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”. The next song up for review is “We Try” by American Idol alum Chris Medina. Is Chris trying too hard or just the right amount? Read on to find out.
Chris Medina — “We Try”
“We Try” reviews
Izhar: Initially, I thought that this was just an average song, but to be honest, it has since grown on me. The song is very melodic and I like how it evolves from soft verses to a powerful chorus. I also like Chris’ vocals and soulfulness. The only problem here is that it can be perceived as a generic song —mostly by the public because the jurors are more likely to appreciate it — and as such it will be forgotten. The staging here is therefore crucial. Chris’ charisma and connection with the audience must be emphasised in order for this to stand out.
Julian: Chris Medina has such an impressive voice. This is very obvious in the verses. The melody immediately goes into one’s ears and the refrain is very catchy. To be honest, the first time hearing it, I immediately thought that this could be a David Guetta song from a few years ago but I don’t mean that in a negative way. “We Try” is one of the few songs where the 3 minutes feel like 40 seconds. This is one of my favourites in Norway. The only fear I have is if Chris can’t bring the same energy live.
Antranig: This is insanely catchy! I have had it on repeat since I first heard it and I’m absolutely in love. The message is strong and familiar, Chris Medina is charismatic and the chorus is absolutely delectable. It is definitely not explosive but its strength lies in its simplicity. “We Try” is simply a great pop track with flawless execution.
Antony: “We Try” has a modern and energetic beat with fantastic vocals. However the song does sound a bit linear as it does have a common sound. It is a solid entry with good production values which may do well together with appropriate staging.
Robyn: “We Try” has an odd feeling to it. Chris Medina is a likeable performer and delivers excellent vocals, and yet somehow he comes across like a guest vocalist singing on a superstar producer’s track. Sometimes the song feels bigger than the singer. It will be interesting to see how the live performance comes across — that will be what makes the performance.
Oliver: A modern and contemporary number with very good vocals but it doesn’t feel like anything revolutionary to me. While I appreciate the production value and professionalism of the song, it faded into the background a little bit after the first chorus. Nevertheless, a very respectable entry which could do well in the competition.
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 5 and a high of 9.