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 YouTube star Olivia Eliasson and her song “Never Learn”. Did we learn anything from her entry? Read on to find out!
Olivia Eliasson – “Never Learn”
“Never Learn” reviews
Anthony: Despite the potential of this well-produced pop ballad, Olivia eventually loses momentum and finds herself charming her way throughout. It’s less “aah” with all these “ooh”s and Lithuania’s Silvija Pankunaite does a better job at it. From someone who’s more used to cover versions, Olivia’s done well to reach this far as a newcomer — but she’ll need to step up a gear.
Chris: The question here is: does the weak song mean Olivia never gets a chance to shine… or as a performer, is she not strong enough to lift it? Because there’s something seriously off-kilter here. If either the track or Olivia had more attitude, this might have a kick. Instead, it’s all down to her 90s rave dancers, and that only gets you so far.
Josh: “Never Learn” screams filler more than Kylie Jenner’s lips. Every year, Melfest needs to include a cookie cutter basic pop song sung by a pretty blonde. Olivia has a nice vocal that complements the backing track well, and the fluorescent breakdancers introduce a fun and funky element, but it’s almost like SVT will never learn that these formulaic, predictable entries will never go anywhere. They’re simply just there.
Luis: Here’s the mandatory ‘Lisa Ajax-esque’ entry from Melodifestivalen 2018. There’s nothing particularly interesting about “Never Learn”. It doesn’t disturb, it doesn’t create any impact… this song is somewhere between an album filler and a random clothes shop background tune. Is it wrong that it made it to Andra Chansen? Not really, but it should not go further by any means.
Natalie: This is a really cool modern pop ballad, it’s got really sweet production and cute girly lyrics. I should adore this, but somehow there are lots of things that are deeply irritating. Olivia’s voice… is the same heavy huskiness that plagues radios these days, and her elocution is terrible. Also there are way too many “ooh”s in this song. And the chorus just seems a mess of random electronic sounds that get boring and repetitive very easily. Like many Melfest 2018 songs, this should be much better than it is.
William: Building a song around the hook ooo shows a total lack of creativity. That sets the tone for this utterly forgettable song, which comes with a weak hook and a repetitive chorus. The blaring horns don’t fit with the overly produced electro backing, and there isn’t much of a message to grasp onto either. Ultimately this feels as languid as the slow-mo sequences, which are the only memorable aspect of an entry that shouldn’t have made the semis to begin with.
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 3 and a high of 6.5.