Hej Sverige! The grand final of Melodifestivalen 2019 will take place tonight. It’s where Sweden will decide who will represent them in Tel Aviv — and will give us the final confirmed artist for Eurovision 2019. Over the past few weeks, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has been reviewing the 12 songs that will be performing in the final at Friends Arena tonight. But which is our favourite?
The jury’s favourite was John Lundvik. His bold romantic gesture “Too Late for Love” picked up and average score of 8.3/10, putting him at the top of our list.
In second place was Lisa Ajax. She might have made it to the grand final via the andra chansen round, but the jury put her direct to second place with an average score of 8.05/10 for her song “Torn”.
And in third place was former Alcazar singer Lina Hedlund. The Wiwi Jury was feeling her modern schlager number “Victorious and gave Lina an average of 7.65/10.
At the bottom of the list was Arvingarna. Most of the jury weren’t so appreciative of their classic dansband sound and gave them only 4.05/10.
1. John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love” (8.3)
The best: “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.” (Antranig, 9/10)
The worst: “This 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.” (Cinan, 7.5/10)
2. Lisa Ajax – “Torn” (8.05)
The best: “”Torn” is all about progression, focused power and the big pay-off. This is a class effort, which for the first matches Lisa’s potential and has glimmers of winning song about it. The only weak chink here is staging. The song is about progression, and lighting could reflect that better. That aside, Lisa should be in a strong position to challenge in the final.” (Angus, 9/10)
The worst: “This song has clearly been produced for the likes of Loreen. And while Lisa Ajax isn’t up in that league yet, she does put her emotions into the track. This feels more mature than her previous entries and vocally she’s also improved from her previous Melodifestivalen appearances.” (Florian, 7/10)
3. Lina Hedlund – “Victorious” (7.65)
The best: “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.” (Deban, 9/10)
The worst: “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.” (Bernardo, 6.5/10)
Melodifestivalen 2019: Reviews and rankings
- John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love” (8.3)
- Lisa Ajax – “Torn” (8.05)
- Lina Hedlund – “Victorious” (7.65)
- Wiktoria – “Not with Me” (7.45)
- Anna Bergendahl – “Ashes to Ashes” (7.3)
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren – “Norrsken (Goeksegh)” (6.85)
- Malou Prytz – “I Do Me” (6.8)
- Mohombi – “Hello” (6.5)
- Nano – “Chasing Rivers” (5.7)
- Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – “Hold You” (5.6)
- Bishara – “On My Own” (4.95)
- Arvingarna – “I Do” (4.05)
What do you think? Who is your favourite in the Melfest final? Who would you like to see represent Sweden in Tel Aviv? Share your thoughts below!