The Wiwi Jury now turns to the Melodifestivalen final, reviewing the eight acts who have made it direkt till final. First is Ace Wilder, returning after her second place in 2014, this time with the song “Don’t Worry”. Did the song have us worried? Read on to find out…
Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry”
“Don’t Worry” reviews
Angus: It feels like Ace lost the anarchic charm that made “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” such a smash in 2014 and has instead returned as an entirely polished pop professional. That being said, staging is tdf and nobody does earworm nonsensical lyrics better. Unfortunately like Eric last year, it feels as if Ace is going to fall victim of being in the first semifinal.
Antranig: Ace Wilder is the single greatest performer alive. Not only can she sing and dance better than most people, her facial expressions throughout the act are to die for. This is not just a regular song — it’s an entire four-dimensional entertainment experience. “Don’t Worry” is lyrically impeccable, performed to perfection and it is insanely catchy.
Bernardo: “Don’t Worry” is getting a lot of hype just because Ace Wilder is performing it. It’s not better than “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” — obviously she’s playing on safe ground. With that being said, I believe her live performance was good, the staging really elevated a so-so song but I’m not seeing this winning. I predict a sixth to tenth place in the final.
Deban: An average pop song slays the pack with KILLER production. The bass beats on this is sick! The choreography is a visual treat from start to finish. Ace Wilder makes ordinary extra-ordinary by elevating other values to the point where the lousy lyrics are forgiven.
Edd: Now this woman is a true artist. It’s distinctly Ace, and I love the lyrics and love the show. But the song needs some cleaning up. The verses are 10/10, the pre-chorus is 10/10, but the actual production in the big post-chorus is a hot mess. It’s like they tried to mix Laura Tesoro’s “What’s The Pressure” with Martin Solveig’s “Intoxicated” and the truth is it don’t sound pretty. An amazing build up to a big, smelly fart.
Mikhail: This is very catchy and very funny in a special Ace Wilder way. I love every aspect of it. The lyrics are so relatable (if you cut out the boss-kissing part). When I hear the song my body starts immediately moving and I want to forget all my problems. There is no need to compare it with her other songs, because it slays on its own!
Padraig: I’m embarrassed to say it, but I didn’t come to love “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” until the summer of 2014, long after Melfest had ended. But there’s no such problems this time round. “Don’t Worry” is a blast! As always Ace slays lyrically. Tracks with such relatable messages often come across as clunky and forced — not a worry for Ace. And of course, the staging is glorious. The giant cubes are true showstoppers, and stay just on the right side of over the top. Most importantly, Ace’s personality shines through it all. This could be a winner.
Robyn: I was 100% Team Ace in 2014, I love “Riot”, “Stupid” – all her stuff, basically – but maybe for that reason I’m a disappointed by “Don’t Worry”. It’s a great, fun pop song, but it feels like a step back from Ace’s other stuff. The cool sound and secret social commentary of “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” is gone, and in its place is a generic “It’s gonna be ok” message. It’s still good – most national finals would kill for a song like this – but it could be so much better.
Tobias: She’s in it to win it! But will she win it? No. It’s not as good as “Busy Doin’ Nothin'”, but “Don’t Worry” is still one of the most advanced and powerful performance this year, along with Molly Sandén. The refrain is kind of flat and the melody is not that easy to remember — you will need to listen to it a few times. But it is a good song. It’s not bad, but it’s not douze points. I feel bad for her since it’s hard to deliver another great song just two years after a big hit. We will always compare it with “Busy Doin’ Nothin'”.
William: The staging is absolutely amazing — but it needs to be to elevated. An OK, if not amazing, song. The mambo vibe is inviting and laidback, but ultimately that’s the problem: Ace excels most when her bangers actually bang. This is too flat for her and, sadly, for me. My points stem largely from my love of her, not this number.
In the Swedish Wiwi Jury we have 26 jurors but only have room for 10 reviews. The remaining 16 scores are below!
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 10.