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 Melfest 2015 runner-up Jon Henrik Fjällgren with “Norrsken (Goeksegh)”. Did we find it illuminating?
Jon Henrik Fjällgren – “Norrsken (Goeksegh)”
“Norrsken (Goeksegh)” reviews
Angus: Jon Henrik brings pure magic to the stage. Where other entires reflect Sweden’s commercial music industry, “Norrsken” reflects the nation’s heritage and culture. The pan pipes nod to ABBA’s “Fernando”, the whole staging alludes to the northern lights but also the Sami culture, and Fredrik Kempe’s songwriting hand blends the joik with powerhouse pop elements. Jon Henrik has total conviction when he sings and he takes you to another world. This is different, this is Swedish and this is outstanding. And rarely for a third time Melfest entrant, this is the best of the three songs he’s entered.
Antranig: “Norrsken” is much more accessible that Jon Henrik’s previous efforts. That’s not to say his previous efforts were not good but this is more appropriate for a broader audience. Jon Henrik creates an atmosphere like no other and the entire package is so marketable. This is a professional and dynamic entry that could work wonders at Eurovision. Bonus points for singing to a reindeer!
Cinan: I should say that I’m really happy that he sings this time, but I don’t think this entry is a better one from his previous entries. It’s a really good song and he manages all the time to make us feel happy while he sings these words. I don’t think this will win, but he should do well in the final.
Florian: While “Norrsken” isn’t my favourite of Jon Henrik’s Melodifestivalen entries, I do get that there’s something unique to this song. Singing in Swedish helps create a really special atmosphere. However, that 3D reindeer scene was more of something from Ivan (Belarus 2016) than up to the usual Melfest standard.
Luis: “Norrsken” brings a more pop-orientated side of Jon Henrik, and it’s slightly underwhelming compared to his previous entries. Those two songs were epic anthems that took you on a journey to discover the core of Sami culture, while this year’s song feels more like a pleasant tourist trip in Lapland. “Norrsken” feels like it’s been toned down to reach the older demographics. It’s a bit more family show than Mello should be. Nevertheless, it’s a decent enough entry for Sweden to do well at Eurovision. Sadly, Jon Henrik could go with a much more thrilling entry.
Ron: We need Jon Henrik Fjällgren at Eurovision. After failing to win twice in the past, I’m not sure how many more songs we’ll get from him in case he won’t win this year, so we should consider this one seriously. He brings so many great things to the stage: a fresh sound, the Swedish language, joiking and a great staging and story that he manages to deliver very well. Those are the kind of acts I would like to see at Eurovision, with a bit of every country’s culture, language and charm, instead of an English pop track. While I’m not getting a total winner vibes here and I’m not sure this is his best entry at Melodifestivalen, I wouldn’t mind it representing Sweden at Eurovision as this is a great option.
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 10.