The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the eight songs competing in the Andra Chansen round of Melodifestvialen 2017. Next we turn to the jättesnygg Anton Hagman with “Kiss You Goodbye”. Did his song make us want to kiss him hello or goodbye?
Anton Hagman – “Kiss You Goodbye”
About Anton Hagman
18-year-old Anton recently signed to Universal Music Sweden. He best known for his YouTube covers of popular songs. “Kiss You Goodbye” marks his Melodifestivalen debut.
Wiwi Jury reviews “Kiss You Goodbye”
Chris: Why Anton is styled like a baby Anton Ewald, I don’t know — but he’s certainly a whole lot better than Mr Ewald ever was at Melodifestivalen. There’s something charming and inoffensive about this. Where Lisa Ajax’s giant selfie background came across as vain, Anton’s is much sweeter and there’s less focus on it. It’s a nice little package and overall, I’d like to see it at the Melfest final.
Jason: This surprised me by making it to Andra Chansen. Although it is sweet and simple, nothing about Anton and “Kiss You Goodbye” stands out. It needs more swag, more oomph, more something. As it stands, I can’t see this making the final. Sweden has so many better choices.
Ron: Anton is a cute boy with a cute song, which is maybe a bit too simple for Melodifestivalen. He didn’t really convince me with his performance. I just didn’t feel it.
William: Let’s be real: if he wasn’t easy on the eyes he’d have been forgotten in the semi-final. His progress here is not based on the song — which, while pleasant, is ultimately forgettable. Instead it’s down to his puppy dog eyes and a fierce LED floor. But I do like LED floors!
Anthony: A cute looking guy named Anton in a leather jacket. I’m getting a sense of déjà vu with Hagman, after seeing another Anton back in 2014. While it may not be as energetic as “Natural”, Anton Hagman has kept things relatively simple with “Kiss You Goodbye”. The strumming from his guitar playing skills worked well with the up-tempo pop beats of this song.
Robyn: Anton is known for his YouTube covers and this is such a “discovered on YouTube” song. It’s a catchy tune but it doesn’t quite feel like it’s all working as it should. Sometimes it sounds like his backing vocalist is doing all the hard work, while Anton doesn’t feel like a big enough pop star to command the stage. But let’s see how he is when he goes for his second chance.
Luis: “Kiss You Goodbye” is pleasant and sweet, and it screams “Andra Chansen non qualifier”. Three minutes go by, and you’re left with very little about the song and about Anton. It’s generic and we’ve heard it before, and Anton doesn’t have any attitude, sass or something. This is ready to hit the Spotify list, for sure, but it’s not interesting enough to be performed live in Kyiv.
Mikhail: It’s nice, but it’s boring. There is nothing I haven’t heard before — just an ordinary pop song. It does not stand out. While writing this review I’ve already forgotten the melody. There are dozens of other songs like this in the charts. It’s just okay-ish.
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 2 and a high of 9.5.