The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2018. Next we look at John Lundvk with “My Turn”. Were we ready for him to take his turn? Read on to find out!
John Lundvik with “My Turn”
“My Turn” reviews
Angus: Afrodite sang “The Boy Can Dance” and this boy can sing. Sadly it’s his song that’s the problem. “My Turn” sounds like a B-list Andrew Lloyd Webber ballad: it’s tired and uninspired. In the grand tradition of Melfest finals, this song’s going to be used as cannon fodder to make the real contenders look better.
Anthony: When the Swedes aren’t delivering slick pop tunes, they can also do killer ballads — à la Sanna Nielsen. Sadly, “My Turn” isn’t in the same league as “Undo” and sounds more like an X Factor winner’s single from a decade ago. A real shame as there could’ve been so much more from his soulful voice. Even Martina Bárta’s namesake song outshines John with her elegance.
Chris: At Melodifestivalen, you need more than just a great voice to stand out. Unfortunately, that’s all John really has here. There’s simplicity and there’s dull, and this is certainly in the latter camp. This feels like an updated “It’s My Time”, with just enough added gloss to make it feel relevant for 2018.
Luis: Look, let’s be straightforward: why should Sweden send to Eurovision 2018 a song that’s identical to the song with which Norway flopped in 2010? John’s voice is beautiful, and he’s a compelling performer, but this kind of ballad doesn’t have a place at Eurovision, even less so under the Swedish flag.
Natalie: It’s difficult reviewing songs for Melodifestivalen, because everyone holds Sweden to such a high standard. “My Turn” is a beautiful and very well-produced ballad and I’d be very excited if it was representing many other countries. But for Sweden it leaves me cold… simply because this is a country that aims for a win, not just a top-10 placing. There’s so much to like here, the gospel influences are impeccable, John has a great soulful voice, and the production is powerful and emotional without overdoing it. But it’s difficult to see it representing Sweden in Lisbon.
William: Man at piano, mandatory shot of the crowd holding white lights, a pyro shower at the end — this is Eurovision by-the-numbers. The overly sweet sentiments scream “wedding entertainment” and the gospel choir, while a nice touch, smacks of an X Factor winner’s single. To make matters worse, they’ve made John wear a cruise ship waiter’s evening attire. While his voice is beautiful and his charm undeniable, this ultimately feels very middle-of-the road.
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 8.