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 Panetoz with their song “Håll om mig hårt”. Did we want to hold them tight? Read on to find out…
Panetoz – “Håll om mig hårt”
“Håll om mig hårt” reviews
Angus: Panetoz are super fun, have great dance moves and a clever performance. Their song unfortunately is entirely disposable. “Håll om mig hårt” is here and gone in three minutes, makes minimal impact and apart from an instantaneous urge to dance, it doesn’t do anything else for me.
Deban: Adrenaline-fuelled rap staged with punchy choreography, Panetoz have really upped their game with “Håll om mig hårt”. Singing and dancing in perfect sync, as well as interacting with the arena audience throughout, is no easy feat, yet Panetoz execute this mission effortlessly. Although, I am not a big fan of the football-esque pop tune, it is catchy, memorable and bursting with infectious energy.
Padraig: In a sense it’s almost a shame that Panetoz didn’t go direct to the final. Because they’ve come back to Melodifestivalen with a far superior entry to their 2014 effort. As before, their harmonies and vocals are on point – even if their choreography is not. But “Håll om mig hårt” packs a bigger punch than its predecessor. It gets the party going straight away, and I’m instantly transported to sunnier climes.
Robyn: These guys really know how to put on a good show. With other acts relying on wind machines, projection graphics or paddling pools, Panetoz can just show up (ok, ok, teleport from space) and deliver a really fun, energetic performance. The Swedish lyrics aren’t a hurdle to enjoying it either. Their infectious energy crosses the language barrier.
Tobias: I have not really been a huge fan of Panetoz’s kind of music except their breakthrough hit “Dansa Pausa” in 2014. This year they compete with “Håll om mig hårt” (Hold me tight), but personally this doesn’t appeal me at all. Just listening to the radio version makes me want to switch songs immediately. However their live performance makes the song less bad. These guys have some great energy on stage and deliver a good show. Even if I don’t personally like this, I think they have a good chance to qualify for the final as they have a big fanbase.
William: The magical opening is the extent of the staging — but that doesn’t matter. This oozes a friendly, tropical vibe, and the frenetic movements and excess cheese are part of the appeal. Here fun is more important than polish. Just ask the token white guy who is out of step half the time! I’m glad this is here — for variety and because it’s less uptight than some of the other self-aware, perhaps-too-perfect entries. Realness, baby.
Chris: Honestly? This is the best performance in all of Melodifestivalen 2016 for me. Note that I said performance there and not song, though. “Håll om mig hårt” is miles better than “Efter solsken” was at least and it’s very catchy. For me, this is the best legitimate effort out of all of Andra Chansen.
Ron: I loved the intro of the song, you just have to wonder how do they do that! Panetoz are real fun, even if most of the song is pre-recorded vocals, they deliver fun and you feel good watching them. The dance routine part that was recycled from “Manboy” didn’t help them to get to the final, but they can still make it.
Max: This is doing absolutely nothing for me. The styling is off, the choreography is messy and the song is stale and repetitive. Panetoz do deliver an energetic performance, but this doesn’t stop the performance feeling unsatisfying. It’s catchy, but not nearly on the level of an entry like “Kizunguzungu”. Molly P-H must be thanking her lucky stars that she’s duelling against this uninspired entry.
Steinunn: Energetic is the word I’m going to use to describe Panetoz. I absolutely loved their song “Efter solsken” from 2014, so I was really excited to hear this song. “Håll og mig hårt” isn’t as good as their 2014 entry, but it sure is a fun song. I guess there is something about an African-inspired hip hop sung in Swedish that appeals to me. Panetoz are really good performers, their voices sync, their dance moves are in sync, they are just awesome on stage. But at the same time there’s still something missing. I guess my love for “Efter solsken” has its influence. But I sure hope they make it to the final — this year’s Melfest needs a little bit of unpretentious fun on the stage.
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