Etikettarkiv: Eurovision

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

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