The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — concludes our look at the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2019. Finally we take a look at 2018 bronze finisher John Lundvik with his song “Too Late for Love”. Is it too late for Mello glory? Read on to find out!
John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love”
“Too Late for Love” reviews
Angus: “Too Late for Love” ticks all the boxes. It pops on stage, offers a cocktail of funk, soul and disco, and in John Lundvik it has a charismatic performer that can deliver the goods live. Visually, it also delivers, making good use of a stage that for many performers this year has been an awkward beast to grapple with. This is all to say that this is the full package. Considering how well John Lundvik did with a bog standard ballad last year, we should expect “Too Late for Love” to challenge hard for the win at Friends Arena.
Antranig: Take it from someone who thought “My Turn” was awful — “Too Late for Love” is incredible! John Lundvik is an exceptional performer and his connection with the song is so pure, genuine and engrossing. He feels every note and his delivery is captivating. The soulful nature of the song gives it its identity and John Lundvik is undoubtedly one of the best options for Sweden.
Cinan: “Too Late for Love” is such a good song, but even better performed by the amazing John Lundvik. I love how the staging at Melodifestivalen is simple and all about the voices. It’s not my favourite song in the final, but this one has started to grow on me. Sweden has always good music to offer.
Florian: I prefer this much more than “My Turn”. Lundvik also proves his vocal abilities in this track, but the overall approach is much more contemporary. His voice really fits with the uptempo elements of this song. This could definitely win it all in Stockholm and fly straight to Tel Aviv.
Luis: What a great surprise! Coming from last year’s snoozefest, the expectations with John Lundvik were not so high, but man, he has delivered! “Too Late for Love” feels like an anthem. John performs with such ease and his smile is so contagious, that he elevates this song to higher than the moon. The track itself is a bit dated, but John makes it feel timeless. People from all ages will love this equally.
Ron: This is the perfect song to be the 28th song of Melodifestivalen 2019. Such a great anthem and such a feel-good song — you can’t watch it without smiling and it is so empowering. To that you add John Lundvik, who is such a great performer. He has the charisma and a great voice — one of the best in the whole competition. His voice control is amazing and so precise — he is always on point and on the right note. John is so likeable, you can really feel how genuine he is on stage. The only things that I would improve are the transitions after the choruses that are a bit too sharp, and I would also fill the stage with more lights at the end. However, “Too Late for Love” is a real contender for the win.
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 7.5 and a high of 9.
Now I really think John vill win this easy. Blir nog promenad seger ändå. Detta i kombination med spotyfychart.
This is great in a down year. Barring any Alcazar-style tragedy in judging (who else remembers that??), this will win tomorrow at MF and automatically top 5 in Tel Aviv. Very possible ESC winner overall.
This song is basic AF and I’m tired of everyone hyping it up. It’s gonna get the Ingrosso treatment and fail with the voters, but score with the judges.
Jon-Henrik deserves to go to the Eurovision, because it’s different, it sounds traditional, and it’s a superior song!
I could not agree more @ Greg. I feel like Wiwi are treating this like it has already won. Maybe they know something we don’t or maybe they need to stop being Christer’s cheerleaders.
<3 this song and John so much!
This is great and I think John will win tomorrow. I think Sweden will be in top 5 in ESC 2019. Go Sweden.
I hate the fact that we’re probably gonna send another man with a pop song to eurovision but this song (and jon henriks Song) is by far the best in the finals and my personal favorite so I’m okay with this lol
I never get why some people make an issue about gender. Like why is it so important that we send another man? They have had the best songs and personalities. Apart from Mariette and maybe Ace Wilder no woman has been that great or unique.
I’m tired of the Cesar Sampson plagiarism accusations. Nobody But You rather got its inspiration from Hozier whereas Too Late for Love has clear EDM influences. Both have gospel elements but that’s nothing new for Lundvik. So did My Turn, Natural (Anton Ewald, 2014, written by Lundvik) etc.
its because hes black. Dont take fans serious. Its the only reason they say it
Sweden with a genuinely soulful song? Shocker! I love it like I haven’t loved a Swedish entry in years.
This song is so boring. There is nothing to latch onto in the chorus. It’s a pale attempt at copying Cesar.
Don’t you think this song would have perfectly fit in this year’s UK national final?
My issue with this song is that every time it’s building, it just STOPS. It never builds momentum to explode. I’m actually shocked this is such a popular choice with Sweden. I think there’s something missing for me although I do like it. But I thought Austria was more of a radio friendly song than this.
These kind of gospel songs have been there before Cezar’s. And i think this is better than overrated “Nobody but you”. This brings me joy.
I’m shocked this is as popular in Sweden as it is. I really like it but there seems this ongoing build-STOP in the song that is repeated that feels like you can’t fully just explode with it. I’m sure it’ll be an easy top 10 especially with juries giving it a top 3 if not top 1. But something is holding me back from the pure joy I’d want this song to give me
“Genuine” is the last word I’d use to describe this song. It sounds like pure jury-bait to me.
Bishara will win 🙁
Think so too unfortunately, prepared to be dissapointed tomorrow
me too but i still hoping that Lisa, Wiktoria, Jon Henrik, Mohombi, Nano, Anna will win ! 🙂
I don’t think the jury will vote for him, but the people. For him personally it would be better that he didn’t. To young.
Franz 2.0 is coming
I personally enjoy this entry quite a bit and I do think that if Sweden would send this it would probably be top 10 in the grand final. I think it’s obvious by now that matter what song Sweden would send to Eurovision, ESC fans would call the song “bad” and “overrated”. Let’s try to not have so much prejudice against entries from Sweden just because they’re from Sweden.
we have heard it all before, it tries hard, but no cigar
Unoriginal and generic, even more after last year Cesar Sampson’s “Nobody but you”. It also sounds a bit dated. If this was chosen in any other country would be struggling to qualify. As it’s Sweden they will place top 10. I like the vibe coming from the backvocalists though.
If Sweden send this it will contend for victory.
i don’t like it.. expected more from Swedem and from such a long selection… this year i don’t like any of the songs in MF final..
Great but 8.3… that’s a bit overrated
Like the song but not my favorite. But I think John will get most televotes followd by Bishara, Hanna & Lismo and Anna. Although the Spotify chart maight not tell us exactly how the people will vote it tell us someting about the most apprishiated songs. And Anna maight surprise us, I think she will get a lot of telewotes from the older generation. I think she is nr 1 on the chart svensk toppen. But I I don’t think the juries will have Bishara, Liamo&Hanna in there top. I guess John, Wiktoria and Lisa and Anna. So today I… Read more »
Too Late For Love – John Lundvik is a very charismatic performer and even with a middle-tier song last year, he was in my top 10 of Melfest songs. This year (which is way more competitive), he is my 4th. Some similarities with last year’s Austrian entry are undeniable (handsome black guy dressed in black sings about gaining his love back while the choir and bright light kick in). That said, this is far from being a copy, cause the construction of the song is quite different and John gives his own, unique mark to it. I think, if picked,… Read more »
i don’t really get the hype over this, it’s a one-note version of nobody but u. the gospel choir is a cute addition tho
“Nobody But You” is not the first gospel/RnB song of its kind though.
In Sweden there is a general consensus that he will win. Everyone agrees upon that. Like how Frans won in 2016. Unless something amazing like Bishara or Arvingarna gets lots of televoters this will be the winner. It has the package..
And what a wonderful message it would send from Sweden.
The ennoying fans will ONLY say. 1. You sent a male pop song again. 2. I will not vote for Sweden. 3. Sweden have bought Eurosvision. 4. Christer Björkman cheats when he does the drawing order. You know the drill haha with fans. They are not that bright.
Don’t understand the gender thing, if the song is good it does not matter what gender the singer has.. Sweden has won esc 6 times, 3 of those times with females, 1 time mixed men and women, 2 times with males, so if anything a man should win next time to equal the score :-p
Rasmus, I think you’re exaggerating. There is some of that, sure, but why do you let it bother you so much? It’s unimportant. Sweden’s record speaks for itself.
It bothers me when people were so happy in YT videos when Sweden got a low score in televote :(. they cherred like hell. That bothered me a lot
Some of it is true. Being Swedish on this site is not favourable. Im been coming here since 2011 with pretty much the same comments over and over. It’s jury bait, its pop song again, because it’s Sweden it will do well. And so on
But most of that comes from jealousy over the fact that Sweden does well. Instead of writing to their broadcaster to select better songs they instead hope Sweden flops.
The trick is not to let it bother you and have a sense of humour about it. Sweden’s record speaks for itself
i know but sometimes it gets to me. sometimes
I don’t think Bishara or Arvingarna will get high points from the juries so even if they would get a lot of votes from the televotes John would beet them. Just guessing thou. : )
Arvingarna? Lmao what have you been smoking? There is no way they will win ever again, they might even finish last
eurovision6 Arvingarna might get alot of points from the people. Same kategories that voted for Hasse Anderson. But now they will count the grannies votes more than then. So it’s not impossible that they will be top five which the audience.
Liamo and Hannah is right after John on the Swedish Spotify chart and that can give us some indication of what we in Sweden like. So I don’t think it’s that strange to se Hanna and Liamo as one of the winners of the votes from the people.
What? So Nano will get alot of points from the people because he won the televote 2 years ago then? Same audience right? It does not work like that. Hasse is much more loved by the people and the song from Arvingarna is not even close to as good. If they are top 5 in the televote on saturday I will owe you an excuse but I am 99% sure it wont happen. If they beat Liamoo/Hanna, Anna or Wiktoria in the televote something is seriously wrong
They are really popular not just among older generations. I hear singing that song as well, meaning that it has a wide appeal. This could be a new Hasse Andersson
Not last:) maybe 6th:)
My winner in Sweden!! Sweden will be my nr. 1 if they send John Lundvik ?
Oh my God……Tobias actually liked something.
This is great and would be a deserving winner. A million miles away from his overrated snoozefest from last year.
My winner of Melodifestivalen this year. I never thought I’d say this after his “My turn” last year. It was my fear that he would win with that dated song. So I thought he would enter this year with something of the same standard. A really nice surprise 🙂