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 Robert Gustafsson’s comedic character Roland and his group Rolandz with their song “Fuldans”. Did we want to shake our booties? Read on to find ou!
Rolandz – “Fuldans”
Angus: “Fuldans” is pure pantomime and if you treat it as a fun three minutes it’s perfectly enjoyable. The whole point of the competition was to bring different genres into the competition and Rolandz are the only comedy act to have cleared the semi-finals, so they deserve kudos for making that leap. Like “Boogieman Blues” last year, this is sure to provide light entertainment at Friends Arena and fade from memory thereafter.
Bernardo: Fun and energetic. Fuldans brings the party this year. It will be a crowd pleaser in Sweden but I don’t think it stands a chance with international viewers. It’s good to have in the lineup, for the sake of entertainment but that’s it.
Chris: It says a lot about this year’s Melodifestivalen that even their usual jokey, old-time Swedish entry is a little subpar. Compare this to the singalong nature of Ravaillacz and you get the idea. Obviously, this is set up to appeal to a very specific section of the Swedish audience and not an international one. It serves its purpose, but it’s not hitting the high points.
Josh: As per every edition of Melodifestivalen, you have to have your token novelty entry and this year Rolandz is the lucky act (albeit unlucky for the rest of us). There’s nothing credible about an entry that takes the piss out of their national contest, and quite frankly I’m offended that this went DTF over Felix. Rolandz looks like a weird lovechild of Elvis Presley and Verka Sanduchka. The song is camp, cheesy and it’s hard to take it seriously. I pray that this pulls a “Boogieman Blues” this year and absolutely tanks in the final because Rolandz doesn’t deserve to be there.
Luis: Novelty acts are always welcome… as long as they are actually fun. This one is not. There’s little more to say about this: it made the final because it will probably be amusing for Swedes. Us fans can only look at these people with glittery and shiny clothes without understanding a thing and hope that someone somehow gives us those three minutes back.
William: Perhaps if I were Swedish I’d be in on the joke. But I’m not — and I’m not laughing. While I respect the lead singer for dressing up as Elvis using discarded pieces of a disco ball, I don’t respect the trainwreck of a melody, the tiresome disco throwback or the cliché dance moves that would probably make Sacha Jean-Baptiste choke on her fabulosity. This going direct to the final is a reminder that this is easily the worst Melodifestivalen I’ve ever lived through.
In our Sweden Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
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