Etikettarkiv: The Mamas

So now it´s over for 2020

And at last we have a winner, congratulations to The Mamas and their song “Move” who will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. Not a huge disappointment, the song is good and the Mamas are a group of really talented girls so well done.

At the end the main thing for me was to not send Dotter so for this I am happy even if neither Hanna Ferm of Robin Bengtsson won (not expected them too).

But the big news in the Eurovision world is that Finland did not send Erika Vikman and her fantastic “Cicciolina” to Eurovision. A decision even more strange when you have seen her stage show from UMK the Finnish selection, also taking place yesterday. I feel sorry for the guy who won cause his song is actually not that bad but the Eurovision world, the fans, almost already booked our tickets to Helsinki 2021 since Erika Vikman already won the Eurovision, and now she not even passed to the Contest in May.

Denmark, also hosting their selection yesterday picked a good song, actually already on my playlist but in Copenhagen they decided to hold their finals without any audience caused by the Corona virus. Imagen a complete concert venue and no one in the audience, must have felt strange for the singers.

The same, by the way, watching the final Biathlon races in 2020, no audience gives a strange feeling to the races.

Another thing, I don’t know if its worth mention but is it sane to have a jury group aged 3 – 9 years old? Like in the Swedish Eurovision selection? 3? really?

Now life turn normal again until the Eurovision Week in May (if the almighty Corona want the Eurovision to take place).

Björn

The Mamas “Move” Swedens entry to the Eurovision 2020

Erika Vikmans number at the Finnish selection, kitsch and perfect.

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, pt. II

Time for the next four songs then. Again the startlist on Saturday is like follows:

And yesterday I quickly took you through the first four, or shall I say what i thought was the first four. I kind of jumped over The Mamas just to be able to write something about Hanna Ferm. So the mistake will now be fixed. We take a look at song 3 and 6 to 8.

The Mamas “Move” / As soon as the Mamas went on stage last year, as the backup singers to John Lundvik (who won 2019) I said John will SO write a song for them next year. He did not, but still here they are. I think they should have asked John cause he has a Gospel vibe in what he is doin’ and the Mamas need that to shine. Move is OK, it’s nothing wrong and the Mamas, most likely, have the best voices in the final this year. But something is missing, at least for me. Not the worst attempt but I rather send them to Eurovision with a song they can shine in.

Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella “Vamos Amigos” / Mendez is kind of a pet from Chile for the Swedes, and i respect that as well as him returning to Melodifestivalen again. Last year he had one of the best entries in the competition and now together with the likewise returning Alvaro they have a party song that works 100% when you see them on TV but not as much just listen to the song (the same problem with many of the songs this year). But plus for some other languages in the final besides English. I guess I will have them on the top half on Saturday.

Dotter “Bulletproof” / Last time a song the title “Bulletproof” entered Melodifestivalen I loved it. Not so much this year. In the semi final I kind of never even see this song as a song for the finals so I was really surprised when she got so many votes. And I do not understand it. It’s a well produced boring radio style song with no “oumpf” what so ever. What do people see in this shit? And Eurovision fans already renamed the host city from Rotterdam to “Dotterdam”, so sure she will win. I’m kind of “What?”

Robin Bengtsson “Take a chance” / Robin kind of grow on me through his Melodifetsivalen participations. He started with “Constellation prize” 2016 (did nothing for me), followed up by winning it all in 2017 with “I can’t go on” and I had no problem with that song and it also worked well in Eurovision that year and ended up in a 5th place. So this year he is back with “Take a chance”, a song you need to listen to one or two times before it sets. So think he would have gained some votes if he did pass to the final via the 2nd chance contest. Now he went directly to the final. Besides being awarded hottest hips in the finals I have Robin up among the three best entries so far. So I hope he will be able to face the fact that SVT want a woman to win this year and that people vote for him. I can for sure see this as our entry in Rotterdam.

So that was the four entries in the middle, and tomorrow we end it all with the last 4 before I reset and listen to them all again pretending I never heard them before.

By the way, you all now that the strike in Paris is still going on and yesterday, in Corona times, there was a demonstration. Let us say that not so many people turned up… Picture from it all:

The announced demonstration 2020 03 03, not so many people this time.

And for you all who think it is possible to drink one beer as “After work” or “Apéro”… This ishow you count beers.

Have a nice day now

Björn

Melodifestivalen 2020 – Semifinal 1 (of 4)

So, now it started, Melodifestivalen 2020, My 6 weeks of “gala” and what the European football Championships is for a soccer fan. So, total focus on Melfest2020 for the upcoming 5 Saturdays (6 yesterday included).

So yesterday’s 7 songs turned out to be a surprise really. None of them stand out in a typical Björn way… Like Finlands Erika and “Cicciolina” (still can’t believe it will be true if Finland decide to not send that song). But hopefully the perfect song will enter the contest the upcoming weeks.

The Mamas – “Move” – I expected a bit more Gospel vibe, but over all the Mamas presented a song sounding what you can expect. It never lifted 100%, they reached around 80%, but it don’t change the fact that this is a really good song but will never ever win Eurovision if we decide to send it. A lot of jury points but a flop in televotes.

Suzi P – “Moves” – I am surprised that SVT do this every year to enter a song with an very young performer who’s future in music will be over after their enter the contest. If SVT really want to have the genre rap/hip hop in the contest, that is fine, but let someone who can survive a last place not a 16year old debutant. And in this case a song that is there to actually never reach the final. No one during the selection phase can have thought, we will hear Suzi P in the final. Pointless.

Robin Bengtsson – “Take a chance” – I actually like this one, not a Eurovision winner, but as a Swede I can be proud if we sent this to Rotterdam. It’s modern, a bit pop, a bit Abba with a fantastic chorus. The act was terrible boring, sorry, but it needs more, much more to wow. Robin, amazing and hot as always (is his hips for real?). Yeah, I can see this tune to be my favorite in the Final in March.

Malou Prytz – “Ballerine” – This is a joke, and I will never ever understand who actually thought it was a good idea to spend money to vote for it. But at least the team tried to bring an act on stage even if it was 100% bizarre, Malou, praised for her voice, have never sounded worse in her life and have charisma as an empty can of mineral water. No, please, let her journey stop at the upcoming 2:nd chance contest.

OVÖ – “Inga problem” – Not my genre, but at the same time I don’t hated it. But I can’t say som much about it. But it is canon-fodder put in the contest to never reach the final. But I am curious to hear the single, it might be better like last years “Mina bränder”.

Sonja Aldén – “Sluta aldrig gå” – Before the contest really ridiculed caused it sounded dated… And yes, it’s not the most modern song but classic sound is not always a bad thing. I kind of like the old Eurovision ballad sound. OK, I’m not a huge fan of Sonja Aldén I hoped for it to pass. If not longer than to the 2nd chance, far better that for example “Ballerina”.

Felix Sandman – “Boys with emotions” – This years clear winner, at least before yesterday. And I agree that it’s not his best moment in music. Actually, the only positive thing I can say about this song is the chorus, it’s catchy but not enough. I turned out to be rally disappointed and even if the message (that boys/men can be emotional and it’s ok) is good it do not change the fact that that “boy” is completely not sexy. Felix rule for the “latte Daddies” living at “Söder” in Stockholm as a “Boho” (BoBo in French). No, I don’t like his entry this year, sorry Felix.

And then overall then? It is painfully obvious that SVT saves money on the Melodifestivalen this year (a lot of money will most likely go to the coverage of the Olympics this summer, or if they don’t have the broadcasting rights 2020 they just out of money). The stage, as when they presented it, I said is only to save money and forward the costs on the performers and their teams. It actually did nothing to the show. Let’s see of it will be better.

But saving money 2020, now when the Public Service is financed by a tax not a fee (so all Swedes pay for it, with or without a TV) feels strange and the 4 semi final tour is a bit outdated now, there are no more talents to put into the production. One evening show with 12 good performers would have been much much better.

So, let us see what the future brings… 3 more semi finals to go.

Björn

Photo: Screenshot (if not allowed pls let me know and I will change it).