Today the Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music un-professionals—got our fire hoses and prepared to review Ralf Gyllenhammar’s “Bed on Fire”. Did it burn the house down? And did we call the police? Read on to find out…
Deban: This is absolutely brilliant! However, unless we’re kidding ourselves, this has no mileage for Malmo. For those who disagree, I give you three words: Max Jason Mai. Even his tits couldn’t grant him a spot in the final. That said, Ralf does focus on the music. “Bed on Fire” is self-penned and takes the listener on a journey. There are several peaks within the song, and it’s theatrical execution could lend itself to some incredible staging. I love the ambition of this entry, and it’s determination to offer something really different.
HK Dick: Romania previously had sparking, dueling pianos but Ralf ups the flames and the vocals a few notches. It’s a full blooded performance and song that is a serious contender for the title. It’s not really my style of song but certainly won me over. I expect top 2.
Mr Häggkvist: I’m a pop music guy and I was sure that many Swedish pop singers were trying to wow everybody, but this guy was the only one that makes me crazy, love the whole vibe… this song is pure fire. I can’t describe the adrenaline I get every time I watch him performing. He really embodies his role and I believe every word he says. I know many people dislike this and prefer soft pop and Schlager, but to me hands down is the best song this year in Melodifestivalen. I can’t wait to hear his entire album.
Vebooboo: In the first 10 seconds, Ralf’s voice is so grating and off-tune. Then he randomly screams out ‘bed’ and things just get worse. Hearing this song reminds me of the times I didn’t use enough lube in bed…now that was a memorable bed on fire. This song will not win, and will not do well in the Final. But at least it’s better than banana-boy Sean.
Wiwi: He shrieks, he’s occasionally out-of-tune, and I absolutely love it. This is a song with a soul, and you can hear the many battles the singer has fought as he belts it out Gyllenhammar-style. This has personality, the staging is brilliant, and it has set my house on fire. If I could choose I’d send this to ESC. Sadly, Sweden’s 14-year-old girls simply won’t get this.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.4