Earlier this morning the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—bought a bunch of cheap clothes at H&M and then headed to Sweden to review Ace Wilder’s Melodifestivalen song “Busy Doin’ Nothin’.” Should she get busy taking some vocal lessons? Or did we think that she’s fine the way she is? Read on to find out…

Anthony: Ace Wilder is a down to earth Ke$ha and a breath of fresh air. Her Melodifestivalen debut has already got off to a flying start thanks to this entry. “Busy Doin’ Nothing” is contemporary and catchy, and the chorus really explodes with life. I can imagine this becoming a hit single across Europe, not just Melodifestivalen. Amongst the cheesy pop songs and dreary ballads we see at Eurovision, this would mark a refreshing change for Sweden. An Ace entry indeed.

Score: 9.5/10

Angus: The dark horse snapping at Sanna’s heels! She might not demonstrate the killer trad. vocal that is Sanna’s chosen battleground, but Ace has carved out her own niche in the quirky pop banger category. ‘Busy Doing Nothing’ is incredibly catchy and despite not immediately connecting with it, I know see it as among the strongest contenders to lift the crown. If anyone is going to unseat Sanna at the last hurdle then I’d put my money on Ace. She has a quirky image, cracking song and she also owns the stage. All she needs is to brush up on her choreography and she’ll be a real threat.

Score: 9/10

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Zach: Where did this girl come from with an awesome song? This is probably the biggest out of left field qualifier in the whole contest, including Ellen’s upset over Helena. She’s just memorable all around, attitude, stage presence,  the whole package. And dear lord, the hook on that song is a monster. It’s perfect surprise electronic, and I think it will make a big impact. Vocals are good as well, verses are lyrically a little dull but the hook makes up for it and then some. Definitely a possible dark horse winner.

Score: 9/10

Deban: Her confidence is infectious and her swagger is reminiscent of Jessie J, but she’s quirky with it, which I like. I can’t see this song achieving victory in Sweden, or uniting Europe, but it’s cool to have it pump up the volume in the preliminary stages.

Score: 6/10

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James: This is an earworm, and as has been said, this could be a dark horse; incredibly modern, very professional and without a doubt able to transcend international music borders, as far as experience tells me. Sweden does very well with young female acts which raise a cheer from the audience and, knowing just how much airplay this song could achieve, should this pass the final of Melodifestivalen, we could have another top 3-song before the contest is even held. It’s scary. And I can see why. I don’t like the song for it’s Americanisms, but that’s something I’ve had to deal with for a long time whilst being addicted to this contest.

Score: 8/10

Patrick: We all want to make money while we sleep. Ace should definitely go back to bed. Her voice is so bad. The girl looks like 19 but is actually 32 and only wants to deliver some crap lyrics about her no-work career. The song is written for her teenage fans, who are obviously more teenage than she is. I can’t belive that this song got a ticket to the final. I know the chorus is a jam and maybe funny but we already have some trash-songs in this years Eurovision and we don’t need another one. I hope that the International panel will be serious and won’t overwhelm her with points. If she represents Sweden it will be the worst Swedish act in years.

Score: 1/10

Padraig:  I’m spooked. It’s as if Ace has broken into my head, stolen my life’s mantra and coupled it with one of my favourite genres. This should be my jam. The national anthem of Padraig if you will. But oddly I’m unmoved. There’s just something that doesn’t click. Maybe she’s trying too hard to be laissez-faire. Or perhaps it’s her innate chirpiness. Such a pity, I really wanted a personal theme tune. Oh well.

Score: 5.5/10

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Sami: Even though I can relate with them, I hate the lyrics of this song. Also, the staging is awful. Who let those prisoners out?! But the song is good. It could become a hit almost everywhere in the world, but I don’t know if it would do that well in Eurovision. Ace seem to have the attitude, but it feels like that’s just been glued on top. It’s nice to listen to, but the performance ruins it for me.

Score: 7/10

Franceska: Some Americans say that Sweden is a welfare state, and they would probably use this song as an example of that. The subject of the song is odd. I like how her vocals progress before the choruses, but she isn’t very proficient overall. The change in the chorus is interesting, and works as a club song, but it seems so choppy. She should come back next year with something more interesting.

Score: 6/10

Ramadan: I was surprised this qualified for the final of Melodifesitvalen 2014. I’m also surprised that she’s 32, as she looks like she is in her early 20s. Its got a nice tempo, its got that faux-country tinge and even a bit of Avicii too! But I’m not a fan of the vocals. Last place at Melodifestivalen 2014?

Score: 5/10

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.5/10

Final ranking: #4 of 10

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5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on AIPMT 2015. Regards

Florine
5 years ago

It’s great that you are getting thoughts from this article as well as from our argument made here.

Blerg
Blerg
6 years ago

Patrick is allowed to have his own opinion but I however take gumption with his need to make it quite personal. So what if she’s 32? Madonna is still thrusting her crotch for the world to see as she’s nearing her 60s. And so what if teenagers like the song? Nearly everyone I’ve seen who like the song are actually in their mid 20s earning a living.

Way too far just to say you don’t like the song.

Patrick Melbler
6 years ago

@Fikri
For your information – Its my opinion not yours! If you read out other reviews there were many 1/10. So please respect my opinion! Thank you 🙂

Fikri
Fikri
6 years ago

how can somebody like patrick be a reviewer here in wiwibloggs? even if the song is bad, it doesn’t deserve 1/10. come on!

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I have to agree with Pingu in the sense that the scores 1 and below are way too frequent this year. In the case of Melodifestivalen, this is especially odd to me – I feel as though I’m not the only person who believes this year is much better than the last. Regarding Ace, she’s the least skilled vocalist in the final. On the other hand, she has one of the best songs. I don’t think she should win if she sings like that again, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Her song is brilliant –… Read more »

Arianna
6 years ago

God help me, I’m converted to liking this song more and more haha. I’d be a tad disappointed if it won, but I wouldn’t be terribly upset either :O She reminds me of Avril also a bit too in the “Girlfriend” era :p

D
D
6 years ago

This song is perfect and I love it so much. She has a very good chance of winning too, and if the juries like it (which they may) she’ll definitely win, cuz I know she’s getting A LOT of televoting points.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

@Willy and @Patrick
so be it! But last years the things weren’t the same… Last year you acted like real professionals. When you review a song you should keep in mind some things, like the fact that it’s a song! Not a dog’s bark:)) I just can’t understand this things.. sorry if I offended you, I will just stop to read this reviews and that’s it :-??

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
6 years ago

@eurana: The girl is definitely channeling Avril Lavigne. I thought the same thing when I first saw this. Avril + alt-rock + EDM = contender.

I put her 4th on my list (behind Linus, Sanna and Ellen); but the more I hear this song, the more I’m tempted to move her 1 or 2 spots up. Age (32) ain’t nothin’ but a number. Toni Basil was 38 when she recorded “Mickey”.

Patrick Melbler
6 years ago

@Pingu
I know you can’t understand why I gave only 1 point. I think I explained it in my comment that I don’t like the song! Even if it’s in the Final I can give 1 Point and I don’t have to like it. Remember it’s only my opinion! 🙂

Z24
Z24
6 years ago

It doesn’t help that you’ve seen Sanna so many years.

Of my top four songs (Yohio, Sanna, Helena and Ace), I think this is my number one. This is the worst message to give in a song, but definetly the song with most international appeal. That chorus is a monster, and with a song like this, I think vocals are ok. She’s closing the show, so that guarantees her at least 3rd place.

Pingu
Pingu
6 years ago

@ Willy I see what you mean, but, in my opinion, giving a songs a mark as low as 1 or even 0 simply because I would be rooting for another song competing doesn’t seem right to me. And i strongly believe that no song that has gotten to the final of Melodifestivalen deserves a 0. It’s one of the biggest music shows in Europe, so it’s bound to have great songs.

Easpag
Easpag
6 years ago

She’s older than Sanna? Mindf*ck.

But this song is sub-par generic pop. Not as good as Sanna, but Sanna isn’t great either. I haven’t listened to Helena’s song yet, but I’m really hoping she can impress me, because if not, Sweden will be nowhere near the left-hand side of the final this year.

Jordan
Jordan
6 years ago

Hahahaha @ the NOOB below me. Bless.

Armond
Armond
6 years ago

How can this girl win when there’s a powerful song like Survivor?

Mary J
Mary J
6 years ago

@Alex: I hated Ruth’s song. I am not involved with this blog and I would have given it a ZERO. The fact is that different music appeals to different people. Asking for “consistency” as Pingu does is ridiculous. Music isn’t consistent nor are opinions of it. Understand different strokes for different folks.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

I don’t like this song but i have to agree with Pingu,that this year the wiwi jury seems to have fallen out of track. For example I hate so much Ruth’s dancing in the rain,mainly because I loved Brequette, but if someone would put in the position to grade her I would not mark the song with a 1 or 2.

Paul
Paul
6 years ago

Can’t say that this is a quality song but it is really infectious.
I hope Sanna and Ace will both lose.

abelsg
abelsg
6 years ago

This entry is very overrated. It will not win. Simple as that. Completely agree with Patrick.

yessi
yessi
6 years ago

@A.D.R.SWE kind of dull? How old are you? 12? 😮

Wouter
Wouter
6 years ago

It’s my favorite =) So nice that she sings about me =) ACE FTW!

Pingu
Pingu
6 years ago

This is bullcrap. Last year’s jury seemed to have an idea of what good music actually is. This year’s jury doesn’t have the faintest idea of that. It seems that subjectivity is through the roof and no consistency exists whatsoever. Just because one juror’s favorite is not the one they are according marks to,doesn’t mean that this song is not good and should accord low marks (such as 1). I’m not talking about Ace’s entry in particular, but any of the ones reviewed till now. The marks accorded this year by the wiwi jury have no relevance and I personally… Read more »

A.D.R.SWE
A.D.R.SWE
6 years ago

I’ll vote for this SOOOO many times! Gonna vote until I have no money left (seriously).

Really, really, really, really hope she wins!!!!

Gonna be so proud of my country Sweden if this wins… Sanna is kind of dull (not the worst; but I’m not rooting for Undo)

Bogdan
6 years ago

Yeah, I can’t believe she’s older than Sanna…

eurana
eurana
6 years ago

She is favorite in Sweden. She is 32 yo ? Really? Another Avril Lavigne that do not want to growing up?