As I watched the latest heat of Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals for the Eurovision Song Contest, I couldn’t help but feel I’d heard the songs before.
“Rich” by Julia Alfrida sounded very similar to “Royals” by Lorde (it even contained the line “Do you want to be royal?”.
“The Silence” by Frida Green had a very “Moving On” by Sarah Dawn Finer vibe about it. Or, as one of the hosts described her, Sarah Fine Diner.
And the song “New Religion” by Anton Ewald sounded like pretty much every Melodifestivalen entry in the last decade.
Still, it was nice to see Anton back on the contest. He’s a very, very attractive man. Since he last competed in Melodifestivalen, he’s moved to the United States, and he’s now married. The fact he married a woman surprised a lot of people in Sweden, as it was widely speculated he was gay,. There was a reference to it, when one of the co-hosts said to the other, Oscar Zia (who is openly gay) something about how he would really like to get to know Anton. Quickly, Oscar replied (with a slight grin), “But he’s married”.
A friend and I caught up late this afternoon, and we both agreed there was nothing terribly exciting about the entries in the second heat.