The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the songs competing in the andra chansen round of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2020. Next up, we listen to Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella with “Vamos amigos”. Did the song make us want to join the party? Read on to find out!

Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella – “Vamos amigos”

“Vamos amigos” reviews

Angus: “Vamos amigos” feels uninspired. The song retreads the exact same territory as 2018’s “Everyday”, with the questionable addition of Alvaro Estrella to compensate for Mendéz’s vocal shortcomings. The finished effect is a very long three minutes, where valiant backing dancers try and fail to fire up a fiesta on stage. Once you’ve heard ten seconds of this, you’ve heard all of it.

Score: 2/10

Florian: Spanish-influenced tracks are all over the charts lately, so it doesn’t come as a big surprise to have another of these songs in Melodifestivalen this year. I’m not too certain whether the combination of Mendez and Alvaro Estrella is actually working though. And moreover, it doesn’t really feel like a genuine cut which makes it feel less natural.

Score: 4.5/10

Luis: “Vamos amigos” is little more than an ordinary “Latin-flavoured” pop entry which tries so hard to create a party. This is formulaic to the bone and cheap like no other entry in Melfest 2020. It feels uninspired and cut from the same dough as most of the one-hit wonders which fill the Spanish charts. Also, no Spanish speaker on either side of the Atlantic would say “Vamos amigos” to start a fiesta.

Score: 2/10

Robyn: Melodifestivalen doesn’t always have to be about Eurovision. Sometimes it’s just enough to have a fun party track that makes everyone feel good for three minutes. “Vamos amigos” just a nice light moment, a break from all the serious attempts at pop excellence. Méndez and Alvaro are skilled performers and invite the audience into their street party.

Score: 7/10

In our Melodifestivalen Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for four reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 7/10

Åri: 2.5/10

Barnabas: 6.5/10

Jonathan: 8/10

Lucy: 2/10

Natalie: 7/10

Pablo: 7/10

Ron: 7/10

Tobias: 7.5/10

Tom: 7.5/10

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 and a high of 8.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.63/10

Read all our Melodifestivalen 2020 Wiwi Jury rankings here

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Markus

This is so cliché Spanish – kindergarten stuff. And did they recycle Miki’s Ikea House from last year?

Sokratis
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Sokratis

For a song contest that’s focus is bringing people together – you sure focus a lot on tearing people apart. Not often you see a comments section more positive than the article.

Kosey
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Kosey

I really love this one, it’s my favourite, Hope it gets through to the final!

Héctor
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Héctor

I’m with Luis. As a Spanish, this is lame.

Whisker
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Whisker

I agree with Robyn’s opinion so I won’t repeat that. But I do want something above basic and cliché melody and lyrics. The dancers were good.

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Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I think the 7/10s are about right. It’s not a winner but a fun entry.
Seriously, if some of you guys gave this a 2/10, I can’t wait to see what marks you give SOME of the eliminated entries.

Colin
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Colin

Well, it’s not always that one thinks the best entries have qualified, so it’s a huge possibility that some reviewers would give much higher rating to some of the eliminated songs. I certainly would. Even if 2/10 indeed seems excessive when comparing it to disasters from Latvia, Moldova and Norway which got that rating to me.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Of course it’s possible but still…there were some really not great eliminated songs!
(I’m keeping Suzie P’s name out of this until you bring her up) 😉

Grafton
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Grafton

This one is bad, I hope it will be eliminated

Polegend Godgarina
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it’s like the poor man’s enrique iglesias feat. gente de zona

Davve
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Davve

This is the type of songs Spain should send to ESC. Instead of the usual Spanish uninspired ballad

Inged
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Inged

The song sounds too familiar. Like i’ve heard it thousand times before. Also vocals weren’t that strong.

Colin
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Colin

This song is really all over the place, both melodically and lyrically. Languages mix in quite a messy way. They seem to be having genuine fun with it, though. It really wants to be inspirational, but it’s too incoherent and some of these Spanish lyrics are kinda downers rather than uplifting. This will probably be placed at the very bottom of my Melfest list.

James
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James

Chileno realness.