Sweden, Benjamin Ingrosso, 1

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to Sweden, where Melodifestivalen 2018 winner Benjamin Ingrosso has “Dance You Off”. Where we spellbound by his smooth moves? Read on to find out!

Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off”

“Dance You Off” reviews

Robyn: In many ways, “Dance You Off” is a very safe entry — there’s no chance of a horse on a stepladder in this performance. But that’s not a bad thing. “Dance You Off” is bright, shiny pop and Benjamin Ingrosso delivers it like an absolute pro. The staging is brilliant — those are lighting tubes, not a wheeled-in LED wall, y’all — and Ingrosso creates his own time and space without feeling separate from the arena action. It’s the most Spotify-esque of all the 2018 entries and I’m putting this tune on a playlist.

Score: 9.5/10

Angus: This year Sweden is heavy on style. Benjamin Ingrosso looks cool on stage and has a performance crafted to work with or without Portuguese cooperation on the Eurovision stage. Substance is not lacking altogether – he was the first Melfest winner since 2015 to win public and jury votes for a reason – and it is insanely catchy. Also on Benjamin’s side is the fact Eurovision is a one-time gig and nobody can match the spectacle Sweden is bringing to the stage this year.

Score: 7.5/10

Deban: Benjamin Ingrosso throws down sex without getting dirty.”Dance You Off” is a polished slice of pop sprinkled with modern funk.  Ingrosso is seen alone on stage, but he OWNS every frame! His magnetic eyes hook you in, as he falsettos through his self-composed hit. His super slick choreography blends well with the incredible set design. Hopefully, he’ll come to Lisbon with the most fascinating light design to ever feature at Eurovision.

Score: 9/10

Jordi: When everything seemed lost in this year’s Melodifestivalen, Benjamin Ingrosso then appeared and just BOOM as proper supernovas. From true ’80s feeling to its staging that serves orgasms of pleasure, this song is 100% made-in-Sweden realness. It feels as though this track comes from another era, it works in its entire length. Vibrant, retro and disco mood, all merged in an electronic and catchy piece with mucho gusto. It has a good radio sound, serves attitude and his performance impacts – in capitals – from the very start. Memorable. Strong contender alert!

Score: 9/10

Jovana: The staging that Benjamin Ingrosso presented at the Melodifestivalen simply screamed winner, so you can expect that he will do well in Portugal as well. I am convinced that it was the slick production that earned Robin Bengtsson the third place with the jury in spite of not-so-original a song and not-at-all-outstanding vocals. My feelings for “Dance You Off” are more or less the same. Swedes have already proven they are the masters of dance-pop. Let’s hope that next time they can present us with something edgier and more revolutionary like they used to.

Score: 6.5/10

Steinunn:  The Swedes sure are masters in the art of staging. And that’s actually the only thing this song has, good staging. Oh yeah and a slick production. Ok, the song is actually not that bad but I prefer to listen to it and not watch it. Benjamin is a good performer and he knows how to work the audience, but just like Robin Bengtsson’s sleekness from last year, Benjamin, unfortunately, does not turn me on. That head-nod thing he’s got going on actually just annoys me.

Score: 6/10

In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Anthony: 6/10

Antranig: 7.5/10

Bernardo: 6.5/10

Bogdan: 9.5/10

Chris: 7/10

Cinan: 8.5/10

Jonathan: 7.5/10

Kristin: 8/10

Luis: 8/10

Padraig: 7/10

Renske: 9.5/10

Ron: 10/10

Sebastian: 7/10

William: 5.5/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.75/10

What do you think of this song? Share your own score and review below!

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Catherine
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Catherine

So boring! Sweden should be brave and try to send something different for a change. Will it qualify? Of course. Should it? No.

Music
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Music

Well, if they will qualify, that only means they also should. So pointless comment of yours!

Davve
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Davve

It is so obvious that it is a few individuals that post comment after comment negative towards Sweden. The comments follows the same pattern.

At least stop posting 15 comments under different names. It is pathetic.

Sweden will be top3 for sure. And it will be so nice to see Benjamin in the top as Sweden has been for years.

Davve
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Davve

Sweden will be top3 without a doubt’

Malin
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Malin

Bar gärna lite ödmjuk, det minskar sverigehatet. : )

Davve
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Davve

Bar gärna? Google translate? Lol

Malin
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Malin

Halloj, är paddan som ändrar hela tiden. Tänker att om vi svenskar är ödmjuka så miskar kanske på sikt allt agg mot Sverige. Jag blir ofta rasande och kan inte hålla mig från att ge svar på tal, men försöker låta bli. Försöker, går inte alltid. Tror att om vi pratar om hur bra Sverige är och att vi ska vinna så blir det ännu mer Sverige hat bland eurovision fans vilket missgynnar våra bidrag. du gör som du vill såklart, men fundera. Tror att om vi från Sverige är noga att berömma andra för vad vi tycker att de… Read more »

LCH
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LCH

Ok, so I recognize that this has a good show, a handsome lad lad to sing it at least somewhat competently… but to me this is just shades of bland. I dislike the chorus and am bored by the verses. I feel it tries a little too hard to be cool and because of that misses that mark. Now, this may be due to genre. Particularly the Americans seem to like this style so what do I know? But… I just want to hit the “skip” button. This does nothing for me. I find it hard to call. It’ll qualify… Read more »

Davve
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Davve

Awww jealousy. Slacking? Lol, we are continuing tosend top actsto ESC. I guess that is what pisses you off

Malin
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Malin

Är också less, men vi måste bita ihop. Bäst om vi inte anklagar att de är avundsjuka och framhäver Sverige tror jag.

Davve
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Davve

I will continue to state that they are jealous.

Malin
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Malin

Men tror det blir fler som blir anti mot Sverige och som en följd Sveriges bidrag om vi skriver allt vi känner, tänker och tycker. Men du är ju fri att göra precis som du tycker

: )

Malin
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Malin

LCH, I’m from Sweden and agree. I think this mait be somting for USmore than Europe. Could see this type of song on Ellen Degrees show. I’m respect that you don’t like our song this year althoug, but I’m very proud of Benjamin.

Love, love, peace, peace from sweden : )

Oscillate
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Oscillate

An overrated squeaking duck.

Davve
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Davve

Jealous

Maria
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Maria

4/10
I dont like this song. The worst entry of Sweden in years.

Davve
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Davve

Lol, so delusional

Malin
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Malin

Önskar det fanns ett alternativ till denna blogg så man slapp allt sverige hat. Gör att man tappar glädjen inför eurovision.

Tips på annan blogg? Gärna på svenska

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

http://www.schlagerpinglan.se är jättebra.
Wiwi är en fantastisk blog, och jag älskar deras team, men när jag läser kommentarer så brukar jag hålla mig till dem som jag vet är sjyssta. Blir övermäktigt annars.

Malin
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Malin

Tack : )

Känner till men har så svårt med det röda,,men ska ge det en chans. Kan väll inte låta bli läsa endel här ändå.

Malin
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Malin

Men blir även less på svenskar som inte förstår att fe ökar ännu mer mär de ska hålla på med motangrepp och skryta över mello osv. De fattar ju inte att de bara spär på och motarbetar vilket i slutänden drabbar vårt bidrag. Suck.

Snälla svenskar, var ödmjuka och respektfulla.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

If I must say so, I think this might be the first time (in probably a decade) that a Swedish entry gets lost, if not buried, under a truckload of immensely unique entries.

Lolita
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Lolita

We will see if it will be lost when army of teen girls vote for Benjamin 😉

LawStudent
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LawStudent

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this is the kind of song you’ll hear on the radio while you’re getting a cut at the barbershop. It’s chill funky elevator music. Nothing really explodes. It’s only doing so well because it’s from Sweden.

Pablo Nava
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This is groovy, sleek and modern, Sweden’s bringing it again. However there is a sort of… organic quality in this year’s entry that I can’t quite describe. What I can tell is that it sets this song from other “pop” productions we know. In a seemingly weak MF year, this worked as a “fair” winner. But it grows on you, definetly siding more with classic MJ than Bruno Mars (who i don’t really love), with a hint of Daft Punk to bring it to 2018. The show’s great and the concept around it works. It went from “the best for… Read more »

LCH
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LCH

Funny. I don’t see this as organic at all. On the contrary it feels kind of sterile to me. Might be the production, I’m not sure… I just feel like they ironed all the potential soul out of this one.

Pablo Nava
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Comapred to Robin’s, it is much more natural. Helps Ben co-wrote it with his close collaborators?

Malin
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Malin

Tank you Pablo. I like when people write their opinions whith respect, regardles if they like our song or not

Love, love, peace, peace from Sweden : )

Curve
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Curve

Sweden is obviously doing good again but it baffles me that both Benjamin and the song entry are not being talked about that much. To me, it’s seemingly being overshadowed by other countries who are getting more powerful this year (Israel, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Spain, Czech Republic and more).

Lolita
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Lolita

How is then it doing good when noone is talking about it? 🙂 Maybe that means that Sweden won’t do well this year though…

Curve
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Curve

Personally, it’s good. Even though it is not being talked about much, I don’t think that means Benjamin is not going to do well. I mean, look at Norway as well.

Lolita
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Lolita

I hope so, because I love this song and want it to do well. And Benjamin is very sweet as a person, he deserves good placement. 🙂 I don’t know why people find this entry sooo bad, it is decent, if anything else. 🙂

Elin
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Elin

Well, sweden was treated like air in Amsterdam by wiwi Probably becaus Wiliam don’t like the entry

Lolita
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Lolita

I don’t agree that they should favorize only songs they like, if you are journalist, then at least be objective,but ok. Every participant deserves equal treatment, no matter if you like their song or not, it is part of showing you professionalism and humanity! And I know that I am 100% right here.

Malin
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Malin

Well, if you have a blogg you have the right to influence people to share your oppinion. If I had my ovn blogg, well than you would se a lot of articles about Belarus, and Sweden offcourse.

love, love

Elin – tror väll att Wiliam har mycket makt också och han gillar verkligen inte Sverige i år. Så hans tystnad påverkar nog redaktionen. Tycker att så har de ju rätt att göra. Som tur är gillar Deban Benjamin och låten. Vill betona att jag tycker att det ör ok om Wiwi lyfter fram de låtar de favoriserar.

Gloria
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Gloria

Sweden or Australia are tied for my winners this year. Hope they both make Top 3. Imaging if Australia wins and picks Stockholm to host xD, Sweden can still win bragging rights to hosting.

Malin
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Malin

Ha, ha, thank you… but think that Sweden would never host if we don’t win. I think that Crister Björkman would do try to convince UK to host. Why, he want that ESC should be as great as possibl, because he love ESC. I think that he belives that if ESC would be in UK, then the intrest would grov and maby the possibillity that people from the brittish musicindustry would be more interested in ESC. I think that he is not the onlyone that really want UK to be more sucessfull in ESC. They have the best musicindustry i… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

Better than last year, but just average.
6.5/10

Dan
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Dan

***Rolling my eyes at the comments on here***

Sweden has a well-deserved, well-earned reputation at Eurovision. This is yet another quality entry (even if I wasn’t rooting for this during MelFest). Also, love Benjamin in general. Should / will place in Top 5.

Lolita
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Lolita

Also rolling my eyes, these comments full of hate are just so stupid. Benjamin deserves top 5 this year, without a doubt. And I think in the previous years Swedish success is well deserved.

Malin
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Malin

Tank you Dan, it’s not so fun to be a sweed here on wiwi. It’s ok whith diffrent taste but feel that sweden are judge by an other scale and we are accused for having our own agenda in ESC.

LOVE, LOVE, PEACE, PLEACE

GiavK
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GiavK

I completely agree with you and of course every country SHOULD sing in their own language.I mean why the hell to hear to a very mediocre plastic pop song in eurovision and not go to mtv and hear a catchier better song which actually makes success in the world…And the comments about the countries who “destroyed” eurovision are atrocious

Malin
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Malin

In what language do you prefer THE PLASTIC popsong WATERLOO from Sweden? Swedish or English? ; )

I think that the televoters should have the power. IF they want english songs, well then english songs will win. Swedish isn’t that beatyfull to liten to. Listen to Belarus song in russia. I loved it even more allthoug I don’t understand the language.

But I think fore the overall quality of the show, it’s importet that the songwriter can chose them self.

Denis
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Denis

Who you fooling? The idea behind ESC was purely commercial, to advance and test technology. It was some Italian guy that proposed a music contest to test it

Denis
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Denis

No where does it say that, and no one has ever said that is the purpose. That is only some purists perception of the Contest, as an excuse to hear folk-songs and ladies belting out tunes in languages the purists pretend to care about.
What is cultural values? Is it constantly hating on Sweden year after year? How European

Cookie Nation
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Cookie Nation

If Eurovision is an ethno folk contest far away from the evolution of music in the real world and trapped in an ultraconservative concept of art, then i have been following the wrong contest since i was a kid. And guys, MTV is not broadcasting music anymore. What you call “ruining the contest” is actually keeping up with the times, sorry. Eurovision could be dead by now if Dana International had not won in 1998 and Sweden and the rest wouldn’t have pushed for modernisation.

Eve
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Eve

My long comment get stucked in moderation, idk why, so I’m gonna be short now- another respectable entry from Sweden, haters gonna hate, but this deserve top 5 not because it’s Sweden, but because it’s good song which has whole package. Peace& love 😛

Cookie Nation
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Cookie Nation

Agree. For many years Eurovision was in its own bubble, disconnected from real music and that was very sad. Now, Eurovision has become more mainstream and in a way it is getting relevant again and i like that. There´s room for everyone when you have 43 songs to chose from, but many people dismiss songs just for being current. They should be watching 90´s contests instead. Very few of us did it back then!

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

jfc this comment section… I hope Wiwi implements a proper registration system in the upcoming year, so one no longer would have to read conversations people have with themselves. This is completely untenable.

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

“conversations people have with themselves” didn’t come out right. What I was referring to is a single person talking to himself with different aliases.

David
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David

Extremely dull, boring and one-in-the-thousand popsong.
This high reviews are just because it’s … Sweden. From any other country this song would be demolished. Doens’t deserve to be in the final, but will unfortunately.
I hope it’s not a top ten, because Sweden can do so .much better. For me 2/10.

Davve
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Davve

Lol. Dream on buddy. Sweden will be in tge top3

Cookie Nation
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Cookie Nation

I am astonished to see such animosity towards Sweden. You may not like their songs but you cannot deny that they have success because their production is playing in a different leage. Every year i show Melodifestivalen to my non-eurovision-fan friends (i´m from Spain) and they are always amazed to see such fantastic television (even if this year´s edition was much weaker). It is obvious that they care much more than the rest and that Mello attracts talent. They got the strongest music industry in Europe (with the exception of the UK, but as they couldn´t care less about Eurovision… Read more »

Lolita
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Lolita

It was exactly my point these days, they really have the best music industry (one of the best), and the success comes from that. I wonder, how much is huge IQ of these people, if they don’t know basic things about music, but still they are always here to write something stupid!

Malin
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Malin

Thank you. From Sweden and really need to read that someone write something good abot Sweden and otur music.

Love, love, peace, peace

Belle
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Belle

Sweden is underrated this year. Benjamin is a good performer with a great staging and good song. Go Sweden!

Lolita
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Lolita

I agree with you, well said!

David
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David

Extremely overrated you mean. Doens’t deserve to be in the final at all, but will sadly. How cheap and cheesy can one be ?

Lolita
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Lolita

Oh, I see, this is your weird way of describing something awesome! Good to know!

Denis
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Denis

Well ive had enough of Balkan ballads who all sound the same performed in same manner. I have also had enough of Greece sending either ethno or dance- pop, sometimes both. People are also fed up with Italy sending the same stuff over and over since they returned. But do you se anybody complaining over that?

Kyna
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Kyna

Sorry but how is Italy sending same stuff??

Malin
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Malin

Dennis, utgår från att du är less på tjat att vi skickar samma typ av låtar. Vill vi skicka poplåtar så låt oss göra det. Även de är ju olika och av olika kvalite.

Tänker detsamma med balkanlåtar, etnodanspop. Ibland är de bra och ibland dåliga. Så less bara att det hackas på Sverige, men du vet ju om vi gnäller själva. Då får vi såå mycket skit.

Anita
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Anita

Hey William, you surprised me with those 5.5/10.

You surprised me also with your review of Hungary – and I agree with you about both songs.

Malin
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Malin

Tror att de som följt mello och får sina favoriter där blir besvikna om den inte vinner. Han gillade Felix. Om Benjamin skulle hanplockats och även låten så skulle fler uppskatta den trot jag. Våra låtar mäts utifrån snnsn måttstock pga av skyhögaflrväntningar och pga av att man ör less på att Sverige är involverad lite överallt i eurovision. Som koreografer, låt- och textförfattare i många länder. Dessutom Christer Björkmans inflytande som tolkas som om han har dold agenda för att gynna Sverige odl. Det skapar även en slags irritation. Kom ifrån ämnet, men tror faktist även William påverkas. Sedan… Read more »

Caroline
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Caroline

You’re right. What annoys me is that EVERY SINGLE YEAR they are on top 5. Yes, it’s a good production, but that’s it. All their songs sound like they were manufactured by a computer program. They have no story, no feelings, no soul and no originality.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I seem to remember that similar things were said about the UK’s entries in the mid 1990s. Yet now people complain about how badly the UK does. Can’t have it both ways; it’s better to send what good things you have. Anyways, this is something to take up with Sweden and MelFest, not with the rest of Europe.

Kyna
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Kyna

@Caroline
sad, but true.

Boy
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Hi haters! Italy has always the same song, and so are Greece ans al tge contry from Jugoslavia. And this year its so mutch crap. Israel, Estonua, France, Italy, UK, Norway, Bulgaria, Belgium….

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Music in all its diversity.
So stop it, right now, “stop it right now”.
You’re free to start your own Song Contest if you don’t like this one.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Isn’t that for Sweden to decide for themselves?
I don’t think it’s appropriate for the rest of Europe to decide that, to be honest. But if there really is enough of a strong dislike of those entries in Europe, then why does Sweden consistently do well at the contest?

Lolita
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Lolita

Because fans are jealous and prefer dated songs over great, modern Swedish entries. Just don’t take all that hate seriously, it is not relevant. Personally, I would get bored in Eurovision without your entries, because they are so good, and I listen to the Swedish pop and EDM, outside the ESC. It is just kind of music I like the most- modern pop, and I know that many people listen that kind of music, I don’t know why are they then complaining.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@David: Yes, I have to admit, that is a curious correlation. Thanks for sharing that.
However, it still doesn’t explain the generally high audience vote for Sweden.

Yaa
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Yaa

Ha ha

esc freak
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esc freak

This song basically lacks a melody. It sounds cheap, repetitive and ultimately very irritating. It’s all about the visuals, which actually fail to distract me from the music. Worst Swedish entry for me, it’s really a pity because there were some great songs in Melodifestivalen that went to waste. John Lundvik would have been my winner actually. This is my last place. Obviously it will qualify and do decently though.

2/10

M
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M

I’ve been on a roller coaster with this one. When I hear me the snippet, I loathed it completely. But then it grew on me, and by the time it made the final, it was my number 3 out of the finalists. But after that I listened to it quite a lot and grew tired of it eventually. As you’d expect from Sweden, it has a very polished and expensive production but, unlike last year, it doesn’t go to the point where it becomes clinical, and I think that was important. My main problem with the song is that the… Read more »

CyxCy
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CyxCy

Ok, so and so … Bof. it looks like a bad song that Justin Bieber refused and found at the bottom of a drawer. No musical interest; the boy, he has all it takes to please teenagers, but not enough to compete on the same field Mikolas Josef, who has the advantage of a better song.

Safiya
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Safiya

I actually like it. I wasn’t sure about it at first but it has really grown on me. The song is catchy, the staging is amazing and looks like an actual video clip. It’s a safe choice and I know that some people find it annoying but in my opinion it should be aprreciated. I don’t think it’s a winner but it deserves a good score. It’s definitely inspired by The Weeknd’s music and I’m a huge Weeknd fan.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

No surprises here: Sweden is sending an act that’s very safe on a musical perspective, but groundbreaking in terms of staging. The funny thing about this one is that it will probably stand out more when paired with better quality music on Eurovision, than when facing its competitors on Swedish soil. Because on Melodifestivalen, “Dance You Off” was just one more in a sea of well produced but conservative pop tracks. While in Lisbon this can work as a lesson of how to do generic pop by inserting elements that don’t make it look or sound generic. I agree with… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

This could win Eurovision 2018. Seriously.
(The silence that followed…)

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I just wrote that. But I would like to know if you would like this to win, because I clearly don’t. 😛

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Honestly, there are better songs that should probably win on technical grounds. But this is good enough to win too, especially since Benjamin is great live (reference: London) and he really relates to all the lyrics as being something that really happened in his real life.
I know there are those who have said this is “copycat” of other contemporary artists, but since Eurovision often likes “derivative” entries anyhow, I don’t think this will hurt Sweden or Benjamin. I think this is Top 5, and might even win. (Hides in corner)

Lolita
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Lolita

I think this could win, and I want this to win (don’t kill me :P), there are maybe slightly better songs, but everything about this song and whole performance is just PERFECT. 10/10 I find it their best effort since Loreen, even better than Mans. Good luck to Sweden!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Lolita, I don’t share the same enthusiasm about it, but I admit the full package is very competitive. I still prefer “Heroes” though. Mans sold it better than Benjamin. But let’s see how he will do in Lisbon.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Mask, then I guess the difference is that you actually like Benjamin, while I’m not very fond of him. It’s not something personal, but conceptual. I just don’t like this kind of singer. About the song, I believe we said similar things with different words. And I would predict the same thing. Top 5 and potential winner. I would prefer this one to Australia, at least.

Lolita
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Lolita

Hahaha, agree about Australia, at least 😀 I am slightly shocked that people actually hate Dance You Off, it is one of the best modern songs this year, and I absolutely adore this mix 80′ and modern vibes, this is just my kind of music, I guess then 😉 I think Sweden is little underrated this year.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Hi Lolita. Yes, I’m finding it really strange that Eurovision “fans” this year are hating on a predictably slick pop entry from Sweden. Given Sweden’s recent successes with this format, this makes no sense to me.
I respectfully suggest that these “fans” either don’t understand what the ESC has been about in recent times, or that they are not actually “fans” at all – they may be haters masquerading as fans. Sad times.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yeah, musically Sweden is more interesting than Australia’s song. However, Jessica Mauboy is an outstanding performer, and the simplicity of the lyrics will get points. This year is going to be really tough on that “Top 5” – I think we might need to start talking about the “Top 10” instead.

Lolita
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Lolita

Hi, Purple Mask! Yeah, and I don’t understand why fans love Lie To Me, but hate Dance You Off. I like both of the songs, and they are pretty much on the same level to me, both are mainstream, modern songs. I even prefer Swedish entry more. I could bet that this year Sweden could be even top 3, with perfomance like this ( there is no way that someone would have so crazy cool staging and performance), but odds don’t agree, Sweden was never so low in the past year, 8th place. It makes me to worry a little… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Well, I guess it’s natural that those who aren’t much fond of generic pop don’t like “Dance You Off”. But it’s indeed weird how some people can love “X My Heart” and hate this one.

Lolita
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Lolita

Yeah, that is true. Even if many consider this generic, at least it is the beat generic song this year, better than others like “X My Heart”, and some more…

Lolita
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Lolita

*best generic song

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Really? For me that would be a shocker. I wouldn’t mind at all, but it lacks that little something that makes it go to victory… I am still betting on Israel, I’m afraid… Is those magical 20 years period… 🙂 BTW, I was listening to Abanibi just recently and it stroke me that Toy could well be the Abanibi of the 21st century. There are similiarities…

Sabrina
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Sabrina

The reason I think Australia and Sweden can win is because I’m pretty sure that they’ll do well with both the jury and the televote. The reason I believe they won’t win is because I feel Bulgaria can do the same and many people want to see them succeeding. Though I’m still not sure if the whole “get 5 ‘random’ people and give them a song” will play that well with everyone. I think Israel has all the chances to win the televote, but I have no clue on how the juries will rate it. If the juries also like… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Sabrina: Great point about “Toy” and “A-Ba-Ni-Bi”. 🙂

Jonas
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Jonas

I agree. It could win. It’s easy to give marks to, because it dazzles on so many fronts. Unfortunately, the song is merely mediocre in my view. I am shocked at some of the high scores by the Wiwi reviewers.

Lolita
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Lolita

Why are you in shock? If you don’t like it, it doesn’t mean other people aren’t allowed to like it!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Jonas: Interestingly, William gave it 5.5/10! That’s a bit of a mystery. I wonder why he did that.

Ignoring that for a minute, there’s a reason why “derivative” music does well at Eurovision: people like what they are familiar with.
For people who miss that “Michael Jackson sound”; they’ll get it with this song and vote for it. The “Justin Bieber” voice and style is pretty awesome too, and there are other parallels and “connections” that can be made with this song.

Lolita
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Lolita

I adore Michael Jackson, that is one of the reasons why this song is my favorite. 🙂 And I have nothing against Justin Bieber, too, he is good. 😀

Jonas
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Jonas

William’s score would match my own. It’s not the worst by any means, but outside of the staging and performance, is not outstanding in any way. It does get better the more you hear it, so maybe the scores reflect repeated listens to the studio version which is admittedly very well produced. Still, I remember my initial reaction back in February : disappointment. As for derivative music, yes – Frankenstein can assemble all the parts but sometimes the monster refuses to come to life. Michael Jackson comparisons are flattering in the extreme. It would be a B-side or album track… Read more »

ImpressiveInstants
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I think this won’t win but will get a great result.

Sweden will fight with Australia for the jury votes, and with Norway with televoting during SF1.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Not as bad as some people say but still not good. Benjamin is not a great singer and he has been choreographed to the centimetre, a-la-Zelmerlöw. It is a pretty soulless experience. I feel like Melfest has been struggling to pick the right winner for the last couple of years. However, Sweden do seem to do better, position-wise, than their songs deserve in recent contests. I do not think that this is sustainable and this might be the song that finally disappoints.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Ugh. My tone was a bit more negative than intended. I actually enjoy this song when it’s on and again, if this, realistically, was being considered a 10th-15th place song in the grand final, I would have no problems. But…we all know it’s Sweden and they are going to be in that top ten. Warranted or not.

Ranting Ruby
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Ranting Ruby

“I want to be Justin Beiber when I grow up”. Ugh. But I’d still dance to it …

Hada
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Hada

Overrated. This doesn’t deserve to be top 5. It’s not a bad song, it’s just not a particularly good one, and in such a competitive year, there are many songs that deserve a better placing than this (Italy, for example).

Miguel Lupi
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Miguel Lupi

Some think it’s very weak, others think it’s the best. I don’t agree with either. it’s a good song, well produced, certainly much better than last year. Of course it is still swedish pop, sure his voice isn’t impressive and it may be a bit of the fast food music. But it does make, it’s not like fuego for instante lol I have it in my 7th but it may lose a few places soon, as I have Bulgaria and FYR of Macedonia below but growing on me. But Sweden, do send something different, either Felix or Dotter would have… Read more »

Miguel Lupi
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Miguel Lupi

It does make me feel *

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Pure definition of fast food music
There is no soul in it… 3/10
Just for his vocals and personality…

Adrian S
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Adrian S

Well said.

Mechanical, Robotic, No soul.

2/10

Troy
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Troy

Not even the vocals are any good.

Frau Loch
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Frau Loch

As fans we might get bored with Sweden sending the same formula every year but this entry is the Russia of 2016. Predictable pop, smart staging and a good looking guy. I am glad that Israel, Bulgaria are in it to win it otherwise I could see us return to Sweden again in 2019.
I think the jury’s will rank this higher than the Czech Republic….

Héctor
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Héctor

So when the wiwi jury reviewed Melodifestivalen 2018, “Dance You Off” scored a 7.25. It won and we know nothing is going to change on stage, but it score a 7.75? I know the juries reviewing the entries aren’t the same, but why this higher score? I find his performance enjoyable, it looks like a videoclip. Very well-staged, but the song is average. But I suppose Sweden is always going to be overrated. Not bad, but certainly not the best this year. Sweden is in my 19th place: 1. Germany (9)| 2. Albania (8.75) 3. Spain (8.5)| 7. Ukraine (7.5)|… Read more »

LSUduck
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LSUduck

So wait a second…the same people that said this was a “meh” song after its semi at Melfest are now saying it’s a top 5 ESC song in a strong ESC field? What?

Christian
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Christian

When I heard it on MF for the first time, I knew it could do well in the MF. I have never seen Melodifestivalen before 2018, but people say, it was a weak year and I think, Benjamin was the right choice.

AngieP
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AngieP

A pop song, well performed, with an interesting staging. Reminds a little bit of Justin Bieber. I like it, but please not in the top 5 again. There are other songs I would prefer in the top 5. It’s good material though.
7.5/10

Jon
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Jon

I thougt it was strange that the etrie that was at the 6th spot on odds, was treated like air by this blog during Eurovision in consert. No interview, not a word. Well can it be that someone has so much power at this blogg so if that person don’t like perin or song, well then will we not hear abot that artist because he refuse to make an interview

Irina
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Irina

BORING, REPETITIVE AND DULL.

5/10

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

@Robyn – Thank you!

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

I was offended and I guess other people too, that is all. I don’t know anything about an agenda.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Well it’s actually the contrary. Sweden is a big supplyer of talent and production to the American music industry. And this is admirable.

Geo
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Geo

Well, d’oh! It’s Sweden, of course it’ll get the highest points from wiwi jury!

Tibor
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Tibor

Since I’ve heard somewhere on YouTube, that the Ingrosso clan is kind of the Swedish Kardashians, I can’t get it out of my head anymore. And yet, I still like this song. To my ears it is by far the best Swedish entry since Loreen in 2012, much more interesting than, let’s say, Måns Zelmerlöw. It’s true, his voice is understandably not everyone’s favorite, I myself am no particular fan, but I put up with it, because one, at least he hits his notes and two, it fits with this kind of 70s disco inspired pop track. The 70s seem… Read more »