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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and a high of 8.