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 Anis don Demina who is back with “Vem är som oss”. Did we hear his message? Read on to find out?
Anis don Demina – “Vem är som oss”
“Vem är som oss” reviews
Antranig: Last year, Anis don Demina collaborated with Zeana for what I consider to be the best entry ever left behind in a Melfest semi. This year, he’s going solo and I find it to be less impactful. However, he happened to be competing in one of the weakest semis we’ve ever had and it unsurprisingly found a way through. What I really love about this is the staging — they had a concept and they nailed the execution of it. While it won’t make waves, it makes pleasant ripples.
Jonathan: These clever upbeat Swedish-language songs designed to bring the fun are where Melodifestivalen shines. Anis don Demina delivers an energetic performance that gets your foot tapping and puts a smile on your face regardless of if you understand Swedish or not. “Vem e som oss” is a breath of fresh air amongst some of the more serious contenders and would be right at home in the grand final at Friends Arena.
Natalie: Ok, so I very sadly don’t speak a word of Swedish and I feel that’s quite crucial to appreciating this song. I imagine this song was written specifically for Swedish viewers of Mello, and I don’t think they imagined it would go to the global viewers of Eurovision. From my monolingual Australian perspective, it seemed like a very strange but polished hip-hop-pop song staged in a slick, eccentric way. But I think it’s more than that, and I can tell Anis is a very charismatic and talented performer. It definitely was memorable and stood out to me. But I don’t think I’m quite the target market for this.
Ron: I’m usually not into this kind of songs but Anis Don Demina can sure deliver. “Vem e som oss” is so catchy and fun while also having a very important message: ignore your haters, follow your dream as there is no one like yourself. Even if you can’t understand all of the Swedish lyrics, there’s no way that you’ll listen and not go “Shu shu” in the chorus. Anis is very likeable and the cool staging with the video magazine behind him fits so well, yet it feels like the performance could be tweaked a bit more to have an even bigger impact.
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 1 and a high of 8.5.