Etikettarkiv: Paul Rey

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

Melfest 4×3

So let’s start the Melodifestivalen 2020 opinions. So far, this morning, the iTunes play count tells me this:

2020 03 03 Play count Melodifestivalen 2020

But let us see how it looks on Friday and go to Saturdays final line up, 4 songs a day here on my blog between Tuesday to Thursday.

Startlist Melodifestivalen 2020 final. Take place 2020 03 07

Victor Crone “Troubled waters” / A smell of Avicii, just like his Eurovision entry for Estonia last year, and so far just listening to the song it is a bit too boring to make any huge impact on me. And in some way you need to see him to make this song pop out from the competitors.

Paul Rey “Talking in my sleep” / I thought this was the song I would start to play a lot as soon as it was released but frankly… It’s not bad, but not the hit i expected it to be after the semi finals. So I don’t think I will go crazy over it on Saturday.

Hanna Ferm “Brave” / As said last Saturday it took 4 semi finals and 27 other songs before I actually felt I heard a song I might go crazy for, and it’s not cause this is a master piece, it’s the Ladi dadi day. And still, Hanna could enter Eurovision representing any of the former East European states. She have the look and the act. I really like this entry but to win on Saturday… Only the viewers and Armenia (as a part of the International jury) can make that happen.

Mohombi “Winners” / Kind of fail completely just listen to the song and don’t see the show. And the show is only “OK”, I find myself searching for the “skip” button on my phone after listen to half of the song. And I still don’t understand why he fight so hard to represent Sweden. He would get the wild card for France in a second since he is popular in France.

So of the first 4 songs it is Hanna, Victor Crone, Mohombi & Paul Rey for me.

#Hannaferm #Victorcrone #Mohombi #paulrey

And at the same time in another part of the world:

Björn

#SVTMelfest 2:a Chansen

So, finally the second chance contest, all the number 3 and 4 from the semifinals meet each other in duels for the 4 last spots in the final.

The duels are:

And looking at my iTunes statistics of play counts I have this:

So let us start with the four songs I think will pass through to the finals. Then I will guess:

  • “Surface”
  • “Ballerina”
  • “Boys with emotions”
  • “Piga och dräng”

But is it in line with what I want? Let’s see:

“Vem e som oss” and “Surface”. A hopeless party tune meet a soft ballad I actually don’t feel that much about. I would send “Vem e som oss” even if it’s not a good song, but please some Swedish language in the finals.

“Ballerina” and “Talking in my sleep”, These two songs have changed a lot in my mind since I heard them first. “Ballerina” going up and “Talking in my sleep” going down. I thought “Talking in my sleep” was a song that would be better just listen to it. But to my surprise I find “Ballerina” to be the one gaining on not watching it. So here I will send “Ballerina” to the finals (even if it never will be as good as Shanghais “Ballerina”).

“Boys with emotions” and “We are one” – two songs I really don’t want in the finals at all, but I pick “Boys with emotions” even if it is a song for hipsters playing latte daddies. The lyrics makes me go crazy.

Duel 4 is the opposite to duel 3, I want both in the finals. Even if “Vamos amigos” is much better seeing the act than on your playlist and “Piga och dräng” was a dissapointment from the semi. I like more Swedish lyrics in the finals, and I like some Spanish in the finals. But at the end… I pick “Piga och dräng” here, just cause of the language.

So, then we will see how it will go, but from what I understand this evening is not about the competition it is the show with the famous Swedish Melodifestivalen artists coming in to make this the TV event of the year. Let’s see.

Björn