Etikettarkiv: Eurovision

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

Congratulations the netherlands

So, life going back to normal the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is over. We thank Tel Aviv and take the circus to the Netherlands next year.

For a second year in a row a song I have at the end of my personal score board take the trophy. So its hard to not sound a bit grumpy. But it was no surprise this year while I last year was sure that the jury groups would have saved Europe from Nettas victory. Duncan been the favorite since the song was announced as the Dutch entry even if I never got the hype.

But let us celebrate the winner of the public vote, Norway! A bit of a surprise to me but well done Keiino.

The last and final download below, result with my comments and of course I must rub it in a bit… My prediction that Iceland would do some political protesting when it was clear they not going to win (or if win from the main stage).

Björn

Finally the final of the Eurovision 2019

So we have had the two semifinals and the final lineup and start order been announced and some favorites raised among the participants.

I have finally finalized the “2019 Eurovision book” and you can download it from this webpage. Unfortunately WordPress do not allow huge PDF files so I provide some options below.

  1. Download the Summary only
  2. Download the complete PDF booklet

During the contest tonight, using the hashtags #Eurovision #bjornnordlund you can follow the evening on Instagram and Twitter (mainly on Twitter)

My friends will of course be able to get the PDF as one file by emailing me, WhatUp me etc etc.

Have a fantastic evening and good luck to all participants.

Björn

The result – Semi 2

So, finally we have the songs in place who will be compete on Saturday and yesterdays result ended up similar with the first semi, I managed to have 8 from my own list and 8 from my prediction.

One thing changed during the night. I kicked out out Croatia from my own list and added North Macedonia instead.

The result below

Björn

Semifinal no 2

So, after a day of rest from the Eurovision world, at least for normal people, its time for the second Semi.

The second one is kind of 10 times harder to pass through from than from the first one. Here you find most of the favorites to win on Saturday but also some of the songs I really don´t like so it will be thrilling evening.

As always, to make the final night a thriller your own favorites must be in the final together with some of the songs you hate but with potential change to win. Then the final night will be an amazing evening.

PDF can be downloaded

Björn

Yesterdays ESC semi 1

So, we have a take off for the Eurovision 2019 and the semifinal number 1 ended with not many surprises but let’s see.

The first semifinal was the one to enter with a good song, cause it was an easier semi to qualify to the final from. Semi 2 tomorrow is packed with good songs and will kick out more real finalists from the competition than yesterdays semi 1. So to not qualify from yesterdays competition… You might now have stand a chance anyway.

Watching ESC on French TV I can only say I have no idea if the hosts made a good job cause the French team speaks over everything. Even when they say that should listen to the hosts they speak over everything.

And no one can be happy to see Netta again but as the winner last year we won’t be able to hide from her and Dana International, serious? She was the guest at Melodifestivalen 2019 so kind of not a surprise. And why not market a new single? Even Madonna will use Eurovision for that reason on Saturday.

And the songs? Not much surprises there either, I wish Serbia never passed on to the final but at the end I managed to place 8 of my own top 10 (and 8 from my list of guesses) so I must say I am happy.

Any songs who might climb in my results on Saturday? Yes Australia, the act was amazing, so beautiful and lifted the song from mediocre Opera to 3 minutes of fun. San Marina might have surprised in the other way sounded “not so good” but many singers must have problem with their in ear sets cause many of them turned out to be out of key yesterday.

And the sound was one thing the broadcaster must work on, some songs had almost no music, others no singing from the main performer whilst the chorus was perfect. So work on that please.

Björn

Semifinal no 1 2019 Eurovision

Tonight it´s finally time to kick off the Eurovision Song Contest from Tel Aviv in Israel. Semifinal no 1 is on paper (and in ears) not as good as semi final 2 so tonight whatever can happen for the reason that not really sure I even can find 10 songs in this heat that deserves to pass to the final. I know, lifespan’s not fair-

Tonights songs? My views? You find them on the PDF below. And as always I don´t rank the semifinals just pick my 10, guess 10 and tonight we can compare it to the result.

Enjoy

Björn

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