We’ve had six very exciting weeks, with the Swedish preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. And last night, a winner was crowned out of the ten finalists.
Since the start of the week, it was clear there would be a battle between the runner up of last years Melodifestivalen Danny and Loreen, who also took part in last years contest with ‘My Heart Is Refusing Me’ but failing to reach the final in Andra Chansen.
But not this year, after all ten finalists had performed, the international jury of eleven countries including Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Germany, France and the United Kingdom Loreen was on top followed by Danny and Molly Sanden.
After an interval act by Eurovision ’05 winner Elena Paparizou (”My Number 1”, Greece), who gave a ‘Chicago meets Pussycat Dolls’ rendition of last years Swedish entry ‘Popular’ , host Helena Bergstrom announced the results of the Swedish televoting. With 33% of the votes, Loreen was voted as the best act and therefore the Swedish representative in Baku in May, also breaking the curse of being in heat 1. Since the system of 4 heats and second chance have been introduced, none of the qualifiers from semi 1 have ever represented Sweden at Eurovision. Pre-contest favourite Danny, who gave a much better performance then he did 2 weeks ago, became for the second year in a row the runner up, bless him!
So that means we’ll see Loreen again in a few weeks time when we start our official countdown with all the selected Eurovision Song Contest participants. Watch this space. As for Danny, no doubt he’ll have a massive hit with ‘Amazing’ in Sweden and we are quite sure to see him back in Melodifestivalen at some point. As for now, we’re all out’melodifestivalen’ed and would like to say ‘Sweden see you next year’ with Danny’s finale performance of ”Amazing’. Enjoy!
it’s Thursday folks, which means that today the rehearsals for the Swedish Melodifestivalen have started. In our chapter today we have two more artists to present to you, among them one of the big favourites, before we give you the final 3 tomorrow.
Loreen – Euphoria
One of the big contenders to win this Saturday evening, is this interesting lady, Loreen. Her rise to fame started back in 2004 when she was picked as a wildcard by the jury to join the finalists for TV format Idols. After being voted out she worked for a tv station for a year and came back to the music industry in 2011 when she was selected for Melodifestivalen with ‘My Heart is Refusing Me’. The song made it to Andra Chansen but failed to qualify for the big final. This year the chances were different as Loreen was one of the first acts, together with Death By April, to make it directly to Globen. Her entry ‘Euphoria’ written by Thomas G:son, Peter Boström is an uplifting dance track which reminds very much of the type of dance music done in the nineties. We were astonished by the performance of Loreen, which gives the track an extra dimension, there’s something Kate Bush in her act and it comes across very well.
Verdict: Judging by sales, polls, etc Loreen is THE artist to beat, and many of the fans are really really hoping she’ll be the one. Looking back at previous years, she should be the representative but never underestimate the power of the televoters. Personally we think she would be a great choice for Eurovision, due to the artistic level she’s putting in her song. She seems a down to earth person, knows how to sing and sell her song, and with a title like that, it shouldn’t really go wrong should it?
Ulrik Munther – Soldiers
Our second, and last finalist for the day, is 18 year old Ulrik Munther who qualified directly for Globen, in Gothenburg. Ulrik is no stranger to Melodifestivalen as he took part a few years ago in Lilla Melodifestivalen, which is a similar concept for children to take part with their own songs and then take part in the Scandinavian song contest. Ulrik won the competition when he was 15 and also won MGP Nordic. But now he’s taking part in the adult Melodifestivalen with ‘Soldiers’ written by Johan Åberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, David Jackson & himself. It’s a very charming song of the young lad, the harmonica gives it an extra boost in the cute direction. We had our doubts at first especially with the title, as we were expecting quite cheesy lyrics about world peace, but let’s be honest this is a sincere song. It also sounds a bit like it could be an anthem for scouts, the kind of songs you would sing when you’re at a campfire.
Verdict: It’s a very varied final, because again this is a song which potentially could do well. Ulrik looks very cute, he has a song which could appeal to wide appeal on the Eurovision stage after the successes of Tom Dice (Belgium 2010) and Paradise Oskar (Finland 2011). But will he be able to compete against the likes of Loreen e.g.? We’re not fully convinced in that sense that we don’t think Eurovision is his first intention. He wanted to be heard and seen and introduced to the Swedish public. Mission accomplished and who knows perhaps in a few years time, when he’s a massive heartthrob Kempe could write him a massive dance song.
Tomorrow, our final part in the Welcome to Globen series with our final candidates Bjorn Ranelid & Sara Li and returners Molly Sanden and Danny Saucedo.
Five weeks of mass hysteria in Sweden, as in the beginning of February the annual Swedish Melodifestivalen kicked off. 32 songs have been heard, of which 8 qualified directly for the big final this week in Stockholm. The numbers 3 and 4 of those heats, had another chance to join the finalists the past weekend during Andra Chansen. And now we come to the conclusion: Who will represent Sweden at this years Eurovision Song Contest?
Over the next coming evenings we will be giving you a chance to meet the contestants, have a look at their songs and predict a result for them. We’ll do so in the order of performance on Saturday evening, which means tonight David Lindgren, Thorsten Flinck och RevolutionOrkestern and Death By April are up for the verdict.
One thing’s for sure… the final of this years Swedish preselection is an interesting one.
David Lindgren – Shout It Out
Opening this years final in Globen is David Lindgren, one of the two winners of the second heat in Göteborg. It’s the 29 year old performers debut in Melodifestivalen but is not new to the stage as he’s appearing frequently in musicals. Among some of the plays he was involved are High School Musical and Mamma Mia!. His song ”Shout it Out” (written by Tony Nilsson & Fernando Fuentes Vargas) is a dancey pop-song in the style of ‘In the Club’ (Melodifestivalen 2010), but better composed, less silly lyrics and a good dose of beats and fun. The song was originally offered to Danny, who rejected it as he had found something better. And we’re glad he did because we think it wouldn’t have worked quite so well with Danny’s vocals as David does. The ”singing accountant” as David is called on a few messageboard delivers strong vocals and engages really well with the song. The dance routine is slick, and looks really nice on the stage. Great opener of the show.
Verdict: We wouldn’t rule David out in the competition as such yet. Yes he has the start position but he has a great song which would sound very up to date to dance music nowadays. The only trouble David might experience is the fact that there are songs in the final who are very similar to his which could means they are stealing points from eachother. He seems like a nice guy too but lacks just a little bit of that personality & charisma, which might just give the others the advantage.
Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern – Jag reser mig igen
Time for the first of two finalists who made it through the second chance round of last week. Thorsten Flinck, Swedish director/actor/singer and his Revolutionsorkestern beat Lotta & Christer and Sean Banan to the final spot for the final. Yes we were shocked, when we heard but at the same time we can also see the very big appeal of this song ‘Jag Reser Mig igen’ (written by Thomas G:son, Ted Ström) . It’s everything you wouldn’t expect to see on a Eurovision stage. It’s a very difficult song in the sense that the intro is sung by Thorsten without any musical guidance. Once the music kicks in the whole number gets carried through by the interpretation of the main singer. He does it brilliant though, the performance is fully drenched with emotions. His husky voice gives it an extra touch too and we are very interested in seeing how this would work at Eurovision. We would prefer it to stay within Swedish, translating the song to English would probably do more harm than good.
Verdict: It could go either way with ‘Jag Reser Mig Igen’. Thorsten Flinck is a very popular individual in Sweden and judging by the performance above you can tell that the man knows how to sing. Unusual is in many cases great on a Eurovision Song Contest, however it’s been shown in the past that Europe rather enjoys Sweden to stay with its poppy tunes than the experimental touch. the recognition the man also receives within his country will most likely go unnoticed when the eyes of Europe will look upon him, plus even though we love the song it takes a few good listens to fully get the beauty of it. Something the Eurovision Song Contest only allows you once, for three minutes.
Death By April – Mystery
Metal band, Death By April, were the second act to be announced as direct finalists for Globen, in Vaxjo, where the Melodifestivalen circus started in the beginning of February. Originally from Gothenborg, the band has had fame since 2007 and is currently in its second line up with a new lead singer and guitarist. The former lead singer and guitarist, Pontus Hjelm who was also their writer is in fact still part of the band and is also the brain behind their entry ‘Mystery’. The song is difficult to explain as it consists out of two very different parts, there’s an almost metal gone melodipop battle going on which probably could be explained better by comparing it to the material Linkin Park does. It’s a very ‘Love or Hate It’ entry, which gets very mixed reactions from the fans. One thing’s for sure, the Death By April guys really spice up the final and it’s nice to see different types of styles being present in Melodifestivalen.
Verdict: It takes a lot of guts to send metal to a contest as the Eurovision Song Contest. The Finnish have done it before with Lordi and won, however ever since then metal hasn’t quite done as well as countries would have hoped. The Finnish will admit as they tried to do it a few years after Lordi and failed miserably. Lordi at the time had a good popsong which they performed in their usual metalstyle and it worked. The main problem ‘Mystery’ has is that you can’t really decide what type of song this is. The metal vs pop doesn’t show any connections and gives a rather messy impression. We don’t think Death By April, will be much of a challenger in Globen, but then again, the Melodifestivalen haters and the huge fanbase behind the guys, could give a surprise.
And we’re back for another duel in which we present two acts battling it out this Saturday during the second chance round in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. The concept; 8 acts are battling in 4 duels, the winners of duels 1,2,3 and 4 will then battle it out again until the two final acts are known who will be joining Loreen, Death By April, Ulrik Munther, David Lindgren, Molly Sanden, Bjorn Ranelid & Sara Li, Lisa Miskovsky and Danny Saucedo in the grand final in Stockholm on March 10.
We’ve presented four acts already and today we’ll see girl band Timoteij taking on MF veterans Lotta Engberg & Christer Sjögren
Timoteij are a four piece female band which can be compared as the Swedish version of UK/Australian act Bond. the main difference with Bond is that these four blonde girls mix vocals with traditional sounds on beat. In 2010 they took part for the very first time in ‘Melodifestivalen’ with ”Kom” and became instant favourites. ”Stormande Hav” is the track which will hopefully lead them to the final. It’s a lot more grown up then ”Kom” was but very infectious. It reminds very much of that other Celtic group Sarek, and we hear a bit of ‘Magical Sensation’ on speed (sung by Katy Satyn, in the Belgian preselection of 2006) too. Overall this is a great song and from all qualifiers they probably should be the ones making it, but with fierce competition from Thorsten Flinck, Dynazty, Sean Banan and their duellists of tonight, we think they might just possibly loose out. Sorry girls!
Taken on the girls of Timoteij are Lotta Engberg & Christer Sjögren, both are not unfamiliar to the contest as Lotta won Fyra bugg and Coca Cola Melodifestivalen back in 1987, representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest that year and has since taken part in the Swedish selection several times. This duet with Lotta, is Christer Sjögren’s second attempt after he took part in the 2007 edition with ‘I Love Europe’, a typical schlager, qualifying directly for the final in Stockholm. ‘Don’t Let me down’ is such a guilty pleasure. From the first notes onwards you just know that this is going to go the ‘Loveboat’ way. And you know what, even if it is for all the wrong reasons this is such a catchy song. It is what it is, it is pure Swedish schlager and you know what, we absolutely don’t mind that at all. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Both artists show that they have all the expertise that they need, and that they can sing anyone down. They are without a doubt, the ones to watch this Saturday evening.
Our verdict: You probably could have guessed it already, but even though they will not be competing against eac hother in the first round, we can not find anything wrong with Lotta & Christer and therefore our green card to proceed is going to them. Sorry Timoteij.
If you want to find out the real duels for Saturday night, you can find them here Tomorrow we’ll continue with our final duel between Youngblood & the TopCats. Watch this space!
Don’t forget the ‘Andra Chansen’ round can be followed live on http://svt.se/melodifestivalen on Saturday evening 8pm CET.
The competition is heating up in Sweden. The festival is heading to Leksand, for it’s 3rd heat. Again 8 participants will present their songs. 2 of them will be joining Loreen, Death By April, David Lindgren & Ulrik Munther into the final, while two others will be joining 4 acts in the Andra Chansen round.
The presentation of this weeks heat is also in the hands of singer Sarah Dawn Finer (who took part herself on two occasions in Melodifestivalen) and Celebrity watcher Ana Gina. We have to congratulate both ladies for their presentation because they have done a brilliant job providing the intro-act last week. Definately worth watching!
Among the 8 candidates quite a few Melodifestivalen returners and a Junior Eurovision Song Contest representative. This is the line up:
1. Youngblood – “Youngblood”
2. Maria BenHajji – “I mina drömmar” (Webjoker winner)
3. Mattias Andréasson – “Förlåt mig” (MF’09)
4. Love Generation – “Just A Little Bit” (MF’10)
5. Carolina Wallin Pérez – “Sanningen”
6. Andreas Johnson – “Lovelight” (MF ’06, MF’07, MF’08, MF’10)
7. Molly Sandén – “Why Am I Crying” (Junior Eurovision ’06, MF’09)
8. Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li – “Mirakel”
As he is without a doubt the person who’s taken part the most times in Melodifestivalen in the last few years, we felt obliged to share some Melodifestivalen memory from Andreas Johnson. The man actually scored a hit globally in 1999 with ‘Glorious’ being used endlessly for commercials from Nutella, Volvo, etc. With 5 participations now, we’ve decided to let you enjoy the song he came second with and narrowly missed the ticket to Helsinki. Enjoy folks!
Don’t forget tomorrow evening at 8.00 pm CET there is a webcast from http://svt.se/melodifestivalen where you can follow the show live. As SVT holds the copyrights of the performances, the top 4 songs won’t be uploaded on youtube after the result. The show can however be watched again from Sunday lunchtime until Monday evening 11.59 pm on http://svt.se/replay
Melodifestivalen 2012 continued last night with the quest for its Swedish representative at Eurovision Song Contest this year. Eight acts sang their hearts out, two of them made it direct to Globen, while two have to duel for two more tickets.
Let’s remind ourselves of the candidates:
1. Ulrik Munther – “Soldiers”
2. Top Cats – “Baby Doll”
3. Sonja Aldén – “I din himmel”
4. Andreas Lundstedt – “Aldrig aldrig”
5. Timoteij – “Stormande hav”
6. David Lindgren – “Shout It Out”
7. Mimi Oh – “Det går för långsamt”
8. Thomas Di Leva – “Ge aldrig upp”
In all honesty, we were a tad dissapointed with the overall quality of songs when we heard the studio versions but the performances did give us a few surprises, which made us like some of the songs. And some surprises too:
The Rockability of the Top Cats seemed to have their impact as the group, went along with MF returners Timoteij to Andra Chansen. There they will take on the duel with the AC songs from last week, or the four acts still to be decided from heat 3 and 4.
The first finalist that was announced to directly join Loreen and Death By April was the young Ulrik Munther, who’s song ‘Soldiers’ along his boy’ish looks must have charmed the Swedish public. We weren’t quite sure about the song at first but after a few listens, it is remarkably likeable. The second finalist joining him was no surprise either. After giving a splendid performance, musical star David Lindgren joined him as well with ‘Shout it Out’. The dance song, initially been given to Danny Saucedo who rejected it, had increasingly grown over the past few days and become the big favourite to win this heat.
As explained last week, SVT doesn’t allow the videos of the winners and AC to be uploaded until a week before the final, to avoid favouritism. The full Melodifestivalen show will however be available later on today on http://svt.se until Monday evening 11.59pm CET.
Therefore we give you the video of one of the acts who didn’t make it. Andreas Lundstedt, the man in Alcazar, took part as well this year with the Agnes-inspired ‘Aldrig Aldrig’. We think this would have sounded better in English to be fair. Nevertheless it is so camp, and its got good looking boys in it. So enjoy!
Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
The Risk - Missiles
Sinead O'Connor - 4th And Vine
Destiny's Child - Nuclear
Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move
Lawson - Learn To Love Again
Little Mix - Change Your Life
Tyler James feat Kano - Worry About You
Gabrielle Aplin - Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Tegan & Sara - Closer
Rita Ora - Radioactive
Wretch 32 - Pop
Angel - The World
Bastille - Pompeii
Laura Mvula - Green Garden
Ke$ha - C'mon
Ms MR - Fantasy
Nicole Scherzinger - Boomerang
Ed Drewett - Drunk Dial
Robbie Williams - Be A Boy (11/03)
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
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