The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019. Next up, we listen to Idol stars Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO with “Hold You”. Were we feeling their chemistry?
Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – “Hold You”
“Hold You” reviews
Robyn: I wasn’t sure how to approach “Hold You”, but I’ve decided to just embrace all the melodrama that the song contains. Hanna brings sweetness and vulnerability to the song, while LIAMOO has sex and swagger. Yes, they have chemistry but it comes with the tension that it might not be a long-lived thing. So that’s the trick — embrace this saga of two lovers who are just really into each other right now.
Tobias: Hanna Ferm & Liamoo were one of the big favourites to win and not surprisingly they qualified to the final. But I don’t find this song good — it’s just another cheesy power ballad about love. I even found the flying sheets in the background more exciting than the song itself. There was a good chemistry of the two of them on the stage but I felt the voice of Hanna wasn’t strong enough for this song.
Anthony: Seeing them into the final was expected but not quite what I had in mind. The harmonies between LIAMOO and Hanna looked strained and felt more like two former Idol stars going head-to-head against each other, not with each other. They have potential, but needs to up their game if they’re to live up to the expectations as one of the pre-contest favourites.
Deban: As far as Eurovision duets go, this is a dull one. More juxtaposed than exhibiting harmony, even the staging here looks like shredded tissue blown by strong winds. Lacking in magic, unfortunately. there is very little to love here. The shouty key change by Hanna towards the end elevated my resentment.
Bernardo: LIAMOO and Hanna walked a thin line in the semi-final that almost transformed the performance of “Hold You” into a car crash. A lot of potential here if they improve the vocals and the harmonies. The production of the track is probably the best we heard in the first two semi-finals. Not surprised with their result and they are strong contenders in Stockholm.
Lucy: I watched Melfest a day late and after the Twittersphere had exploded over this the evening before I was expecting nothing short of magic… hmm. These two have great chemistry and I definitely prefer this to LIAMOO’s efforts last year but I find it rather plain and a bit safe. The staging is just absurd to me too, it looks cheap and doesn’t have relevance in the song. Really not a favourite of mine.
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.