The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to Sweden, where Melodifestivalen 2018 winner Benjamin Ingrosso has “Dance You Off”. Where we spellbound by his smooth moves? Read on to find out!
Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”
“Dance You Off” reviews
Robyn: In many ways, “Dance You Off” is a very safe entry — there’s no chance of a horse on a stepladder in this performance. But that’s not a bad thing. “Dance You Off” is bright, shiny pop and Benjamin Ingrosso delivers it like an absolute pro. The staging is brilliant — those are lighting tubes, not a wheeled-in LED wall, y’all — and Ingrosso creates his own time and space without feeling separate from the arena action. It’s the most Spotify-esque of all the 2018 entries and I’m putting this tune on a playlist.
Angus: This year Sweden is heavy on style. Benjamin Ingrosso looks cool on stage and has a performance crafted to work with or without Portuguese cooperation on the Eurovision stage. Substance is not lacking altogether – he was the first Melfest winner since 2015 to win public and jury votes for a reason – and it is insanely catchy. Also on Benjamin’s side is the fact Eurovision is a one-time gig and nobody can match the spectacle Sweden is bringing to the stage this year.
Deban: Benjamin Ingrosso throws down sex without getting dirty.”Dance You Off” is a polished slice of pop sprinkled with modern funk. Ingrosso is seen alone on stage, but he OWNS every frame! His magnetic eyes hook you in, as he falsettos through his self-composed hit. His super slick choreography blends well with the incredible set design. Hopefully, he’ll come to Lisbon with the most fascinating light design to ever feature at Eurovision.
Jordi: When everything seemed lost in this year’s Melodifestivalen, Benjamin Ingrosso then appeared and just BOOM as proper supernovas. From true ’80s feeling to its staging that serves orgasms of pleasure, this song is 100% made-in-Sweden realness. It feels as though this track comes from another era, it works in its entire length. Vibrant, retro and disco mood, all merged in an electronic and catchy piece with mucho gusto. It has a good radio sound, serves attitude and his performance impacts – in capitals – from the very start. Memorable. Strong contender alert!
Jovana: The staging that Benjamin Ingrosso presented at the Melodifestivalen simply screamed winner, so you can expect that he will do well in Portugal as well. I am convinced that it was the slick production that earned Robin Bengtsson the third place with the jury in spite of not-so-original a song and not-at-all-outstanding vocals. My feelings for “Dance You Off” are more or less the same. Swedes have already proven they are the masters of dance-pop. Let’s hope that next time they can present us with something edgier and more revolutionary like they used to.
Steinunn: The Swedes sure are masters in the art of staging. And that’s actually the only thing this song has, good staging. Oh yeah and a slick production. Ok, the song is actually not that bad but I prefer to listen to it and not watch it. Benjamin is a good performer and he knows how to work the audience, but just like Robin Bengtsson’s sleekness from last year, Benjamin, unfortunately, does not turn me on. That head-nod thing he’s got going on actually just annoys me.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.75/10
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