The Wiwi Jury is reviewing the eight acts who have made it direkt till final at Melodifestivalen 2016. Next is Robin Bengtsson, who is offering listeners his “Constellation Prize”. Do we think he’s worthy of the Melfest prize? Read on to find out…
Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Prize”
“Constellation Prize” reviews
Angus: I love the One Republic vibes in “Constellation Prize”. Robin truly dazzles in one of the most confident male soloist performances in this year’s lineup. The indie-folk feel of the track plays to a niche that nobody else has entered this year. When his vocals come into play through the middle 8 he takes the song stratospheric and that kind of lift is exactly what you need to be in winning contention at Melfest.
Anthony: As Robin starts off with the harmonica, it’s like as if someone gave Ulrik Munther’s 2012 entry “Soldiers” a turbo boost to liven it up. “Constellation Prize” packs an infectiously catchy melody to draw you in and Robin’s vocals blends in beautifully with his stage presence. It’s no surprise he’s direkt till final based on his overall performance, but he’s going to need a bit of work on his harmonica playing skills.
Deban: Robin Bengtsson pleads with his lover that he wants to be her constellation prize — *yawn*. Unfortunately, this lacklustre performance comes across as a consolation prize, and probably won’t fence off the other acts. The harmonica moments are a rather lame gimmick for a cookie-cutter character. Europe expects more.
Josh: The one thing I absolutely love about Melodifestivalen is those quintessential Swedish pop songs that just work. Every element individually and combined just makes sense, and “Constellation Prize” fits right into this category. Besides that fact that I absolutely loathe the title, Robin has a great voice which suits the tempo and mood of the song. The staging is simple, but just enough for one man on the stage. A great effort!
Max: This is an entry so slick and so carefully constructed that you can’t help but sit back and revel in the craftsmanship. “Constellation Prize” is a simple song, but also a deeply satisfying one. It ascends and descends at the right moments and the harmonica riff acts as a killer hook. Even the ‘woah-oh-ohs’ in the background are perfectly calculated for optimum impact. And Robin’s slightly husky voice is the ideal companion to this song; a cleaner voice would have left it sounding cold. A real song-writing accomplishment.
Padraig: “Constellation Prize” is one of those songs that just has to be witnessed live in order to be fully appreciated. On record it’s just another country crossover track. But on stage it takes on a whole new life. And that’s completely down to Robin’s delivery. Compared to his rivals, the staging is relatively minimalistic. However, with eyes like his, who needs extra trimmings? His icy blue gaze is like that of a mythical creature and completely draws you in. Of course, a song can’t win on looks alone, so thankfully he has the voice to back it up – if you weren’t already seduced by his stare, the vocals will do the trick. Now, if only he’d drop the clunky pun in the song title.
Robyn: It’s always good when Melfest just casually throws in three minutes of pop perfection. The song is really good and Bengtsson is great performer. He’s just one guy on stage but he (and the production team) deftly takes advantage of the space to create feelings of both vulnerability and power. I’m not sure about the harmonica – it’s too obvious that he’s miming – but I’m thrilled at the idea of Robin B doing a Robin S at the final.
Ron: I love it. I think I watched this performance at least 10 times on the night of the show and just couldn’t get enough. It’s not just the beautiful singer or the amazing eyes, it’s the total package of the song, the stage — just lovely. As the lyrics are saying, it is just “beautiful, beautiful”. I hope Robin will get his deserved place in the top of the chart in the final. Well done.
Tobias: Yes, yes and yes! This is one of my favourite songs this year. The whole performance is simple yet beautiful and powerful and I absolutely love the harmonica part. “Constellation Prize” is catchy, the melody gets stuck in your head immediately and — you can’t help it, I warn you — you will fall in love with his eyes. I think this will be one of the top three in the final and I do hope it will win because it would do best of all the Melodifestivalen songs at Eurovision.
William: The title is absolutely cringe but his voice is straight-up heaven. The simple staging works well with the song, even if said song feels like it’s two years late to the party. I also love the harmonica flourishes, even if we know he’s not playing. I hope this doesn’t win — it’s a tad too forgettable for Eurovision. But a job well done!
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 3.5 and a high of 10.