Etikettarkiv: Eurovision song contest

Time for the update

So time to update you all on the past weekends BIG event, the first semifinal of Destination Eurovision. First of, last year was the first year in ages France had a national final and it was a puppy production with a firm goal to find the best song to send to Lisbon 2018. And now in 2019 they stepped up a bit from 2018 but still the production need some changes to force France to watch it.

First of all the show is slow. I notice from other TV shows here in France that most of them are a bit slow, its a lot of talking and so also in the French selection. I do not see the need for each artist to first sing a favorite song before they perform their entry and competing song. And the expert jury, no need for it. Speed up the production and people will find it more modern.

The songs then…

Naestro “Le braiser” Nothing wrong with the song, maybe a bit to much non Eurovision to be a good entry to send to Israel in May but I liked it. But they missed a chance to show the public Naestros amazing classical voice. Listen to “Bella Ciao” and you will hear a real hit. I placed him 3 at the end of the evening

Florina In the shadow” A favorite among the experts in the studio, Im sorry why? A OK pop song but without any personality or Oumpf. I placed her 8 at the end of the evening.

Chiméne Badi “Lá-haut” Obvious a artist known here in France, I have never hear of her before tonight and she sang her song in a box like Maltas Eurovision entry last year. The song, again, was OK but no drive. I placed her 5 at the end of the night.

Battista Acquaviva “Passio” The best song of the evening performed by a singer who most likely during weekdays work as a fire alarm somewhere. She can’t sing and even if I get the nude dancers and show it will never ever be something you want to hear again if not changing the singer. But, the French televoters loved it and OK I thought it was cause of the staging and the show but the song actually chart in France. The recording must be auto-tuned. And hopefully the recording sounds better. Love her name those placed her 9 and the end of the evening. All cause of the lack of voice.

Silván Areg “Le petit Nicholas” HERE France you have the perfect Eurovision entry. A catchy really good song, fun staging, good looking guy with a show and an idea behind his performance. This would work in Eurovision. My number 1 this evening

Bilal Hassani “Roi” The second surprise this evening. Obvious the people love this guy. And I have no idea why. First of all the song is so boring, the show is bad and if he at least could sing, but no. So why the hype? Who is this guy and why do France love him? Or is it so bad that for France Eurovision not a big deal so it is the gay public voting in the semifinals? A theory which dies when you also heard the experts loving him and the international jury loved him. What do I miss???? I placed him 7

Aysat “Comme un grande” OK first of all this is Eurovision, you need to write and record a real ending to the song and not tune it out, its sloppy and disrespectful. But over all a OK with a plus song. I do not mind she ended up in the final, I had her song 4 at the end.

Lautner “J’ai pas le tempe” A huge surprise again, but this time in the wrong way. A song that should have passed to the final but was voted out and that by the televoters. OK the production needed work it was to soft and needed some beat but the guys can sing and the song is catchy. My number 2

Mazy “oulala” A very uninteresting song not bad, competent production but not pop not schlager what is it. Placed her 6

When all the voting passed the final 4 going through to the final Aysat, Silván Are, Chiméne Badu and Bilal Hassani. And now to another thing I think France can change. Why, in the semifinal, present the votes? Now people know the televoters favorite or will something change until the final? But since Hassani won why would any of the others win in two weeks?

Very strange.

Björn

So now it begins for me

The Eurovision season really starts for me tomorrow with the French selection demi final 1.

Until then I hope to be able to update you all with MY history of the Eurovision and why I think the show and contest turn more and more boring and yet more and more popular.

#Eurovision #Eurovisionsongcontest #bjornnordlund

Björn

The inner circle letter

So, to my friends whom received the Inner circle letter and log in here to check the dates and plans for the 2019 eurovision season. Two selections this year will be more out of interest than others, the French Selection and the Swedish one. So how will the party plans turn out?

French Selection – Eurovision 2019

12th of January French Semi Final 1

19th of January French Semi Final 2

26th of January French Grand Finale

The French Selection will most likely be watched at home live or streaming it later on. I guess I for sure will se the final live but the Selections only if any of my friends keep in touch and want to come over for some wine and watch the shows. So if you are into the French Selection, please let me know if you like to come over and see all the shows or just one of them. Hopefully this can be decided at least one day prior the event.

Swedish Selection – Eurovision 2019

2nd of February Semi Final 1

9th of February Semi Final 2

16th of February Semi Final 3

23rd of February Semi Final 4

2nd of March Second Chance Contest

9th of March Grand Final

More or less the same here as for the French Selection, I will without a doubt watch the semifinals and Second Chance contest either on the date or streaming later on. So feel welcome to check with me if you maybe like to come over for some Swedish MelloVaganza. But note, February and March, both months when I might travel for work so we will see.

The “almost” tradition to watch the Swedish Grand Finale with French Friends

On the 9th of March we have the Grand Finale and the past years since I’ve moved to Paris its been a small party with French friends in the sign of Eurovision Song Contest, Swedish Finger food and of course Champagne. And the final, if home, I will see live not stream it after… But again, it is in the middle of business travel season so I can only hope to be home. Like to watch the 2019 selection? Please let me know. Lets see if we can keep this tradition survive and expand.

The Eurovision Week 2019

The Eurovision Semi Finals take place in the middle of the week so the semis will be watched alone, no friends over. The dates for the semi finals 14th of May and 16th of May 2019.

The Eurovision Grand Finale from Tel Aviv this year takes place on the 18th of May and this need more planning and some time. The show can be watched from home of course, but also from some of the Swedish Bars and Restaurants in Paris as well as some years public viewed on big screens outdoors in Paris.

So the plans for Eurovision 2019 for now, please just mark the dates in your calendar.

Björn

best of 2018 – The French eurovision selection

So, in 2018 France went back to have an open selection again with semi finals and a final, televotes, international jury and experts voting. The song “Mercy” won and went as huge favorites to the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal but did not live up to the hype. But since I have presented my top songs from the Swedish selection as well as the Eurovision, and now living in France, I want to present the most played songs from the French selection as well.

  • 01 “La-Haut” Sweem
  • 02 “I´ll be there” Enea
  • 03 “Mercy (Single version) Madame Monsieur
  • 04 “Jamais sans toi” Pheno Men
  • 05 “Mercy (French remix) Madame Monsieur
  • 06 “Rêves de gamin” Nassi
  • 07 “OK ou KO” Emmy Liyana
  • 08 “Mercy (English version) Madame Monsieur
  • 09 “Lisboa, Jerusalem” Igit
  • 10 “Tu me manques” Sarah Caillibot

Best of 2018 – Eurovision Song Contest

So now its time to put the 2018 behind us and as a list nerd of course I will do it with charts. And we start with the most played Eurovision Song Contest 2018 songs.

The chart show the songs from the Eurovision 2018 I played the most in 2018, which is not the same as my favorites but more or less in retrospective this is the best once.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2018 – Most Played.

  • 01 Italy “Non mi avete fatto niente” Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro
  • 02 Moldova “My lucky day” DoReDOs
  • 03 Estonia “La Forza (dance remix)” Elina Nechayeva
  • 04 Poland “Light me up” Gromee feat Lukas Meijer
  • 05 Estonia “La Forza” Elina Nechayeva
  • 06 Belgium “A matter of time” Sennek
  • 07 France “Mercy (Single version) Madame Monsieur
  • 08 Belarus “Forever (Eurovision version) Alekseev
  • 09 Sweden “Dance you off” Benjamin Ingrosso
  • 10 Ireland “Together” Ryan O´Shaughnessy
  • 11 Ukraine “Under the ladder” Mélovin
  • 12 Cyprus “Fuego” Eleni Foureira
  • 13 Belarus “Forever (Kraynor remix) Alekseev
  • 14 France “Mercy (French Remix) Madame Monsieur
  • 15 Hungary “Viszlát nyár” AWS
  • 16 France “Mercy (English version) Madame Monsieur
  • 17 United Kingdom “Storm (7th heaven radio edit) SuRie
  • 18 Australia We got love (7th heaven remix) Jessica Mauboy
  • 19 France “Mercy (Eurovision version EP) Madame Monsieur
  • 20 Lithuania “When We’re old (Jovani Remix) Ieva Zasimauskaite

None of the songs from the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 reached over 200 plays in 2018 so none of the songs so far reached the 1000 most played over all time list.

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2019

So now it is a few weeks since the participants in the Swedish Selection to Eurovision Song Contest was announced and as promised I will give my view of the upcoming contest without hearing any of the songs of course. I can only go on what the artists and songwriters usually sound like so this is kind of a shot in the dark so far. And upon the evenings of the contest views might change completely. 

The picture above comes from Gustav Dahlanders expert blog on SVT, https://blogg.svt.se/melodifestivalen-expertbloggen Note that Mr Dahlander is working with the contest and therefore need to keep a more objective view of the entries submitted than fan bloggers do.

I will focus on some of the participants and exclude others based on the facts that I do not know enough about them. So here we go…

Anna Bergendahl – Already a Melodifestivalen winner and also behind the Swedish entry in Eurovision which never went through to the final. Something Sweden was SO surprised about, not me…. If you read my blog from Gylleneskor back then I already in the semifinal in the selection said she had no chance in Eurovision. Simply cause I don’t liked her at all back then. Now teamed up with a strong team of song writers and most likely she also changed her sound growing up from a Idol reject to a real artist I don’t know where she stands today. But since it was, back then, her voice I don’t like I am afraid her entry now will be one of my hate entries. 

Nano – My God, more of this? He already scared me when he turned out to be a favorite two years ago with one of the worst entries int he history of the contest. But he also teamed up with the Deb´s and G:son song writing team, songwriters who only exists in different Eurovision selections in Europe.  Most likely I will hate this.

Mohombi – I looked forward to see Mohombi in the French Section since he is more of a star in France then Sweden, but OK lets go for it. So far he is most famous for taking off his t shirt when he entered the competition last time. He is also by SVT described as a world star… hm… From what I know he has not had any hits for a while so I might see this more as a comeback. But I will most likely like this looking back on what he’s done before.

Arja Saijonmaa – Fun to see her back but the title kind of tell me this will be more like Charlottes latest entry and not so much uptempo schlager.

Wiktoria – Please girl give up. 

Andreas Johnson – Again? Really? OK, never disappoint me but he is so in the middle of the road and even if he might win in Sweden his style is not Eurovision winning material.

Liamoo – Again? Last years nightmare wasn’t enough? Here teamed up with a Hanna Ferm, I know nothing about her.

Margaret – Polish cheap taste singer for some reason trying to sing for Sweden and not Poland. Very strange decision. 

Jon Henrik Fjällgren – I dont know how much Joik we will hear from Jon Henrik but if he is going to succeed again he need to come up with something new, like the fantastic “Hon var vacker” from 2017. If so, I support him all into the “Kaklet” as we say in Sweden.

Dolly Style – Im not the goal for their music but I actually think they are fun, won’t win a selection in Sweden believe me. But if a stupid song like “Toy” can win Eurovision I think Dolly Style might stand better in Eurovision than in the Swedish selection.

Lina Hedlund – Alcazar split up and Lina back solo, her last attempt as a solo artist in Melodifestivalen is one of my all time favorites so hopefully this will be a mix between what she done in Alcazar and the Stock/Aitken/Waterman wine from her last entry.

And then we will see some others we know, Arvingarna, Ann-Louise Hansson, Jan Malmsjö, Lisa Ajax, John Lundvik, Martin Stenmark and some former members of boybands broken up and now try on their own since the same thing was a success last year. And last years winner Mr Ingrosso is back as a songwriter.

So is 2019 the year we will see some kind of vitamin injection in the Contest? I say no, looking maybe more on the songwriters we will have the same mix of artists trying to find the best formula to be played on radio and have a radio hit or to be streamed on Spotify. It worked well for Sweden in Eurovision until 2018 when the viewers in Europe clearly stated they was tiered on this formula. Bad for Benjamin Ingrosso cause for once the song was a really good one but kind of the same same same as we sent in different packages sine Loreen.

The Melodifestivalen need a revamp, most on the songwriter side, A bit much with Deb Deb Deb Deb G:son Deb… And the selectionn of artists also show that we don’t have so many more to put in there now. Talent show runner ups and winners mixed with desperate comeback trials. Go from 5 semi finals (2nd chance included) to 2 and free the international jury from instructions and let them vote how they want to, not with the “Try to find the Eurovision winner”. If they do that we will keep sending slick radio productions to Eurovision and again fail to go from semi final to final.

This is my words on the Melodifestivalen 2019 without any listening to the entries, at the end I might sit here telling you 2019 was the best year ever, we will see

Björn

Eurovision and Azerbaijan

Confirmed to participate

Sometimes small, very small news just makes you happy and restore some of the doubts you have on the current situation in the world. But it is a fact, the mainly Moslim republic of Azerbaijan confirmed they will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 hosted in Israel.

A lot might happen before May 2019 and I don’t see Azerbaijan as a very religious country but it is the fact. Hope people, hope!

Björn

Will Ferrell – Hallelujah

Will Ferrell stars in Eurovision Movie

The news kind of exploded yesterday, Will Ferrell to do the Movie on Eurovision Song Contest. For years now the word was that Sacha Baron Cohen worked on such idea but now we will see Will Ferrell in the role as… Christer Björkman????

In any case, I suppose it will be a comedy like the “Blades of glory”, and I hope for a soundtrack with 26 new songs composed by well known composers from the Eurovision World and Eurovision history. Mix them, not only the once from the last years competitions. The opportunities here is enormous to make a classic soundtrack.

I really do wish that they take the task seriously and go all in to make a good movie and even if Eurovision can be joked about not do everything to make it cheezy.

Good Luck Mr Ferrell, a whole world of fans will be watching and judge you on a scale from 1 to 12 points

Björn

Finally 1980 ready

Eurovision Section

As you know one section on this website is dedicated to Eurovision Song Contest and honestly, it take so much more time than expected. But finally 1980s been done.

I decided to publish a base and work on them when I finally have it all done so there will be updates…

http://bjornnordlund.com/eurovision/1980-1989/

My visitors

After a month some “?”

After a bit over one month as the proud owner of a website, and yes I still work on many of the pages. At this time I feel it was a huge mistake to add pages for Eurovision and Melodifestivalen. Feels a bit like placing a toddler in Sahara and say “Build a sand castle”… But I will manage and then most likely get a new bright idea and need to change it all…

But look at my visitors! Swedes in top not a huge surprise, but USA, China, Canada and South Korea? Not likely to google me or not even Eurovision, and if so I’m not likely to be at the top of the search.

Countries I miss among  my top ten visitors, Malta and Norway, my friends there obviously either enjoying the sun or are out on “tur”.

In any case, my little place in cyberspace have around 20 visits a day, not much I know but seriously it is more people than family members so good there. But during Eurovision week I reached around 250 visits a day so we have some potential here.

Have a nice day my friends, family and unknown visitors from around the world.

Björn