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 Drängarna with “Piga och dräng” Were we dancing along with their party tune? Read on to find out!
Drängarna – “Piga och dräng”
“Piga och dräng” reviews
Åri: Oh, man. Everyone seems to like this one, so I’m going to represent the unpopular opinion here. For me, this was the icing on the bitter cake of the terrible semi-final three. I’m not digging the style at all and it makes me dial down my relentless protests about Sweden never singing in Swedish. Maybe Sweden’s just like Azerbaijan and Ukraine – they know how to deliver in English, they don’t need it. This is one of my least favourite entries of this Melfest, I guess the whole genre has grown off me completely. If they go through to the final again, I’ll officially give up on trying to understand what does well at Mello.
Lucy: Straight up, I can’t tell if this is meant to be novelty or not. I feel that says a lot about my opinion at it, but at the root of it? It’s bloody fun, isn’t it? This is harmless enjoyment through and through…unless it beats out something more realistic in Andra Chansen. It’s great to watch now, but if I have to take it seriously, i.e if it beats out a Malou or a Felix, I’m going to be cheesed off. Basically, I’m 50/50.
Pablo: For a song that is all about a good old fashioned country party hoedown, the show sure felt… paired back. Instead of leaning on a big Rednex-style performance, Drängarna’s rockband showcase came across as stationary and restrictive. The feeling of fun and dans they transmit is stark and clear, but unless the stage show truly makes me believe like I’m on the hottest barn party there is, I can’t quite throwback and yeehaw with reckless abandon.
Tobias: This is a pure energy booster! Drängarna manage to make Swedish folk music fun and put a modern touch to it. Every year there is some kind of quirky song that appeals the Swedish crowd and this year it is Drängarna for sure. It is entertaining to watch and the song has a catchy tune. Final or not I am sure this will be played a lot in Sweden.
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 3.5 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.92/10
Read all our Melodifestivalen 2020 Wiwi Jury rankings here
It’s a fun pub song. It does it’s main job of making you want to move, but it’s not sophisticated or competitive.
i love the medieval vibes in this song, it should go to the final, it’d give it some flavor
Owe Thörnqvist, Rolandz, Arvingarna and now Drängarna?
The final lineup of Melodifestivalen needs a song in swedish, that is just there for entertaining factors, and thats where Piga och Dräng absolutely fits in.
I do really like it but I do also know that there is no chance at all that this gets close to win (might be a place from 8-12 maximum)