The Vine reviews ‘Tout L’univers’ for Switzerland

This is a theatrical, cinematic ballad, and I absolutely love it. Gjon’s voice is just on another level- so unique, so vulnerable yet powerful, and the way he transitions from chest voice to head voice effortlessly is extremely impressive. I would like a little more chest voice on the live stage (although this is me being extremely fussy) just to give the song that extra bit of oomph. That said, it’s already very powerful, and I love the instrumental in this- the Chopin-like trills on the piano and the way they fuse perfectly with his voice, and the unpredictability and uncertainty created by the layering. It’s moody and dark, but in a cinematic way, and the atmosphere created almost reminds me of Game of Thrones. This is a very dramatic song, and it shows in the chorus. And then in the bridge, we have these lovely exposed chromatic moments before the big final chorus, but I don’t like the silence before it. It’s too jarring for me, and takes away from the drama. I’m sure the staging will do something to fill this, but I’m reviewing the songs as I hear them, not as I see them. Still, the final chorus packs a punch and Gjon’s voice is phenomenally powerful here. Goosebumps everywhere. The song may not be the most danceable, or emotionally hard-hitting, but it is epic, mysterious, powerful and absolutely superb. I really like it.

Prediction: This is different and daring, and I imagine the juries will respect the creativity and originality of this. Televotes will vote for his amazing voice, and if the stage impresses, this could really do well. I don’t know if it has a wide enough appeal to win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. It’s absolutely qualifying for sure, and I would most likely put it at 6-10, if not higher. This will do well, mark my words.

Photo credit: SRF/ Oscar Alessio

15. Moldova- Sugar

16. Iceland- 10 Years

17. Spain- Voy a Quedarme

18. Israel- Set Me Free

19. Czech Republic- Omaga

20. Belgium- The Wrong Place

21. Croatia- Tick-Tock

22. Norway- Fallen Angel

23. Denmark- Øve Os På Hinanden

24. Latvia- The Moon is Rising

25. Sweden- Voices

26. United Kingdom- Embers

27. Romania- Amnesia

28. Ireland- Maps

29. Serbia- Loco Loco

30. Poland- The Ride

31. Greece- Last Dance

32. Australia- Technicolour

33. Germany- I Don’t Feel Hate

34. Albania- Karma

35. Austria- Amen

36. Slovenia- Amen

37. Georgia- You

38. Estonia- The Lucky One

39. Portugal- Love is on my Side

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