The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals reviews the eight acts who will be competing in the anda chansen round of Melodifestivalen 2018. Next we take a look at Polish popstress Margaret with her song “In My Cabana”. Did we want to join in her beach-side fun? Read on to find out!
Margaret – “In My Cabana”
“In My Cabana” reviews
Anthony: The whole idea of a Polish singer in Melodifestivalen is nothing new and “In My Cabana” is an enjoyable piece of pop, although it hasn’t quite hit the same heights as “Cool Me Down”. Margaret unleashed her inner-Riri and delivered it in the arena, but the cabana-themed staging felt a tad underwhelming. At least her hopes weren’t flushed down the sparkly toilet just yet.
Antranig: Margaret does everything right with “In My Cabana” but compared to the soaring heights she could have achieved with “Cool Me Down”, this barely gets off the ground. “In My Cabana” is a repetitive yet catchy dance song that is extremely fun and I’m glad Sweden put Margaret into Andra Chansen on her Melfest debut. This introduces her to Sweden well but I hope she’ll return soon with a better song.
Cinan: YAAS! Though I don’t think this song would do as good as I imagined before listening to it, but it is a JAM. I’ll definitely listen to it in summer or at a party. As Margaret said in an interview, she is not there to win, but to be recognised and be in the final of Melodifestivalen. I’m so happy with the performance.
Luis: “In my Cabana” is to Sweden what “Lo malo” was to Spain. It’s infectious and danceable, but probably not the best option for Eurovision. Margaret delivers this fun and quirky song with much more ease than when she did the anthemic “Cool me down”. She should be proud of making it to Andra Chansen and proud of her performance, although it’s highly unlikely she’ll reach Lisbon. (In case that was the main aim of this Melfest entry).
Ron: I’m sorry Margaret, well done for getting a second chance but you really didn’t convince me in your performance. “Cool Me Down” was such a hit, so my expectations were a bit high, I must say. But even if we only judge this song and performance by themselves, something didn’t work. Margaret is lacking in energy, she barely moves and doesn’t look like she’s feeling this song and rhythm. Her dancers that should wear beach clothes are wearing something else and even the cameras direction is not that impressive. Bottom line, I didn’t felt the need to listen to the song again and that says it all.
William: In a rather dire year at Melodifestivalen, this stands out with its playful spirit and Latin pop sensibility. This isn’t trying to be art, nor is it trying to tug on heartstrings. It’s unadulterated fun delivered by a spirited performer with major sass and some fierce hoop earrings. One of the few tracks I plan to download.
In our Sweden Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found 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 5 and a high of 8.5.