Välkommen till Melfest! It’s now time for the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — to turn our attention to Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, one of the biggest and boldest national finals. We start our Melfest 2017 journey with the eight acts competing in the Andra Chasen (second chance) round. And what better way to begin than with “Road Trip”, from comedy group De Vet Du. Read on to see what we thought!
De Vet Du – “Road Trip”
About De Vet Du
Four-piece comedy group De Vet Du (“You know it”) have a reputation for humorous songs and YouTube videos. They are making their Melodifestivalen debut with “Road Trip”, written by the group themselves.
Wiwi Jury reviews “Road Trip”
Edd: As a lover of Sean Banan, Samir & Viktor and Freddy Kalas, it’s no shock that I’m in love with this. This is everything my friends are talking about when they say they love Eurovision: silly visuals, fun production and an intense feeling of happiness. I was a nervous wreck when I heard how epic the bass drop was, and by the time the key change came I had almost collapsed. This would be the song to save the Eurovision Ballad Contest.
Chris: If you’re going to make me laugh, make me laugh. If you’re going to wow me with staging, wow me. Don’t half-arse it the entire way. The general appeal of the song, I can kind of get, but “Road Trip” feels like such a let down after the likes of Sean Banan and Samir & Viktor. It needs something bigger than this — and for the love of God, dump that awful falsetto.
Luis: This is the most Swedish thing ever. And I’m loving it. De Vet Du are like a manual on how to do a proper novelty act. Fun, fresh, rightly stupid, with an earworm of a musical bridge. This is everything. Is this Sweden’s next entry? No way, but I can’t wait to see them in finalen. Because they are so qualifying, and you know it.
Deban: “Road Trip” is largely driven by visuals, lighting and clever staging. Their computer generated instrumentation holds a youthful appeal, but may fail to charm sophisticated ears. De Vet Du aren’t far from being a joke act. However, DJ Hunk’s presence makes it all very palatable.
Robyn: This song has really grown on me and I love it. The lyrics might be in Swedish (complete with a fart joke and curse words) but the Det Vet Du visual humour shines through and makes the performance appeal beyond the lyrics. It’s performances like this that make Melfest so special — it’s not there as a potential Eurovision entry, but it’s going to light up the Melfest tour.
Antranig: “Road Trip” is enjoyable viewing without actually being good at all. As I’m thinking about the positives, I think about the staging, the performance and basically anything but the song. When it qualified for Andra Chansen, my reaction was “at least we get to see DJ Hunk again”. That effectively sums up all “Road Trip” has to offer.
Forrest: It’s difficult to figure out where to begin with this mess. Various disparate noises just slam into each other throughout the whole track — the pseudo-rap verses, the oddly gravely pre-chorus, the pop drop with its poor falsetto, a backing track that sounds like it was composed by Owl City, and a key change at the end to top it all off. De Vet Du and “Roadtrip” is a flashy stage show, but offers little substance or quality as a song.
William: When I look at these guys the phrase “bukkake at bedtime” comes to mind. DJ Hunk’s gym-honed body makes my teeth sweat and I can feel the blood rushing from my head southward. The performance is playful, frenetic and somehow endearing — which almost succeeds in making me forget the appalling vocals and cheap Ibiza production. Note that I said almost. This performance is made for the eyes, not the ears, and for that I can’t go beyond a 4.
Our jury for Melodifestivalen 2017 contains 28 jurors, but we only have room for eight reviews. The remaining scores are listed below.
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 9.5.