The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has almost finished listening to and reviewing the eight songs battling it out for a second chance in the Melodifestivalen Andra Chansen round. Finally we turn to 2012 champ Loreen and her Melfest comeback “Statements”. Did we hear her message? Read on to find out!
Loreen – “Statements”
This is Loreen’s third time at Melodifestivalen. She first competed in 2011 with “My Heart Is Refusing Me”, which didn’t make it out of the Andra Chansen round. Her second appearance was much more successful — “Euphoria” won Melfest and went on to win Eurovision with one of the highest scores ever.
Wiwi Jury reviews “Statements”
Chris: The pure song at the heart of “Statements” is an epic that fits right in with Loreen’s back catalogue — one that, for all of its sporadic nature, has really never failed to impress. Unfortunately, it’s muddled right now with overwrought and messy staging. Coco Chanel said to take one thing off before you leave the house: “Statements” needs to remove about three or four elements from the stage.
Deban: Loreen’s “Statements” is stratospheric. Just when you think she’s peaked, she finds new heights and then conquers them. “Statements” takes on a topical subject matter and in tow, revolutionises a largely bubblegum-pop contest. Vocally, Loreen remains on point, and although the visual effects are dark, moody and sometimes jarring – there’s much beauty to found in this art piece.
Anthony: Attempting to outdo “Euphoria” is pretty much mission impossible, so my expectations have been considerably lower this time. But as it’s Loreen we’re talking about, she took a risk and continued to deliver the goods with a memerising performance. Whether she goes on to represent Sweden or not, I just hope Loreen doesn’t end up going the same way as Leicester City’s title defence.
William: Visually arresting and completely gripping, Loreen’s performance made me feel like I was on a long journey to hell. Had I seen it at an arthouse cinema I would have been prepared for that. But because I was tuning in to Melodifestivalen it caught me incredibly off guard. The dark sounds and flashing lights border on terrifying. And while I know that’s part of the point, they distract me from the melody, which I struggle to remember even during the song. In terms of Eurovision this could fly or flop. I still can’t decide if it’s worth the risk.
Antranig: There are a few people in every generation who redefine music itself. Loreen isn’t a singer, she’s an artist and she achieves a performance that makes “Euphoria” look tame. “Statements” is mind-blowing. With no disrespect to any of the other talented artists in the competition, Sweden would have to be completely insane to send anything else to Eurovision. She’s on a whole other level.
Josh: I’m incredibly torn over “Statements”. Although I can appreciate the power of the message and the imagery portrayed during the performance, the song didn’t build into a whole lot and I was honestly a little bored. Returning off the back of such a strong song as “Euphoria” would insinuate a destiny of failure. I don’t think the song is a total flop, but it could’ve been epic and it missed the mark.
Bernardo: I want to make a statement right now: this is art! Forget everything you’ve heard and experience “Statements” as the piece of art that it is. Loreen’s voice takes all the ones listening to another planet. Captivating and powerful, it’s renewal, it’s rebirth, it’s drama. Loreen plays the Melodifestivalen game in another league. She has no competition.
Robyn: Loreen has created an incredible piece of performance art. But it’s less successful as a pop song. “Statements” is dark, edgy and provocative, but it’s also a little opaque in its intentions, and I’m left feeling confused and unsure of how to feel about it. It’s grown on me with repeat listens, but that’s not a luxury afforded to songs competing at Eurovision — it has to work at the first listen. But still, I’m glad “Statements” is here. It’s a valuable part of Melfest 2017.
Our jury for Melodifestivalen 2017 contains 29 jurors, but we only have room for eight reviews. The remaining 21 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 4.5 and a high of 10.