The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is now heading to Sweden, where we will rate and review the songs competing in Melodifestivalen 2019. We’re starting with the eight songs that will be battling it out in the andra chansen round on March 2. First up is Melfest 2017 runner-up Nano, who returns with “Chasing Rivers”. Did his song float our boat? Read on to find out!
Nano – “Chasing Rivers”
“Chasing Rivers” reviews
Deban: Despite Nano’s seemingly lacklustre conviction, “Chasing Rivers” manages to soar. It is a motivational anthem that remains relatable to many generations, and its true beauty lies shines through an assembly of voices. Memorable, impactful and delivered by a well-rounded voice, the refrain here lingers long after the three-minute mark.
Anthony: Expectations looks pretty high for Nano following his impressive debut in 2017 that almost won the whole competition. Just like “Hold On”, there’s the gospel element but “Chasing Rivers” feels like a step-down and doesn’t quite make the same impact. His performance on the night felt unconvincing and it doesn’t do his andra chansen hopes any favours either.
Tobias: Nano has a strong voice but I have to say I’m not very impressed by this song at all. “Chasing Rivers” has the similar dark and deep feeling as “Hold On” but it doesn’t have the same catchy melody and I keep forgetting the song right after I stop listening to it.
Robyn: “Chasing Rivers” is a great song, with four Eurovision-winning songwriters behind it. But Nano’s performance is disappointing. His vocals are lacklustre — he mumbles where he should roar and comes across like a singer trying to save his voice. The song won’t work without an emotional connection between Nano and the audience — and that has to come from him, not just a video of his lookalike son.
Bernardo: Nano’s second effort at Melfest comes in the same line as “Hold On”, but unlike his first attempt it doesn’t come with an immediacy that enables it to shine in a sea of songs. “Chasing Rivers” is haunting and well produced but lacks a memorable chorus. While it will probably be one of the best produced tracks of the year, it lacks the competitiveness of “Hold On”.
Lucy: Going into Melfest, Nano was what I was most excited for. “Hold On” has become a staple on my playlist, so the fact he was on first even, made me more and more excited for the first heat of Mello 2019. Then “Chasing Rivers” came on. It’s not as powerful, memorable or anthemic as “Hold On” and I struggle to remember the melody without re-listening on YouTube. It’s alright, but nothing fantastic.
In our Melodifestivalen Wiwi Jury, we have 12 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 3 and a high of 8.