The Andra Chansen round of Melodifestivalen 2017 will take place tomorrow. Eight acts from the Melfest heats will pair up for duels, all hoping to win one of the four placed in next week’s grand final. But who should get those places?
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has been reviewing the eight songs competing in Andra Chansen and our favourites are clear.
The Wiwi Jury thinks the duels should be won by De Vet Du with “Road Trip”, Axel Schylström with “När ingen ser”, Boris René with “Her Kiss” and Loreen with “Statements”.
Loreen was also the overall favourite, with a Wiwi Jury average of 8.37/10. And a shout out to Lisa Ajax, who placed fourth over all in the Wiwi Jury ranking with 6.31/10. Sadly this was not enough to beat her duelling partner, Axel Schylström.
Duel I: FO&O with “Gotta Thing About You” vs De Vet Du with “Road Trip”
Positive: “As a lover of Sean Banan, Samir & Viktor and Freddy Kalas, it’s no shock that I’m in love with this. This is everything my friends are talking about when they say they love Eurovision: silly visuals, fun production and an intense feeling of happiness. I was a nervous wreck when I heard how epic the bass drop was, and by the time the key change came I had almost collapsed. This would be the song to save the Eurovision Ballad Contest.” (Edd, 9.5/10)
Negative: ““Road Trip” is largely driven by visuals, lighting and clever staging. Their computer generated instrumentation holds a youthful appeal, but may fail to charm sophisticated ears. De Vet Du aren’t far from being a joke act. However, DJ Hunk’s presence makes it all very palatable.” (Deban, 4/10)
Duel II: Axel Schylström with “När ingen ser” vs Lisa Ajax with “I Don’t Give A”
Positive: ““När ingen ser” reminds me of Andrea Weise’s “Bring Out the Fire” from 2015 – a bold pop performance delivered with a very Swedish sense of showmanship. And I love it. Axel is a brilliant performer, has a great voice and just brings so much life to the performance. Easily the best Swedish language song in Andra Chansen — and it beats a few of the English-language finalists as well.” (Robyn, 9/10)
Negative: “Axel is a talented artist, especially after going through difficult times over the years. But despite repeated listens, “När ingen ser” has still left me feeling empty considering Alice lost out at deltävling 4. However, Axel managed to liven it up with his performance. His stage presence truly shines with a slick choreography, whilst confidently singing in Swedish.” (Anthony, 5.5/10)
Duel III: Boris René with “Her Kiss” vs Dismissed with “Hearts Align”
Positive: “This is so energetic, it gets you into the mood immediately. It’s funky, catchy, with some really cool hooks. The refrain does remind me of some styles from the earlier 2000s, but at least it’s is this century, unlike what we see in other countries. The production of the song blends these past styles with contemporary sounds, which gives it life.” (Mikhail, 8.5/10)
Negative: “Easily the most talented former footballer ever to sing at Melodifestivalen, Boris has more charisma than all the other singers combined. The man could charm the panties off a nun — even those who have already ascended to the heavens! But ultimately this is a song contest and his number speaks more to 1978 than 2017. This belongs at a disco night or a costume party, not at Eurovision.” (William, 5.5/10)
Duel IV: Anton Hagman with “Kiss You Goodbye” vs Loreen with “Statements”
Positive: “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.” (Antrangic, 10/10)
Negative: “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. (Josh, 7/10)
MELODIFESTIVALEN 2017 – ANDRA CHANSEN REVIEWS AND RANKINGS
- Loreen – “Statements” (8.37)
- Axel Schylström – “När ingen ser” (6.48)
- Boris René – “Her Kiss” (6.44)
- Lisa Ajax – “I Don’t Give A” (6.31)
- Anton Hagman – “Kiss You Goodbye” (6.15) *
- Dismissed – “Hearts Align” (6.15)
- De Vet Du – “Road Trip” (5.38)
- FO&O – “Gotta Thing About You” (5.25)
* Ties are broken by preferential vote.
What do you think? Has the Wiwi Jury got it right? What songs do you think should win the Andra Chansen duels? Share your thoughts below!