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!

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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.


Sweden announces the competing songs for Melodifestivalen 2012.

SVT have announced the titles and authors of the songs that have been chosen to compete in Melodifestivalen 2012, Sweden’s selection for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Have a look below:

  1. Aldrig Aldrig (Niclas Lundin, Maria Marcus, Randy Goodrum)
  2. Allting Blir Bra Igen (Michael Sideridis)
  3. Baby Doll (Mårten Eriksson, Lina Eriksson, Susie Päivärinta)
  4. Det Går För Långsamt (Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Niclas Lundin)
  5. Don’t Let Me Down (Lasse Holm, Lars ‘Dille’ Diedricson)
  6. Euphoria (Thomas G:son, Peter Boström)
  7. Förlåt Mig (Mattias Andréasson)
  8. Ge Aldrig Upp (Thomas Di Leva)
  9. Goosebumps (Hanna Lindblad, Linda Sundblad, Tony Nilsson)
  10. I Din Himmel (Sonja Aldén, Bobby Ljunggren, Peter Boström)
  11. I Mina Drömmar (Nanna Svensdóttir, Thomas Cars)
  12. I Want To Be Chris Isaak (The Moniker)
  13. Jag Reser Mig Igen (Thomas G:son, Ted Ström)
  14. Just A Little Bit (RedOne Team)
  15. Land Of Broken Dreams (Thomas G:son, Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson)
  16. Lovelight (Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint)
  17. Mirakel (Fredrik Andersson, Björn Ranelid)
  18. Mystery (Pontus Hjelm)
  19. Porslin (Björn Olsson, Martin Elisson)
  20. På Väg (Abalone Dots (Rebecka Hjukström, Sophia Hogman, Louise Holmer), Viktor Källgren)
  21. Salt & Pepper (Lina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson, Figge Boström)
  22. Sanningen (Michael Clauss, Martin Bjelke)
  23. Sean Den Förste Banan (Sean Banan, Joakim Larsson, Hans Blomberg, Mårten Andersson)
  24. Soldiers (Ulrik Munther, Johan Åberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, David Jackson)
  25. Stormande Hav (Kristian Lagerström, Johan Fjellström, Stina Engelbrecht, Jens Engelbrecht)
  26. The Boy Can Dance (Figge Boström, Catrine Loqvist, Johan Lindman)
  27. The Girl (Fredrik Kempe, Alexander Johnsson)
  28. To The Sky (Fernando Fuentes, Tony Nilsson, Danny Saucedo, Peter Boström, Figge Boström)
  29. Kyss Mig (Axel Algmark, Mattias Frändå, Jonathan Magnussen)
  30. Why Am I Crying (Molly Sandén, Aleena Gibson, Windy Wagner)
  31. Why Start A Fire (Lisa Miskovsky, Aleksander With, Bernt Rune Stray, Berent Philip Moe)
  32. Youngblood (Fredrik Kempe, David Krüger)

Of course, this leads us to all kinds of speculations as to who will be singing which songs. We can make educated guesses, going by known artists who have co-written songs as well as looking at songwriting teams and who they’ve been working with recently. The obvious names at this point are Lili & Susie, Linda Sunblad (or even Hanna Lindblad), Sonja Aldén, Andreas Johnsson, Mattias Andréasson, The Moniker, Danny Saucedo, Molly Sandén and Aleksander With. I am particularly excited to see Ulrik Munther as part of the line-up, as I think he’s an amazingly talented artist. I’m also more than a little surprised to see Andreas in the mix again, seeing as how he stated that he won’t compete again after 2010, so perhaps the song is for another singer.

In terms of songwriters, we also have our usual suspects Thomas G:son and Fredrik Kempe, though not with the usual boatload of entries, which is good thing. There is one team that I’m really excited about, namely that of Peter Boström, Figge Boström, Tony Nilsson together with Fernando Fuentes and Danny Saucedo. I am of the opinion that the reason why Popular did so well at Eurovision this year was because of Peter Boström’s impeccable modern production. That he’s working with Tony Nilsson on a song possibly performed by Danny Saucedo is plain amazing. Another welcome team is that of REDONE! Clearly he’s not taking his ignominious defeat at Andra Chansen this year to heart and is probably seeking to do better next year. But who will be singing the song? According to their blog, Love Generation has just finished recording their new single, which has the same title as the RedOne entry! A third team I’m looking forward to hearing is that of Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad and Niclas Lundin who are the guys behind Le Kid. Given that the song is in Swedish (there are alot of those this year by the way), I don’t think Le Kid themselves will be performing it. Finally, Pontus Hjelm’s inclusion in the line-up is surprising but oh-so-welcome. He’s the songwriter for nu-metal group Dead By April and I have every faith the song is going to electrify the lot of us.

So there it is! A combination of new names, debutants and old faces that is bound to make this year’s competition a sizzling one. Especially after the fore-gone conclusion that was last year. Hold on to your hats ladies and gents, Melodifestivalen 2012 kicks off 4th February 2012!