The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues its look at the contestants in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, reviewing the acts battling it out for the four remaining places in the final via the andra chansen round. Next is Dolly Style, who have returned with their song “Rollercoaster”. Were we lining up to take a ride? Read on to find out…
Dolly Style – “Rollercoaster”
Angus: “Rollercoaster” has its ups and downs but the big sugary sweet selling point is Dolly Style 2.0. These girls rock the cloud, look and sound to the max. It is exactly the kind of sugar rush you want in a Melfest lineup that is all too serious. Sometimes amongst the towering ballads, cool electropop and dance bangers you need to add a little sugar to the mix.
Deban: Although “Rollercoaster” isn’t dire by any means, I am not a 12-year-old J-pop androgen. Moreover, multiple lineup changes where band members adopt the same names can’t be taken seriously. In “Rollercoaster”, Dolly Style are channeling high-octane pop. Although it’s cooked well, it’s just not my kind of meat. When three minutes clocked, I applauded out of sheer relief.
Padraig: Destiny’s Child, Sugababes, Dolly Style – they’ve all undergone multiple line-up changes, but each time they come back as strong as ever. While it lacks some of the immediacy and bubblegum quirkiness of “Hello Hi”, “Rollercoaster” is probably the better song. Any number of acts would kill for the EDM backing track while the melody is completely infectious. Admittedly, the lyrics get a bit repetitive, but I don’t care. I’m on a rollercoaster and I’m not getting off.
Robyn: I want to appreciate this song as disposable bubblegum pop, but it’s not good enough for that. While “Hello Hi” had gloriously captivating pop magic, “Rollercoaster” gets boring fast. Even the staging seems to run out of ideas. It’s not terrible, but it just has no appeal beyond the three minutes of the performance. It’s extra weird that a song this underdeveloped could come from the G:son/Boström pop powerhouse.
Tobias: The trio of sugar sweet candy pop is back at Melodifestivalen. I must say I prefer “Rollercoaster” than last year’s “Hello Hi”, however it’s not really my cup of tea at all. “Rollercoaster” is a very childish song/performance, but hey, that’s their style. The song itself is very easy to sing along and gets stuck in your head after just listening to it the first time, but it gets really repetitive which makes it flat and boring. The kids at home will like this, I’m sure, but I don’t think Dolly Style will end up at Friends Arena.
William: I like the bright colours, the dancing and the camera angles. They enhance the girls’ natural energy and eye-popping looks. Notice that I’ve said nothing about the song, which is disposable and, after a minute or so, quite irritating. The group’s vocal weaknesses come into focus whenever they sing solo, so I advise against this in the future. “Hello, Hi” was much stronger. “Rollercoaster” does not deserve a spot in the final.
Sami: This song is minute too long. It starts off fun and catchy, but it gets very boring and repetitive towards the end. The performance looked little cheap as well and without the pre-recorded backing vocals, they sounded really bad. It doesn’t stand a chance against Samir & Viktor, so Dolly Style will miss the final once again this year. Hello, bye!
Mikhail: This song is catchy, but, damn, it’s so sugary that my teeth hurt and I might need to get checked for diabetes. I would have probably loved that if I were a ten-year-old girl who loved anime, but thank God I am not. And what’s more is that their voices are so terribly irritating. They sound very slutty and that is not good.
Bernardo: Last year this would have been fresh and fun for me. Dolly Style conquered me with “Hello Hi” — but “Rollercoaster” does not do it for me. As one of my felow wiwibloggers said, “we like cheap”, just not this kind of it. I really think Dolly Style don’t stand a chance in andra chansen.
Luis: I don’t think this song is comparable to “Hello Hi”. Not commenting on its quality, last year’s song at least felt authentic to them, while this sounds just as if they were randomly paired with an song à la Lithuania’s national selection. There’s nothing distinguishable about “Rollercoaster” that makes it worth having three J-Pop looking girls representing Sweden this year. There are limits of randomness one doesn’t want to cross.
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