The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has travelled to Norway to review the songs competing in Melodi Grand Prix 2019. Ten years on from their last win, we are looking for the next Norwegian “Fairytale”. Our first stop is Ingrid Berg Mehus with her delicate yet powerful song “Feel”. Are we feeling it? Read on to find out.
Ingrid Berg Mehus — “Feel”
Sebastian: Complimenting soft, elegant vocals with a banging backing track can often not work. But to Ingrid’s credit, she seems to pull off this contrasting blend — just. The violin itself is what brings power to Ingrid and the song but whether this would work live is another question entirely. I’m not too optimistic about this package, but I appreciate its efforts.
Deban: Ingrid’s delicate offering is compromised by its heavily produced chorus. “Feel” starts off gripping, but quickly loses its hold on the listener. Ingrid is not the problem here, and for the most part, her voice shines through the clumsy arrangement. With a bit of tidying, this track could regain impact.
Florian: This track has all the potential to give Ingrid a great moment, but instead it is somewhere in between. The intention behind it is to be welcomed, but some of the elements don’t work for me personally. Ingrid pulls off a great vocal delivery which definitely needs a shout out!
Pablo: The fairy can tell the tale on her own! Ingrid combines the violin we all know and love with 21st century electropop beautifully. The verses are not as strong as the chorus and the breakdown, but when that violin solo comes in, we’re sold. I really hope she dances and prances around Lindsey Stirling-style while on it, because it is important to sell “Feel” as more dynamic than it may be. It doesn’t quite reach 100% but there is potential for something grand.
Luis: “Feel” is a subtle and delicate effort that is too demure and shy to bother you, and ultimately, passes unnoticed. What you feel here is a subtle breeze — it is welcomed, but it doesn’t really stir anything inside, and it’s not particularly interesting. If Kylie Minogue did an album with a symphonic orchestra, this is what a filler song would sound like.
Renske: In the instrumental parts, I wouldn’t be able to tell Ingrid apart from Lindsey Stirling, but I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Dubstep was a genre that was big at Eurovision five years ago but has died its lonely death. The song is typically radio-orientated, and I am therefore not really sure about Ingrid’s stage capabilities as she does not seem a naturally-born entertainer. Nonetheless, a good debut effort.
In our Melodi Grand Prix 2019 Wiwi Jury, we have 14 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 2.5 and a high of 9.