The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2018. Next we look at Melfest queen Jessica Andersson and her song “Party Voice”. Did we want to dance with this mother? Read on to find out!
Jessica Andersson – “Party Voice”
“Party Voice” reviews
Antranig: What do I love more than a schlager queen? Absolutely nothing. I was expecting “Party Voice” to be epic and fun from the title alone. What I wasn’t expecting was for this to be a genuine contender to win Melfest as one of the best entries in this year’s competition. Jessica isn’t my favourite to win Melfest but she’s up there near the top and you can be sure she’ll nail a Eurovision performance if she gets there. If “Party Voice” gets to Lisbon, you’ll hear my fanboy voice.
Bernardo: Fun, catchy and well produced. Add a beautiful and charismatic performer to that and you have an overall nice package. Having said that, I can barely hear Jessica’s party voice, because the backing vocals mics are too high. We know she can sing — lower those mics and shine bright Jessica.
Cinan: I love when there are these type of songs in Melodifestivalen. It makes me feel that this is their thing — having a party, not caring about bad things, and having fun all the time. Jessica has a very good song. We don’t need any more ballads — let’s have a party! I wish her good luck.
Luis: In a way, it should be worrying that the best act in a Melfest semi-final is a schlager tune, but well, it happened. “Party Voice” is fun, catchy and it doesn’t really bother. It’s a bit of variety in the quite plain field of Sweden’s final. There’s no question Jessica can perform and uplift her entry, so schlager fans will absolutely love this entry. I’m not really in that demographic, but I’m well aware this is a well-produced and well-staged entry that could easily sneak into the top five of Melfest 2018.
Ron: I love Jessica Andersson and I must say “Party Voice” is a great schlager candy treat for all of us who missed schlager in recent years. But even though it’s one of the best songs this year, I expected much more. Jessica does look and sound great, but (like in many other performances this year) the backing vocals are way too high and we don’t get to hear her lovely voice much. Other than that I don’t know if it’s the sound or the pronunciation but I can barely understand half of the words being sung. This song automatically throws me back to Melodifestivalen 2006 where Jessica sang “Kalla Nätter” with a sexy outfit and a sexy dance. Maybe she doesn’t want to repeat it 10 years later, but she should definitely wear a sexier outfit other than her black suit.
William: She entered Melodifestivalen perceived as a tired old showgirl. But now Jessica is proving that she’s a dark horse to win it all. Taking on schlager and pulling it solidly into the 00s, she’s mixing her party voice with plenty of backing vocals to deliver one of the only listenable Melfest tracks of 2018. It may sound like faint praise, but I’m ready to dance like a mother… so long as Jessica is there to pack my lunch in the morning. Slay mama!
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 and a high of 9.