The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at Sweden, where Melodifestivalen winner John Lundvik has “Too Late for Love”. Was he right on time for us? Read on to find out!
John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love”
“Too Late for Love” reviews
Antranig: “Too Late for Love” may be slightly generic but John Lundvik has so much charisma and injects his heart and soul into the performance. His energy is palpable. As a result, he transforms a decent song into one that is truly captivating. As much as I would like to see Sweden take some musical risks and send something other than generic pop for a change, when the quality of the music is as high as this, why fix it if it ain’t broken? While it won’t reach the heights of “Euphoria”, John Lundvik will certainly deliver Sweden another amazing result.
Barnabas: Sweden took a slight detour from overproduced male pop songs, and infused a bit soul and gospel flavor into their selected song. Even though many people might remind last year’s Austrian entry when hearing “Too Late For Love”, it still sounds fresh and dynamic. John is a great vocalist and seriously the only challenge for the Swedish team will be to have the same gospel choir effect of the backing vocalists with the given limitations of the six-person rule. And since Austria hasn’t had problems with this, Sweden will probably secure another good result.
Lucy: Someone who stormed the results at Melodifestivalen this easily was never going to be a poor entry were they? Jon has such a fabulous stage presence where you believe every word he’s saying, and with such an uplifting message it’s not hard to see why this did so well in the national final, as well as he is in the bookies now. Controversially (and as a Brit I swear I’m not being biased), I do think Jon’s other penned track in Eurovision this year is better — “Bigger Than Us” — is just… well, bigger. I do completely adore “Too Late For Love” though, how could someone not love a gospel chorus?
Tobias: This is so good! It’s a catchy song, radio friendly and has interesting staging. “Too Late For Love” is both a joy for my eyes and for my ears. There are moments of excitement during the whole performance. The song starts with a big rectangular LED light above John and then slowly builds up with the clapping from the audience to then explode in a majestic gospel, to then slow down again and explode with the visual of the choir. The performance keeps my interest and it is an interesting journey for the viewers. I do believe this will be in the top five in the grand final.
Pablo: “Too Late For Love” is an explosion of carefree, big-voiced pop made to simply let your hair down and enjoy. But at time it feels a bit distant. Nevertheless, the key difference between this and Benjamin’s song is that this grows exponentially live. The studio version lacks thrust, and John may fall to the background compared to his backing vocalists, but once the stage lights turn up and he sings, it’s a hit. John really needs to shake off the perfection facade and let us feel it; make us believe that is really not too late for love.
William: The first time I heard this I was thoroughly underwhelmed. It somehow felt too light and ethereal for my liking… it was as if it wasn’t of this Earth. On subsequent listens I’ve realised that it’s not — this song is sent from the Heavens! John owns every note and shot, playing to the camera while putting on a stunning vocal display. His backing vocalists are more than just backing. They bring voices but also attitude of the first order. Unfortunately our scores were locked before I came around to the song. But even in my haterade mode it still earned a solid six.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.61/10
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