The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals reviews the eight acts who will be competing in the andra chansen round of Melodifestivalen 2018. Next we take a look at DJ Méndez and his song “Everyday”. Did we have time for him? Read on to find out!
Méndez – “Everyday”
Angus: Watching this back, you have the burning desire for Mendez to stop living his la-la-la-la-life and get off-off-off-off the stage. “Everyday” tries and desperately fails to emulate Enrique Iglesias, layering bringing in big-time backing vocals and backing dancers to distract from a dire performance. The vocal is weak and the song is weaker. If the duels at Andra Chansen work we shouldn’t be troubled by this again in the final.
Bernardo: This is a difficult one to evaluate. My four points are only because of the production of “Everyday” because all the rest fails to succeed. Mendez’s vocals are inexistent and the staging is poorly crafted. Having said that and knowing a bit of Swedish voting standards, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this in the final.
Chris: It really beggars belief that anyone thought giving Mendez a slightly more serious pop number (compared to “Adrenaline”) was a good idea. With those horribly exposed vocals grating on you throughout, it hides the fact that the song actually has quite a strong chorus. A better lead could have made this a finalist, at least in this Melfest field.
Josh: “Everyday” is bringing us yet another Reggaeton pop fantasy to this year’s national final season. I can appreciate the authenticity in this trop’ bop due to Méndez’s Latino background and the Spanish lyrics, but I almost wish the entire song was in Spanish. The English enunciation is really weak by Sweden’s standards, and he’s relying way too much on the backing track during the chorus. If this was any other year at Melfest, he would have stayed in the heats. But even in a lacklustre year, this will be staying in Andra Chansen.
Luis: Mendez finished second in Melodifestivalen 2002 and came back in 2003. In a way, this feels like a potential entry for 2004 that didn’t make the cut. So he hid it under a rock until the next wave of Latin hits, which came last year. That’s why this is in Melodifestivalen 2018. “Everyday” is cheap and under normal circumstances, it would have been lucky to be fifth in its semi-final. But the way things are going this year, we may even see Mendez in the final.
William: This starts off slightly cringe, with Méndez playing the role of your best friend’s drunk dad at a BBQ. He seems to slur his words and his invitations to dance seems a bit much. But then the chorus hits and you realise that Méndez really does want you to have fun. A series of dancers with bright and billowing garments make an appearance and the fiesta properly begins. It’s more than a bit cliché — he uses the phrase mi corazon. But ultimately this is a proper earworm that makes you want to move and, indeed, “live your life.” So what if he can’t sing? Karaoke nights are THE BEST.
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 2 and a high of 7.5.