The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2017. While enjoying a glass of nubbe, we discussed Mariette‘s song “A Million Years”. Did it makes us want to wait around for her? Read on to find out!
Mariette – “A Million Years”
Mariette found fame on Swedish Idol in 2009, where she placed fourth. She made her Melfest debut in 2015 with “Don’t Stop Believing”, which placed third overall.
Wiwi Jury reviews “A Million Years”:
Bernardo: After watching Mariette’s performance I’m ready to wait a million years for her to to go Eurovision, but I’m sure I won’t have to wait that long. Full steam ahead, “A Million Years” channels bits from “Don’t Stop Believing”, but unexpectedly explodes as a pop banger. Mariette left the darkness, opening the window open for light to flood in. The bungee dancers are a brilliant choice of staging when associated with the slow motion cameras. This is perfection.
Edd: I found Mariette’s 2015 entry strongly underwhelming, but “A Million Years” is a strong step up from that. It’s a strong uplifting melody and, whilst the production in the chorus could be a bit more thrilling, she makes up for it in the catchy synth post-chorus. In a competition full of modern electro-pop songs, this fails to stand out to me. However, if this were coming from any country other than Sweden I’d be wetting myself about it.
William: Polished, current and undeniably Swedish, “A Million Years” rides the electro-lounge wave beautifully and, unlike so many other songs in the genre, uses digi-sounds that enhance the melody rather than distracting from it. Mariette’s powerful vocals feel delightfully light and she completely owns the wailing at the end. Yet as much as I want to love this, I only like it. “A Million Years” feels far longer than three minutes and, amid all the lightness, it somehow loses weight and drive.
Chris: There’s something just so inherently captivating about Mariette’s voice. It’s like she could make even the worst national final song interesting. “A Million Years” is also staged well. Whereas I found Mariette a little hard to connect with in 2015, she’s a star in the light here. I just wish the actual tune was slightly stronger in the chorus — Mariette outshines the song and it just lessens the whole package for me.
Jordi: This is the act I was waiting for the whole season. And she’s proved how it’s done. Everything about Mariette is just flawless, stunning. “Million Years” allow yourself to be carried away by the excitement of the song, driving you crazy. I want to dance and she radiates excitement while owing strong and sublime vocals. It feels heavenly. I wish it would last more than three minutes. What a gem!
Josh: Striking. Stirring. Powerful. Mariette’s comeback to Melodifestivalen is a strong one to say the least. “Don’t Stop Believing'” was an excellent entry in 2015, but Mariette has switched up the mood whilst staying true to her own style. The bungee dancers are an original and well-thought staging choice and the chorus has such a clever hook. I could just about listen to this for a million years. LOVE. IT.
Robyn: It’s a question that’s been troubling me for a while: what do you do with a pop drop at Eurovision? Sweden, of course, has the answer: dancers on bungee ropes. That combined with clever camera work ensures that the performance never feels empty. Mariette always has something to do. And what she does is deliver a lovely pop song that makes me wish she was my BFF.
Tobias: This is good, in fact I love it. I have not been a big fan of Mariette but this song I really like. You can tell they have put a lot of effort in creating a good staging that catches one’s interest and it works on me for sure. “A Million Years” is that kind of song that grows the more you listen to it and I think this is a top three result in the final. The only thing that’s a bit flat in the song is the end of it. Similar to Molly Sandén’s “Youniverse” last year you don’t know it has finished until you realise the artist haven’t been singing for five seconds and staring in the camera waiting for applause.
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 6 and a high of 10.