Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continued our tour of the land of fjords by visiting Bergen. After serving fish in the Bergen Aquarium, we settled down to review the ten acts competing in Norway’s national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Next up, we look at Ida Maria and her song “Scandilove”. Do we want to listen to this song all night long (like a Scandinavian)? Read on to find out!
Ida Maria – “Scandilove”
Antranig: “Can you make love like a Scandinavian?” Ida Maria is asking all the important questions in life. I can’t decide if the song is trying to be a joke entry or not, but either way, this is lyrically one of my favourite songs of the 2018 national final season. This has the potential to be the runaway winner of MGP 2018 or to finish dead last. I can’t wait to see how Norway will treat it.
Bogdan: “Scandilove” could have been a hit in the ’90s. In 2018, it reads like a joke entry and while both the song and Ida have their redeeming qualities — and I’m sure the live performance will be epic — I can’t possibly take it seriously in the running for representing Norway at Eurovision. There are definitely better entries in Melodi Grand Prix.
Jonathan: Initially this was a guilty pleasure. Now it’s just a pleasure. “Scandilove” is just so quirky and catchy that it’s hard not to fall in love and jam out every time it comes on. The lyrics are some of the best of this year’s national final season (though there would of course need to be a few alterations if it were to go to Eurovision). It will be interesting to see how this is staged. But if they can create something as epic as “Swedish Smorgasbord” with only six people, then this could be a great choice for Norway.
Robyn: This is going to be a Marmite song (or should that be lutefisk?) — people will either love it or hate it. I’m firmly on the “love it” side. It’s fun, funny and has genuinely hilarious (and relatable) lyrics. And Ida Maria just seems like she’d be a really cool person to hang out with. When other national finals seem packed full of super serious songs about how messed up the world is, it is just so refreshing to find a singer who can gleefully be fun and entertaining.
Sebastian: “Scandilove” is my love. Ida Maria brings an ‘I don’t care what you think’ attitude which makes her song all that more endearing. Dripping in innuendos for three minutes, Scandilove could surely be an anthem for a generation of Scandinavians perceived as straight-laced, beige and prim to the outside world. It’s a headline-grabbing, toe-tapping entry that is so deserved for the win (if it can be sung live, of course).
Our jury for 2018 consists of 15 jurors, but we only have room for 5 reviews. The remaining 10 scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.