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”

“Everyday” reviews

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.

Score: 2.5/10

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.

Score: 4/10

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.

Score: 4.5/10

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.

Score: 5/10

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.

Score: 4/10

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.

Score: 5.5/10

In our Sweden Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Anthony: 5/10

Antranig: 7.5/10

Bogdan: 2/10

Cinan: 5.5/10

Deban: 4/10

Jordi: 3/10

Natalie: 7.5/10

Robyn: 5.5/10

Ron: 6/10

Tobias: 5.5/10

 

 

 

 

 

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.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 4.82/10

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Stian F
Stian F
2 years ago

People seriously needs to get out of their Despacito bubble and get their ears checked. Just because a song is in spanish and has a slight reggeaton vibe to it doesnt make it another Despacito.

This song is way more in the line of Enrique Iglesias (produced by Pitbull)… was expecting the Pitbull rapping at some part there… that said : this is a super catchy Song in studio version. One of the best songs of the year but wow that live performance is BAD… Even Margaret was way way way better with Cool Me Down in 2016.

jim
jim
2 years ago

cringeeee this is a bad remix of despacito

beccaboo1212
2 years ago

Sigrid Bernson sings way better than Méndez! 😉

Catalina
Catalina
2 years ago

Mendez peaked with “Adrenaline” and “Stockholm”. He will never be that good again.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago

Oh god no,could he just stop singing or doing anything at all. Mendez manages to sing worse than Samir & Viktor without having a good song… Don’t make him win this battle.

AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

While the studio version sounded great, the live performance wasn’t that strong. He was weak in the verses, the chorus was better.
6/10

Arizona Malone
Arizona Malone
2 years ago

Song is great. He and staging are aweful. Period.

Rhy
Rhy
2 years ago

If Andra Chansen duels go as I think they will, I think this should be the running order for the Final (also based on the previous years’ draws) 1 PARTY VOICE 2 ALL THE FEELS 3 MY TURN 4 A BITTER LULLABY 5 LAST BREATH 6 IN MY CABANA 7 SHUFFLA 8 EVERYDAY 9 FOR YOU 10 DANCE YOU OFF 11 EVERY SINGLE DAY 12 FULDANS (similar acts like this have been put last in the past years (Hasse, Owe Thornqvist, so I think this could go the same way, and it’s a good show closer) Do you agree with… Read more »

Cambell Grace
Cambell Grace
2 years ago
Reply to  Rhy

Party Voice and All The Feels next to each other when they’re both upbeat female songs? My Turn, A Bitter Lullaby and Last Breath all male mid tempo-ish songs after each other that wouldn’t work either… In My Cabana, Shuffla, Everyday and For You are all uptempo, again no diversity amongst the running order.

Rhy
Rhy
2 years ago
Reply to  Cambell Grace

I see your point but you can’t just diverse songs by are they uptempo or not. 1 Party Voice – disco/schlager, purple, pink, white lights 2 All The Feels – more electronic, modern song, tropical, orange lights 3 My Turn – ballad, white lights 4 A Bitter Lullaby – mid-tempo, country influenced pop song, red, yellow lights 5 Last Breath – male rap/pop song, mid tempo, purple lights and dark staging 6 In My Cabana – pop song, uptempo, orange lights 7 Shuffla – uptempo pop/dance song, blue and green lights 8 Everyday – latin song, mid-uptempo, orange and purple… Read more »

Ugnius
Ugnius
2 years ago
Reply to  Rhy

There are not a lot of ballads in the Final, yet you put almost all of them one after another… Also, I think that it is not logical to put Party Voice and All The Feels next to each other, because they are both brigth, uptempo, pop songs performed by female vocalists…

Ugnius
Ugnius
2 years ago
Reply to  Rhy

How I’d put them:
1) Everyday
2) Every Single Day
3) Party Voice
4) A Bitter Lullaby
5) In My Cabana
6) Last Breath
7) Shuffla
8) My Turn
9) All The Feels
10) Dance You Off
11) For You
12) Fuldans

SpirK
SpirK
2 years ago

Must be one of the worst vocals in Melodifestivalen ever. The verses suffer and the chorus is partially saved only by the backing. Heard a mic only performance, was really bad. The song has a patchy chorus but is all in all incredibly cheesy and mainstream.
I realty hope Swedes will prefer Sigrid, to me she has the better song,.vocals and performance on the duel.

DragKvinna
DragKvinna
2 years ago

Worse than Kamil show

Safiya
Safiya
2 years ago

It’s pretty cringy, but oh my, it’s such an earworm! The performance is a mess and the lyrics sound like as if they were written 5 minutes before the performance. However, it’s very catchy and Mendez seems to be a nice person. For me there’s something about the song that seems really authentic. We’ve seen many Latino-inspired songs in national selections (probably inspired by Despacito) and Mendez is actually Latin, it’s his culture, so it doesn’t bother me that much.

esc freak
esc freak
2 years ago

The chorus of this song is such an earworm indeed! The verses don’t sound that good though because his vocals are bad.

RealMusicLover
RealMusicLover
2 years ago

This song is like a bad frozen taco from the supermarket, made by someone who never actually ate mexican food, to make a quick buck. For all the lovers of this kind of food, well, enjoy… Just avoid food poisening…

ninasublatti
ninasublatti
2 years ago
Reply to  RealMusicLover

stop trying to sound like william

RealMusicLover
RealMusicLover
2 years ago
Reply to  ninasublatti

Stop being a pest and try to find some good taste

Rory
Rory
2 years ago

So happy to see songs that you don’t like going to AC or the Final, while Dotter and the likes suffer badly.

Uh, love it!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

This would’ve been cute in 2011 but it’s out of place in 2018. Jessica did the early 10s throwback thing better.

Colin
Colin
2 years ago

I might be getting old, but I don’t think there is such thing as a 2010s throwback yet. I think that music eras are rounded by decade, not year. What Jessica did, though, is a 00s throwback. Her song totally fits with the likes of Kate Ryan and Charlotte Perrelli.

Kris
Kris
2 years ago

The song is quite groovy and fun but it seems to me Sigrid is the better vocalist in their duel.enough said
A 5/10

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago

One of the worst Andra Chansen duels ever. I am not sure that he can even sing and find it hilarious to remember that this was actually one of the pre-contest favourites in the odds. They overdid the staging considering the lack of energy from Mendez himself.

Mark
Mark
2 years ago

OMG, Edin… Love!

Aldebaran
Aldebaran
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark

I miss him ??

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 years ago

Go Sigrid my queen.. This is just bad.

Mark
Mark
2 years ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Neither of them can sing, but at least she gives a good performance.

beccaboo1212
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark

FYI, Sigrid sings way better than Méndez. 🙂

Kaz
Kaz
2 years ago

Sorry the song is a horrible combination of than Alan Walker style beat and the Latin trend and I dislike everything about it. Mendez couldn’t hold a note, song is generic, staging looked off with purple flamenco dressed dancers but then Mendez wearing a weird waiter shirt and the stage being that same dark colour. Sorry Patrick Swayze better beat this.

Jelly
Jelly
2 years ago

I actually like this song much better than I would like and expect. The refrain is extremely catchy and upbeat. The problem to me is just the complete mismatch between Mendez’ looks and the songs. His grizzly tattooed appearance looks much more ‘authentic’ than the song is, and that makes it feel forced.

Eve
Eve
2 years ago

I seriously can’t stand this song.

Asi
Asi
2 years ago

I actually think, that “Everyday” is a catchy and fun song. It’s produced well. The main problem is Mendez himself. His vocals are really weak and his english skills are bad. He has a long career, i think he should be better performer. Cringe is the best word to describe his performance.

6/10, just because i like the song.