Kategoriarkiv: Melodifestivalen

4 days off again then

National holidays can be lovely, but now its one more enjoyed inside, Not out in the spring weather, in a café with a glass of rosé. So, the rosé is enjoyed inside and today already.

No Corona stuff today, but the picture… Just wonder if Leif Thorsson and Martin Verhage will write a new update of the “Bible” “Melodifestivalen venom tiderna”. Its time for sure.

Björn

So now it´s over for 2020

And at last we have a winner, congratulations to The Mamas and their song “Move” who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. Not a huge disappointment, the song is good and the Mamas are a group of really talented girls so well done.

At the end the main thing for me was to not send Dotter so for this I am happy even if neither Hanna Ferm of Robin Bengtsson won (not expected them too).

But the big news in the Eurovision world is that Finland did not send Erika Vikman and her fantastic “Cicciolina” to Eurovision. A decision even more strange when you have seen her stage show from UMK the Finnish selection, also taking place yesterday. I feel sorry for the guy who won cause his song is actually not that bad but the Eurovision world, the fans, almost already booked our tickets to Helsinki 2021 since Erika Vikman already won the Eurovision, and now she not even passed to the Contest in May.

Denmark, also hosting their selection yesterday picked a good song, actually already on my playlist but in Copenhagen they decided to hold their finals without any audience caused by the Corona virus. Imagen a complete concert venue and no one in the audience, must have felt strange for the singers.

The same, by the way, watching the final Biathlon races in 2020, no audience gives a strange feeling to the races.

Another thing, I don’t know if its worth mention but is it sane to have a jury group aged 3 – 9 years old? Like in the Swedish Eurovision selection? 3? really?

Now life turn normal again until the Eurovision Week in May (if the almighty Corona want the Eurovision to take place).

Björn

The Mamas “Move” Swedens entry to the Eurovision 2020

Erika Vikmans number at the Finnish selection, kitsch and perfect.

Finals tonight

Let me start with the important thing tonight. It’s not to pick a Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam, it is what Finland decide to send in their contest tonight.

If Erika Vikman ends up not going to Rotterdam I think Finland made their worse eurovision decision ever. Enough said about Finland.

Let me now take you through the final line up in Sweden for the last time. First to my non Swedish followers, the show start 20h00 tonight and you can watch it on SVTPlay by clicking HERE. Note that the streamed version start 20h01 / 20h02 so don’t panic. And why should you watch it? Cause this is the largest music show in Sweden with a lot of music and at the end the thrilling voting, international jury and finally the televotes. It is worth the time if you like pop music and a good show.

Todays line up:

Victor Crone “Troubled waters” Victor sang for Estonia in Eurovision last year and this is his second entry in the Swedish selection. The song is a Country, Avicii rip off performed with Victors Crones typical “I am a real boy” style, he is so boyish masculine on stage that you can’t do anything else than smile. At the same time as a friend of mine said “All that charm might hide a massmurderer”. I do not have a lot of mean things to say about the song, it’s a modern dance song and with a remix it will fly over the dance floors in Europe this summer. But it’s not a winner in my book.

Paul Rey “Talking in my sleep” Hard to take this entry in, is it good or is it just big pharmas new sleeping pill? I like it on a Monday and can’t stand it the next and end up liking it again on Wednesday. But for sure it is the same feeling seeing the act or just listen to it at home. Might get jury votes but I am not as sure the televoters will go all in and vote for him tonight.

The Mamas “Move” Last years backup singers for Sweden, The Mamas, comes back with their own act. Something anyone following Melodifestivalen guessed already as soon as they performed together with John Lundvik in last years semifinals. “Move” is not as Gospel as the Swedish entry last year, but this is good and the Mamas can sing, no doubt about it. This entry is hard to place, cause at the end they can end up on top based on charm and enthusiasm. But I hope they end up top 5 but not win, cause I want them back with something better in the gospel style next year.

Mohombi “winners” Yes I know I sound like a broken record, but for heavens sake Mohombi, give up Melodifestivalen and go to the French TV station and sing for France. You are a star in France, so why try this hopeless task to win in Sweden? It is his second year in Melodifestivalen and this years entry is nothing else than a ok pop tune. And this year he can’t boost his final votes with a leaked dick pic, cause that was done 2019, so he need to bring his everything to the scene to win. Hight points from the French jury is expected but nothing more.

Hanna Ferm “Brave” Swedens own “Look I am a fan of Eastern European female singers in Eurovision” girl, Hanna Ferm. She bought it all from former singers from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia, Poland etc. Not necessary bad or ugly, but the main word here is plastic. But if she relax more on stage and not doing her choreography like a robot tonight it will look great. Her voice is, even if music Sweden tells us she is the new pop Maria Callas, just OK Britney pop girl, but the song is one of my favorites tonight. I love the beginning with the backup singers I love the ending with its Ladidadi da. I am sold on this. With some more East European juries tonight it might have been a slam dunk but she face only one eastern jury. Might be tough.

Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella “Vamos Amigos” Good for Mendez and Alvaro, to bring something else than English language wise. It is happy Spanish rap, Latin rhythm a la Suède and really enjoyable. Not a winner even if Sweden loves “our” Mendez. Guess more televotes than jury votes. I just wish they skip to talk about Alvaros baby, growing in the belly of one of the dancers, it’s not giving you votes it just sound desperate to bring it up. OK, that’s mine thought about it.

Dotter “Bulletproof” This years hate object in Melodifestivalen, and I only speak for me. As you know my take on this contest is to make it exciting you need a song you really like and one you hate fighting in the top during the voting. Dotter will for sure bring the “hate” part into it. The song, for me is crap, it has nothing, a normal typical Swedish radio hit you hear without listen to it. She looks like she is trying to not fall from a invisible horse saddle, and the hair thing… No no no, it’s not even close to sexy, even get me thing of more horses. But she is a favorite to win tonight, she even a favorite to win Eurovision if she pass tonight. It’s 100% insane. And as always, it feels better when a hate song wins and you kind of can make any sense on why people like it, but here I can’t understand. I was so sure she would end up 7 in her semifinal so I never gave the song a second glance back then. This will be brutal.

Robin Bengtsson “Take a chance” Another of my main favorites tonight is Robin “The hips” Bengtsson, or Robin “how far apart can I put my feet without falling over” Bengtsson. This number is so nice to watch, Robin come close to Ricky Martin sexy (and that is kind of the best result you can get. But it’s not a winner, and for sure not a Eurovision winner, but it is one of my choices tonight. Fantastic.

Mariette “Shout it out” Mariette usually sings my hate song in the finals, and I do hate it but she is so far away from having a chance to win tonight that it is not worth to spread the word around. There are not enough lesbians in Sweden to vote and put her on top, the song is so bad so my ears hurt and she even manage to more un-showered than ever. So, no risk of Mariette hysteria tonight. Calms me down.

Felix Sandman “Boys with emotions” This year Felix is back with a song with a message… Oh God… And the message is that it is OK to be a hipster and live as an so called “Latte daddy” at Söder (south) in Stockholm. As with Paul Rey it might get some jury votes but I don’t see him get televotes from any others than the girls who was young and his fan base when he was a younger performer and had his entourage of teen girls. And by the way, wimpy men are not sexy, at all. Even if I agree it’s OK to be one.

Anna Bergendahl “Kingdom come” Anna made me eat my right show last year when I had to convert from not like her at all to rule for her and her song “Ashes to ashes” in Melodifestivalen 2019. She turned everything upside down with that song and I had to admit it was an amazing song. So back this year with a song they call “Ashes to ashes” part II. It’s not a part II, even if it’s not bad it’s far from last years perfection. And here we can see what a great act do to a song today in Melodifestivalen and Eurovision. Cause without the dancers at the end of the song “Kingdom come” do nothing. Just listen to it don’t make you tingle anywhere, while the dancers on stage makes you tingle all over. Thats how you get points in Melodifestivalen. Fair in a music contest? Not really. But she might win tonight.

Anis Don Demina “Vem e som oss” You might think we are happy to have a Swedish song in the finals… We are, but since most of the lyrics are so called “Rinkebz Svenska” (Swedish spoken in the areas populated by a large amount of immigrants) I am not sure it is a real Swedish song. Not a problem but it is sad that not more songs in Swedish went through to the finals. Rumors also say he added English tonight for the International juries… He sailed up as a huge favorite ro win during the rehearsals yesterday when the audience voted. And he won, the winner in the exit poll usually win at the end so I was surprised. But no, I don’t believe it, can’t happen. Rap and this years most expensive outfit can’t buy you a ticket to Rotterdam, can it?

So, what do I want and what do I think about tonights show?

After the jury vote I guess the top 5 will be (in random order): Dotter, Anna Bergendahl, Felix Sandman, Paul Rey and The Mamas.

And the top 5 songs among the televoters: Dotter, Anna Bergendahl, Hanna Ferm, Robin Bengtsson and Mendez feat Alvaro Estrella.

So at the end I regrettably must say Sweden most likely will send Dotter or Anna Bergendahl to Rotterdam. And of those two I really hope it will be Anna.

But my list tonight is presented below and as always it might be a few changes, it’s always someone who change stuff during the finals so the song gets worse (most times) or better (it happens) but for now:

  1. Hanna Ferm “Brave”
  2. Robin Bengtsson “Take a chance”
  3. Mendez feat Alvaro Estrella “Vamos Amigos”
  4. The Mamas “Move”
  5. Anna Bergendahl “Kingdom Come”
  6. Victor Crone “Troubled waters”
  7. Mohombi “Winners”
  8. Paul Rey “Talking in my sleep”
  9. Anis Don Demina “Vem e som oss”
  10. Felix Sandman “Boys with emotions”
  11. Dotter “Bulletproof”
  12. Mariette “Shout it out”

And this year I won’t do updates on the website here, it will be done on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (links up to the left to Twitter and Instagram. If you send a following request please add that it is cause Eurovision so I know.

Have a nice evening, if possible I will review the show later tonight or tomorrow morning

Björn

Melfest 4×3, Pt III

Time to wrap this up then, the four last songs in the Melodifestivalen 2020 finals

Mariette “Shout it out” / Year after year Mariette take part and end up as a favorite and I always hate the song. So even if she’s as usual not worth a place in the finals this year I can relax, cause there is no chance in hell she will end up top 5 this year. It’s even a huge joke that she is in the Melodifestivalen 2020 with this shit song. And there are not enough lesbians to vote and make this song a success. And don’t even let me start on her act and clothes this year. For once you can even see on her outfit and style how I think she must smell.

Felix Sandman “Boys with emotions” / After his amazing “Every single day” and the duet with Benjamin Ingrosso, “Happy thoughts” and “Tror du han bryr sig” you might expect a 100% Eurovision winner from Felix. Oh “hujjeda mig” we were wrong. The only plus here is the dance in the chorus, beside this it’s an anthem for guys who need to man up. The lyrics make the song extremely un-sexy and can only be loved by stay at home hipster dads living at Söder in Stockholm, dreaming about a soya latte when they meet their peers on the playground discussing sourdough hotels. a pity cause I do like Felix.

Anna Bergendahl “Kingdom come” / I was in chock last time when she entered Melodifestivalen with “Ashes to Ashes” – a brilliant over the top fantastic song. Chocked cause I was everything but a fan of Anna Bergendahl until then. I really disliked her all the way from Idol Sweden to her flop in Eurovision Song Contest (the first one not taking Sweden to the finals in Eurovision, EVER). “Kingdom come” suffers from the same thing a lot of Eurovision songs today. So good when you see it, but just listen is another thing. Not bad, but this is not a new “Ashes to Ashes”, but the act on stage will boost this song and she will and up top 3 (even top 2 if I’m going to be honest). And it is obvious that SVT want her up there. Her number also includes my favorite Mello Dancer, Daniel Koivunen.

Anis Don Demina “Vem e som oss” / I don’t know if I even can tell you, and you believe me, how much his outfit costs, so I will put that a side. This is the Finals only entry in Swedish, or shall I say “Schweed-ish” cause it is so called “Rinkeby Swedish” (a swedish spoken in areas with a high amount of immigrants). To not have more songs in Swedish in the finals is a shame, and put that on SVT who picked awful songs for the Swedish allocated by quotas entries. This song then, I don’t get it, really. It is a party rap song, but not of Samir and Viktor class. Will get votes tho’ based on energy. But far from enough – even if I would love to send this to Eurovision cause it is so NOT Swedish it’s not a favorite.

So that’s it, tomorrow it’s Friday and then on Saturday it is the grand finale, for you living outside Sweden you can tune in and stream the show at svtplay.se and if you like music (or love Eurovision) you should do so.

So until then take a Swedish Fika and relax.

Björn

Melfest 4×3, pt. II

Time for the next four songs then. Again the startlist on Saturday is like follows:

And yesterday I quickly took you through the first four, or shall I say what i thought was the first four. I kind of jumped over The Mamas just to be able to write something about Hanna Ferm. So the mistake will now be fixed. We take a look at song 3 and 6 to 8.

The Mamas “Move” / As soon as the Mamas went on stage last year, as the backup singers to John Lundvik (who won 2019) I said John will SO write a song for them next year. He did not, but still here they are. I think they should have asked John cause he has a Gospel vibe in what he is doin’ and the Mamas need that to shine. Move is OK, it’s nothing wrong and the Mamas, most likely, have the best voices in the final this year. But something is missing, at least for me. Not the worst attempt but I rather send them to Eurovision with a song they can shine in.

Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella “Vamos Amigos” / Mendez is kind of a pet from Chile for the Swedes, and i respect that as well as him returning to Melodifestivalen again. Last year he had one of the best entries in the competition and now together with the likewise returning Alvaro they have a party song that works 100% when you see them on TV but not as much just listen to the song (the same problem with many of the songs this year). But plus for some other languages in the final besides English. I guess I will have them on the top half on Saturday.

Dotter “Bulletproof” / Last time a song the title “Bulletproof” entered Melodifestivalen I loved it. Not so much this year. In the semi final I kind of never even see this song as a song for the finals so I was really surprised when she got so many votes. And I do not understand it. It’s a well produced boring radio style song with no “oumpf” what so ever. What do people see in this shit? And Eurovision fans already renamed the host city from Rotterdam to “Dotterdam”, so sure she will win. I’m kind of “What?”

Robin Bengtsson “Take a chance” / Robin kind of grow on me through his Melodifetsivalen participations. He started with “Constellation prize” 2016 (did nothing for me), followed up by winning it all in 2017 with “I can’t go on” and I had no problem with that song and it also worked well in Eurovision that year and ended up in a 5th place. So this year he is back with “Take a chance”, a song you need to listen to one or two times before it sets. So think he would have gained some votes if he did pass to the final via the 2nd chance contest. Now he went directly to the final. Besides being awarded hottest hips in the finals I have Robin up among the three best entries so far. So I hope he will be able to face the fact that SVT want a woman to win this year and that people vote for him. I can for sure see this as our entry in Rotterdam.

So that was the four entries in the middle, and tomorrow we end it all with the last 4 before I reset and listen to them all again pretending I never heard them before.

By the way, you all now that the strike in Paris is still going on and yesterday, in Corona times, there was a demonstration. Let us say that not so many people turned up… Picture from it all:

The announced demonstration 2020 03 03, not so many people this time.

And for you all who think it is possible to drink one beer as “After work” or “Apéro”… This ishow you count beers.

Have a nice day now

Björn

Melfest 4×3

So let’s start the Melodifestivalen 2020 opinions. So far, this morning, the iTunes play count tells me this:

2020 03 03 Play count Melodifestivalen 2020

But let us see how it looks on Friday and go to Saturdays final line up, 4 songs a day here on my blog between Tuesday to Thursday.

Startlist Melodifestivalen 2020 final. Take place 2020 03 07

Victor Crone “Troubled waters” / A smell of Avicii, just like his Eurovision entry for Estonia last year, and so far just listening to the song it is a bit too boring to make any huge impact on me. And in some way you need to see him to make this song pop out from the competitors.

Paul Rey “Talking in my sleep” / I thought this was the song I would start to play a lot as soon as it was released but frankly… It’s not bad, but not the hit i expected it to be after the semi finals. So I don’t think I will go crazy over it on Saturday.

Hanna Ferm “Brave” / As said last Saturday it took 4 semi finals and 27 other songs before I actually felt I heard a song I might go crazy for, and it’s not cause this is a master piece, it’s the Ladi dadi day. And still, Hanna could enter Eurovision representing any of the former East European states. She have the look and the act. I really like this entry but to win on Saturday… Only the viewers and Armenia (as a part of the International jury) can make that happen.

Mohombi “Winners” / Kind of fail completely just listen to the song and don’t see the show. And the show is only “OK”, I find myself searching for the “skip” button on my phone after listen to half of the song. And I still don’t understand why he fight so hard to represent Sweden. He would get the wild card for France in a second since he is popular in France.

So of the first 4 songs it is Hanna, Victor Crone, Mohombi & Paul Rey for me.

#Hannaferm #Victorcrone #Mohombi #paulrey

And at the same time in another part of the world:

Björn

We have our final

So on a rainy Paris day I wake up to finally have the 12 songs in the Melodifestivalen finals. And I will have time next week to write about them so let’s focus on the 2a chansen contest yesterday and the participants of former presenters, song writers and artists.

Looking at the songs entering the contest the last 10 years I have a heard time to find many songs or artists who will leave a mark on the Melodifestivalen history as the singers whom participated in yesterdays show.

All to the new “Hall of Fame” idea, a prize created to honor people whom have had an impact on the contest and the entered into the collective mind of the Swedes. I think it is a really strained idea cause at the end all will have a prize at home. And during the show yesterday SVT also announced that the public will vote for the people to enter this Hall of Fame, so the idea was born and died in the first year.

But if it will continue to be a part of the 2a chansen and it will create great show numbers as the once yesterday, OK let it live. But seriously, to me a Hall of Fame is also a place to visit. Will this be a part of the ABBA Museum? Will it be interactive on SVT.se? How did they think?

And at the same time let’s see how long it will take before EBU announce a Eurovision Hall of Fame, believe me it will come.

But back to the 12 songs in the finals, no words about them today but here they are.

Final songs in the Melodifestivalen 2020

First I am sad to see the lack of more songs in Swedish. And I know SVT tells you that songs in Swedish was not voted forward, fair, but why not to try to enter some good songs in Swedish not a selection of crap to fill the “We must have some Swedish songs” limit.

It’s also painfully obvious they want a girl to win 2020, 7 male acts 5 female acts, but the girls been picked out to compete with not as good entries from the boys.

But as said, I will write about the entries the upcoming week. So for now let’s go to our neighbors Estonia and note that in Eurovision you can bring attention to your songs in many ways. In the singer for Estonia, Uku Suviste, take lightning and the material of his pants to create some interest. Won’t harm him at all I guess.

Uku Suviste and his famous banana

Björn

#SVTMelfest 2:a Chansen

So, finally the second chance contest, all the number 3 and 4 from the semifinals meet each other in duels for the 4 last spots in the final.

The duels are:

And looking at my iTunes statistics of play counts I have this:

So let us start with the four songs I think will pass through to the finals. Then I will guess:

  • “Surface”
  • “Ballerina”
  • “Boys with emotions”
  • “Piga och dräng”

But is it in line with what I want? Let’s see:

“Vem e som oss” and “Surface”. A hopeless party tune meet a soft ballad I actually don’t feel that much about. I would send “Vem e som oss” even if it’s not a good song, but please some Swedish language in the finals.

“Ballerina” and “Talking in my sleep”, These two songs have changed a lot in my mind since I heard them first. “Ballerina” going up and “Talking in my sleep” going down. I thought “Talking in my sleep” was a song that would be better just listen to it. But to my surprise I find “Ballerina” to be the one gaining on not watching it. So here I will send “Ballerina” to the finals (even if it never will be as good as Shanghais “Ballerina”).

“Boys with emotions” and “We are one” – two songs I really don’t want in the finals at all, but I pick “Boys with emotions” even if it is a song for hipsters playing latte daddies. The lyrics makes me go crazy.

Duel 4 is the opposite to duel 3, I want both in the finals. Even if “Vamos amigos” is much better seeing the act than on your playlist and “Piga och dräng” was a dissapointment from the semi. I like more Swedish lyrics in the finals, and I like some Spanish in the finals. But at the end… I pick “Piga och dräng” here, just cause of the language.

So, then we will see how it will go, but from what I understand this evening is not about the competition it is the show with the famous Swedish Melodifestivalen artists coming in to make this the TV event of the year. Let’s see.

Björn

4th semi over, #Melfest

So Sweden reached the end of this years Melodifestivalen semi finals, and the 7 last songs been presented. SO next week it’s time for the second chance contest (all songs ending 3 and 4 compete for the last 4 spots in the final) and then the week after the Grand Finale.

So how was yesterdays 7 songs?

Frida Öhrn – “We are one”, not my cup of thé. Feels a bit dated ans might have worked as an Eurovision Entry in the 90s.

William Stridh – “Molnljus”, William supposed to attract the young girls votes made a good job doing that (I guess) cause he ended up on 5th place. The song felt strange but it might grow on you. We will see.

Nanne – “Carpool Karaoke”, a strange song. More rock than Nannes usually present in Melodifestivalen but at the end at least a song, a melody. But I am surprised that she was allowed to compete since rules say no brands allowed, and “Carpool Karaoke” is both a TVshow (not aired on SVT) and a brand. So if she had won the selection how would EBU looked at this? Most likely approved of it with the strong connections between Eurovision and Sweden.

Victor Crone – “Trouble waters”, Victor competed in Melfest a few years ago and in Eurovision last year but for Estonia. His song this year is really a part two of his Estonian entry and 100% expected. The only thing to discuss here are the fact that Victor is, what we would say in Sweden, “grabbig”. More or less translated into English as “Laddish”. His appearance is to cis man that it’s hard to believe it’s not an act. Nothing wrong but fun to watch.

Ellen & Simon – “Surface”, Undecided if I like it or not, its a ballad, a duett with two amazing voices, but somethings off. I don’t know what.

Jakob Karlberg – “Om du tror att jag saknar dig”, Today only one day after the contest yesterday I don’t remember a thing about this song, and that is not good sign. I do remember his hair though, and the guitar changing colors. But this is a song contest so I think you are supposed to remember the song.

Hanna Ferm – “Brave”, This is a hard one… I do not particular like Hanna as a singer, she seems to me (without ever meet her so I can be 100% wrong) like a snotty person. And I do not give much for all the people try to convince us that her voice is amazing. She is not an awful singer but far from amazing, very mediocre. But no one can take away that she has the song this year. An amazing little pop tune which stick with you like glue, so good for her. But she still look and sounds like any female formar East state countries in Eurovision. She could be Ukrainian, Polish, Azeri, Armenian or Georgian. Plastic is my choice of word.

But at the end Hanna and Victor was sent to the final so now we can start to listen to songs still in the race, and after next Saturday I will turn my books to zero again and see if there is any adjustments needed on my list. But for now I think Hanna Ferm have the best Eurovision song, not necessary my favorite but for Eurovision, slam dunk.

Björn