Etikettarkiv: Eurovision

Oh no!

Yesterday, on TT (Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå ) the following catched my eye, “The Netherlands prolong their lock down until 1st of June”. Taste that my friends, 1st of June 2020. It’s March right now, I have been under lock down for 1 week today and I go crazy.

I repeat that normally I don’t do much. I don’t go out and eat every day, walk in the parks, happenings etc so this is kind of normal. But just to know you can’t do it makes it much worse.

Eurovision been cancelled 2020 and now the Olympics will be postponed, ALL the god things with 2020 is not officially gone. And let me remind you that we said that 2019 was a bad bad year, and in January we said that 2020 will be better. New friends, really try to learn French, maybe even a date or two… 2020 will for sure be worse than 2019, this is something I won’t forget.

And my almost three weeks of vacation I have from 2019, planned for May will most likely stay in the vacation account but for sure i will go for it when we can, all three weeks, only sand, sea and sun and get totally burned…

Björn

Normal week then… Or not

Monday is a day with full focus on planning the business trip I must execute from tomorrow Tuesday until Friday this week. Outside the Corona risk zone but you never know if Europe will panic more or calm down. And who want to be stuck abroad for a few weeks just “to be safe”?

In any case, a good wake up today. The Swedish radio played this years French entry to Eurovision (most likely cause it is written by a Swede) and I can ensure you all this is not something happening often. That radio play Eurovision songs before the contest. Don’t know if it is a good sign or not, but it can’t hurt the French song.

So now, have a nice week and let’s see how many times I might have a chance to update the blog being abroad for the upcoming days.

Björn

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

France Eurovision 2020

It took a while from the announcement that France won’t have a selection in 2020 (a bad idea if you ask me) and go back to an internal selection and find a song for the singer of their choice Tom Leeb.

I will write abut the French entry in sections, and first of all the singer Tom Leeb. There is actually nothing wrong with Tom Leeb, he is for sure not a Pavarotti but in the crowd of male solo artists, popular today, his voice turns out to be above so many of them. And no one can call him ugly or out of shape which is proven by Google and that three questions about Tom Leeb turn out on top: “Is Tom Leeb married”, “Is Tom Leeb gay” and “Is Tom Leeb married”. Queries usually used for good looking singers. So let’s agree he is not a bad choice for Eurovision.

The song, “The best in me”, what can you say? A formula A1 for a Eurovision ballad from 2015 and forward. Nothing wrong with it but please… We have heard this so many times in Eurovision and to get televotes France need a really special show in Rotterdam otherwise the result will be as for Sweden lately. Jury points and tele voting nada. And mentioning Sweden we get to the next block, “Why not use French song writers”?

Note that the original was in English and penned by the Swedes G:son, Boström and Lundvik and to French it up they decided to add some lines in French and Tom Leeb, Amir Haddad and Lea Ivanne been added to the mix. Seriously 3 people to add 10 lines of French? And with Amir in the mix why don’t look for a song written by him and Nazim instead of using the same Swedes whom fertilize Eurovision with songs every year. With the result that everything sound the same and ends up in a sea of music mainly made to be heard on radio for 12 months and then forgotten.

I hope, deep in my soul, that France for once take notice of Eurovision and people get a bit upset. The French language Academy, if not go Yellow west angry, at least point out that this years song is not French enough and French composers get together and write about all the fact that there are French composers out there.

It won’t happen cause Eurovision is till look on as a strange thing in France, something that the two last years selections almost started to chance. So to go back to internal selection is a pity.

So where will France end up on May? As said the song isn’t bad but since we heard it before, over and over, it actually will depend on other things.

  • How many songs will composed by the same composers in the same style
  • The “show”
  • How many ballads will be in the “Grand finale” in May

So now, before all countries made their selections, I don’t think Paris will host Eurovision in 2021.

Note that I guess Malta, Cyprus, Austria, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Russia, UK, Ireland and Estonia most likely will enter with songs written by Swedish composers, and at least 50% of them by G:son.

Björn

So finally I got it…

Happy to have the day off today and managed to do the stuff I planned, and number one on the list was collecting my new passport so now I can go to beaches sipping umbrella drinks and enjoy the sun as well as travel around in work again.

Otherwise, not much to add apart from the release of the French entry to Eurovision by Tom Leeb. I don’t want to go there today but it will for sure be mentioned during the week.

Björn

How is it even possible?

The third, out of four, Melodifestivalen semifinals took place yesterday and to be honest… The selection of song yesterday didn’t do much to increase the hope of a Swedish victory in Eurovision 2020.

So it was surprising to find a natural winner among the 7 songs yesterday, and a disaster to realize the Swedes not voting for it. But let’s go down to business.

Mariette “Shout it out” – I do not like to be mean based on peoples look so I will do my best to not go there. But if you followed my old blog at Gylleneskor.com you know that I can’t stand her since her time in Swedish Idol. So I was happy no notice that this year she entered Melodifestivalen with a impossible song, so bad it’s a joke. And her styling, worst than ever before. Just let us stop here for now.

Albin Johnsén “Livet börjar nu” – Actually not so bad, reminds me a bit of the genre where Lasse Lindh once occupied some space. But it was clear to not make it through to the final. But at then end of 2020 I think I might have listen to it more than average Melodifestivalen songs.

Drängarna “Piga och dräng” – I had some hopes for this one, like a party song in a really Swedish way. Rednex in Swedish kind of genre but I ended up disappointed. And for heavens sake what did the dancers do there? Not many hours put into creating a show.

Amanda Aasa “Late” – I can’t say a lot about “Late”, but I could not hear what she was singing. And now listening to the mp3 this song fall flat in my book. Not bad, not good, just not interesting enough.

Anis Don Demina “Vem e som oss” – Again a song I can´t be to mean about but for sure not lift it up to something it’s not. Not awful not good but a good energy party starter. Wish Samir & Victor was back and had made this into their style, might have worked better.

Faith Kakembo “Crying rivers” – And there it was, the 100% sure Eurovision winner. Different from what Sweden usually sends to Eurovision, great voice fantastic simple act and just amazing. A winner in all, and Swedes voted her off. Not been this upset since Jenny Silver and Andreas Lundsted failed with “Something in your eyes” and “Aldrig, Aldrig”.

Mohombi “Winners” – I like Mohombi, have always liked Mohombi and last year I was so disappointed until his French version of his entry 2019 was released. And this year, the song is better than in 2019 but not as good as many of his own songs before he decided to enter Melodifestivalen until he wins. I still think he should go for representing France not Sweden. Last year this leaked nudes spiced the final up a bit, let’s see what will happen this year…

And then the result, I will never ever get it how people could vore for Mariettes song this year. Previous years I understood the appeal to her entries, but this year its only bad. Very bad. Then not even send Faith to the 2nd chance contest and let people whom did not understand the song the first time get it the second time is shameful.

But, there are still hopes for Eurovision, cause out of nowhere Lithuania will send a song that’s really hard to resist. It has a amazing looking singer, good lyrics, a dance and a melody impossible to forget. So I won’t be surprised, based on the countries choices so far, if we will be in Lithuania 2021.

Björn

Finally – L.D.V. day

When I in October 2019 decided to visit the Louvre and the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition I thought I would do it in November or so… Gosh was I wrong, the first day with a free time slot was in January and then after 19h00, so the first suitable time was today! And now we are here…

Of course I needed to piss off some people by not be able to plan other things today, but so is the world today, you need to book stuff so far ahead that you have no idea if you even will be alive when the event finally takes place.

Like another event I actually wanted to travel to this year, Eurovision in the Netherlands… But there another issue turned up, price of tickets and if the price actually is worth it? When it comes to Eurovision the truth is that you see it better on TV. The reason for being at the venue is not really to “see it”, it’s all the things happening the two Eurovision weeks which ends with the Final.

In this case it also clash with plans for my annual Morocco visit, launch of the Project at work and even if I might have been able to get an OK for 5 weeks vacation (doubt it) it’s not possible to put it all together in May.

But, let’s see tomorrow if the wait for Da Vinci was worth the price of the tickets, and do not forget, tomorrow is the start of 6 weeks of Melodifestivalen in Sweden.

Björn

Eurovision 2019 most played songs

Just as the Swedish selection 2019, Melodifestivalen, did the Eurovision 2019 let us down music wise. Only a few songs stand out but on the other hand the broadcaster in Israel presented one of the best Eurovision productions ever. So for the show I am willing to give the highest mark.

But the songs then, the 20 most played Eurovision song from the contest 2019 turned out to be:

  1. Chameleon – Muchela (Malta)
  2. She got it – Luca Hänni (Switzerland)
  3. Run with the lions – Jurijus (Lithuania)
  4. Say Na Na Na (Rico Bernasconi radio edit) – Serhat (San Marino)
  5. Too late for love (Single) – John Lundvik (Sweden)
  6. Truth – Chingiz (Azerbaijan)
  7. Sebi (Dare to dream version) – Zala Kralj & Gasper Santi (Slovenia)
  8. Soldi (Vigiland remix) – Mahmood (Italy)
  9. Say Na Na Na (single) – Serhat (San Marino)
  10. Love is forever – Leonora (Denmark)
  11. Soldi (Remix) – Mohmood (Italy)
  12. Too late for love (Pelago remix) – John Lundvik (Sweden)
  13. Sing Na Na Na (German version) – Serhat (San Marino)
  14. Home (single version) – Kobi Marimi (Israel)
  15. Soldi (English remix) – Mahmood & Isac Elliot (italy)
  16. Scream (Light saber remix) – Sergey Lazarev (Russia)
  17. Soldi (Spanish remix) – Mahmood & Maikel Delacalle (Italy)
  18. Home (remix) – Kobi Marimi (Israel)
  19. Limits (Darude remix) – Paenda (Austria)
  20. She got me (Sunlike Brothers remix) – Luca Hänni (Switzerland)

So overall let us say that 2019 went to Italy, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden and Israel.

Björn

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