The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the songs competing in the andra chansen round of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019. Next up, we listen to Eurovision 2010 star Anna Bergendahl and her comeback track “Ashes to Ashes”. Did it light our fire? Read on to find out!
Anna Bergendahl – “Ashes to Ashes”
“Ashes to Ashes” reviews
Florian: This marks a really strong comeback. While 2010 didn’t play out in Anna’s favour, this track has all the potential to get her where she belongs — the grand final of Eurovision. The country vibe is well translated into the production, giving it a high value overall. The stage presentation seems very fitting, too. And her vocals guide us through what is a great comeback appearance.
Angus: In some ways, “Ashes to Ashes” feels like an anthem to the Anna Bergendahl of nine years ago — a loud cry of vengeance against cruel injustice. And the performance in Gothenburg has shades of brilliance to it… until the point Anna got stuck amongst the shrubbery in Christer Bjorkman’s cabbage patch. The studio cut has fantastic progression, bite and Nashville defiance to it, but that was largely squandered on stage. If they can find more energy and pace for the stage at Andra Chansen, we might rekindle a fire yet from the ashes of 2010’s non-qualification.
Antranig: Anna Bergendahl holds an unwanted distinction in Swedish Eurovision history but she certainly makes up for it here. “Ashes to Ashes” is tailor-made for her rugged country diva vocals. The strength of the entry lies in its clever lyrical arrangement and Anna works the stage commandingly. Whether or not she makes it back to Eurovision, “Ashes to Ashes” is a powerful entry for Anna.
Ron: After a rough few years in the showbiz wilderness, Anna is finally back and it feels great to see her glowing on the Melodifestivalen stage again. She shines, she glows, she’s the spark. This performance is so beautiful and empowering and Anna’s voice fits it perfectly. She is looking stunning and delivers the song so well, however it feels that something is missing to get the maximum impact of the performance. But this song should get his respectful place in the final. It might not scream “a winner”, but it does scream “quality”.
Luis: “Ashes to Ashes” is instantly likeable, and Anna’s gusto and finesse while singing it made this entry pop like no other in this semi-final. It’s possibly not a strong enough entry to win Melodifestivalen and take revenge at Eurovision, but Anna Bergendahl can be proud of entering Melodifestivalen again with a quality song. Who would have said a song between country and schlager would actually work without being cheesy?
Cinan: Anna is back with a BAM! My soul is loving this record and the live performance is just amazing. The way she sings the song, I’m loving it. I didn’t really remember her 2010 entry from Oslo, but I’m definitely going to remember this one. Though I don’t know if Sweden will send this song to Tel Aviv, there’s nothing negative about this song and Anna. Good luck, girl!
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 5 and a high of 8.5.