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 Paul Rey with his track “Talking in My Sleep”. Did we think the song was a sweet dream or a nightmare? Read on to find out!
Paul Rey – “Talking in My Sleep”
“Talking in My Sleep” reviews
Antranig: “Talking in My Sleep” is very by-the-numbers and it achieves what it sets out to do. However, in a semi competing against Dotter’s aurora and Anna’s warrior army, it’s easy to see why Paul Rey went to andra chansen. The visual package here was flat. If you’re not going to reinvent the wheel musically, you need to stand out in another way. It’s still a good performance of a decent song but the best word to describe the whole package is average.
Jonathan: In all honesty, moody male ballads have never really been my sort of thing and I don’t think “Talking In My Sleep” is going to be the one to change that. Paul does his best to give life to the song with his movements on stage. Sadly, in the end, I find myself drifting off and disengaging from the performance.
Natalie: Hmmm… an understated ballad. How original. Seriously, there’s nothing explicitly wrong with this song. The production is solid and rich, Paul sings well, and the lyrics are nice. I’m sure it’ll be very pleasant buried in an album amongst ten other more interesting and fun songs. But representing Sweden in Rotterdam? I think there’s better. Also, I think Paul takes this song far more seriously than necessary. Next time, maybe bring something actually groundbreaking that you can gesticulate yourself too.
Ron: Paul Rey is a very good singer and his song is not bad either. However, this performance didn’t really manage to leave a high impact (although the video effect was cool). Paul’s moves on stage are quite strange at times and throw me a bit off. One minute he’s all jumpin’ on stage, and right after that he stands still, sings softly and gets emotional. At the end of the song, I’m left a bit confused. It’s nice, but at Melodifestivalen nice is not enough.
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 4 and a high of 8.5.