The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is now heading to Sweden, where we will rate and review the songs competing in Melodifestivalen 2020. We’re starting with the eight songs that will be battling it out in the andra chansen round on February 29. First up is Melfest 2018 runner-up Felix Sandman, who returns with “Boys with Emotions”. Did his song stir our emotions? Read on to find out!
Felix Sandman – “Boys With Emotions”
“Boys With Emotions” reviews
Åri: “Boys with Emotions” is not a bad song. I don’t hate it, but I take issue with a lot of things in it. The unique message deserves to be presented, but it feels like the songwriters decided on the song’s name and then built this lyrically mediocre track around it. Knowing Felix’s live abilities, giving him a song where the vocal melody is barely existent was probably a good choice. I did expect this to go DTF, but I’m glad I wasn’t alone thinking it shouldn’t. Something I do like about this song is the simple, fun instrumental.
Lucy: To be polite, I’m just really not into “Boys With Emotions”. The beat is interesting, but the lyrics really let it down, especially given the serious subject matter. I’m sure good intentions are there but it just comes across as going with a trend of conversation, as opposed to being sincere. The staging and moves that go with this unfortunately aid this. It’s fine, but it’s not a winner. Side note, go on YouTube and search “That’s so raven, boyz n motion”…ahem.
Pablo: Listen, I fully support the topic of this song being done, but this is not the way to do it. The different elements may work well individually, but the mix of ultra-slick performance, Bieberesque swagger, style, music, and message don’t fit well and I cannot take this seriously at all. It could even be said it comes across as comical, or even worse, cringeworthy. “Boys With Emotions” would need a complete overhaul, which I feel we are too late for and, depending on its fate, could face some trouble in andra chansen. As is, it’s a no.
Tobias: I’ve listened to this song several times and I still can’t tell if I like it or not. When I am watching the performance I love it and that is because of how the visual effects, the dancers and the song just perfectly blend together in the chorus. But listening to the song itself on Spotify I don’t get the same powerful vibe as when I am watching the live performance. This song needs the visual to be good. If I think about it, the only part that I appreciate is the chorus and the verse itself is very “meh”, it lacks something but I cannot tell what exactly.
In our Melodifestivalen Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for four 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 2.5 and a high of 10.