The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — concludes our epic saga reviewing the songs competing in the final of Melodifestivalen 2017. We finish with Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia and their song “En värld full av strider (Vearelde gusnie jeenh vigkieh)”. Did the spirits move us? Read on to find out!
Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia – “En värld full av strider (Vearelde gusnie jeenh vigkieh)”
About Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Aninia
Reindeer herder, traditional joik singer and Sweden’s Got Talent winner Jon Henrik previously competed at Melfest 2015, where his emotional joik song “Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)” placed second. Newcomer Aninia joins Jon Henrik for his Melfest return.
Wiwi Jury reviews “En värld full av strider (Vearelde gusnie jeenh vigkieh)”
Josh: One word springs to mind when thinking about this entry – breathtaking. Jon Henrik was an inspired talent back in 2015 but his song lacked power and came across as repetitive. Combining his traditional Sami style with Aninia’s powerful vocal in “En värld full av strider” is such a phenomenal move. The song builds into such a strong finale that it moves me emotionally. This song is inspired. Sweden should be proud of the ethnic roots of this entry and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate diversity in Kyiv than with Jon Henrik and Aninia. Absolutely amazing.
William: The LED sperm that opens the show is giving me life, setting the tone for a visually arresting performance that’s other-worldly and mystical and makes good use of 3D shooting stars. And while I appreciate the spiritual feel of this, it lacks the shape, scope and melody that made Jon Henrik’s 2015 entry so captivating. This has atmosphere, but it doesn’t seem to have a story. Bonus point for Aninia’s nose plate.
Bernardo: To be honest I wasn’t a big fan of Jon Henrik and I would probably not like this song if Aninia wasn’t on it. She provides the powerful chorus that was missing in Jon’s first attempt in Melodifestivalen. Magic and powerful, this tune takes me to new heights.
Deban: Glitzy folk-pop lacking emotion. This duet appears to be processed through a checklist. In some respects, this is precision perfect and offers some breathtaking staging moments. However, for a duet much of this misses the “chemistry” mark – It comes off as functional instead of dreamy. Also, Aninia’s wardrobe choices seem caricature.
Chris: A sterling second effort from Jon Henrik, which truly eclipses “Jag är fri”. Introducing Aninia not only means this doesn’t look like a repeat of 2015, but elevates it even further. It creates atmosphere, even without the staging (which also works for the song). Crucially, this would probably appeal to the masses as well — but maybe not a jury out for the next “big hit”.
Edd: I love JHF. His album is an absolute masterpiece and his 2015 entry was miles better than Måns for me. That said, this song just falls flat. Jon’s parts are beautiful but the chorus is a serious mess — a weak melody shouted over by Christina Aguilera on shrooms. They could have made the production so much more exciting, with traditional instruments, native chanting, some sort of visual performance. It’s a 10/10 for Jon and a 3/10 for everything else.
Luis: As much as I loved Jon Henrik’s entry in 2015, I can’t really connect with this song. It’s not because of Aninia, because she breaks the monotony of joik (nothing wrong with that, I find it beautiful, but it’s a tad monotonous) and she’s vocally on point. “En värld full av strider” leaves me cold. While you watch, you just get the feel that the duo has their harmonies polished and that there’s some epic ethnic music… but that’s pretty much everything. Folk should engage the viewers as it’s a kind of music they don’t consume daily. This, however, is just distant.
Robyn: “En värld full av strider” feels more fleshed-out as a song than “Jag är fri”, which seems to be a deliberate move to make Jon Henrik’s joik more accessible to a wider audience. Aninia’s chorus brings even more emotional depth to the song and the whole thing creates a very Swedish type of musically spiritual musical experience. Part of me would like to see this go to Eurovision, but it’s also just great to have it in the Melfest final.
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 2 and a high of 9.5.