Italian chatter and Swedish surprises.

So the Sanremo Music Festival and the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen has concluded and I’ve only just recovered from Super Saturday to muster the gumption to write about it.


First off, I’m pleased as punch for Molly Sandén and her qualifying direkt till Globen with the song Why Am I Crying. It was an emotional performance of a beautiful song. Wish I could say the same of Mirakel by Björn Ranellid & Sara Li. While it is a certain bonkers-kind of brilliant, I was in no way prepared for its qualification. However, I was very disappointed in both Youngblood and Love Generation, especially after the hype for an epic showdown. Youngblood’s song was a pale imitation of Manboy (Kempe needs to stop taking such liberties with the English language) and Love Generation’s furor doesn’t seem to be coming across well. Plus, the song was lacking a certain oomph  but definitely deserved Andra Chansen over Youngblood.

Next, we had Sanremo. It was while watching did I realise why Sanremo started in 1951 and the Eurovision in 1956: so that Sanremo would have concluded in time for Eurovision! Goodness, how the show went on and on thanks to the Italians’ love for chit chat. At one point, it seemed more talk show than music festival. But in the end, we got a great winner and an even better representative for Italy at the Eurovision. Nina Zilli was handpicked by a special jury to defend the Italian colours and I am thrilled that RAI got a singer from the established artists category, or ‘Artisti’, to go on to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest. Helped no doubt thanks to Raphael Gualazzi’s spectacular second place finish in Düsseldorf. We’re not sure if Nina will go to Baku with her Sanremo entry Per Sempre as her management want to select the best possible song, so we can only wait and see what happens next. Given some of previous work, we can expect something magnificent.

All in all, Super Saturday ended on a bit of mixed note. Still smarting over the result in Melodifestivalen. I sincerely hope that Danny and Charlotte pull it out of the bag this week.

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The first trailer for Melodifestivalen 2012!

Melodifestivalen has always been an exciting, glamorous affair, with wind machines, glitter, shattering glass and oiled flesh on display. It’s not surprising that this has been proudly brought to the fore in SVT’s new trailer for the 2012 Melodifestivalen. It features head honcho Christer Björkman along with stars Charlotte Perrelli, Danny Saucedo, Love Generation and Loreen just to name a few, all… preparing… for the contest. It is an absolute riot! Check it out:

I never wanted to be Christer more than right now!