The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — now turns our attention to the eight acts who have directly qualified for the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2018. First up, we take a look at returning act Benjamin Ingrosso and his tune “Dance You Off”. Were we feeling his beat? Read on to find out!
Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”
“Dance You Off”
Angus: Benjamin’s performance is more polished, his staging is slicker and his style is cooler. So it’s unfortunate that his song isn’t better. “Dance You Off” is a perfectly serviceable piece of electropop, and a significant evolution from last year’s fondue fest, but remove the staging and it looks significantly less remarkable. Benjamin does however sell the package well, so he should be able to overcome the song’s shortcomings if he delivers a similarly impressive performance in Stockholm.
Bernardo: The performance of “Dance You Off” is out of a music a video and captures your attention from the very first second, but the last thing you need is your stage performance to be miles better than your song. In this case, despite Benjamin’s smooth and inviting vocals, the track falls flat and a bit repetitive. It’s good, but it’s far from perfect.
Deban: Benjamin Ingrosso makes a fantastic sophomore return to Sweden’s greatest music TV show.”Dance You Off” is a tasty slice of pop, with sassy funk sprinkles. The song title invites group choreography, but Benjamin Ingrosso does it solo on stage. Perhaps a slight misfire. However, the falsetto vocals on this take me to the highest highs, and this pop sensation’s moves blend well with the incredible set design.
Josh: Benjamin Ingrosso is back at Melfest and thankfully has toned down on the cheese this year. “Dance You Off” has the potential to be a “Finesse” but it lacks the energy and charisma that Bruno Mars brings to the table. And it’s unfortunate that the falsetto vocal wears thin rather quickly. Where the entry shines though is in its staging. The colour changing neon lights that move around Benjamin make my heart sing. With LEDs absent from Lisbon this year, SVT is one step ahead by creating this amazing set piece. This should be one to watch.
Ron: These are the Melodifestivalen performances I’m living for, or in one word – perfection. Benjamin is such a good performer – he’s loose on stage, dances and sings very well and the camera’s direction is genius (except for one long shot that takes us out of “Benjamin’s lights world”). The backing vocals are a bit too high. I would like to hear Benjamin a bit more, but yet we hear him and know he can sing very well. Unlike many other songs this year that have some very interesting staging – this one has both the song and the staging. I wouldn’t mind sending this one to Eurovision.
Tobias: Listening to “Dance You Off” for the first time, I immediately felt it was more like part two of Benjamin’s 2017 entry “Good Lovin'”. It has the same kind of vibe, tempo and rhythm. And it wasn’t that exciting to listen to. The song is very slow, almost boring, and the chorus doesn’t stick out that much from the rest of the song. It all feels very monotonous and flat. But I do like the visual staging and choreography. It feels like Benjamin is in a music video rather than a live TV show, a little like Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes” performance. The staging makes the song more interesting, with Benjamin dancing in a neon space world.
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 5.5 and a high of 9.5.