Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — finished up our tour of Norway at a disco in Oslo, dancing the night away with Bobbysocks. After we partied well into the morning, we got together and settled down to review the ten acts competing in Norway’s national final, Melodi Grand Prix 2018. Lastly we look at Alexander Rybak and his song “That’s How You Write A Song”. Can Alexander bring the winners trophy back to Norway again? Read on to find out!
Alexander Rybak – “That’s How You Write a Song”
“That’s How You Write A Song” reviews
Antranig: When a Eurovision winner attempts a return, it comes with big expectations. Lena defended her title with an amazing song. Loreen met those expectations last year despite not getting to Eurovision. Rybak, on the other hand, is arguably the most iconic winner of modern times and has come up with this hot mess. This is very fun and enjoyable but it’s also childish and forgettable. Safe to say his fairytale won’t be a happily ever after.
Bogdan: The biggest downfall of this entry are the lyrics, which detract from the quality of the song itself. Despite its undeniable catchiness, it’s still a far cry from “Fairytale” and an insult to actual songwriting. It may work as a joke entry or as a tribute to the epic “Love Love Peace Peace”. It may please some of Alexander’s fans (I doubt they’re all impressed), but no, that’s definitely not how you write a song, kids.
Kristin: My oh my, Alexander. Could it be that you’re just taking the piss now? Yes, yes you are, and that is perfectly okay. Master Rybak is definitely not in it to win it. This sounds more like him merely showing up and take part just for funsies because – let’s face it – he is never going to top his former success, and I doubt that he is even trying. So let’s just all sit back, relax, learn how to write a song and not take things so seriously! Alexander is simply enjoying life and I suggest we do the same.
Robyn: This is a super catchy tune, but it feels more like an educational song aimed at schoolkids. Rybak has always been this way — “Fairytale” has the same dinky style — but what was cute for a young guy now seems fatherly coming from a 30-something adult. I expect this will still do well in the grand final (kids will love it!) but it’s not the secret to a repeat of Johnny Logan’s success. It would be a perfect Junior Eurovision entry, though.
Sebastian: “That’s How You Write A Song” is kitsch, not clever. In what seems like a rather long advert for an Apple product, Rybak’s latest entry sounds dated, repetitive, and oozes far too much cheese. His scat-singing seems uninspired, in an almost lazy attempt to fill three minutes. Props to Rybak for bringing his unique style to the national final, but I wouldn’t be taking songwriting advice from him if this is his showpiece.
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 2 and a high of 8.