The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are re-watching all of the top three entries at the Eurovision Song Contest between 2010 and 2019. We’re rating the performances to see who stands the test of time, and who is lost and forgotten. Today we go to one of many the Swedish tracks on the leaderboard, “Undo” by Sweden‘s Sanna Nielsen.
It was seven times lucky in Melodifestivalen for Sanna Nielsen, who fought her way to the top of the Melfest scoreboard after many times of trying. She beat a fellow fan favourite Ace Wilder by just two points and finally got that golden ticket to Eurovision with her power ballad “Undo”.
Once Sanna made it to pre-season, she became favourable with the bookies, eventually making it to number one with them on the night of the grand final. Alas, it was not meant to be for Sanna. Tough competition meant that despite giving a stellar performance, she walked away with third place. In the five years since, the staging remains iconic to many, with a circle of light beaming all around her. Are the Wiwi Jury crying at Sanna’s sad, or did we switch over to 2015 already?
Sanna Nielsen – “Undo”
Antranig: Allow me to be really controversial and say that this is Sweden’s best entry of the decade by far. Ace Wilder was robbed and “Busy Doin’ Nothin'” should’ve won Eurovision 2014 but when “Undo” is your backup plan, you’re doing something right. If the legendary Conchita wasn’t competing, I believe Sanna would have shored up enough of the ballad vote to squeak past The Common Linnets and win. But focusing on this song, it’s a quality entry in its own right and completely deserving of its result. Oh, and the plentiful dance remixes make “Undo” even better!
Calvin: I’m not the most emotional person, so it’s no surprise that “Undo” leaves me quite untouched. Yes, Sanna Nielsen has a fantastic voice and the performance fits perfectly to the song. However, it’s simply trying too hard. Starting with the puppy eyes into the camera and ending with the enormous mirror ball. I’m a huge fan of key changes, but here it just seems gimmicky and almost aggressively sad. Also, sack the stylist.
Edd: “Undo” really is the perfect Eurovision power ballad. Sanna has the voice of an angel, and belts out the (very vocally challenging) melody, but without sounding shouty, as many other Eurovision divas fail to achieve. The stage was stunning simplicity, and the song builds and builds and builds, climaxing at one of the most dramatic key changes that Eurovision will ever see. This is exactly the kind of schlager-meets-contemporary that is in good need of a comeback in Melodifestivalen.
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Steinunn: “Undo” is just one of those typical Swedish Eurovision songs that I like to compare to IKEA. It possesses quality at the same time being affordable and you know what you are getting by buying it. Sanna is a great singer and the song is fairly well written. The lyrics might be a bit questionable, it had a good staging and was an overall good performance. I can’t say that I listen to it regularly but when I do, I always hum along and sometimes even move my arms in an elaborate interpretive-dance way.
Katie: Watching Sanna perform back in 2014, I never would have predicted that she’d still be the most recent female Swedish entrant. As much as the charming male artists from more recent years have been brilliant, Sweden is home to a powerhouse of female voices that the Swedes should cash in on more often at Eurovision. In terms of Undo, the lyric “undo my sad” still irritates me slightly. I’d suggest sticking to your native language if English grammar is going to present a problem (I’m a languages student — I’m allowed to say that). Nevertheless Sanna knew how to sell every word of that ballad, whether it made sense or not.
Charlotte: Sanna Nielsen has an amazing voice and just like that, she doesn’t need much to wow me. Sometimes, simple and beautiful is all that’s needed to stand out. No big fireworks, only Sanna’s pain portrayed in a song, combined with a circle of light beams shaped like an hourglass, opening up at the end of the song as it reached its climax.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 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 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.93/10
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