ASFE is back in business!

Over the past few weeks, I was so caught up in the (pardon the pun) euphoria of the Eurovision Song Contest that the blog took a backseat. Add to that Sweden’s convincing victory and ‘A Song For Europe’ was, unfortunately, completely overlooked.

BUT, I’m back in business and positively bursting at the seams with excitement at Sweden’s fifth victory as well as the prospect of them hosting the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Check back for my upcoming editorials on the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and all the latest happenings in European pop.

Remember, it’s only 348 days left till the next Song Contest!


Euphoria in Sweden! Loreen wins Melodifestivalen 2012.

Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, has just celebrated its final at Globen Arena in Stockholm and was won by Loreen with the song Euphoria. It was the standout winner after the votes of 11 international juries and the Swedish public televote. Thus Sweden will be represented at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with Euphoria, performed by Loreen and composed by Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. Check out Sweden’s 54th Eurovision Song Contest entry:

I am just thrilled beyond words! Euphoria is so much more than an amazing song. It is a work of art. Ever since the first semi-final, I was hopelessly entranced by Euphoria and while I’m a huge fan of Danny, I had my heart set on Euphoria and Loreen’s unique interpretation of the song. Her vocals were flawless, the performance was an artistic showcase and everything was absolutely mesmerizing. On top of that, its a modern, catchy song that is completely in rhyme with the time. This will stand out a mile at the Eurovision Song Contest in May.

Sweden, you chose well. Grattis till Loreen och lycka till!


Melodifestivalen takes over iTunes!

Well, it certainly didn’t take long for this year’s Melodifestivalen entries to take over Sweden. In the Swedish iTunes chart, 9 of the top 10 are Melodifestivalen songs!

There are even more Mello songs further down the list and it would appear that this will remain the case for the next few weeks.

Loreen’s Euphoria is currently number one with Danny’s Amazing right on its heels. Lisa Miskovsky is sitting pretty at third place with a song that is a complete contrast to the first two. Clearly the Swedes love Why Start A Fire, so could it be a potential dark horse? She’s followed by newcomer David Lindgren’s Shout It Out and Why Am I Crying by Molly Sandén. Incidentally, quite a few entries have also started charting in other countries, such as Norway, Denmark and Finland.

One thing’s for sure, its going to be an epic finalen at the Globen this year and I can’t wait!


Mystery and Euphoria at Melodifestivalen!

The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2012 took place last Saturday and it was everything you have come to expect from Sweden: glossy, glamourous and hugely entertaining. But even I, with all my expectations, had them outshone by two performances that had me spellbound. First off, Dead By April made quite a monstrous splash on stage with their song Mystery. Introducing ‘the growl’ to Mello for the first time, it was something to behold. It was melodic and raw and I am thrilled that it qualified. You could tell that the boys weren’t expecting to, but really thrilled when they did.

Secondly was Loreen and Euphoria. What can I say about Loreen that hasn’t already been said a million times before? Everything about the performance was EPIC. From the song, to the vocals to the presentation. I absolutely loved the solo contemporary dance that was so unique, sophisticated, artsy and different from what we would normally expect from a song of this genre. That, combined with her flawless vocal… I was speechless by the end of it. I honestly think that this could actually be a strong contender for victory, not only at Melodifestivalen, but at Eurovision as well.

However, the true mystery of the night were the ‘Andra Chansen’ qualifiers. I thought the two spots would go to Marie Serneholt’s Salt And Pepper (who looked fab in the catsuit… meow!) and Afro-Dite’s generous slice of old-skool disco The Boy Can Dance. If you watch the videos, I’m sure you’ll agree. Instead, Sean Banan’s Sean Den Förste Banan and Thorsten Flinck’s Jag Reser Mig Igen qualified. Oh, and after last year’s third place, The Moniker came last.

And it’s only the first week! I get quite giddy thinking about what we have in store next.