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So now it begins for me

The Eurovision season really starts for me tomorrow with the French selection demi final 1.

Until then I hope to be able to update you all with MY history of the Eurovision and why I think the show and contest turn more and more boring and yet more and more popular.

#Eurovision #Eurovisionsongcontest #bjornnordlund

Björn

The inner circle letter

So, to my friends whom received the Inner circle letter and log in here to check the dates and plans for the 2019 eurovision season. Two selections this year will be more out of interest than others, the French Selection and the Swedish one. So how will the party plans turn out?

French Selection – Eurovision 2019

12th of January French Semi Final 1

19th of January French Semi Final 2

26th of January French Grand Finale

The French Selection will most likely be watched at home live or streaming it later on. I guess I for sure will se the final live but the Selections only if any of my friends keep in touch and want to come over for some wine and watch the shows. So if you are into the French Selection, please let me know if you like to come over and see all the shows or just one of them. Hopefully this can be decided at least one day prior the event.

Swedish Selection – Eurovision 2019

2nd of February Semi Final 1

9th of February Semi Final 2

16th of February Semi Final 3

23rd of February Semi Final 4

2nd of March Second Chance Contest

9th of March Grand Final

More or less the same here as for the French Selection, I will without a doubt watch the semifinals and Second Chance contest either on the date or streaming later on. So feel welcome to check with me if you maybe like to come over for some Swedish MelloVaganza. But note, February and March, both months when I might travel for work so we will see.

The “almost” tradition to watch the Swedish Grand Finale with French Friends

On the 9th of March we have the Grand Finale and the past years since I’ve moved to Paris its been a small party with French friends in the sign of Eurovision Song Contest, Swedish Finger food and of course Champagne. And the final, if home, I will see live not stream it after… But again, it is in the middle of business travel season so I can only hope to be home. Like to watch the 2019 selection? Please let me know. Lets see if we can keep this tradition survive and expand.

The Eurovision Week 2019

The Eurovision Semi Finals take place in the middle of the week so the semis will be watched alone, no friends over. The dates for the semi finals 14th of May and 16th of May 2019.

The Eurovision Grand Finale from Tel Aviv this year takes place on the 18th of May and this need more planning and some time. The show can be watched from home of course, but also from some of the Swedish Bars and Restaurants in Paris as well as some years public viewed on big screens outdoors in Paris.

So the plans for Eurovision 2019 for now, please just mark the dates in your calendar.

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2019

So now it is a few weeks since the participants in the Swedish Selection to Eurovision Song Contest was announced and as promised I will give my view of the upcoming contest without hearing any of the songs of course. I can only go on what the artists and songwriters usually sound like so this is kind of a shot in the dark so far. And upon the evenings of the contest views might change completely. 

The picture above comes from Gustav Dahlanders expert blog on SVT, https://blogg.svt.se/melodifestivalen-expertbloggen Note that Mr Dahlander is working with the contest and therefore need to keep a more objective view of the entries submitted than fan bloggers do.

I will focus on some of the participants and exclude others based on the facts that I do not know enough about them. So here we go…

Anna Bergendahl – Already a Melodifestivalen winner and also behind the Swedish entry in Eurovision which never went through to the final. Something Sweden was SO surprised about, not me…. If you read my blog from Gylleneskor back then I already in the semifinal in the selection said she had no chance in Eurovision. Simply cause I don’t liked her at all back then. Now teamed up with a strong team of song writers and most likely she also changed her sound growing up from a Idol reject to a real artist I don’t know where she stands today. But since it was, back then, her voice I don’t like I am afraid her entry now will be one of my hate entries. 

Nano – My God, more of this? He already scared me when he turned out to be a favorite two years ago with one of the worst entries int he history of the contest. But he also teamed up with the Deb´s and G:son song writing team, songwriters who only exists in different Eurovision selections in Europe.  Most likely I will hate this.

Mohombi – I looked forward to see Mohombi in the French Section since he is more of a star in France then Sweden, but OK lets go for it. So far he is most famous for taking off his t shirt when he entered the competition last time. He is also by SVT described as a world star… hm… From what I know he has not had any hits for a while so I might see this more as a comeback. But I will most likely like this looking back on what he’s done before.

Arja Saijonmaa – Fun to see her back but the title kind of tell me this will be more like Charlottes latest entry and not so much uptempo schlager.

Wiktoria – Please girl give up. 

Andreas Johnson – Again? Really? OK, never disappoint me but he is so in the middle of the road and even if he might win in Sweden his style is not Eurovision winning material.

Liamoo – Again? Last years nightmare wasn’t enough? Here teamed up with a Hanna Ferm, I know nothing about her.

Margaret – Polish cheap taste singer for some reason trying to sing for Sweden and not Poland. Very strange decision. 

Jon Henrik Fjällgren – I dont know how much Joik we will hear from Jon Henrik but if he is going to succeed again he need to come up with something new, like the fantastic “Hon var vacker” from 2017. If so, I support him all into the “Kaklet” as we say in Sweden.

Dolly Style – Im not the goal for their music but I actually think they are fun, won’t win a selection in Sweden believe me. But if a stupid song like “Toy” can win Eurovision I think Dolly Style might stand better in Eurovision than in the Swedish selection.

Lina Hedlund – Alcazar split up and Lina back solo, her last attempt as a solo artist in Melodifestivalen is one of my all time favorites so hopefully this will be a mix between what she done in Alcazar and the Stock/Aitken/Waterman wine from her last entry.

And then we will see some others we know, Arvingarna, Ann-Louise Hansson, Jan Malmsjö, Lisa Ajax, John Lundvik, Martin Stenmark and some former members of boybands broken up and now try on their own since the same thing was a success last year. And last years winner Mr Ingrosso is back as a songwriter.

So is 2019 the year we will see some kind of vitamin injection in the Contest? I say no, looking maybe more on the songwriters we will have the same mix of artists trying to find the best formula to be played on radio and have a radio hit or to be streamed on Spotify. It worked well for Sweden in Eurovision until 2018 when the viewers in Europe clearly stated they was tiered on this formula. Bad for Benjamin Ingrosso cause for once the song was a really good one but kind of the same same same as we sent in different packages sine Loreen.

The Melodifestivalen need a revamp, most on the songwriter side, A bit much with Deb Deb Deb Deb G:son Deb… And the selectionn of artists also show that we don’t have so many more to put in there now. Talent show runner ups and winners mixed with desperate comeback trials. Go from 5 semi finals (2nd chance included) to 2 and free the international jury from instructions and let them vote how they want to, not with the “Try to find the Eurovision winner”. If they do that we will keep sending slick radio productions to Eurovision and again fail to go from semi final to final.

This is my words on the Melodifestivalen 2019 without any listening to the entries, at the end I might sit here telling you 2019 was the best year ever, we will see

Björn

Mello 2019 – Swedish only

Den riktiga startskottet

Idag presenterades alltså artisterna som skall kämpa om äran att resa till Tel Aviv och ta telefonröstrevansch för svensk räkning. Jag ska i detta nu inte skriva så mycket mer för det ska få sjunka in en smula först. Detta med att storheter som Omar förnamn och Omar efternamn är med, Arja som kommer knocka den effekt och showhungriga ESC publiken om hon hamnar i Israel för att inte tala om storheter som Marget…

Björn

Been a while

So, long time since any posts

Yes, sorry for this but life goes on and time flies so what to do as they say in India?

Since last I have been visiting Sweden and both Norrköping and Stockholm on the agenda and this evening I will (in Paris) take my not so petit body to a concert. No time between leaving work and going to the venue. I hate that, I want to shower and change clothes to at least look like a fan of pop… But no.

But going back in time, visited Norrköping to pay my respect to the people in the family grave, it was All Saints Day after all and planned to meet with more people than the once I actually managed to meet up with during two days.

Stockholm, also for 2 days, kind of being Stockholm as always. Just some shopping, a few beers with friends and not so much more. Stockholm is not all that…

But now back in France I hope to be able to post more.

Björn

Soon time for a….

Alors…

So it’s soon time for a “Tunnbrödrulle” in Sweden, a real one, a “the best hang over food ever” rulle.

Maybe the picture of this specific Sibylla kiosk in Norrköping might be the wrong one to talk about Tunnbrödrulle, since this specific Kiosk has a “Grillspett” (or had in the 70s) you can die for… But it will be visited during my time in Norrköping, visit the site again for updates

Björn

A brave idea for Sweden

Let us vote.

As all the world know by now the Swedish election in September 2018 created a chaos and left us elected politicians with no plan and ready to break the promises made to the voters without any second thoughts just so they can rule.

To hear Swedish politicians at the moment… My God, it’s a politic in line with the fantastic UK classic comedy show “Yes Minister” and “Yes Mr Prime Minister” – They are clueless.

SO, since they can’t decide and are willing to sell their souls let us forget the risk of a re-election, no one want that, neither the politicians or the people of Sweden, and do something brave.

We know all people who voted in the election, let them decide by using the amazing little app called BANK ID. The same app who allows Swedes to do everything from logging in to official sites, do their tax return, pay bills and so on…

Use this app for identification and instead of a election just do a Gallup with two alternatives:

  • Do you want a right wing Prime Minister?
  • Do you want a left wing Prime Minister?

And then negotiate after the result from the Gallup. Cause right now when the two candidates who lost the most in the election fight to be the Prime Minister it’s completely ridicule.

And why only the people who voted in the election? Cause they are the once created this situation and must have had an idea if they wanted a left or right wing leader…

I also think such a Gallup can keep up the % of the people who votes cause a new election will for sure not reach any “more than 90%” cause right now politicians in Sweden have lost all their credit with the people…

So let’s gallup

Björn

The miracle of service

Just try to understand why?

I booked Hotel for my upcoming visit to Norrköping and Stockholm but… Only one confirmation email reached me so… Log in again and went to the “contact us” page on Hotels.com

Please look at the question page AND the email received…

So, First the ask a question 1. “For more personal service ask your question”

Then the answer “We cannot answer personal questions”

Say WHAT??????

Björn

When the salary is late

Late…

When something is late it’s never a good sign. Late bus, late train or even the late flights, no good. Late for a meeting, women when the “curse” is late or when someone hand over the really important power point presentation late (second before you need it).

But one thing bugs me a lot, when the salary is late. For heavens sake you had ONE job.

In my case a late pay check means I can’t transfer money in time for my loan, Abracadabra, 50 euro penalty. And do work take care of that? Not likely.

Just bugs me

  • In a Global world when banks have offices all over Europe why cant the same bank in France take over the loan? To save transfer fees for me?
  • Why do the 3 bank day rule exist? If the bank need money there is no three days but transfer does.

Globalization is not for the man on the floor

Björn