Etikettarkiv: Mello

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

Melodifestivalen 2019

Where are the Melodifestivalen going? It is valid question after two semifinals and still 4 weeks of more or less good music entertainment on Public Service, SVT.

Up until 2018 the Melodifestivalen turned more and more to go from a family show to a children show with 2018 as the peak with Fab Fred as the host side kick. And SVT needed to make changes and they have. So points for that. But still, somethings missing. As an ESC fan some of the joy to watch the series of semifinals and the final not there anymore so for me (this is only my opinion) a revamp must be in the future.

Artists – Its obvious that Sweden not big enough to present starts year after year to enter into the contest. The Voice, Idol and Sweden got talent youngsters going from the talent shows to Melodifestivalen kind of reached the a level when its not fun anymore. The Idol talents need some years with a actual career before entering Melodifestivalen.

Another thing is that Sweden now have a group of artist more or less only existing cause of Melodifestivalen. They participate one, two or three times but in between the selections nothing. Only a few actually have some kind of ongoing thing between the Melodifestivalen performances.

Not saying that this contest don’t need new names, a start over a night effect is amazing IF they actually have a career after their break in a semifinal and a good placing in the final. But many do not have that. And the young voters, only seen the singers in Idol as an example they have no clue when a “real” artist perform. They vote for their old favorites.

The Songwriters – In 2019 semi 1 it was a laugh at first, Deb, Deb,Deb, G:son, Deb and more Deb, Deb and Deb. Semi number 2 then it was Jimmy Janssons turn to move from table to table. Melodifestivalen nee to set some kind of level here, max 2 songs per songwriter?

The Contest – The 6 weeks, the each year lower quality of songs… By now it should be obvious to SVT that 6 weeks is too long. In my Melodifestivalen dream it will be 2 semifinals (one with songs picked by the industry and the second from an open group) and one 1 final. 4 songs from each semi pass to the final and in the final they meet 4 jokers specific chosen by an expert jury.

The Songs – For years SVT hammered in that ALL GENRES MUST BE IN THE CONTEST, and bad rap songs, heavy metal etc without any quality at all entered just to fill the genre decision. Now SVT must have dropped that since a few year, even if I can’t remember they announced it, cause of 28 songs at least 14 is produced to be played on radio after the contest. Air Play, Air Play and more Air Play. Sound alike year after year. More differences needed, But I admit I have no idea how to do that if SVT keep on accepting the same songwriters to compete with 5 -6 songs…

UTube – France woke up to a YouTuber winning the contest, most likely cause a huge amount of followers. And so far Melodifestivalen been free from this. But just wait… If SVT sooner or later let a so called influencer with a huge amount of followers enter the scene it might happen also in Sweden. With 950 000 young followers vote the person to victory while people not following this person stay one step behind and wonder “What just happened” Who is that person? So SVT must be aware of the risk to pick artists from the YouTube world.

This is just a few of my points 2019, agree or not?

Björn

Melodifestivalen 1 – The Songs

As the second post on Melodifestivalen 2019 let us look at the songs.

My list at the Night The real result in ():

  1. Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to ashes (Second chance contest)
  2. Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina – Mina Bränder
  3. Wiktoria – Not with me (Final)
  4. Mohombi – Hello (Final)
  5. Nano – Chasing Rivers (Second chance contest)
  6. High 15 – No drama
  7. Arja Saijonmaa – Mina fyra årstider

Anna Bergendahl “Ashes to ashes” I really surprised myself when I ended up with a list with Anna on the top. Cause I normally do not like anything she produced so far. As a Eurovision blogger back when she won the Melodifestivalen last time she participated I was more or less cyber killed telling that she would send Sweden out from the final in Eurovision. History gave me right and she is still the only artist from Sweden to fail to reach the final (Charlotte was saved by the juries with “Hero” but still Sweden was in the final). But “Ashes to ashes” was the best song during the nigh even if Anna looked more like a manic skier from Norway dressed up for a award show. In this song her voice actually worked and not sounded like nails on a blackboard.

Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina “Mina bränder” at first I was like, “what?” but when the chorus started I really liked it. I do think, maybe, that Anis Don Demina should have done this solo cause Zeana both looked and sounded very nervous. This song will most likely sound much much better recorded than live so I suppose it will end up as one of the most played songs from melodifestivalen 2019 in my home.

Wiktoria “Not with me” a song Sanna Nielsen might have rocked and Wiktoria tries to as much as she can. But this ballad only work cause of the show, without the rain on stage she would most likely only reached the “Second chance”. She kind of demonstrate whats so wrong with Melodifestivalen and Eurovision today, its not about the music it is about the concept and the presentation. The show is effective and will end up on the top when we reach the final in March 2019.

Mohombi “Hello” turn us back to the 80s and “A-Ha” in his performance, not the song tho´which made be so disappointed. I am a fan of Mohombi and he is well known here in France which makes me wonder if his decision to enter the Swedish selection and not the French one might have been a mistake cause even if “Hello” made me disappointed as a song I would have loved it to kick Bilal Hassani out as the French contestant in Eurovision. For me “Hello” only bring 3 minutes of endless repeats of the word “Hello” and has nothing of the beat Mohombis songs usually bring us. Very very lame and I can’t see how any televoting European will lift the phone and call for this. A second Benjamin Ingrosso year if we send Mohombi, jury say yes and the viewers no. And the flirt with the “Take on me” video might have been fun if the songs was a 80s tune… Now its just “Why is he doing Take on me?”

Nano “Chasing rivers” Oh NO, this is even worse than the shit he presented last. Then I understood he would be popular cause he then entered as a underdog and the song had some drive and beat so even if I hated it I got the hype. But this? “Chasing rivers” is a amazingly bad try to repeat his last entry in “Melodifestivalen”. And as an artist he brings nothing to the world. No performer ever been so dated but thinking he is all that.

High 15 “No drama” In the year of the Spice Girls reunion SVT picks out a girl group (knowing that the girl groups never work in Eurovision) with. song turning out to be three songs in one and not connected what so ever. A pity cause Im sure the girls are talented and really nice. And girls, you’re a girl group, the words “We are so different and come from different backgrounds but it works so well and we are best friends” will work for 1 year then you will start to change girls in the group and 6 months later one go solo and the group is no more. Just want to give you a heads up so you don’t be disappointed.

Arja Saijonmaa “Mina fyra årstider”, beautiful beautiful Arja, this was…. Tragic… Be lucky you advocate the reasons for the global warming to be the fault of the human race and not deny it cause if so would never have reached the Melodifestivalen scene. The no politic comepetion which is one of the most political competitions ever made going Political Correct and present a first entry in the accepted “Åsiktskorridor”. Cause I cannot see that this song was picked to participate of any other reason than the Lex Greta Thunberg cause the song was bad.. so bad, and I love Arja. The big “?” is where was Tobias Karlsson in all this he kind of escort Arja in all “gay” events… Another thing If Arja won the contest can you see SVT to put her and all of the Swedish delegation on a boat to Tel Aviv to not end up in a discussion on the carbon footprint.

I dont think, and I hope, the winner 2019 not among the first 4 going to the final or second chance contest but we will see. It takes all songs to in full understand who Christer Björkman decided he want to send to Tel Aviv.

Björn

Swedish pre-selection started, the melodifestivalen 2019

So, it was time for the first semi final of the Melodifestivalen 2019 and for 6 week Sweden will no forget about politics, immigration problems and live in the famous “Mello” bubble. And to not drown my blog in Melodifestivalen news I will try too keep it to two posts a week. But of course note the “try too”. As a fact I will break this rule at once by posting this one about the show and a second one about the songs.

So how was the first show? First of all we note 4 hosts of the show. I can’t see the reason for this cause its been proven to work well with 1 and 2 throughout the years and 4 makes it very messy. “But wait a minute” the ESC fans screams, the ESC have 4 hosts now and it works… Yes, but in ESC the hosts are more or less not in the show, they do not present each song they only turn up in the beginning and the end and in the green room. When 4 hosts actually host it gets a bit strange but very very SVT, one for each minority and a cute boy.

Also very SVT is to educate the Swedes watching (and they are many) to follow whats Political Correct at the moment. Its been said before, official Melodifestivalen and Eurovision is non political events but if the message is 100% in tune with what you suppose tho think no problem to include it in jokes or songs. This year its of course liberal values and globalization.

I also, before the show, Tweeted that we will see how far in in the show it will take until we have jokes about the political mess in Sweden and it only took a few minutes. Very expected but it actually worked cause so far SVT at least tried to not tell the audience it was the best for Sweden what happened. Together with the amazing showstopper, about the Israeli winners in the Eurovision history (where 4 hosts actually all of a sudden made sense) it was expected but worked well.

I also liked the fact that SVT actually tried to make the show grown up again. Less children show and more professional. Appreciated from my point of view but it might lower the interest from the age groups 3 – 14 years of age at the end of the 6 weeks.

And again, to announce voting records without announcing if the increase is in televotes or the the use of the free, no charge application is redundant. Of course more votes will be placed if its free of charge, thats not rocket science. This years addition also took out the SMS votes and updated the free use of the Mello application. Really? Keep the SMS votes and let people use the app but not for votes just as a poll what the audience like to not.

It seems like SVT need the application so they won’t need to announce less votes than the year before, a mistake from the start when they introduced the application.

Another really really embarrassing thing that all of a sudden turned out to be very obvious is the fact that more or less 3 songs writers stand behind most of the songs in this first show. After three songs it was more or less a joke… Deb, Deb and Gson, Deb Deb and Gson…. Really?

And its all about the songs and that will be my second post later today.

Björn

Still calm

As always when we get closer to the launch of the early edition of the “Melodifestivalen” it’s a bit exciting to open the Swedish news sites. But still calm, and I guess the scandals will start tomorrow, maybe on Thursday, cause what is Melodifestivalen without it’s scandals? It’s actually 6 weeks when a third world war can erupt and the Swedish public won’t know until after the Melodifestivalen ends with the final in March. Crazy? Bien sûr!

Most likely I will both attack the show as well as honor the once who’s worth it and some will agree some will be upset. Just like here in France after the French selection ended last weekend with Bilal Hassanis victory. The You tube generation following Bilal since he was a “star” in the French show “The Voice Kids” praise the choice of the Bilal as their entry. And most likely they are the reason behind his victory cause I am surprised if the French, usually with a very good taste and a pride in “sounding” French in the Eurovision Song Contest, all of a sudden lost their common sense and voted Bilal.

But at the same time, the French equivalent to RFSL in Sweden decided to press charges to all Tweets and Instagram posts writing any negative thing about Bilal Hassani. Yesterday it was 15 000 posts reported to the French Police, cause the French police do not have anything else to worry about… Yellow west and keeping terror away from the streets as two examples. But… For some people it’s more important to defend a possible offended 19 year old Conchita wannabe with a mediocre song.

But as said in the beginning, we have not seen what the Swedish selection bring us in form of scandals during 2019. But let me make some guesses… There will be jokes about the fact that one of four presenters Mr Erik Saade will get married… They will joke about girls gettin’ heartbroken as if Erik still felt as an important part of Swedish music life. Most likely his reason behind accepting to be one of the presenters is to stay in the spotlight.

We will most likely also be under attack by Ms Linda Woodruff, AKA Sarah Dawn Finer. A fake Eurovision expert I wish they killed off the humor grid years ago. I don’t find her funny, but it’s my humor obvious cause the ESC fans under 25 y.o. loves her. At the same time it is the same fans who claim there fans of the Eurovision and still hardly have a clue of what happened in the Contest before 2000.

I also guess the Selection, voting, will hear jokes about the Swedish Political election and the aftermath. Jokes like, “The result will be the real one and like in politics the winner will be the winner” etc etc. Let us say at least one kind of similar jokes in each program?

Of course the Public Service will hammer in that Swedes are nice and take homo fobia and racism seriously by teaching the public what they are suppose to think about immigrants and homosexuals. Even if the Public Service official is neutral when it comes to politics this is two themes in all Melodifestivalen and will most likely render the same amount of protests as every year from people NOT agree. Maybe they even will be able to make some jokes or info about the fact that Netta won 2018 telling the world that people are beautiful just the way they are… And for sure let us say 6 songs will keep that theme????

And in the name of neutral the Public Service might have some songs competing on the themes free immigration, open boarders and same sex love rights and none about closed borders, restricted immigration and Christian family values. Cause SVT are OK with politics if the politics is 100% Political Correct. So who knows, can we expect Malena Ernman to arrive as paus entertainment singing “La Voix” with a new text about her daughter and how fantastic she is?

In any case, let’s follow the Mello and let’s see what I will think about this years arrangement.

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

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.