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 three-time Melfest finalist Mariette and her song “Shout It Out”. Did she make us want to shout? Read on to find out!
Mariette – “Shout It Out”
“Shout It Out” reviews
Åri: Mariette finished in the top five every single time she participated in Melfest so far. Honestly, this is the kind of entry that convinces me that she’s keeping this streak alive. It isn’t quite my cup of tea, but it’s certainly what Sweden usually loves. “Shout It Out” has a nice vibe and does get stuck in my head, but it’s not brilliant. Hopefully not the winner, but won’t be a terrible one either.
Lucy: It’s Mariette’s fourth time in Mello, and somewhat predictably, she’s gone direkt till final for the fourth time in a row — an extraordinary achievement. Whilst many aren’t so pleased with this effort from the dreadlocked Mello icon, I’m rather fond of the upbeat sound and full-on performance. I certainly much prefer this to her last outing “For You”. It’s fun, interesting, and out of a fairly poor heat, deserved that spot in Stockholm. It’s no “Don’t Stop Believing” but I’ll certainly take it.
Pablo: Mariette’s strongest presentation of her weakest song. The stage show of “Shout It Out” was the highlight of the semifinal no doubt, but as a track by itself, it falls short. It is clearly meant to be stadium rock, and as solid of a track it is beginning to end, it lacks something. We’ve grown so used to Mariette’s voice in ethereal pop, that putting her in this style comes across as unusual. At two-thirds of the show, the magic flickers out. She may able to elevate this performance if the staging frames her like a true rock frontwoman. Hook her up with a backing band and truly sell the Superbowl Halftime Show fantasy.
Tobias: I cross my fingers every time that Mariette will return with a great song, but this was not the case this year. I find the song very weak compared to “A million years” and “Don’t Stop Believing”. The part when she plays the guitar just doesn’t fit the whole visual choreography on the stage as we know she ain’t really playing it. It just looks weird that a guitar pops up out of nowhere. The song doesn’t do much to me, sadly.
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 5.5 and a high of 9.5.