The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2017. While on a boat tour of Stockholm’s archipelago, we discussed Benjamin Ingrosso‘s song “Good Lovin'”. Were we feeling the love? Read on to find out!
Benjamin Ingrosso – “Good Lovin'”
About Benjamin Ingrosso
Wiwi Jury reviews “Good Lovin'”
Anthony: “Good Lovin’” feels like another generic throwaway pop entry, but Benjamin is born to perform. He delievered the suaveness of Justin Timberlake with the cheeky-chappy stage presence of Olly Murs. He might also want to work on his elocution, as I keep mishearing Benjamin borrowing some of Lisa Ajax’s F-words every time he tries to “forget”.
Jordi: What a truly pop-funk, upbeat, delicious song. “Good Lovin’” is exciting, it makes me jive and his vocals ooze sweetness and a pleasant flavour. It’s a clear example of something fresh and current with a classy feeling. His performing skills are outstanding. Charismatic, tender-hearted and killing those moves. Angelic but sassy, slay it honey!
Antranig: Between the unoriginal musical accompaniment and Benjamin’s less than stellar live vocals, I find little to like about “Good Lovin'”. The lyrics are slightly predatory and I feel as though the majority would be calling this really cheap if it was in any other national final. Benjamin’s movement on stage is the most interesting part and he is a charismatic performer but needs work vocally.
Chris: Someone go fetch Anton Ewald, one of his songs has escaped. There’s no inherent problems with “Good Lovin'”, other than the fact it’s just not a standout. It’s exactly the kind of song that ultimately finishes in the lower half of a Melfest final — generic male solo pop. It taps somewhat in to a recognisable mainstream pop and is competently performed. For some countries, this would be a revolution. For Sweden, it’s just above average filler.
Dayana: Is this a Swedish version of Bruno Mars’ “Treasure”? Anyway, although the lyrics are a bit way too dull and sound like we’ve heard them 1000 times before, the style “Good Lovin'” is something new in Melodifestivalen. In spite of the ordinariness of the entry, it’s still enjoyable to listen to, mainly because of Benjamin’s energetic and cheerful performance.
William: His voice is squealy, whiny and somewhat pubescent — yet his natural swagger and charisma make the total package work. Even so, I find myself paying more attention to his thrusts, sways and hairy forearms. That’s because the song is ultimately just background music that sounds like Justin Timberlake karaoke on a good day. Benjamin can perform. I just wish he didn’t have to perform this.
Robyn: This is a lot of fun. “Good Lovin'” brings a fresh sound to a classic R&B style and Benjamin delivers a lively performance. Though it is still pretty generic. There’s nothing about it that has made me want to listen again and again. And I’m not feeling the giant tinfoil shells — they make Benjamin seem like a human baked potato.
Sami: “Good Lovin'” is not trying to reinvent the wheel, but picks the best elements of the biggest hits from this genre in the past few years. There are several songs what start off the same way as this and the song could really be from Bruno Mars’ or Justin Timberlake’s repertoire. Benjamin still manages to give the song his own flavour. He is very charming guy and manages to actually sound good while dancing, unlike most of those who try the same.
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 1 and a high of 9.5.