Melodifestivalen 2012: The stage has been set.

With Melodifestivalen over for another year, its nice to still get updates and ‘backtrack’ through the past edition so that we don’t make like Peter Jöback and life doesn’t feel so Hollow. I recently found this time lapse video by Gustav Nyberg depicting how the stage of the Melodifestivalen 2012 was constructed. Check it out, its pretty awesome!

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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!


Swedish Music & Awesomeness: Melodifestivalen takes place tonight!

The day has finally arrived! After six weeks of semi-finals and a second chance round that saw mesmerizing performances, funny moments and shock exits, it all comes down to tonight as the ten acts prepare for the final countdown to do battle for the honor of representing Sweden at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

The country is raging with speculation and divided into two camps over who ought to win. With the international juries having a say, it is predicted to be an extremely tight race and I, personally, am refusing to even think about it or else I’ll end up with heart palpitations. I’m going to get enough of that during the voting anyways. Here’s the line-up:

  1. Shout It Out – David Lindgren
  2. Jag Reser Mig Igen – Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern
  3. Mystery – Dead by April
  4. Why Start A Fire – Lisa Miskovsky
  5. Baby Doll – Top Cats
  6. Euphoria – Loreen
  7. Soldiers – Ulrik Munther
  8. Mirakel – Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li
  9. Why Am I Crying – Molly Sandén
  10. Amazing – Danny Saucedo

Apart from the strongest line-up in a good long while, SVT have a spectacular show planned. This includes the long-awaited Melodifestivalen comeback of Helena Paparizou, the Greek-Swedish diva who took Greece to their first Eurovision victory back in 2005. She’s back in Sweden and will be performing the interval act, reinterpreting last year’s winning song Popular in a completely different arrangement. According to insiders, its going to be a performance like no other. And speaking of past winners, Sweden’s golden boy and Eurovision bronze medalist Eric Saade himself will be opening the show with a medley of all his hits. Wowsers! This year’s Mello is going to rock Sweden! And you can catch it all live on SVT Play here at 20:00 CET.

And don’t forget your Swedish treats! I’ve got me my Ikea Choklad Mörk, Pepparkakor cookies (you can find my recipe here) and my Swedish flag. Here’s to an amazing show! Go Sverige!


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!


A Surprising Swedish Showdown.

Wow! What an exciting semi-final that was! As usual, SVT had saved the best songs for last that was a veritable battle with many casualties that had me watching behind a cushion under the sofa.

First off, I am very sad that the amazing Charlotte Perrelli did not progress further. The Girl (see what I did there?) is schlager royalty and a Eurovision winner to boot! That being said, The Girl was never a real contender, despite the catchy hook and empowering performance. I was not surprised to see it stall but it’s still disappointing. Nevertheless, The Girl is THE schlager hit of the year and Perrelli ought to get a decent-sized hit out of it.

A special mention to Hanna Linblad and her song Goosebumps. It was a very spirited Kylie Minouge Showgirl-esque performance with a nice eighties flair. Unfortunately, this too was one of the casualties of the night.

Which brings us to the songs that did qualify. After her haunting performance of Why Start A Fire, I felt that Lisa Miskovsky really ought to qualify and very well deserved it. I did not however, imagine that she would qualify ahead of Danny Saucedo! It was beautiful, authentic song and performance with a stage show that was more artsy than gimmicky. I think Lisa did a fine job of putting on a Mello performance without compromising her artistry and style outside the contest.

And then there was Danny. His song (and touted winner) Amazing was indeed so. His performance was not. Preferring to focus on the choreography and the spectacle if it (which was absolutely incredible in all it’s TRON-like glory), his vocals suffered and was not all up to par. His too biggest assets are his voice and his face and both got lost in the concept and demands of the stage show. He really needs to step it up at the Globen because personally, I don’t think his victory is a done deal. Lisa Miskovsky qualifying ahead of him proves that.

All in all, it was an epic show and SVT did a magnificent job. All that’s left is the exercise of Andra Chansen before the Finalen at the Globen. And the best part is that all the songs are out NOW on iTunes. Woohoo!

All images courtesy of SVT.


Bon Appétit! – Schlager food with Nanne Grönvall.

I came across this video thanks to Coop Sverige and it features Swedish superstar Nanne Grönvall making some delicious salami och parmesan chips for Melodifestivalen! Check it out below and I will definitely be making these come Mello night.

Nanne spent more time eating the ingredients than cooking them. A woman after my own heart!


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.