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24 of 28 maybe ready

Reading what the news tells us about the upcoming Melodifestivalen 2020 it is hard to find anything really interesting among the predictions.

Of 24 guesses so far not many makes me tingling or go “WOW”.

Amanda Aasa, might be a good one, her “Gå hem” is really good, but at the end of the day one more former Idol participant in the line up feels a bit tiered and the moment. Also Victor Crone, sang for Estonia last year in the Eurovision, feels like a try to make the most of it when you got the chance. I’m not a fan of his Estonian entry even if it turned out to be a big hit in Sweden after the Eurovision it was to much of a Avicii rip of for my taste.

Hanna Ferm, more Idol rejects and a cure girl with no own style, mainstream pop made for radio I guess. Jakob Karlberg, have no idea who he is really, again one guy from Idol Sweden. Then we have “The Mamas”, backup singers for John Lundvik in Eurovision last year and even before Lundvik won the Swedish selection i Tweeted that we will see the Mamas in Melodifestivalen 2020. But they are really good and with a good song they will most likely surprise, but the genre I guess they will present in the contest, Gospel Pop, not normally a hit in Eurovision.

Albin Johnsèn can go in different directions, some songs he’s been involved with so far is very good, but there are also some songs I wish no one would ever had recorded. Suzi P? again a huge ? for me, have never heard of.

Linda Bengtzing returns after her last disaster in Melodifestivalen, this can go in either direction. Back to Linda Basics, will be a schlager hit, try again to be a bad girl, won’t reach 2:a chansen.

Then we have Frida öhrn good but not my cup of tea and Paul Rey, with an impressive CV if you look at Wikipedia, but a new name to me, Good looking boy though. I almost peed a bit when i first thought i read Paul Rein, but no… Here I guess it will be a song in the same style as Ingrosso, Robin Bengtsson, well produced radio pop.

Drängarna then, They must be 50 now? Or what? Have they changed genre or is it still Swedish Country to a Techno beat? I will either love or hate. Two famous Eurovision names then, Robin Bengtsson and Anna Bergendahl. Robin returns, and I guess it’s more to not vanish from the music scene cause I have not hear much from him since he won a few years back and Anna whom I hated when she won and went to Eurovision but last year made a comeback with one of the best songs ever been in Melodifestivalen, will be fun to see what I will think next year.

Anis don Demina together with Renaida, both go back to Melodifestivalen, Demina from last year and one of the most played songs from Mello 2019 (most played in my home) and Renaida from a few years back. I do not expect anything special from either of them.

And why Thorsten Flinck do this again I have no idea, what a nightmare.

Benediktson / Peyron, don’t know what they might bring to the table neither the OVö people, but then it start to be a bit interesting, Mohombi is back after last year. Last year he entered with a song I hoped to love before the contest, hated it but loved the French version (remix with Youssou N’Dour). But Mohombi really need a better song than “Hello” in 2020. I also wonder why he tries in Sweden when he more or less would represent France on walk over if he entered in France. Strange choice.

Two other names I have no idea who they are William Strid and Klara Hammarstöm, Strid is obviously one more Idol boy and from what i read Klara H is a pony rider… So nothing to add to that. Nothing to add to Dotter either cause I know she is a favorite among music journalists but from what I have heard so far from her she is not even knocking on the door to make me wanna buy her music.

And then add to that, Nanne and Sonja Aldèn. I can only say I look forward to see Nanne, but I am not sure if she will keep on with her special Melodifestivalen sound or want to show something new now when she is a bit “older” and Sonja have never been a favorite of mine so I will be extremely surprised if I end up with her on my top 10 list.

Remember that none of the names above is confirmed yet and 4 more names is missing in the line up but for now I must say it do not feel like we have sure Eurovision winner in this line up.

Let’s discuss more tomorrow after the press conference

Björn

Statistics

Yesterday I found some new applications for my iPhone to be able to get some more statistics out of iTunes media player. Might sound like a “petit” thing in a persons life but for me, a major list nerd, it’s like a 24th of December in September (Christmas in Sweden is on the 24th of December).

But still, I don’t have a way to get all this stats on my computer and from the complete music selection just on the phone and the music I downloaded to the phone.

So if you read this and have found a Apple App for iTunes or a program to download for statistics please let me know.

Björn

Some re-tagging

All Sunday, one mission, to start the re-tagging of the Eurovision mp3 files. Actually only put Netflix on “13 reasons why” season 2 and 3, and tag tag tag all day.

I planned the Sunday a bit different but since I am out of funds cause of the Visa skimming thing I’m happy to be able to do something I really can “nerd” in on.

Björn

Music in June 2019

Finally had some time to look at the smart playlist for June 2019, the songs listen to the most and here are the top 10 (see picture). I know, not much match the official charts in Sweden or France… Not the world to be honest but still the best party playlist ever.

Hopefully my blog followers will take a few minutes to listen to some of the songs and maybe, just maybe, find a new summer 2019 favorite tune. It’s time to create that “Summer 2019 Soundtrack”.

Björn

Serhat

Twice in Eurovision and in collaboration with some famous singers Serhat released an album not long ago. An Album that will survive for a year or so… But the future?

I hope he will make at least 2 more covers, “Je t’aime, moi non plus” the old Gainsbourg/Birkin hit from 1969 and “31 All Ombra” from the Italian group Gli Uno.

His voice is like custom made for the male part of both those songs and imagen to do “Moi non plus” with a guy… Two duets, one hetero and one gay version. If he dares too without harm his reputation.

Gli Uno, in Italian, is a more unknown masterpiece but still Serhats voice in a duet with someone with a very girly voice, in a new slightly uptempo version? Heaven!!!

So Go for it Serhat…

Björn

7th of June 2019 – Myléne farmer

So, have had a few days now thinking of the concert last Friday. And first was it better than the “Timeless” Tour? Actually yes I loved the the “Timeless” Tour concert but the one now in Paris, Defense Arena, is better. And you might still be able to get some tickets since they added new dates. If you have a shot at it, do it.

Myléne Farmer know how to take control of her public and make them jump when she say jump. She is the master of the game and the audience follows. A slightly older crowed than you might expect during a pop concert (rock is another thing), but these people have most likely followed her since the 80s and the rumor that this is the last time she will put on such a huge production made them buy the tickets.

And Myléne is not getting younger so the high notes, her characteristic way of singing is not as easy for her today as 10 years back and I am happy she realize this and use the technical ways she can to not make a “Madonna at Eurovision 2019” mistake. Its smart and do not shade the performance.

Another of her specifics is the synchronized dancing. More or less standing on the same spot and dance, this is all there still. Just like when I discovered her in the 80s and it looks SO GOOD and the dancers are 100% in sync.

If anything, which is more or less me looking for something to say “not so good” about is that I was a bit disappointed on the outfits this time. The where more toned down than usual, looked amazing but still nothing “over the top” strange as it can be with Gaultier making the dresses. But again, it looked amazing.

So, I won’t write so. much more now, get back to it when I have seen it again on the 14th together with Swedish friends who has no clue about Myléne Farmer more than I feed them with for years.

Björn