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 the iconic Samir & Viktor with “Shuffla”. Did they make us want to move our feet? Read on to find out!
Samir & Viktor – “Shuffla”
Angus: “Shuffla” is a surefire summer smash, but it’s not a Melfest winner nor a Eurovision contender either. The song is tired, trades on notes the dynamic duo have hit in previous singles, and relies on the decade old riff from “We No Speak Americano” to drive it forward. Samir & Viktor’s appeal is that they’re anti-Melfest: they aren’t polished are performers and are only in the competition for a good time. That’s all. This song falls between two stools: too self conscious to cash in on their appeal and not serious enough to actually challenge for the win.
Bernardo: It’s anthemic, it’s current and it’s fresh. Samir & Viktor may not be the best vocalists, but you can see they clearly improved from their last two entries. “Shuffla” is — by far — their best Melfest entry and has “summer hit” written all over it. While you expect slick and polished performances from Melfest, the duo brings what Sweden needs at the moment: authenticity instead of 100% perfection. I wouldn’t mind seeing this one in Lisbon.
Deban: “Shuffla” feels shuffled — but it works! Samir and Viktor have done away with attempting to sing in tune, and slick choreography. Instead, they have prioritised fun over substance. As much as I like “Shuffla”, I can’t help but critique it as their weakest Melodifestivalen entry yet. Still, it gets me moving.
Josh: Melfest needed a breath of fresh air come the second heat and along came Samir & Viktor and absolutely smashed it. People will be quick to compare this to Sunstroke Project given it’s infectious dance beat and saxophone hook, but “Shuffla” stands on its own. The Swedish lyrics are a welcomed change and overall, it’s just a fun, memorable and danceable package. If this went to Lisbon, it’s plausible Sweden will be going for another top-five finish.
Robyn: “Shuffla” is good. The first evidence for this is that Samir & Viktor went direkt till final and won’t have to battle it out in andra chansen. But the even stronger evidence is that it’s just a really big, fun and totally enjoyable pop track. It doesn’t even need knowledge of Swedish to work. And if “Hey Mamma” could work for Moldova at Eurovision, perhaps “Shuffla” could do just as well for Sweden in Lisbon.
Tobias: This is a typical Viktor and Samir song. It’s catchy and it’s fun! The song itself is nothing wow but these guys know how to entertain and give a good show on the stage. This is the first time the duo got directly to the final and I’m not surprised. They were the only act that gave a great show, had a lot of energy as always and it is a catchy song. It’s not winning material but these guys are not here to win, they are here to have a good time and give a good show.
In our Malta 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 4 and a high of 9.5.