Etikettarkiv: Melfest2019

#Melfest New voting system

The viewers “ilska” (=rage) over the new voting system in Melodifestivalen 2019 turned out to be the teens getting angry over the fact that they don’t rule the results anymore. This new system is actually more fair than the old one even if I have some “?” which I am sure I can get the answers on if I read more about the change. One query from my side is that the votes, converted to the in the Eurovision world well known 12, 10, 8, 7 and so on system. Which is fine, but since the system is based on 10 songs and the semifinals only have 7 do the new system go from 12 to 4? Or like in for example the French selection some figures are not in the system at all? So instead of 1, 2, 3, 4 it’s 2, 4, 6? But again I’m sure I can find this info somewhere.

But to divide the “application” votes into age groups the older viewers (to which I’m most likely a part of now) not using the apps maximum votes, 5 votes per song, will at least have a chance to have their views counted. It’s good. BUT another thing I then think about is the tele votes since no one can check the age there. Is the called in votes also converted and use the 12. 10. 8 scale? Most likely also something I can find among the rules on SVT website.

So from my point of view this change is a good one even if the younger crowd feel like they been hit by a train. I ask those youngsters now crying that each point need to be counted and the new system is unfair do you also think this apply to the Eurovision? Are 6 million Russian votes supposed to be counted one by one as well as 800 000 Swedish votes? And impact the result? If yo we will look at a Eurovision where countries send performers they know are popular in countries with a huge population all to attract votes.

So again, the new way is actually one thing SVT done really well in their ways of changing the contest. Well done.

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2019

Where are the Melodifestivalen going? It is valid question after two semifinals and still 4 weeks of more or less good music entertainment on Public Service, SVT.

Up until 2018 the Melodifestivalen turned more and more to go from a family show to a children show with 2018 as the peak with Fab Fred as the host side kick. And SVT needed to make changes and they have. So points for that. But still, somethings missing. As an ESC fan some of the joy to watch the series of semifinals and the final not there anymore so for me (this is only my opinion) a revamp must be in the future.

Artists – Its obvious that Sweden not big enough to present starts year after year to enter into the contest. The Voice, Idol and Sweden got talent youngsters going from the talent shows to Melodifestivalen kind of reached the a level when its not fun anymore. The Idol talents need some years with a actual career before entering Melodifestivalen.

Another thing is that Sweden now have a group of artist more or less only existing cause of Melodifestivalen. They participate one, two or three times but in between the selections nothing. Only a few actually have some kind of ongoing thing between the Melodifestivalen performances.

Not saying that this contest don’t need new names, a start over a night effect is amazing IF they actually have a career after their break in a semifinal and a good placing in the final. But many do not have that. And the young voters, only seen the singers in Idol as an example they have no clue when a “real” artist perform. They vote for their old favorites.

The Songwriters – In 2019 semi 1 it was a laugh at first, Deb, Deb,Deb, G:son, Deb and more Deb, Deb and Deb. Semi number 2 then it was Jimmy Janssons turn to move from table to table. Melodifestivalen nee to set some kind of level here, max 2 songs per songwriter?

The Contest – The 6 weeks, the each year lower quality of songs… By now it should be obvious to SVT that 6 weeks is too long. In my Melodifestivalen dream it will be 2 semifinals (one with songs picked by the industry and the second from an open group) and one 1 final. 4 songs from each semi pass to the final and in the final they meet 4 jokers specific chosen by an expert jury.

The Songs – For years SVT hammered in that ALL GENRES MUST BE IN THE CONTEST, and bad rap songs, heavy metal etc without any quality at all entered just to fill the genre decision. Now SVT must have dropped that since a few year, even if I can’t remember they announced it, cause of 28 songs at least 14 is produced to be played on radio after the contest. Air Play, Air Play and more Air Play. Sound alike year after year. More differences needed, But I admit I have no idea how to do that if SVT keep on accepting the same songwriters to compete with 5 -6 songs…

UTube – France woke up to a YouTuber winning the contest, most likely cause a huge amount of followers. And so far Melodifestivalen been free from this. But just wait… If SVT sooner or later let a so called influencer with a huge amount of followers enter the scene it might happen also in Sweden. With 950 000 young followers vote the person to victory while people not following this person stay one step behind and wonder “What just happened” Who is that person? So SVT must be aware of the risk to pick artists from the YouTube world.

This is just a few of my points 2019, agree or not?

Björn

Melodifestivalen 1 – The Songs

As the second post on Melodifestivalen 2019 let us look at the songs.

My list at the Night The real result in ():

  1. Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to ashes (Second chance contest)
  2. Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina – Mina Bränder
  3. Wiktoria – Not with me (Final)
  4. Mohombi – Hello (Final)
  5. Nano – Chasing Rivers (Second chance contest)
  6. High 15 – No drama
  7. Arja Saijonmaa – Mina fyra årstider

Anna Bergendahl “Ashes to ashes” I really surprised myself when I ended up with a list with Anna on the top. Cause I normally do not like anything she produced so far. As a Eurovision blogger back when she won the Melodifestivalen last time she participated I was more or less cyber killed telling that she would send Sweden out from the final in Eurovision. History gave me right and she is still the only artist from Sweden to fail to reach the final (Charlotte was saved by the juries with “Hero” but still Sweden was in the final). But “Ashes to ashes” was the best song during the nigh even if Anna looked more like a manic skier from Norway dressed up for a award show. In this song her voice actually worked and not sounded like nails on a blackboard.

Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina “Mina bränder” at first I was like, “what?” but when the chorus started I really liked it. I do think, maybe, that Anis Don Demina should have done this solo cause Zeana both looked and sounded very nervous. This song will most likely sound much much better recorded than live so I suppose it will end up as one of the most played songs from melodifestivalen 2019 in my home.

Wiktoria “Not with me” a song Sanna Nielsen might have rocked and Wiktoria tries to as much as she can. But this ballad only work cause of the show, without the rain on stage she would most likely only reached the “Second chance”. She kind of demonstrate whats so wrong with Melodifestivalen and Eurovision today, its not about the music it is about the concept and the presentation. The show is effective and will end up on the top when we reach the final in March 2019.

Mohombi “Hello” turn us back to the 80s and “A-Ha” in his performance, not the song tho´which made be so disappointed. I am a fan of Mohombi and he is well known here in France which makes me wonder if his decision to enter the Swedish selection and not the French one might have been a mistake cause even if “Hello” made me disappointed as a song I would have loved it to kick Bilal Hassani out as the French contestant in Eurovision. For me “Hello” only bring 3 minutes of endless repeats of the word “Hello” and has nothing of the beat Mohombis songs usually bring us. Very very lame and I can’t see how any televoting European will lift the phone and call for this. A second Benjamin Ingrosso year if we send Mohombi, jury say yes and the viewers no. And the flirt with the “Take on me” video might have been fun if the songs was a 80s tune… Now its just “Why is he doing Take on me?”

Nano “Chasing rivers” Oh NO, this is even worse than the shit he presented last. Then I understood he would be popular cause he then entered as a underdog and the song had some drive and beat so even if I hated it I got the hype. But this? “Chasing rivers” is a amazingly bad try to repeat his last entry in “Melodifestivalen”. And as an artist he brings nothing to the world. No performer ever been so dated but thinking he is all that.

High 15 “No drama” In the year of the Spice Girls reunion SVT picks out a girl group (knowing that the girl groups never work in Eurovision) with. song turning out to be three songs in one and not connected what so ever. A pity cause Im sure the girls are talented and really nice. And girls, you’re a girl group, the words “We are so different and come from different backgrounds but it works so well and we are best friends” will work for 1 year then you will start to change girls in the group and 6 months later one go solo and the group is no more. Just want to give you a heads up so you don’t be disappointed.

Arja Saijonmaa “Mina fyra årstider”, beautiful beautiful Arja, this was…. Tragic… Be lucky you advocate the reasons for the global warming to be the fault of the human race and not deny it cause if so would never have reached the Melodifestivalen scene. The no politic comepetion which is one of the most political competitions ever made going Political Correct and present a first entry in the accepted “Åsiktskorridor”. Cause I cannot see that this song was picked to participate of any other reason than the Lex Greta Thunberg cause the song was bad.. so bad, and I love Arja. The big “?” is where was Tobias Karlsson in all this he kind of escort Arja in all “gay” events… Another thing If Arja won the contest can you see SVT to put her and all of the Swedish delegation on a boat to Tel Aviv to not end up in a discussion on the carbon footprint.

I dont think, and I hope, the winner 2019 not among the first 4 going to the final or second chance contest but we will see. It takes all songs to in full understand who Christer Björkman decided he want to send to Tel Aviv.

Björn

Swedish pre-selection started, the melodifestivalen 2019

So, it was time for the first semi final of the Melodifestivalen 2019 and for 6 week Sweden will no forget about politics, immigration problems and live in the famous “Mello” bubble. And to not drown my blog in Melodifestivalen news I will try too keep it to two posts a week. But of course note the “try too”. As a fact I will break this rule at once by posting this one about the show and a second one about the songs.

So how was the first show? First of all we note 4 hosts of the show. I can’t see the reason for this cause its been proven to work well with 1 and 2 throughout the years and 4 makes it very messy. “But wait a minute” the ESC fans screams, the ESC have 4 hosts now and it works… Yes, but in ESC the hosts are more or less not in the show, they do not present each song they only turn up in the beginning and the end and in the green room. When 4 hosts actually host it gets a bit strange but very very SVT, one for each minority and a cute boy.

Also very SVT is to educate the Swedes watching (and they are many) to follow whats Political Correct at the moment. Its been said before, official Melodifestivalen and Eurovision is non political events but if the message is 100% in tune with what you suppose tho think no problem to include it in jokes or songs. This year its of course liberal values and globalization.

I also, before the show, Tweeted that we will see how far in in the show it will take until we have jokes about the political mess in Sweden and it only took a few minutes. Very expected but it actually worked cause so far SVT at least tried to not tell the audience it was the best for Sweden what happened. Together with the amazing showstopper, about the Israeli winners in the Eurovision history (where 4 hosts actually all of a sudden made sense) it was expected but worked well.

I also liked the fact that SVT actually tried to make the show grown up again. Less children show and more professional. Appreciated from my point of view but it might lower the interest from the age groups 3 – 14 years of age at the end of the 6 weeks.

And again, to announce voting records without announcing if the increase is in televotes or the the use of the free, no charge application is redundant. Of course more votes will be placed if its free of charge, thats not rocket science. This years addition also took out the SMS votes and updated the free use of the Mello application. Really? Keep the SMS votes and let people use the app but not for votes just as a poll what the audience like to not.

It seems like SVT need the application so they won’t need to announce less votes than the year before, a mistake from the start when they introduced the application.

Another really really embarrassing thing that all of a sudden turned out to be very obvious is the fact that more or less 3 songs writers stand behind most of the songs in this first show. After three songs it was more or less a joke… Deb, Deb and Gson, Deb Deb and Gson…. Really?

And its all about the songs and that will be my second post later today.

Björn