The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2017. Ahead of the show on Saturday, we turn to Wiktoria and her song “As I Lay Me Down”. Did she make us feel like getting cosy? Read on to find out!
Wiktoria – “As I Lay Me Down”
Wiktoria made her Melfest debut in 2016. Her country-inspired “Save Me” placed fourth in the grand final and launched Wiktoria’s pop career.
Wiwi Jury reviews “As I Lay Me Down”
William: Wiktoria ticks so many boxes: girl-next-door charm, innovative staging, pitch-perfect vocals that balance power and control. Taken together she has the broadest demographic appeal — she’s the woman girls want to be and who guys want to be with. The production is slick and, unlike so many other entries, somehow pared back. This gives the song a purity that allows Wiktoria’s vocals to soar: her harmonies in the chorus are stunning and smack of classic country from Dolly Parton. This song isn’t loud and flashy — and that’s one of its biggest strengths. A potential — and very deserving — winner. (My only minor concern is the colour of the dress — the pale plum washes her out).
Ron: While listening to the studio version, I wasn’t really impressed, but damn, Wiktoria sure has an amazing and very strong voice live. To that we add her beautiful smile, stage presence and her special LED-bed (can I get that bed in IKEA?) and we got a pretty cool act on stage. I am in the minority that didn’t like “Save Me” as a song last year, but with this song, although it’s kinda simple and retro in a way, it’s more appealing to me.
Jordi: With “As I Lay Me Down” Wiktoria is serving a tasty pop-country flavour showcasing again her beautiful vocal ability. She’s truthful to her sound, as she reminds me of “Save Me” in a good way. However, for this year’s Melodifestivalen she’s bringing stunning harmonies and a powerful creative staging. She invites me to clap – and gurl, my hands are already hurting. She’s charming, creative and fierce and she makes me feel warmer and joyful. Pop your confetti, Wiktoria is knocking at Sweden’s door!
Dayana: “Save me” in no way can be beaten by “As I Lay Me Down”. In contrast to Wiktoria’s last year’s distinctive song and touching entry, the singer’s new entry is far way more generic and therefore boring. The staging is fascinating indeed, but it’s a little too much. What about Wiktoria herself, she is still adorable as ever and her vocals are on fleek.
Sami: The more I listen to “As I Lay Me Down” the more I enjoy it. Everything just works on this. Wiktoria’s amazing voice fits very well to her recognisable country-pop sound and the harmonies on the chorus elevate the song. I don’t like the performance as much as I like the song though. It has some nice ideas, like actually laying down, but the whole thing is bit messy. Wiktoria is still one of my favourites to win this year’s Melodifestivalen and I can see this doing well in Kyiv too, in case it wins.
Chris: “Save Me” eventually grew on me over the months from Melodifestivalen; “As I Lay Me Down” has me hooked from the first performance. It’s a well-crafted next step from Wiktoria’s debut, too. The staging gives her more freedom, yet retains some elements — the swooping flowers on the bed, her logo — which ties everything together well. As may have become clear, country-tinged music is my jam these days. This ticks so many boxes and I’d love to see Wiktoria in Kyiv.
Antranig: While Wiktoria has some amazing work in her repertoire — listen to “Yesterday R.I.P.” — I’m utterly disappointed by her Melfest entry yet again. While this clearly has its fans, I find it very lifeless, messy and dry. Even the song title is grammatically incorrect and that bothers me too. While the production is sound — as is the case with any Melfest song — I can’t justify any other score because this is a song contest. The song itself is even worse than the army of shouty female ballads at Eurovision 2017. W is for woeful.
Robyn: I’m not a big fan of country pop so this doesn’t do a lot for me. But I can see its appeal. In particular I love the country-style close vocal harmonies. And it’s so good to see Wiktoria free to move around this time, not rooted to the spot for the “Save Me” projections. I can see the song’s appeal to dansband-loving Swedes (and Wiktoria is adorable) but it’s not one of my Melfest 2017 favourites.
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 0 and a high of 9.5.