The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2020. Next up, we listen to Sweden’s Eurovision 2010 star Anna Bergendahl and her song “Kingdom Come”. Did we hear her regal message? Read on to find out!
Anna Bergendahl with “Kingdom Come”
“Kingdom Come” reviews
Antranig: One must appreciate a queen who can summon six gorgeous dancers out of thin air with a snap of her fingers. “Kingdom Come” is a complete journey and Anna Bergendahl puts on a masterclass. Anna starts out alone on stage, looking absolutely ravishing. The song comes to life as her dancers appear and move in perfect symmetry and the conclusion is absolute anthemic as our gladiatrix poses with her army of warriors. I’d go to war for her.
Jonathan: In many aspects, “Kingdom Come” feels like a natural progression from “Ashes to Ashes”. Thankfully, this sequel is much improved upon the original. “Kingdom Come” has much more power and drive to it, with this added dynamism helping to engage the viewer from start to finish. Anna stands and delivers a confident performance that is still focused around her despite having six backing dancers. I find myself enjoying the song a little bit more every time I relisten to it.
Natalie: I love this song. I wasn’t that hot on “Ashes to Ashes”, but this song has some magic. It makes some extensive use of the banjo which is nice, and I adore the drumbeats. This is country-pop done nicely and with real passion behind it. I’m not too convinced on its memorability. It’s obviously in a genre which doesn’t feature at Mello that much but it’s still nothing we haven’t heard before and doesn’t stand have anything that creates a super wow factor. But it’s still solid good music.
Ron: “Kingdom Come” is such a powerful empowering song with so much energy in it, definitely a possible Melodifestivalen winner. Anna is a such a great singer (and person), she’s glowing on stage from within and delivers this song so well, you can feel her connection to the song and the message. I’m so happy for Anna’s “revenge” for going direct to the final after last year’s andra chansen with the amazing “Ashes to Ashes”. I also wouldn’t mind (although Dotter is a huge favourite of mine) if Anna finally gets to claim her spot at the grand final of Eurovision.
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 6 and a high of 9.5.