Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — began to wrap up our tour of Norway by attending a vocal masterclass run by Mørland. After exhausting our voices, we settled down for a cup of hot tea to review the ten acts competing at Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Next up, we look at Stella & Alexandra and their song “You Got Me”. Will the combination of a Eurovision veteran and a newcomer bring them success? Read on to find out!
Stella & Alexandra – “You Got Me”
“You Got Me” reviews
Bernardo: The instrumental of “You Got Me” serves its purpose and gets you up and moving but despite Stella and Alexandra’s delivery, it’s still a tad bland. It begins on a high note and it stays there for the entire three minutes which is a shame.
Chris: The Kids Bop version of Swingfly. Stella’s career has grown and evolved considerably since the “Haba Haba” disaster of 2011. So why she’d come back to MGP with such a reductive entry like “You Got Me” is baffling. Both Stella and Alexandra sound good, and it’s catchy to a degree, but it’s not quite enjoyable on repeated listens.
Deban: There’s an uncomfortable cohesion here. “You Got Me” is scored with a beautiful melody, but Alexandra’s teen-pop delivery doesn’t quite gel with Ms Mwangi’s street rap. Whilst both performers and heavyweights in their own right, this collaboration feels forced. For Stella, this is a far cry from the heights of “Biashara”.
Josh: When I first heard the rumour of Stella Mwangi coming back to MGP, I was so excited for another African-influenced bop. I had an open mind after hearing of her pairing with Alexandra, but upon first listen of “You Got Me”, I was underwhelmed. Separately the artists are great, but the juxtaposition of the two ladies doesn’t work here. Stella needs to be singing, and not rapping. And Alexandra deserves a solo song. It’ll be a fun moment in the show, but that’s all it will ever be.
Robyn: I really want to like this song, but it’s just not working. “You Got Me” feels like two separate songs that have been awkwardly put together. There’s no reason why a Motown-style song needs a rap section, or vice versa. Despite the vast talents of the two performers, the song feels like a cheap mash-up from the mid 2000s.
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 8.5.