Etikettarkiv: Eurovision

Eurovision 2019

Picture the official ESC logo from eurovision.tv

While I’m still listening in on the entries this year stuff happens in the Eurovision world well worth to discuss for a while.

First of all the announced performance by Madonna, yes she is the interval act 2019 in the final. And of course ESC fans go wild but hold your horses…

I might put my feet in my mouth but as some Tweets, FaceBookers and Instagram Eurovision fans post I do not think for a minute Madonna do this cause she is a Eurovision fan. The gal is smart and an entertainer and business woman first and it so happens she will release new material in 2019 after years of nothing. I think her last album was released 2015 (?)

And with the combination of a filthy rich guy paying her well and the promotion her new music will get performing in Eurovision well, win win so to speak.

Win win? Yes, she will have the promotion of a lifetime and the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv will most likely be the Eurovision Song Contest year with most viewers ever and from the broadcaster it’s a huge bitch slap in the face of all protesters saying that countries need to boycott the event this year.

And of course EBU will push that a record of viewers just proof the popularity of the show. Future EBU statement: “it has nothing to do with Madonna”

So what about this Madonna thing then? For me… I’m not that exited my Madonna years stopped around 1992 with “Erotica” since then, for me, she released some good singles but not even on my top ten favorites recording artists at the moment. But she is an amazing performer so I do not doubt for a second it will be a great show.

And let us say her saying yes to this will most likely push the Government in Israel to pay for the security which will now go from a 9 to 10. Tel Aviv will be the most secure city in the world 2 weeks in May. And a tip from me in Paris knowing how security works leave your back packs, bags and man bags at home to avoid being stopped over and over.

Björn

Wrap up this years Melodifestivalen

First of all this years Melfest was a step forward after a few years of not so fun TV shows so for that kudos SVT. This before I give my views on what I think need to change to keep Melodifestivalen as the main annual TV event. And let me point out that this is only my views no others even if I appreciate if someone might think the same.

The 6 week tour. Even if winter is awful six weeks are to long time. One solution might be to once again try to have the contest on Fridays. Why? 6 Saturdays blocked in the calendar for us who want to see it all kind of block you’re weekends. But even if Fridays is an option I still think the best idea is to shorten the tour.

I want a three week contest where 10 songs compete week 1 and 10 songs week 2, place 1 to 4 reach the finals and meet 4 jokers, a total of, as today, 12 songs in the final. The jokers will be chosen by SVT based on different themes for the jokers. Can be only female songwriters, songs in the Swedish official minority languages, composers with the most songs on Svensktoppen the year before etc etc. This way the tour is shorten by three weeks and the second chance contest is finally history.

If SVT plan to continue with the six week tour at least change the Second chance to a normal vote and scrap the duels.

At once, with or without a 6 week Melodifestivalen tour, put in the rules that no composer can enter with more than max 2 songs. I would even take it one step further and add “No composer can enter Melodifestivalen with more than 2 songs and cannot compete with any songs in other countries selections or compete for other country in Eurovision”. Its only my opinion and most likely not something that ever will happen. But a max 2 songs in the selection can happen and should to get more composers in the mix.

Go back to have the same rules in Melodifestivalen as in Eurovision, no pre recorder choirs and 6 people on stage. The risk to see a winner in Sweden that on the Eurovision stage will be a completely different song after changes to follow the Eurovision rules are to high even if Sweden mostly managed to avoid what happened with “La Voix” in Russia.

When talking about how many votes received do not count the “heart app” votes. Of course it will be records over and over again cause people can vote via the app. For me take the app away from the voting, but I think the app is here to stay. But tell the viewers X votes from the app and X votes by phone, total: X votes.

And learn from 2019 and keep the voting exciting and don’t rush it. The rush this year took away all the fun with the voting.

But overall the 2019 edition of Melodifestivalen was better than 2017 and 2018 and the winner was more than OK so lets wait for Tel Aviv and Eurovision in May and next years Melfest.

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2019 – Final results

Melodifestivalen with the final scores and my own take on what really happened last night.

This blog post won’t cover any of my views of the touring monster called Melodifestivalen, I will just look at the results of the Melfest2019 but promise to get back to the changes I feel is needed to keep the Melodifestivalen as an relevant TV show.

The juries, all of them obviously went all in for John Lundvik, all jury groups gave him the top score of 12 points (not happened since Carola 1983?) so I will focus more on what happened behind his perfect score.

What surprised me most was Nano and “Chasing rivers” to end up as the runner up with the juries. I would have thought his points was coming from the Swedish public who know about his history and his extremely well planned spreading of how hard life has been for him and a shameless use of his son to draw attention to it. A tactic that works world wide. But the international jury groups actually placed this excuse of a song second? You never know how “experts” vote.

I was also very surprised to find Finland trashing Jon Henrik song, if not 12 points I was sure they were the once to understand it and give it a 8 or 10… In the same way I was 100% certain that Israel would give 12 points to Bishara, not happened either.

But the big surprise, Anna Bergendahl, train wrecked with the jury and I must say also with the public. This is the big surprise of the evening for me. Together with the fact that I really want to sit down with some people who actually took their phone and placed calls on Malou Prytz, Mohombi and Hanna & Liamoo – what where you thinking?

But Anna Bergendahl returning to the Melodifestivalen with a amazing song, fantastic staged and soo much airplay before the final completely run into a full stop yesterday. The juries had her 11th out of 12? And the public 7th? Since everything pointed on success she must be so disappointed and I must admit I am too. “Ashes to ashes” is a amazing act well worth a final placing 1 – 4. So what happened? And what happened during the rehearsals that made the juries (who voted from the rehearsal performances) place her in the bottom 2?

A 10 from UK to Arvingarna was also a surprise, but a happy one. Cause songs in Swedish is needed in the Melodifestivalen to not turn it into a 100% English contest. I actually also welcome more of other languages on the line up to void everything sounding the same. But this is more for my upcoming blogpost on the contest and changes I feel needed.

I also think the jury got Bishara better judged than the public and also proof of my point yesterday that if you don’t know the story behind his break he is not that special even if extremely talented.

From my point of view who gave my own 12 points to Arvingarna I must say to the people trashing me for this that I am fully, 100% aware they most likely would have ended up outside top 10 in Tel Aviv, but still, the song made me happy and I liked it. At the same time, with no connection to yesterdays result I get a bit worried why Nanne (one of ht composers) not even turned up during the final. She’s been sick for a long time bur from what I am aware feeling fine again. Her absence worries me for real.

Lina Hedlund must also be a bit disappointed but she will have years of being a favorite in the SchlagerBars in Sweden in front of her but for example Malou Prytz must feel her career in music died yesterday while Wiktoria, as I wrote yesterday will get few jury votes since the Eastern states not invited to vote this year. Her song and performance kind of screams 100% Ukraine (withdrawn from esc by the way), Belarus, Azerbaijan and Russia. And since she is one of the singers in a group of performers in Sweden only having a career based on Melodifestivalen participation she most likely will need to sit down and think about her next moves in the industry.

But the show ended with a well worthy winner, John Lundvik will fly the Swedish flag in Tel Aviv with honor and I am actually sure he will end top 3 during the final night. Based on what other countries presented up until now. It won’t come as a surprise if Eurovision Song Contest will be back in Sweden 2020 and listen to the second half of “Too late for love” what a amazing song to end a Eurovision Song Contest TV broadcast from Israel in May. With an arena singing along in the gospel tune.

Björn

Final Melodifestivalen 2019

So after weeks of “Melfest” – Finally there the final of the contest and tonight we will know if John Lundvik, Wiktoria or Anna Bergendahl will fly the Swedish flag in Tel Aviv in May. Looking at the jury groups and a feel of how the Swedish public usually votes none of the other 9 entries will have a chance to win tonight. But I will write one more post on that tomorrow on my views on Melodifestivalen over all. Here I will make a summary of the blogposts on the subject made earlier this week. Feel free to read them too. At the end of this post you find the links.

Jon Henrik Fjällgren with “Norrsken” one of two songs in Swedish tonight and I am sorry to say that I do not think this entry is the one taking JH to Eurovision. And please remember I really want us to send him and his hybrid of Joik and pop. But even for me this song is not strong enough he is neither the hunk of the final this year so the “he is cute” support votes won’t end up here. I am also very surprised that no one think about the different rules in Eurovision with only 6 people on stage and no pre recorded backup chorus. It is so obvious he sing tonight with a lot of recorded singing AND joik (to see him spinning around without joiking and at the same time hear him joik is stupid) something not possible in Eurovision so the song will be a completely other experience if it reach Eurovision. We done that mistake once with Malena Ernman and lets us say that was a failure.

Lisa Ajax and her “Torn” is a song that maybe could have been saved by Sanna Nielsen but Lisa do not have the “shine” to carry this ballad from start to end. It is boring and the lyrics, according to her very very deep and personal, do not impact me at all. I also wonder how a song can be so personal and be the most true thing she ever performed if she’s not involved at all in the composing of the song. Both music and lyrics belongs to someone else and might be personal to her but not to Ajax.

Mohombi enter the Melodifestivalen with one goal in mind to reach the Guiness Book of records as the person saying “hello” most in 3 minutes. But as written before he also think he can gain some votes in other ways and for all of you who know what I talk about I am sure you won’t even listen to the song, you will look for sign of proof. Mohombi released so many brilliant pop songs o I really don’t understand who he decided to enter with this one. His last try in Melodifestivalen with Group Avalon gave him some votes when he ripped his t-shirt off, maybe loose some clothes tonight again and as back then go full Carola throwing flowers on the audience and go for the explanation “I got feeling”.

Lina Hedlund enter the contest with what will be a ESC fan favorite if going to Tel Aviv, and we all know what happens with ESC fan favorites. Good for the CD sale or streaming but not a winner in the long run. I think “Victorious” is a amazing Schlager pop tune in the chorus but the verses is impossible to like. But Line go full out and save it as much as possible but still… Who is supposed to vote for it? Its not the older viewers, not the kids and the ESC fans have other favorites tonight.

Bishara, again I do not hate him! But I must be honest I think he is in this contest at least 2 years too early and the person behind him who decided to enter him with this song should be bitch slapped by the Swedish people. Two things can happen, he will fail with only 12 points from the Israel jury (that’s for sure) and end up in the middle with the telephone votes or he will win cause he is him and it will have nothing to do with the song. And in Eurovision the other countries have no connection to Laila Bagge so the background story fails and we might even not reach the final in Tel Aviv. Cause the song is boring how talented he is the song is crap.

Anna Bergendahl, “Ashes to ashes” One of the songs I think can win tonight and one of the songs I actually don’t mind to see going to Israel in May. Who guessed that knowing what I feel about Anna Bergendahl under normal circumstances – actually not bad at all and her voice fits this song like a glove, good staging and outfit. Go for it girl.

Nano, “Chasing rivers” Again Nano manage to present a cry story in Melodifestivalen and the Swedes fall for it. Why? We will not be able to explain the Europe and Australia in May that we voted for him to support his brother! Last time he entered he had one of the worst entries in Melfest history and I am surprised to find out that he managed to come back with something even worse, it must be a world record in bad taste.

Hanna Ferm & Liamoo I have NO connection to them since I moved before they participated in IDOL in Sweden. Liamoo I know from last years Melodifestivalen when he destroys a good song with adding rap and Hanna I expect her to be a beauty or fashion blogger after her time trying to be a performer. Maybe also a Miss Sweden candidate? She look more like a beauty queen than a singer. The song is “mellanmjölk” de luxe, amazing staging really like that and Liamoo managed as a guy to kick the girls ass when it comes to clothes but again the song is not all that.

“I do me” Malou Prytz, Good bye… Nice to have seen you on TV Sweetie but go back to school now and study. Before that give the girls who wrote the song a finger and blame the Swedes voting you to the final to be the obvious 12th placed song.

So the huge favorite to win tonight, the Swedes will be split between him and Wiktoris but I think the telemeters will push John to Tel Aviv even if the juries will have Wiktoria as number one. Joh will win on performance without a gimmick on stage, joy, talent, body and looks. Live this entry is amazing with he backup from the girls (who must enter alone as group next year) and simple but great to watch. But listen to the recording only the joy fro the live performance kind of not there even if its still an amazing song. But again, I think John will enter the flight to Tel Aviv.

Wiktoria and “Not with me” will be the Eastern part of Europes huge favorite if she go to Tel Aviv, its 100% slick, fake, over the top a la “In Eurovision only”. And even without any eastern states voting this year in the Swedish Selection I think the jury votes will keep her on top but John will pass her after the televises. From the Swedish point of view Wiktoria is not as easy to like as John, and it will be what decide this.

I do Casper, I do, so Arvingarna back with the song “I do”, I know its not a winner tonight (looking at the polls in Europe both songs in Swedish is 11 and 12 in most of them) but I think the televises will save them from ending up 12, but I´ll be surprised if the Swedish public place them higher then 9. But I would have voted for them, even with John and Wiktoria in the final I like this song, it makes me happy even if it is “old School” schlager. Just imagine in a dream that all “Dansbands” fans (most likely watching, cause Melfest and Dansband go hand in hand) decides together to save Dansband as a genre in Melodifestivalen and all voted Arvingarna…. Exiting.

Thats it for now, if you want more views on each song, please check the links

First 4 songs

Song 5 – 8

Song 9 – 12

Melodifestivalen 2019 – de sista 4

“I do me” – Malou Prytz

This years most unlikely finalist. A really bad song, a girl with not much to offer the world. Malou will kind of both start and end her career here in Melodifestivalen 2019. I am sorry but I have nothing more to write about this song.

“Too late for love” – John Lundvik

Much better this year than last year, which also was a really good song. But he returns with a fantastic voice and a fantastic performance. John Lundvik has a lot of talent obviously and I will not cry if he end up as nr 1 on Saturday and I really think he will have a good chance in Eurovision. And then next year I hope the four ladies behind him will have a group name and enter as team. Four amazing voices. The only thing is that on CD the song is a bit flat if you compare it to the live performance.

“Not with me” – Wiktoria

This is this years the show makes it better than it is. She goes all in with water and tears but beside all the gadgets we stand with a nice, Eurovision ballad. Nothing wrong with it but not a real winner even if I sort it as OK if it won. But again, more show than a song.

“I do” – Arvingarna

Since I live in France I’m not able to vote in Melodifestivalen but if I was I would have called on the number connected to Arvingarna. I like this, I get happy from this and it has no chance in hell to win cause of the International jury groups. Why? Reading the Eurovision fans blogs and Tweets etc almost all place the two songs in Swedish in the final as number 11 and 12, and the jury groups most likely got Christer Björkmans instructions to find “modern, young and radio friendly” hit music and possible ESC winners. This is not it and the kids will vote for the kind radio pop songs. But in any case, this makes me happy and 3 minutes Casper is better than no Casper at all.

Björn

The duels – Melodifestivalen

So tonight its time for the Second chance contest and the duels, and without seeing if they done any changes this is my choices for tonight.

Andreas Johansson “Army of us” – Anna Bergendahl “Ashes to ashes”, Actually an easy one. Andreas song is one of the worst once this year while Anna Bergendahl usually someone I really do not like as an artist. But Anna found her sound and “Ashes to Ashes” actually raised up to be one of the most played songs from 2019. Somy winner: Anna Bergendahl

Vlad Reiser “Nakna i regnet” – Nano “Chasing rivers”, this duel will not go my way if not Vlad can get all his followers to watch the show tonight and make them vote. So, Vlad song is not a masterpiece but Nano? Really? Something of the worst thing ever happened to Melodifestivalen, TWICE! But here people will once again buy the poor poor Nano story and vote hm to the final. My winner: Vlad Reiser.

Martin Stenmarck “Låt skiten brinna” – Lisa Ajax “Torn” Not an easy one, but I think Lisa will win but hope for Martin. Listen to the songs after they been released Lisas song is one of the once I skip the most. My winner Martin Stenmarck

Rebecka Karlsson “Who I am” – Arvingarna “I do” – The “why did she even come top 5” song against “WTF why not direct to the final song”. Rebecka who never reached this position without the tearful presentation in her semifinal. The song is crap even if she is sings well. Arvingarna should have been in the final without passing second chance contest with “I do”. “I do” is not a new “Eloise” reminds me more of “Bo Diddley” but I, if not love it, like it a lot. My winner: Arvingarna

So if I can decide its Anna Bergendahl, Vlad Reiser, Martin Stenmarck and Arvingarna.

But I think it will be Anna Bergendahl, Nano, Lisa Ajax and Arvingarna. The two last duels are the hardest to guess.

Björn

The final semifinal – Melodifestivalen

Gosh, this was a tough one… Again some songs would have qualified for the final easily from the three other semifinals and as always my top 4 turned out a bit different from the final result but for once not much.

Pagan Fury. Not as bad as I though it would be. The song “Stormbringer” reminds a bit of one of the Roger Pontares songs and a younger Pontare might have been the perfect match to this song. Not a favorite but more than OK.

Anton Hagman, a young pop lad cute as a piñata birthday cake. The song… Outside my taste range but what bugged me the most was not the song it was the tattoos!!! I have no memory of those from his last time in Melodifestivalen and even if they have nothing to do with the contest (a music contest) they turned out to be disturbing. Cause with his look and image they do not fit in. That said a nice pop song but not my cup of tea.

Lisa Ajax with “Torn” was hyped by journalists before the show but this was not good, a very boring ballad wish it was a Sanna Nielsen song. Failed completely in my ranking of all songs 2019.

Arvingarna “I Do”, for once a real Schlager. I know Lina Hedlund last week tried to bring Schlager back but she took the Charlotte path while Vikingarna took it updated dansband. I really liked this entry even if they don’t stand a chance in the final. But hopefully they will pass from the 2:nd chance next week and at least reach the final. But what happened to Caspers thighs? He looked like he spend his free time as an Olympic skater. HUGE.

Bishara, “On my own”. OK, he was so 100% clear for the final. Swedes love a story like this and his story before he entered the stage telling the viewers he’s nervous, stage fright etc… wow SVT really wanted him to pass. But, even if he is so talented, no question about that, the song… My God it NEVER ENDED, it went on and on and on… No surprises at all. With that said there is no doubt he will be in the top in the final and he will be the crush of all teenage girls (and some boys) after the contest and sell well. But for me… No I do not find the song that good.

Ann-Louise Hanson, her 14th entry into Melodifestivalen and as a “oldie” she took her entry to the 2019, something Jan Malmsjö and Arja Saijonmaa failed at. I had at least wanted her in the 2nd chance contest next week if not passing to the final directly. She is one of the victims from SVTs stupid rule (as its been the last years) to start with a bad semifinal and get more and more good songs in the same heats week by week.

John Lundvik started his time on the Melodifestivalen 2019 stage slow and I was like “what?” but after a while this song grow to a potential Eurovision winner. He has it all this year, the song, he is amazingly good looking, a body made for a centerfold in PlayGirl, the voice and sexy as hell. Add his image of being 100% genuine and really sympathetic (I hope its true) he is like the perfect performer with a perfect song. Can only say good work John, Good work!

Last night ended up, for me:

  1. John Lundvik
  2. Arvingarna
  3. Bishara
  4. Ann-Louise Hanson
  5. Pagan Fury
  6. Anton Hagman
  7. Lisa Ajax

Björn

Time for Germany

I followed the German national final yesterday so why not add Germany to the list of countries I publish the best ESC songs from? First of all not a bad choice in Germany, the song “Sister” is for sure OK, not my number one yesterday (it was Linus Bruhn) and Im happy that Makeda failed, a mainstream ballad in ESC won’t do it for Germany.

So OK, the most played entries from Germany… If Spain surprised me look at Germany, not many new entries on that list… And again, note that the list is based on my iTunes play counter today.

  1. 1979 Dschinghis Khan “Dschinghis Khan”
  2. 1977 Silver Convention “Telegram”
  3. 2007 Roger Cicero “Frauen regieren die welt”
  4. 1986 Ingrid Peters “Über die brücke gehn”
  5. 1999 Sürpriz “Reise nacht Jerusalem”
  6. 2010 Lena “Satellite”
  7. 2002 Corinna May “I cannot live without music”
  8. 1994 Mekado “Wir geben ne party”
  9. 1985 Wind “Für alle”
  10. 1968 Wenche Myhre “Ein hoch der liebe”
  11. 1990 Chris Kempers & Daniel Kovac “Frei zu leben”
  12. 1989 Nino De Angelo “Flieger”
  13. 1976 Les Humphries Singers “Sing Sang Song”
  14. 1980 Katja Ebstein “Theatre”
  15. 1975 Joy Fleming “Bridge of love”
  16. 2003 Lou “Lets get happy”
  17. 2008 No Angels “Disappear (studio version)”
  18. 2015 Ann Sophie “Black Smoke”
  19. 1981 Lena Valaitis “Johnny Blue (English)”
  20. 1978 Irene Sheer “Feuer”

So will Sisters take there song top 20?

Björn

Time for Spain

After Sweden and Malta it’s time to look at one of the big five, Spain! Again, the most played Eurovision song list is not the same as the “best” songs, but again, why listen a lot to a bad song?

Compering the countries I previously posted here Spain is a bit of a strange bird cause only 2 songs are from the 2010 – 2018 and you find songs from the 60s 70s 80s 90s on the list.

  1. 1990 Azucar Moreno “Bandido”
  2. 1983 Remedios Amaya “Quien maneja mi barca”
  3. 2001 David Civera “Dile que la quiero”
  4. 2003 Beth “Dime”
  5. 2012 Pastora Soler “Quedate conmigo”
  6. 1995 Anabel Conde “Vuelve conmigo”
  7. 1985 Paloma San Basilio “La fiesta termino”
  8. 1997 Marcus Llunas “Sin rencor”
  9. 1998 Mikael Herzog “Que voy a hacer sin ti”
  10. 2004 Ramon “Para llenarme de ti”
  11. 2011 Lucia Perez “Que me quiten to bailao”
  12. 1988 La Decada “La chica que you quiero”
  13. 2007 D’Nash “I love you, mi vida”
  14. 1993 Eva Santamaria “Hombres”
  15. 1979 Betty Missiego “Su Cancion”
  16. 2008 Rudolfo Chikilicuatre “Baila el chiki chiki”
  17. 2005 Son de sol “Brujeria”
  18. 1973 Mocedades “Eres tu”
  19. 1969 Salome “Vivo cantando”
  20. 1974 Peret “Canta y se feliz & 2009 Soraya “La noche es para mi”

Place 20 cause they have the same play count

So now lets see how the Spanish Eurovision fans react on that list…

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2019 deltävling 3

So finally time for a review of the third semi in Swedens Melodifestivalen 2019. And reading this remember that at least 5 of the songs in Leksand, according to me, was much better than anything from semi 1 and 2. So a bad remark here is not that bad actually.

“Somebody wants” The lovers of Valdaro. I really, and I mean really like this song but the act was a bit to rainbow family even for Melodifestivalen. But it was worth so much more than a last place which really surprised me and I really want to see more especially from the singer of the band.

“Habibi” Dolly Style I ended up with Dolly Style as my number one yesterday, but it was so close between my top three, and again surprised they not reached at least the second chance contest. And I think it might have been fun for Sweden to send a song to Israel named “Habibi”

“Låt skiten brinna” Martin Stenmarck, again a song I like but a bit too Swedish for reaching a good result in a Eurovision final. Martin is still a amazing entertainer and sending someone like him to Eurovision will be safe, no discussions he will do it well.

“Victorious” Lina Hedlund. Her first solo shot for the Eurovision ticket “Nothing can stop me” is still one of my favorite Melodifestivalen songs and now solo again after Alcazar I expected something more modern really. Nothing wrong with the song but it felt like its been done. No doubt it will be a hit in the Eurovision Bars tho´But I cannot understand why I start to hum “Bad du än trodde så trodde du fel” when listening to it. Cause its not even close.

“Om om och om igen” Omar Rudberg. Both the boys in Foo&O wanted to do a Felix Sandman from last year and both failed but where Oscar keep a low profile the bitterness from Omar is so obvious. And his “The viewers might think the song is to good for this contest” as an explanation…. Smells hybrid, cause this was far from good. And I still, I know tis is mean, think he look like a RuPaul drag race reject. But the boy can dance.

“Who I am” Rebecka Karlsson. My God, Sweden please…. A song so lame its the obvious “Toilet break” moment if ever going to Eurovision. And without her teary introduction telling Sweden how she was bullied and no one liked her as a child (as a child? she is 15) no one would have voted for her. A typical SVT “want her to pass” situation cause both the Second chance contest and the final needs some songs clear from the beginning won’t win so SVT can put them against acts they want to place good. without a doubt my LAST place yesterday.

“Norrsken” Jon Henrik Fjällgren. This is tough and this is tough love Mr Fjällgren and a huge bitch slap to SVT. First, I love this song, without doubt my number one until I noticed what most people must have noticed… How much of the chorus and even worse the joik is on tape? The dancers on stage hardly joined and sang a tune and even Jon Henrik joik was spread in the arena without him opening his mouth.

The magazines today focused on the similarities to Aviici and Im not going to use that here cause the huge issue should be the SVT rules contra the Eurovision rules. We, Sweden, done this mistake once before “La voix” performed by Malena Ernman. Sounded amazing in the Melodifestivalen but in Russia, flat. With only 6 allowed on stage and no pre recorded chorus or singing the rule in Melodifestivalen with 8 people on stage and pre recorded singing and chorus give a feeling of going from fantastic show number to a unplugged session in a Sports bar somewhere. And I am surprised no one point this out. I am surprised that the product team behind the song want to take this risk of winning knowing that the Eurovision version won’t be as good.

In any case, this song will most likely be the song we will hear the most after the contest as well as the song I will play most in private cause I love it and Jon Henrik is both amazingly likable and chaud as hell.

But I only placed Jon Henrik 3rd yesterday based on the no singing no joik thing.

Björn