Etikettarkiv: Felix Sandman

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


Melfest 4×3, Pt III

Time to wrap this up then, the four last songs in the Melodifestivalen 2020 finals

Mariette “Shout it out” / Year after year Mariette take part and end up as a favorite and I always hate the song. So even if she’s as usual not worth a place in the finals this year I can relax, cause there is no chance in hell she will end up top 5 this year. It’s even a huge joke that she is in the Melodifestivalen 2020 with this shit song. And there are not enough lesbians to vote and make this song a success. And don’t even let me start on her act and clothes this year. For once you can even see on her outfit and style how I think she must smell.

Felix Sandman “Boys with emotions” / After his amazing “Every single day” and the duet with Benjamin Ingrosso, “Happy thoughts” and “Tror du han bryr sig” you might expect a 100% Eurovision winner from Felix. Oh “hujjeda mig” we were wrong. The only plus here is the dance in the chorus, beside this it’s an anthem for guys who need to man up. The lyrics make the song extremely un-sexy and can only be loved by stay at home hipster dads living at Söder in Stockholm, dreaming about a soya latte when they meet their peers on the playground discussing sourdough hotels. a pity cause I do like Felix.

Anna Bergendahl “Kingdom come” / I was in chock last time when she entered Melodifestivalen with “Ashes to Ashes” – a brilliant over the top fantastic song. Chocked cause I was everything but a fan of Anna Bergendahl until then. I really disliked her all the way from Idol Sweden to her flop in Eurovision Song Contest (the first one not taking Sweden to the finals in Eurovision, EVER). “Kingdom come” suffers from the same thing a lot of Eurovision songs today. So good when you see it, but just listen is another thing. Not bad, but this is not a new “Ashes to Ashes”, but the act on stage will boost this song and she will and up top 3 (even top 2 if I’m going to be honest). And it is obvious that SVT want her up there. Her number also includes my favorite Mello Dancer, Daniel Koivunen.

Anis Don Demina “Vem e som oss” / I don’t know if I even can tell you, and you believe me, how much his outfit costs, so I will put that a side. This is the Finals only entry in Swedish, or shall I say “Schweed-ish” cause it is so called “Rinkeby Swedish” (a swedish spoken in areas with a high amount of immigrants). To not have more songs in Swedish in the finals is a shame, and put that on SVT who picked awful songs for the Swedish allocated by quotas entries. This song then, I don’t get it, really. It is a party rap song, but not of Samir and Viktor class. Will get votes tho’ based on energy. But far from enough – even if I would love to send this to Eurovision cause it is so NOT Swedish it’s not a favorite.

So that’s it, tomorrow it’s Friday and then on Saturday it is the grand finale, for you living outside Sweden you can tune in and stream the show at and if you like music (or love Eurovision) you should do so.

So until then take a Swedish Fika and relax.


#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.


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.


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

Music in June 2019

Finally had some time to look at the smart playlist for June 2019, the songs listen to the most and here are the top 10 (see picture). I know, not much match the official charts in Sweden or France… Not the world to be honest but still the best party playlist ever.

Hopefully my blog followers will take a few minutes to listen to some of the songs and maybe, just maybe, find a new summer 2019 favorite tune. It’s time to create that “Summer 2019 Soundtrack”.


Best of 2018 – Melodifestivalen 2018

Bild: Fredrik Sandberg TT

This years Swedish selection top 10.

Based on the my most played songs, iTunes, from the 2018 selection

  • 01 “Icarus” Emmi Christensson
  • 02 “Every single day” Felix Sandman
  • 03 “Cuba Libre” Moncho
  • 04 “Everyday” Mendez
  • 05 “Everyday (Rich Edwards remix) Mendez
  • 06 “Dance you off” Benjamin Ingrosso
  • 07 “Solen lever kvar hos mig” Kamferdrops
  • 08 “Shuffla” Samir & Viktor
  • 09 “Det finns en väg” Jonas Gardell
  • 10 “Min dröm” Kalle Moreus & Orsa Spelmän

As always a very different list than the results from the competition, even if this years winner made the top 10, Benjamin Ingrosso.