The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals reviews the eight acts who will be competing in the anda chansen round of Melodifestivalen 2018. Next we take a look at Melfest sophomore Mimi Werner with her entry “Songburning”. Did we feel the heat? Read on to find out!
Mimi Werner – “Songburning”
Anthony: Mimi was robbed back in 2016 (ironically, in the same semi-final as Samir & Viktor), and I’m pleased for her that lightning didn’t strike twice. Continuing with the country-pop genre that Mimi is best known for, “Songburning” delivers the pleasant pop song vibes of a Carrie Underwood-esque single. But it does feel like a bit of a buzzkill after the upbeat “Ain’t No Good”.
Chris: Mimi is giving us her best Dolly impression in parts of “Songburning”. Perhaps that’s why it doesn’t quite click so much for me: it’s hard to tell who Mimi really is.Whereas the likes of First Aid Kit have cornered their own slice of the Americana market, Mimi kind of blends into the background as an artist here. It feels like it could be anyone singing – there’s some spark, but no explosion.
Deban: “Songburning” is a lightweight country-pop offering. Mimi Werner does a good job smiling through her lyrical adversity. However, the song title burns brighter than the actual composition. By Melodifestivalen standards, this is distinctly average.
Natalie: It’s always great to have a really charming country-inspired song in a competition like Melfest. Especially one that is as anthemic and catchy as this one! Those heavy drums in the chorus and the major chords are just magic for lifting you up, and Mimi seems so comfortable and energetic on stage. It’s just a shame that even though all the elements are done so well here, they’re not really anything we haven’t seen before, and it’s not exactly an earth-shattering original song. Also “Google Define: Songburning” doesn’t yield any results.
Robyn: I’m surprised at how much I like this song. Mimi really sells it — she sounds like she’s living every word and she really is about the power of a good song. “Songburning” has folky and country tones, but there’s a solid pop song at its core. The whole production is packed full of so much life and positivity that it’s impossible to not get buoyed along.
Tobias: Last time Mimi competed was in 2016 and she placed fifth in the semi-final. I’m not surprised she ended up in a better position this time. People know more about her now and the song I actually like a lot more than the one back in 2016. I don’t think that country songs are something Sweden would send to Eurovision but hey, it’s a nice tune.
In our Sweden Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found 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 4 and a high of 8.5.