Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga track Ja Ja Ding Dong ‘would bomb’ if picked for the real-life competition, according to an expert.
The song is performed a number of times by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ characters Lars and Sigrid as the Icelandic duo unexpectedly win the chance to represent their country at the renowned competition.
Although it’s the hit is received well by locals in their home country, musicologist professor Dr Joe Bennett reckons judges wouldn’t respond well to it and would receive next to nul points in the actual competition.
‘This is the song that Fire Saga are forced to play over and over in their covers set, because the Icelandic locals demand it,’ Dr Bennett said.
‘It’s a classic example of old-school Eurovision Schlager – an oom-pah singalong tune with nonsense words and a happy sentiment.
‘Ja Ja Ding Dong might have done well in the 1970s, but in modern Eurovision it would almost certainly bomb. Lars and Sigrit want to move on from these old clichés and concentrate on their own new material.’
While Ja Ja Ding Dong wouldn’t have fared well, Lars and Sigrid would have better luck with their song Double Trouble if they played the real-life Eurovision.
‘It opens deceptively as a pastoral minor-key ballad, but soon kicks into euro-pop territory with a four-on-the-floor electro beat at 125BPM,’ Dr Bennett added.
‘Iceland have never won the Contest, and often finish near the bottom of the voting; their best placing in the last ten years was 10th (2019).
‘Double Trouble is good enough to be a finalist, but we wouldn’t see it winning.’
Perhaps Iceland should send Lars and Sigrit to Eurovision next year?
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