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.