The Wiwi Jury has landed in Sweden and we’re busy reviewing the 12 acts that have made it to the final of Melodifestivalen 2016. Next up is the bookies’ favourite Frans, with his folk pop number “If I Were Sorry”. Did we accept his apology? Read on to find out…
Frans – “If I Were Sorry”
“If I Were Sorry” reviews
Angus: This leaves me wishing Frans had taken that vow of silence instead of embarking on “If I Were Sorry”. The faux Brit accent delivery is annoying, the song mediocre, and the staging a calculated play in anti-Melfest styling, which clearly resonated in Sweden. The whole thing feels lame and contrived.
Deban: I would’ve appreciated “If I Were Sorry” more if its chilled, laid-back vibe was driven with a ska beat. In its current state, it is rather underwhelming, too repetitive and sounds like a lazy pop effort. Frans’ attitude works well within the parameters of what he’s given. However, overall this entry is suggesting “Let’s Participate” not “Let’s Win”.
Padraig: I get the success of “If I Were Sorry”. It’s in a similar vein to Lukas Graham’s worldwide hit, and could be the ungodly love-child of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. But that doesn’t mean I’m a huge fan. The vocals are average, the English accent is grating and the lyrics get repetitive. Nonetheless, it was refreshing to witness him knocking the wind out of Molly’s sails. Now I’m just hoping that Wiktoria can do the same to him.
Robyn: At the fourth semi-final, I thought this was just an adorkable guy singing a cute folk song (with a twist!) that wouldn’t translate to Eurovision. But it’s stuck with me. I am now convinced that if this wins Melfest, it will go on to give Sweden their seventh Eurovision victory, the second in a row – all with a song that’s going “lol, not sorry”. And, ok, even if it doesn’t win ESC, it’s still the perfect Swedish entry to follow Måns’ victory – an anti-“Heroes” of sorts.
Tobias: When I first heard this song I didn’t really understand the hype about Frans and after listening another 20 times I still don’t. Yes, he’s the bookies’ favourite to win and he is the most played artist on Spotify in Sweden. But this song doesn’t say anything to me. It’s an ok song, he is cute, but a winner? Not at all. I doubt that Europe will embrace Frans the way the Swedish audience has. If Frans wins, I think Sweden will end up with a bad result at Eurovision. The song is just so repetitive and the staging plain boring. At some points he almost looks scared to look into the camera, like he is uncomfortable on stage.
William: Chit-chatty, charming and quietly powerful, this bucks all the rules of Melfest, which leans toward the over-the-top and technical. Its simplicity and his slight awkwardness makes this endearing and his voice works well with the casual nature of the song. I don’t think it would win Eurovision — it’s perhaps too at-ease for Eurovision viewers. But that’s unlikely to stop the hype and goodwill he’s enjoying here in Sweden. Now go Wiktoria!
Sami: This song is so overhyped. It’s a good song, I can’t deny that, but I would never in a million years expect it to win Melodifestivalen. Of course it stands out for its simplicity and Frans has the charisma, but I think there are several stronger songs in the final. This will likely win Melodifestivalen, but I hope it doesn’t win in May.
Mikhail: First of all, I simply don’t like Frans’ style of singing. He is telling a story, but I don’t get why he is telling me or know what I should feel. Neither he nor his song stir emotions in me. He seems to just chill on stage, but at the same time I feel some kind of tension. Average at best.
Bernardo: Much like Wiktoria, Frans is not an artist I would bet my money on — but bless his soul for bringing us such a happy, catchy and unique song. I don’t know if he can really compete with the big names in the final — hello, international jury — but his sweet looks are going to conquer the televote for sure.
Luis: “If I were sorry” is likeable and Frans delivers it quite well, and that’s it. It’s not pitch perfect and it doesn’t have strong staging. I feel like people like this by default — because they don’t like the other numbers — not because it’s strong on its own.
In the Swedish Wiwi Jury we have 26 jurors but only have room for 10 reviews. The remaining 16 scores are below!
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