Etikettarkiv: Mello

Yesterdays battle

Melodifestivalen is over for this year, and I can’t be disappointed. My top three ended top three, Cornelia, Anders Bagge and Medina. Cornelia won the jury votes and Anders Bagge the popular votes, but not with enough to be the winner at the end.

So… I am sure Sweden will do very very well in Turin in May, top 5 is not to be over optimistic.

But most of all I am happy that Klara Hammarström and Tone Sekelius actually failed. But now SVT need to look at the voting system for next year, a jury group with three year olds is not even sane, it is stupid.

Beside all that I try to prepare and get some kind of enthusiasm to go to Belgium tomorrow and visit a new work partner, so called on site visit. Right now I can’t find it to be honest… The “YES!” inside me. Mainly cause I miss one gym day the week before my medical.

Take care

Björn

Finally the grand final

Och ostkrokarna ligger sedan igår på segling.

Partcipants this evening. Final Melodifestivalen, photos from SVT

So, for tonight I am vary very happy if Cornelia, Medina or Anders Bagge will win. I go to bed angry as fuck fick Klara H wins, and if jury and televoters see Faith as peace piece for Ukraine and the woke´s out there vote for Tone to make a sick statement, they might be dangerous.

I also like little Theoz, which is stupid since I call Klaras song a children’s song, I guess he’s not far from there either, but it reminds me of the early 80s.

So we will see tomorrow how it ended, and how my mood will be.

Björn

Life lesson

One of the most important life lessons in a mans life must be that if you decide to, or always do, go commando, be sure to button up your pants or zip them up. Extra important when you sit down with baggy pants. Like in the Metro, par exemple.

Let us leave the subject for now. Today is the last PCR test arranged by work. Or at least the last planned one. The reason is that staff don’t care anymore so no one do the test. Seriously, even if you not sick it’s free, done at work at office hours why decide to not take it? I really do not understand.

Beside that today is the third day this week I think it’s Friday. The horror when you get the fact it’s not…

Björn

Timehop reminded me that 4 years ago I hosted the Melodifestivalen (Swedish selection to Eurovison) final at home with some French friends over… Looks like I went for it 100% – SWEDEN….

Sweden / France

So, second chance contest in Sweden this Saturday, when all the losers from the semifinals team up to complete the final start field for the final of the Melodifestivalen 2022. Too pick the Swedish entry to the Eurovision.

Tonight France also make their pick, so TV evening, from 20h00 to 23h00.

But, also, got an email from FNAC today that season 22 of Midsomer murders is out so I went to FNAC (after laundry and workout), and that was a mistake. Cause I also found out that “Murder in Paradise” have a new season out. Got way more expensive than I thought.

Let’s talk Eurovision entries tomorrow

Björn

Not a word from me about Mello

No, I actually still in chock over what Sweden watched Saturday evening, the 5th of February. SVT usually really good on presenting a nice show, even if the songs turn out to be not all that.

But this Saturday… It’s live, but seriously, everything that could go wrong seems to have done so. Not even the new exciting (yes according to SVT new exciting) vote system failed, so back to the old “call your vote in”. And when they announced that the vote app is working again, it took 5 minutes before they said: Sorry, the app is down again.

And we know, from the past, that Melodifestivalen, more and more turn into a children show, but this year it’s more obvious than ever. And in all this my favorite actually made it to the final, Cornelia. I can promise you all that do not happen a lot.

On Corona pandemic side, while Scandinavia open up 100% and all restrictions will be scrapped, 9th of February for Sweden, France go on with Vaccine pass, and I am now not “vaccinated” in the eyes of the Government in France. And can’t take my 3rd dose until March 2022.

So, here are a selection of cases lately:

So, that is it for today

Björn

A few comment only

First of all SVT and their big plans for Melodifestivalen 2022, new, exciting, surprising etc… It’s the same fuc**** composers and singers as normal… And after Sestre, Conchita, DQ, Dana International, After dark, Babsan and Richard Engfors do SVT really think a trans person is something NEW? Or a rock group in skirts?

That said, no shadow to fall on the songs until we hear them, but I think Sweden again will send a generic pop song of the kind that worked for Sweden up until a few years ago. Well produced, fit for radio but boring.

Apart from that it’s pre “big conference” time and people go crazy, as they do every year. It is like we never have arranged a conference before. And I not talking about the events department, They are fab, I talk about colleagues running around like headless chickens doing their best to put themselves in the best of light, even if they must stab their best friend in the back at the same time.

Amazing

Björn

What is going on

You read it everywhere at the moment, The best Mello final in ages, really? This is a surprise to me, but maybe cause most of the favorites are song I don’t like. So I don’t get it.

In some cases its the song, in some its the singer, but I can’t see this years Melodifestivalen final as the best in ages.

Its been welled planned by Christer Björkman, he know who he wanted in the top and placed them in the semifinals so they were sure to pass through, unfortunately his “best” if far from mine.

But, besides I hope The Mamas will win, they are worth their chance in Eurovision, only Saade have a chance to win Eurovision, even if I’m not a fan of the song or act. It is made for a ESC stage.

The big favorite, Tusse, sing a song that I actually really sonnet like, it’s a boring typical radio friendly song with high jury points but no tele votes written all over it. So I think it’s better to put some money on when he will come out as non binary… Before or after the Eurovision week in May. But he can sing, no one can take that away

So candy and Champagne is on the table and I will enjoy Charlotte and hopefully drunk enough when the prize goes to Tusse, Eric or Dotter.

Hope for The Mamas (cause its fair) or Clara Klingenström – full review tomorrow

Björn

A complete day

A day off, to do all the things I normally don’t manage to do during the week, and guess what… Not much done today either.. Even if I set the alarm early and actually raised from the land of dreams in good time my mind told me: “You are free, don+t stress”. And with a brain with that attitude the time all of a sudden is closer to lunch time than breakfast.

But I managed to get out of the sweat pants and walk to a hair salon and get a hair cut, very needed, I looked more like Bob Marley than myself at the time so it was a nice thing to be normal again. But when the hair dresser asked: “Are you sure don’t want me to trim your nose hair at the same time as your eyebrows and ears” I think he stepped over a border of intimacy. Ears and eye brows is OK, but I said no to the nose hair. Home at last I checked and it was not a war zone in there. But, I admit to not trimmed in two weeks so he might have had a point even if I won’t admit to it without a few glasses of Champagne.

But I did not walk to the Swedish shop today to buy ostbågar so I am ready for next weekends start of Melodifestivalen. 6 Saturdays in a row, home watching the show and drink Casal Garcia. With or without friends, future will tell.

Have a Nice Weekend people

Björn

24 of 28 maybe ready

Reading what the news tells us about the upcoming Melodifestivalen 2020 it is hard to find anything really interesting among the predictions.

Of 24 guesses so far not many makes me tingling or go “WOW”.

Amanda Aasa, might be a good one, her “Gå hem” is really good, but at the end of the day one more former Idol participant in the line up feels a bit tiered and the moment. Also Victor Crone, sang for Estonia last year in the Eurovision, feels like a try to make the most of it when you got the chance. I’m not a fan of his Estonian entry even if it turned out to be a big hit in Sweden after the Eurovision it was to much of a Avicii rip of for my taste.

Hanna Ferm, more Idol rejects and a cure girl with no own style, mainstream pop made for radio I guess. Jakob Karlberg, have no idea who he is really, again one guy from Idol Sweden. Then we have “The Mamas”, backup singers for John Lundvik in Eurovision last year and even before Lundvik won the Swedish selection i Tweeted that we will see the Mamas in Melodifestivalen 2020. But they are really good and with a good song they will most likely surprise, but the genre I guess they will present in the contest, Gospel Pop, not normally a hit in Eurovision.

Albin Johnsèn can go in different directions, some songs he’s been involved with so far is very good, but there are also some songs I wish no one would ever had recorded. Suzi P? again a huge ? for me, have never heard of.

Linda Bengtzing returns after her last disaster in Melodifestivalen, this can go in either direction. Back to Linda Basics, will be a schlager hit, try again to be a bad girl, won’t reach 2:a chansen.

Then we have Frida öhrn good but not my cup of tea and Paul Rey, with an impressive CV if you look at Wikipedia, but a new name to me, Good looking boy though. I almost peed a bit when i first thought i read Paul Rein, but no… Here I guess it will be a song in the same style as Ingrosso, Robin Bengtsson, well produced radio pop.

Drängarna then, They must be 50 now? Or what? Have they changed genre or is it still Swedish Country to a Techno beat? I will either love or hate. Two famous Eurovision names then, Robin Bengtsson and Anna Bergendahl. Robin returns, and I guess it’s more to not vanish from the music scene cause I have not hear much from him since he won a few years back and Anna whom I hated when she won and went to Eurovision but last year made a comeback with one of the best songs ever been in Melodifestivalen, will be fun to see what I will think next year.

Anis don Demina together with Renaida, both go back to Melodifestivalen, Demina from last year and one of the most played songs from Mello 2019 (most played in my home) and Renaida from a few years back. I do not expect anything special from either of them.

And why Thorsten Flinck do this again I have no idea, what a nightmare.

Benediktson / Peyron, don’t know what they might bring to the table neither the OVö people, but then it start to be a bit interesting, Mohombi is back after last year. Last year he entered with a song I hoped to love before the contest, hated it but loved the French version (remix with Youssou N’Dour). But Mohombi really need a better song than “Hello” in 2020. I also wonder why he tries in Sweden when he more or less would represent France on walk over if he entered in France. Strange choice.

Two other names I have no idea who they are William Strid and Klara Hammarstöm, Strid is obviously one more Idol boy and from what i read Klara H is a pony rider… So nothing to add to that. Nothing to add to Dotter either cause I know she is a favorite among music journalists but from what I have heard so far from her she is not even knocking on the door to make me wanna buy her music.

And then add to that, Nanne and Sonja Aldèn. I can only say I look forward to see Nanne, but I am not sure if she will keep on with her special Melodifestivalen sound or want to show something new now when she is a bit “older” and Sonja have never been a favorite of mine so I will be extremely surprised if I end up with her on my top 10 list.

Remember that none of the names above is confirmed yet and 4 more names is missing in the line up but for now I must say it do not feel like we have sure Eurovision winner in this line up.

Let’s discuss more tomorrow after the press conference

Björn

The duels – Melodifestivalen

So tonight its time for the Second chance contest and the duels, and without seeing if they done any changes this is my choices for tonight.

Andreas Johansson “Army of us” – Anna Bergendahl “Ashes to ashes”, Actually an easy one. Andreas song is one of the worst once this year while Anna Bergendahl usually someone I really do not like as an artist. But Anna found her sound and “Ashes to Ashes” actually raised up to be one of the most played songs from 2019. Somy winner: Anna Bergendahl

Vlad Reiser “Nakna i regnet” – Nano “Chasing rivers”, this duel will not go my way if not Vlad can get all his followers to watch the show tonight and make them vote. So, Vlad song is not a masterpiece but Nano? Really? Something of the worst thing ever happened to Melodifestivalen, TWICE! But here people will once again buy the poor poor Nano story and vote hm to the final. My winner: Vlad Reiser.

Martin Stenmarck “Låt skiten brinna” – Lisa Ajax “Torn” Not an easy one, but I think Lisa will win but hope for Martin. Listen to the songs after they been released Lisas song is one of the once I skip the most. My winner Martin Stenmarck

Rebecka Karlsson “Who I am” – Arvingarna “I do” – The “why did she even come top 5” song against “WTF why not direct to the final song”. Rebecka who never reached this position without the tearful presentation in her semifinal. The song is crap even if she is sings well. Arvingarna should have been in the final without passing second chance contest with “I do”. “I do” is not a new “Eloise” reminds me more of “Bo Diddley” but I, if not love it, like it a lot. My winner: Arvingarna

So if I can decide its Anna Bergendahl, Vlad Reiser, Martin Stenmarck and Arvingarna.

But I think it will be Anna Bergendahl, Nano, Lisa Ajax and Arvingarna. The two last duels are the hardest to guess.

Björn