Just when we thought Melodi Grand Prix was going to be a dance-pop free affair, Charlie and her song Hit Me Up burst onto our screens to remind the Wiwi Jury – our in house panel of music unprofessionals – that Sweden isn’t the only country capable of making dance music in Scandinavia. Did Charlie set our toes-tapping or cause us to sit down and sulk? Read on to find out!
Had Fefe Dobson agreed to be marketed as a pop puppet by Jive Records, this is exactly what she would have sounded like. Teen pop can be fun, but this grates on me. It’s whiny at best, and sounds longer than 3 minutes. Hit Me Up is not the feeling that’s brewing inside of me right now. I just wanna HIT you!
Oh hello there Carly Rae Jepsen. It’s bubblegum pop, but it’s not the sparkly, spunky bubblegum pop that I like. It’s the irritating bubblegum pop that I don’t like. I doubt it’ll fair so well in Norway or in Copenhagen if it’s lucky, and people will just find it annoying. Maybe I’d like it after a few more listens, but I wouldn’t dare press the play button again.
My lord this is annoying. This sounds like Carly Rae Jepsen trying to go techy. I don’t hate it, but it sounds odd. Her voice is kind of squeaky, and it sounds like she’s trying too hard to sound like a party girl. If you have to emphasize how much you want to lose control and party, trust me, y’all don’t know what partying is. It’s kind of like that girl who takes one sip of wine and spends five hours talking about how drunk she is. Lyrics and trying-to-hard attitude aside, the instrumental backing is decent.
Another pop song, but I don’t think it reaches the standards of the others in MGP. It’s nothing incredible nor new.
Carly Rae Jepsen ahoy! Of the female soloists duelling it out in the Second Semi-Final Charlie has the weaker song. That’s not saying it’s weak though: I’m partial to quality bubblegum pop and that is exactly what ‘Hit Me Up’ is. There’s a Scandinavian precedent for Bubblegum pop but Norway hasn’t tried anything like this recently. I hope Charlie will beat out her bubblegum competition from Knut because her song’s better and more original.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.2/10
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