While Benjamin Ingrosso’s “Dance You Off” ensured Sweden kept their top 10 streak in Eurovision alive, the result could not have been more polarized. It scored an incredible second place with the juries, but could only muster 23rd place and 21 points with the public. That disastrous televote left a lot to be discussed and analyzed. So I’m the week’s after the contest in Lisbon, Melfest Maestro Christer Bjorkman dwelled on the nuances of Sweden’s final result.
Bjorkman, who only has two more years as head of Melodifestivalen before he steps down, claims that although he is happy about the result, the split between the jury and televote did not surprise him.
“It’s such a smooth song, it’s very slick and it doesn’t have a built up dynamic, ” Christer told wiwiblogger Kevin at the Melfest artists reveal on Tuesday. It didn’t follow Eurovision parameters. “It’s not screaming for attention, and everything in Eurovision is screaming for attention. This was laid back and cool.”
The Melfest producer argues that the qualities in “Dance You Off” were more geared to impress juries, who have more time to analyze the song’s appeal. “The musicality, professionalism and the whole act is detected by the juries. I have a feeling everybody liked the song, but would have been more inclined to vote for another act that pops out more. That’s why we have juries, and overall, a seventh place is just fine.”
As the visionary he is, Christer keeps marching on with the new edition of Melfest already in the works. “This edition is great, for someone who loves contests, you have it all in there, all fabulous artists. We know for sure it’s going to be really competitive, we got a lot of people who really want to win.”
Will Sweden manage to maintain its stellar Eurovision results once he steps down as the Melodifestivalen head honcho? Christer is confident in the woman he appointed to take over — Karin Gunnarsson. “She’s going to be fantastic, we had very fruitful discussions about everything and it’s invigorating.” And, if he is needed to help with Eurovision, they can call him anytime. Speed dial at the ready!
What do you think? Do you agree with Christer’s theory about “Dance You Off”? Or was it indeed screaming for attention? Let us know in the comments below!