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 former Alcazar singer Lina Hedlund with her song “Victorious”. Did it have us shouting for victory?
Lina Hedlund – “Victorious”
Robyn: Schlager is dead; long live schlager. It’s a genre that’s struggled to find a place in the 2010s, but here’s Lina from Alcazar showing that it just takes the right performer with the right song (easy, huh?). “Victorious” isn’t a big ol’ bucket of originality, but there’s comfort in its style and the professionalism and sparkle that Lina brings to the performance. This is a fine addition to the Melfest grand final.
Tobias: I like that Lina, a former band member of Alcazar, is doing a solo performance in Melodifestivalen. The whole performance feels very powerful and very Melodifestivalen/Eurovision-friendly. The style is not as schlager as Alcazar, which from my point of view is good — it is more pop with just a twist of schlager. Although this is not my cup of tea, I do think it’s catchy and a good performance.
Deban: A cleverly crafted Swedish pop banger, thumping a message of inspiration and self-assurance. Victorious’ club-ready feel is the perfect mood-lift for any situation. What’s not to love? Alcazar’s relevance on the music scene spans two decades. Lina Hedlund comes with enough experience and talent to take this track to the top of the charts, and to win Melodifestivalen in tow.
Lucy: Lina hasn’t shied far from the Alcazar’s fanbase, and brings that much-needed injection of a Eurofan favourite genre — yet with that modern drum sound to bring it more in to 2019 than I expected. It’s shameless pop and completely enjoyable. Would it win Eurovision? Definitely not, but it’s fabulous nonetheless.
Anthony: Alcazar may have gone into retirement, but former member Lina has shown that schlager is far from dead and buried when it’s done right. Victorious by name, victorious by nature, she delivered the goods as a solo artist on this occasion. The chorus packs a schlagertastic punch and with enough glamour and attitude to take us on a Alcazar nostalgia trip.
Bernardo: A nice throwback to the years where schlager dominated Melfest, but with a hint of 2019 in it. Lina’s career experience makes wonders when on stage. “Victorious” is a number that demands a confident performer and she delivers. Having said that, I predict a fate similar to what Jessica Andersson achieved last year. Virtually being forgotten in the finals.
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 9.5.