The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — wraps up reviewing the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2018. Finally we look at Melfest star Mariette and her song “For You”. Did we think it would be third time lucky for her? Read on to find out!
Mariette – “For You”
“For You” reviews
Deban: “For You” sounds like a quality album filler. Mariette’s attempts at representing her home country of Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest have resulted in a growing catalogue of good songs. The staging here is minimal and works for her. Equally, she sings well. However, although there’s nothing to really dislike here, overall, it fails to stand out — and there lies the problem.
Robyn: “For You” is a great pop song, but it doesn’t quite have the show-stopping quality that a great Melfest (or indeed Eurovision) song needs to have. Mariette is a hugely likeable performer and she brings a lot to the performance and elevates it beyond its basic form. So yes, Mariette deserves a place in Eurovision… but with this song?
Antranig: It’s no secret that Mariette is my favourite Swedish artist. She’s a unique performer and person and she turns what would be a generic pop song in the hands of any other performer into something with LGBT anthem potential. I love the minimalist aspect of the wardrobe and staging — it all just screams Mariette. There are no bells and whistles here — Mariette’s personality and stage presence carry the song. She’ll face stiff competition but she should be the clear winner — Mariette is in a league of her own.
Cinan: I’m very disappointed by Mariette, I’m sorry. I really wanted her to have a hit song this year, something to beat them all. But this song, although not bad, is not as good as last year’s “A Million Years”. The song sounds a bit dull and does not give as much pleasure as her previous song. But I wish her success — she is one of the best artists in Sweden.
Ron: “For You” is a nice song with a great arrangement, cool production and an interesting staging, however, the impact it leaves me with is not that high, unlike her entry in 2015, “Don’t Stop Believing”, which had much more impact.
Mariette’s moves are looking kinda strange at times, yet she delivers the song pretty well. However, it’s good, but not good enough. I expected much more from her comeback entry.
Tobias: I expected a lot more from Mariette knowing her previous performances in Melodifestivalen have been superb. If she changed her outfit and add something more on stage, to make it more exciting like in the “A Million Years” performance, it would make a big difference. But the staging doesn’t go hand in hand with the song. If she brought more life on to the stage that could match the same energy as the uptempo song, it would change a lot. However, this is the only song of all competing songs in Melodifestivalen that I’m still humming. It’s top three this year for sure.
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 5.5 and a high of 10.