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Sweden: Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off

The 6-week long Melodifestivalen season has crowned Benjamin Ingrosso as this year's champion. Ingrosso will perform Dance You Off in the second half of semi-2. The fact there was only 30-points between the lowest rated and top-rated songs on the televote says the Melfest voting format is broken. Televote aside, the juries supported Ingrosso by awarding him the highest number of 12-points since Måns' victory in 2015. Is that a reflection of song quality or the overall standard of Melodifestivalen this year? When Ingrosso qualified alongside John Lundvik from Melfest heat 1, the general consensus was that he wouldn't win…
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Get You Off

The concept overpowers both the song and the performer, rather than complementing Ingrosso.

User Rating: 3.26 ( 81 votes)

The 6-week long Melodifestivalen season has crowned Benjamin Ingrosso as this year’s champion.

Ingrosso will perform Dance You Off in the second half of semi-2.

The fact there was only 30-points between the lowest rated and top-rated songs on the televote says the Melfest voting format is broken. Televote aside, the juries supported Ingrosso by awarding him the highest number of 12-points since Måns’ victory in 2015. Is that a reflection of song quality or the overall standard of Melodifestivalen this year?

When Ingrosso qualified alongside John Lundvik from Melfest heat 1, the general consensus was that he wouldn’t win and better songs would emerge. Better songs didn’t materialise, so Ingrosso’s competent, but rather lowkey pop song won based on an excellent staging concept. Sweden always raises the bar when it comes to staging, but this year I feel the concept overpowers both the song and the performer, rather than complementing Ingrosso. They are trying to convert a passable radio song into a contest song.

The juries will recognise Dance You Off’s modern, radio friendly qualities, yet in graduating from the friendly Swedish home crowd to the Eurovision stage, I feel Sweden will struggle to meet last year’s 5th-place.

  • Radio friendly song
  • Should attract support from juries
  • Vocally reliable
  • Overly reliant on staging
  • Too gentle compared to other more distinctive upbeat songs
  • Could receive a lower televote compared to last year

Can Sweden expect a better or worse result than last year?

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25 comments

  1. I believe Sweden made the best choice here which is all that needs to be said about the standard of MF this year.
    The staging is excellent- typical Sweden using a fancy light show to distract from an average song, which is what ‘Dance You Off’ is. I’m also not a huge fan of the styling, the outfit and his little headflicks make him seem quite douchey.
    All things considered, I don’t see this doing great on the televote, maybe just in the televote top 10. This is an easy jury top 5 however, given its a slick contemporary performance from jury favourites Sweden.
    So overall, this will go similar to last year – heavily pushed by the jury and a reasonable televote combining for something never higher than 4th but no worse than 8th.

    • Hippo, I bow to your superior musical knowledge, but is this contemporary? It sounds very 1980s to me?

      • This sort of music has undergone a revival in recent years with Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, The Weeknd etc.

        This is Sweden’s way of staging a song without LED screens. They use half a Shanghai entertainment district’s worth of buzzing flickering tube lights instead. =P It’s a better visual performance than a song, and it’s minimalist. It will do well, but it won’t bother the top 3 I don’t think. Might be just shy of top 5.

      • My music knowledge isn’t great so I could be wrong with that. What matters is that whether it really is contemporary or not is that I think juries will perceive it that way, and looking at the rest of the field for Lisbon, this is positively cutting edge.

      • That IS contemporary in this day and age…

  2. Gav, you’re giving Dance You Off 4 stars, but I’m not just feeling it at all. From the looks of it, it appeared to top both the jury and public vote, so I suppose that gives some indication of a healthy score in Lisbon. However, the song sounds very dated and frankly rather boring.

    So my initial impressions are that Dance You Off will at best get a middling jury and public vote and won’t be troubling the top 10.

  3. I’m actually feeling it. I actually think it has a slightly lighter and happier vibe than last year’s entry. Benjamin to me has a bit more star power than Robin Bentsson from last year.

    The thing however here is this: People, especially the song contest nerds out here, begin to dislike all that Swedish success. Same with my country Netherlands winning all the speedskating medals on the Winter Olympics and other nations are puking because of it.

  4. Vocals 4 stars_ Lol what a joke. The guy doesn’t sing, it-s all backing vocals and playback. You truly are biased as hell, lol.
    This doesn’t deserve to be called a song, it’s a bad copy of what was on the radios last decade with a guy who can’t sing, but has pretty lights to distract people. If this was from another country it would be considered trash by you, but herp derp, it’s Sweden and we have to lick their boots. What a joke…

  5. As much as I like the song, my main concern is how good will it sound on Eurovision? The pre-recorded vocals will have to be replaced with backing singers and I’m thinking if it will sound as good as in Melodifestivalen. I guess we won’t find out until rehearsals. Otherwise, this is another top 10 for Sweden.

  6. Cant sing,terrible vocals,but they have 5 slots for backing singers to sing for him.Song very very average.Performance quite nice.Together the worst Swedish entry iv seen since the 1990s,but in a year where songs all float at average might do 5th-10th

  7. Catriona colville

    It’s going to be hilarious when Norway finishes above Sweden, and only a few will have seen it coming.

  8. Great choice! Super chill song, with great staging that will stand out very well in Lisbon. I think it will be another top 10 easily for Sweden, maybe even top 5.

  9. I think Sweden could do quite well with this in Lisbon. Especially considering all the dross selected so far. Not a win, but another solid 5th result in the final is easily achievable. Possibly 4th with a fair wind.

  10. This is a very good visual package and will stand out. With Sweden’s seemingly solid voting base, I think this is Top 5 again and who knows after that.

  11. I have this down as a top 5 for Sweden yet again.
    People slammed last years entry with Robin Bengtsson for almost the same reasons (bland, came across as a bit of tool, stage show better than the song). But slick stage productions have their place because they stick in the mind of the viewer to easily recall for voting time. Nothing grabs me personally with Benjamin for this entry (unlike Robin and his piercing eyes – at best I can just say I thank him for wearing that jacket to hide the dark hair on his arms which I found distracting last MF), but I can see the value in this to take a bet on when the quality feels a bit lower this year. With the usual SVT gang in charge of the production/cameras again this year, I expect to see a repeat of the Melodifestivalen show which ultimately looks better live as a video than his actual video clip.
    I expect him to come 4th or 5th at the final.

  12. I don’t think that it will receive as many votes from the jury as Bengtsson received last year. Bengtsson had a difficult staging and he participated in it and not just stood on stage, while the dancers do their work, as is often the case at Eurovision. Ingrosso just walks by the luminous thing.
    The song is worse than last year. Without staging, it’s just boring, and I want to switch to the next interesting song. It’s just a neutral song to the main thing. The main thing is a luminous thing.
    8-15 place I think.

  13. Scandinavia will vote for Rybak’s fun and even Rasmussen’s vikings over this dull plastic and the rest of Europe will ignore it. Sweden’s worst result since Anna Bergendahl incoming.

  14. its a song where its best moments are early on and has no build or climax. having said that it is quite pleasant and i like the minimalist staging. not a winner.

  15. I am completely mesmerized by this singer, the song and the performance. It’s like a bit darker version of Can’t stop this feeling with Justin Timberlake. Even though the performance must be rehearsed a thousand times, he feels so natural and relaxed. And that comes across to me as very sexy… I have been playing this song over and over again for the last days now. Just can’t get enough of it. The base and rythm. His voice. The choreography. I think either this or Israels song will win. They both stand out.

  16. Hi guys, I always find it fascinating to read your thoughts and opinions on each entry. I am relatively new to Eurovision betting (last 2 years) so feel free to completely disagree with my thoughts!

    I can’t understand why people are using the arguments of “the staging distracts from the average song” and “this is nothing without the lights” as legit reasons for why this has no chance of winning in Lisbon, or at least coming very close to the win. (Firstly, I just want to say that I don’t think “Dance You Off” as a standalone song is as “average” as what some people are saying, but that’s just my opinion).

    Anyway, as far as I am aware, it can be argued that almost all recent Eurovision winners won for additional reasons than just having a good song.
    – Jamala and her symbolic tree helped to really drive the message home
    – Mans and his stick man (for me Heros was a typical radio song that arguably would not have won without the staging)
    – Conchita herself
    …these are just a few examples from the past few years.

    Whats to say that Benjamin’s light show won’t be the additional factor that gets him the win/placing? The song is well performed, brilliantly staged and obvious jury bait. Add into that the fact that Benjamin is a telegenic inoffensive artist with decent enough vocals to pull the song off. Winning both the JV & TV in Melfest is no mean feat.

    As things stand, I can’t see this not finishing top 4 at least this year, and without a stand out favourite it could easily be a default winner simply for being one of the most assessable competent packages (and also Sweden).

    • (We don’t know yet how the song will sound without the prerecorded backings and we don’t know if Sweden will be able to repiclate the staging in Lissabon. Being Sweden I do assume they will get it right)

      Other than that, I think you will find a lot of different opinions about Sweden on here. Personally I mostly agree with you. The complete package is pretty solid and very jury friendly.
      For now I would rank Sweden somewhere in the area around place 3-6. The term default winner is exactly how I would describe it. If the others fail, maybe Sweden could take the trophy.

  17. No USP and definitely not a winner. Safe entry but will be forgotten quickly. Struggle for top 5

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