a very nice tune to it, great singers, love duets, and it is very up beat, it should and i hope it does well

10

 

Danny

This really reminds me of Modern Talking, and it has a very rousing chorus. Laura and Koit are both returnees and you can tell that they are seasoned performers. This is going to be a fan favourite and I think could do well with both juries and televoters and return Estonia to the final after last year's catastrophe.

9

 

David B

Ok to it sounds like something from twenty-odd years ago but so what? It's so refreshing to have an 'old skool' catchy Eurosong in the contest. Laura needs to sharpen her vocal a little but the whole thing is so joyous that it wouldn't bother me if she came out and blew raspberries. 

10

 

David E

Iíve always thought this was like a schlager version of Stig & Elinaís song from two years ago and I was delighted when it won East Laul .  A catchy, sing-along pop song that nicely ticks all the right boxes.  

8.5

 

Dean

Fab. At last a real Eurovision song!  This is so 80s, it could have been recorded by Modern Talking.  I have no idea how this will do, but the contest is greatly enhanced by something like this being in.  Well done Estonia !

10

 

Eddie

I know, it's not modern but it's catchy. It's old school Eurovision. The harmonies are fab and they have great voices. Won't set the scoreboard on fire but a finalist for sure!

8.5

 

Edward

There is intriguing drama, visual effects and passion to grab the attention.  The song evolves and has a tag so you remember it.  Strong performances, both singing and acting.  My only concern is that even after a few views I am not sure what that story is.  Strong entry though.

7.5

 

Gary

Smooth, very smooth. Estonia gets it right and they have a solid song for Kyiv, with enigmatic and professional artists at the helm. There is a hint of Modern Talking for me (but thatís not a bad thing in my book) and the slick performance should see Estonia do very well this year. Something to trouble Italy maybe? I would suggest reverting to the Semi Final look for Laura though Ė at the Final, she looked a bit like a head teacher in a posh frock.

9.5

 

Joe  

Aah some Nordic pop. This is a real joy to listen to (and to think they had far better in their national final too - Liis was ph'nom) they also look the part and you know they will perform the socks off it. Although maybe a bit too date for the win

8

 

Kevin

After the disappointment of Juri not qualifying last year Estonia have selected a cracking tune this year, I really hope they do well this year with the catchy tune, and memory performance, I canít stop playing it, again, and again

8

 

Lloyd

This is my personal favourite in the contest with its catchy upbeat song with great staging and sung by a boy/girl duo with amazing vocals. This ticks all my boxes and currently can't get it out of my head!

10

 

Mark M

In a year of blandness and weirdness it's quite nice to have a decent, standard pop song in the contest.  Not a winner but it's really good.

7

 

Martin

Two talented vocalists who interact phenomenally well in the audio world but who send confused signals when on stage - 'Romeo and Juliet' evokes 'star crossed lovers' but you have to really listen to this to get the actual message being 'Verona lovers long ago' - making the listener think too much might be this entry's downfall..

7

 

Matt

 

A great song which is moody yet uplifting too.  Their voices go well together and add to the atmosphere.

9

 

Nico

Perennial bridesmaid Laura finally makes it back to Eurovision after failing to win Eesti Laul with so many great songs. I for one am very pleased for her and what a great vocal pairing with Koit. Their voices blend perfectly in this exuberant peace of stylishly staged 90s Euro pop. Maybe it's nostalgia, but it's certainly raises my spirits and deserves a place on Saturday night.

9

 

Sally-Ann

A really fabulous, if slightly dated, duet with a lovely melody and hook and that shiver down the spine quality.  He in particularly is a fine addition to the 2017 line-up!  It could possibly give Estonia it's second win and will definitely qualify with ease. 

8