God morgon! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in Melodifestivalen 2017. Now we turn to the acts who have gone direkt till final. First up is Ace Wilder, who is returning with her song “Wild Child”. Did we want to explore the wilderness with Ace? Read on to find out.
Ace Wilder – “Wild Child”
About Ace Wilder
Ace has competed in Melfest twice before, first in 2014, where “Busy Doin’ Nothin’” placed second, and again in 2016 where “Don’t Worry” placed third. Her song “Wild Child” was written by Ace herself along with “Euphoria” songwriters Peter Boström and Thomas G:son.
Wiwi Jury reviews “Wild Child”
Chris: Oh, Ace, I should never have doubted you. I was honestly worried when I heard the snippet of “Wild Child”. In full and on stage though, Ace kills it yet again. She seems so much more at ease on stage and has a great performance to go with it. Maybe I’m too much of a fan, but part of me thinks that this has to be Ace’s best chance yet to go Eurovision.
Tobias: I wonder if Ace has been busy doing nothing compared to previous years because this is not what I expected when I found out she would compete again this year. I just don’t feel it, the chorus is nothing I easily remember and I’m still waiting for “Busy Doing Nothing” version 2. “Wild Child: deserved to qualify to the final in Friends Arena in March, no doubt, but only because the other competing songs weren’t good enough. Ace has ended up second (2014) and third (2016) but I don’t think she will do better than that this year.
William: This flashes to vintage Icona Pop and Emmelie de Forest’s more recent catalogue, but ultimately this is 100% Ace. Feel-good, zany and totally on-trend, “Wild Child” oozes spirt, charm and optimism and proves to be an earworm of the first order. Visually the simple dance moves pack major punch, the collapsing LED floor brings drama and Ace always remains queen of it all by channeling attitude and joy in equal measure. FernGully has never looked or sounded so fierce!
Anthony: When you have the same songwriting team behind “Euphoria” by your side, there’s bound to be something promising. So it’s no surprise we’re treated to another ace performance, and “Wild Child” is refreshingly delicious like a tropical smoothie. Ace Wilder continues to up her game since her 2014 debut. Now it’s just a case of when she’ll finally make her breakthrough and win.
Jason: When I first listened to “Wild Child”, I was slightly disappointed. Cool, rebellious Ace seemed to have been watered down to a Disney Channel version of herself, and my heart was sad. Then I saw her perform live and was blown away, as I should have expected. Ace has performance in her very bones, and even with a more minimalist stage show than she usually brings, she still killed it. Obviously a contender for the whole thing. Again.
Mikhail: I really can’t make up my mind. Sometimes I think I like it, but at the same time I feel that I don’t. Something is wrong. Maybe there’s too much G:son involved. I’m loving the chorus though, it reminds me of something. Now that I’m thinking about it, I come up with a Russian song of Red Riding Hood, which makes no sense, but let it be that.
Robyn: I had mixed feelings about “Don’t Worry”, but I’m happy to be Team Wild Child. This is Ace doing what she does best. It’s a bright, positive poppy track, and the staging wisely only hints at a jungle theme rather than rolling out the grass skirts. And only Ace could believably bring a feeling of calmness and serenity to a declaration of wildness.
Ron: Ace Wilder is always so cool, but I think this song is the weakest among her Melodifestivalen songs. It’s really not bad, it’s a great album track for her album, but we expect a bit more from Ace, especially when she’s coming back for a third time and in the second year in a row. I really wish her a huge success and getting to Eurovision, but i’m really not sure it will happen this year. The song is nice, her dance moves are the same cool “Ace” dance moves and she knows well how to deliver a song, but i don’t see a winner here, although performing while wearing pajamas is kinda wild.
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 4 and a high of 9.5.