The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in the Andra Chansen round of Melodifestivalen 2017. After strolling around the streets of Gamla Stan, we sat down to discuss Lisa Ajax and her song “I Don’t Give A”. Did we give a bleep what she was singing about? Read on to find out!
Lisa Ajax – “I Don’t Give A”
About Lisa Ajax
The Swedish Idol 2014 winner made her Melfest debut in 2016 where her song “My Heart Wants Me Dead” placed seventh overall. Her song has been written by the “Heroes” songwriting team, The Family.
Wiwi Jury reviews “I Don’t Give A”
Jordi: Lisa’s is all about attitude and determination with “I Don’t Give A”. But behind this breakthrough and the you’re-worth-it track, it still feels sweet. Her voice is mesmerising, angelic and pure and she has mixed it with a current but really pop sound. It works. Her song is catchy and sassy, and she can definitely perform. Love the idea that there’s a bad girl burning inside her. Ready to smash it.
Robyn: For a song that’s essentially just saying “I don’t care what everyone is saying about us”, the frequent use of the F-word feels like overkill. It’s like a teen swearing just because she know it will upset her mum. But if you take all that away from the song, it doesn’t leave much. It’s a nice enough love anthem, but there’s not much to it.
Antranig: Lisa Ajax’s lyrical masterpiece might need a drastic rewrite to appear at Eurovision but she probably doesn’t give a f**k anyway. “I Don’t Give A” is very enjoyable for three minutes and Lisa is a confident performer on stage as usual. I can’t stop myself from drawing comparisons to “My Heart Wants Me Dead”, which is clearly the better of her two entries. This song won’t get Lisa to Eurovision but it’s a great development of her sound and image.
Bernardo: Close your eyes for the first 30 seconds of “I Don’t Give A” and you’re listening to Zara Larson. Open them to find not one but two Lisas. The song keeps you moving for three minutes. It’s catchy but don’t let little Lisa fool you. The F-word is there several times which makes this three minutes a rather awkward but still enjoyable performance.
Chris: For a song that desperately tries to have a memorable hook, this is forgettable. The lyrics scream “I want to be cool and edgy by swearing”, but that falls flat. The staging too is utterly confusing. I don’t know if it’s meant to make Lisa look vulnerable or empowered, but it comes off vain and conceited. Lisa sounds great and that saves it to a degree, but compared to last year, this is a non starter.
William: The girl-next-door gets frustrated — and sometimes she just has to let the world know. But unlike your neighbour, this girl has a voice, an adorable look and just the right amount of sex appeal. Some have called the background LED vain — I find it refreshing and if I had her face I’d put it on my LED, my fridge, my car and everywhere else. Musically she sounds sweet yet forceful and the chorus has a choir-like backing which gave me tingles on first listen. And while I like the song, I’m not totally in love with it. Since the semi-final it’s faded from memory, which is never a good sign.
Tobias: “I Don’t Give A” is a creation of someone pressing the repeat button for three minutes. I’m not feeling it at all. What’s missing in this song is a real chorus but instead the chorus is so repetitive that the whole song ends up being the chorus. I like the effort about the staging and it looks like they have tried to make it look more international but the whole package with the song is just a no for me. I can see this being played in a teenager’s room who’s going through a teenage crisis, but please let it stay there.
Dayana: It feels like Lisa is trying to have that Beyonce approach, but it just ain’t working. At all. The performance looks pretty nice and “stylish” indeed (I LOVE Lisa’s outfit!), but I can’t stop comparing “I Don’t Give A” to her last year’s entry “My Hearts Wants Me Dead”. And this year’s entry is losing 3-0 by the song itself, performance and the vocals.
Our jury for Melodifestivalen 2017 contains 28 jurors, but we only have room for eight reviews. The remaining scores are listed below.
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3.5 and a high of 9.