The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — rates and reviews the songs competing in the grand final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen 2020. Finally, we listen to Estonia’s Eurovision 2019 star Victor Crone and his entry on home soil, “Troubled Waters”. Did we feel his stormy song? Read on to find out!
Victor Crone – “Troubled Waters”
“Troubled Waters” reviews
Antranig: If you were looking for more of “Storm”, you’ve got the perfect entry. However, I found “Storm” to be above average at best and “Troubled Waters” follows suit. The real gem here is Victor Crone himself — he is such a likeable individual on and off the stage and he has charisma for days. He could do extremely well for Sweden with the right song. For the time being though, direkt till final will have to suffice as the extent of his success.
Jonathan: “Troubled Waters” is a solid and catchy pop track. Victor connects well with the camera and, despite a couple of off-notes (that he can no doubt smooth out for the final), he delivers a confident performance. It’s not completely reinventing the wheel, but it doesn’t have to in order to be an enjoyable three minutes. Plus, being a meteorologist outside of the Eurovision bubble, I perhaps have a soft spot for weather-related lyrics.
Natalie: I actually do like this song. It’s powerful, heartfelt and very sweet and endearing. It certainly lights up the stage and made an impression on the semifinal. But I dunno, I still find it a bit disappointing. Maybe my expectations were a bit high, but I don’t think it’s that original. We’ve heard this male-fronted acoustic-pop combo many a time before. It doesn’t really go anywhere beyond the chorus, and it’s certainly a passionate chorus but it still isn’t anything new or different. I just want it to be more than this, I want it to have something a bit more exciting, it just feels too safe and easy right now. It probably isn’t helped that Victor’s vocals were quite off too. Sigh.
Ron: “Troubled Waters” is a very catchy song with quite a familiar sound (RIP Avicii). I really enjoy it and it’s such a feel-good song, yet there is nothing new here, both song and staging wise. Vocally Victor was on point during most of the song but towards the end there were notes that were not so pleasant. To be fair, this isn’t an easy song to sing. Victor is full of charisma and beauty and the camera loves him, so overall this is very enjoyable despite all of the issues that I’ve mentioned.
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.