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!
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:
- Shout It Out – David Lindgren
- Jag Reser Mig Igen – Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern
- Mystery – Dead by April
- Why Start A Fire – Lisa Miskovsky
- Baby Doll – Top Cats
- Euphoria – Loreen
- Soldiers – Ulrik Munther
- Mirakel – Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li
- Why Am I Crying – Molly Sandén
- 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!
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.
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!
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:
- Aldrig Aldrig (Niclas Lundin, Maria Marcus, Randy Goodrum)
- Allting Blir Bra Igen (Michael Sideridis)
- Baby Doll (Mårten Eriksson, Lina Eriksson, Susie Päivärinta)
- Det Går För Långsamt (Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Niclas Lundin)
- Don’t Let Me Down (Lasse Holm, Lars ‘Dille’ Diedricson)
- Euphoria (Thomas G:son, Peter Boström)
- Förlåt Mig (Mattias Andréasson)
- Ge Aldrig Upp (Thomas Di Leva)
- Goosebumps (Hanna Lindblad, Linda Sundblad, Tony Nilsson)
- I Din Himmel (Sonja Aldén, Bobby Ljunggren, Peter Boström)
- I Mina Drömmar (Nanna Svensdóttir, Thomas Cars)
- I Want To Be Chris Isaak (The Moniker)
- Jag Reser Mig Igen (Thomas G:son, Ted Ström)
- Just A Little Bit (RedOne Team)
- Land Of Broken Dreams (Thomas G:son, Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson)
- Lovelight (Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint)
- Mirakel (Fredrik Andersson, Björn Ranelid)
- Mystery (Pontus Hjelm)
- Porslin (Björn Olsson, Martin Elisson)
- På Väg (Abalone Dots (Rebecka Hjukström, Sophia Hogman, Louise Holmer), Viktor Källgren)
- Salt & Pepper (Lina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson, Figge Boström)
- Sanningen (Michael Clauss, Martin Bjelke)
- Sean Den Förste Banan (Sean Banan, Joakim Larsson, Hans Blomberg, Mårten Andersson)
- Soldiers (Ulrik Munther, Johan Åberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, David Jackson)
- Stormande Hav (Kristian Lagerström, Johan Fjellström, Stina Engelbrecht, Jens Engelbrecht)
- The Boy Can Dance (Figge Boström, Catrine Loqvist, Johan Lindman)
- The Girl (Fredrik Kempe, Alexander Johnsson)
- To The Sky (Fernando Fuentes, Tony Nilsson, Danny Saucedo, Peter Boström, Figge Boström)
- Kyss Mig (Axel Algmark, Mattias Frändå, Jonathan Magnussen)
- Why Am I Crying (Molly Sandén, Aleena Gibson, Windy Wagner)
- Why Start A Fire (Lisa Miskovsky, Aleksander With, Bernt Rune Stray, Berent Philip Moe)
- 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!