The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 songs that had been selected for Eurovision 2020. Next up, we take a look at The Mamas — winners of Sweden‘s Melodifestivalen 2020 — and their song “Move”. Did it make us want to move? Read on to find out!
The Mamas – “Move”
Åri: I genuinely disliked this song after it won Melodifestivalen, but it has really grown on me since then. But it’s still not a good song. It’s nothing new in terms of lyrics, and in terms of sound and the overall feeling it’s a copy-paste from last year. I didn’t like “Too Late for Love” and I’m not crazy for this either… but it’s an improvement.
Lucy: I’ve never wanted a song to win Mello so bad as The Mamas this year! “Move” was the first song we heard at Sweden’s national final this year, and as the weeks went on, nothing matched its vibe of complete optimism. The gospel-tinged pop anthem is a shot of serotonin, with a catchy hook and sing-along chorus. With “Move”, Sweden were possibly heading towards their seventh win to match Ireland in the Eurovision league table.
Pablo: Whatever your feelings about “Too Late For Love” were, it’s likely you’re going to feel the same for “Move” — if not a little more because you may like it “without the weak part”. But overall, while the Mamas do transmit a warmth and a heartfelt quality to the song, for me it falls short. “Move” feels a bit by-numbers gospel-pop. The verses feeling empty, and the song only coming alive in the last minute. This would have been a low point for Sweden’s high-roller scoring streak.
Robyn: This is my number one favourite song of 2020. I love the oodles of positivity and joy that The Mamas bring with their song. It’s a step up from “Too Late for Love”, with Ashley, Loulou and Dinah taking centre stage and letting their personalities coming through loud and clear. I’m not sure if a song like this could be considered a surefire Eurovision winner, but it’s the sort of song that makes an impact and leaves audiences feeling better.
Tobias: Probably the best voices in this year edition of Eurovision Song Contest! “Move” is such a likeable song no matter gender, age or where you are from. Anyone can embrace all the joy, happiness and boost these ladies radiate. Their minimalistic staging in Melodifestivalen combined with the Mamas’ energy, outstanding voices and catchy song proves that you don’t need technically advanced staging to impress. Anyone who listens to this song will immediately get hooked up with the catchy melody. Anyone can hum on this song and that itself is one of the most powerful characteristics a Eurovision song shall have. I’m sure this would be a top-five contender as “Move” is that kind of song that reaches out to such a wide audience.
The Mamas – “Move” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.88/10
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