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 Melfest 2019 finalist Mohombi and his song “Winners”. Did we get a winning feeling from him? Read on to find out!
Mohombi – “Winners”
Angus: In the hands of another male Melfest veteran, titling your Melfest song “Winners” might smack of hubris. But in Mohombi’s case, his goofy guy on stage persona neatly torpedoes that idea. Instead Mohombi milks every bit of charm and charisma he possesses to bring a generic production line cut to life. Unfortunately the disco stone circle doesn’t do anything for me and the dodgy falsetto notes don’t helping either. And returning to the theme, this lacks identity and, consequently, appeal.
Florian: “Winners” is a solid entry from Mohombi, but isn’t really bringing anything new to the Swedish music scene. It feels a bit generic as it lacks in texture and more broadly a final touch to make it somewhat stand out among its competitors. Overall though, it’s an acknowledgeable entry that should secure him a worthy placing in the final.
Luis: “Together we’ll save the world”. Yawn. Mohombi is an artist who has pulled out bops the size of “Bumpy ride”, but both his Melodifestivalen attempts feel subpar. “Winners” is even worse than “Hello”, and that felt already uninspired and generic. It does have a good rhythm, and the beat is quite enjoyable… and that would be it. It kinda feels as if Mohombi had been granted a spot in Melfest and he just picked the first song he found.
Robyn: “Winners” isn’t working for me. It comes across like a dilute, slightly melancholic take on the same theme as Måns Zerlmerlöw’s “Heroes”. Mohombi is great — a really confident performer — but the song itself feels tired. The synth sounds feel anchored to 2010, when Sweden should be boldly looking to the future.
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 7.5.