Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #8 : Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw

Having been a fan of Petra Mede from Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, I was so pleased when she got to host Eurovision in 2013, and then in 2016, she co-hosted with Måns Zelmerlöw, the previous year’s winner. Together, they were awesome in the half-time act which (in a loving way) took the piss out of Eurovision, by explaining “the secret” to writing a winning song. It’s the same crew responsible for a bunch of these show numbers Petra has become famous for.… Read the rest “Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #8 : Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw”

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #7 : Petra Mede

Following on from yesterday’s awesome half-time moment from when Norway hosted Eurovision comes another awesome half-time moment. This time it’s from Sweden, and it’s one of two (or maybe three) moments I’ll post featuring the awesome Petra Mede.

Petra is a Swedish comedian, performer, television presenter etc. She’s super-talented, super-funny, and IMHO has been the best host of both Melodifestivalen and Eurovision in recent memory. In particular, I love the way she takes the piss out of both contests, while also paying respect.… Read the rest “Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #7 : Petra Mede”

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #6 : Half Time Act from Norway

The half time act in Eurovision can often be quite boring. Riverdance from Ireland set the standard, prompting a global phenomenon. When Norway came to host Eurovision in 2010, they were already behind the curve with “flashmobs”, but they did an awesome job “uniting Europe”. I wanted to be there with them.

As part of these “moments”, I’m sharing in the lead-up to Eurovision, I’ll be highlighting two other exemplary interval acts. Both of them are from Sweden.… Read the rest “Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #6 : Half Time Act from Norway”

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #5 : Shirley Clamp

There are so many occasions when Shirley Clamp SHOULD have been Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Of all the times she’s entered, this is probably my favourite.

Min kärlek (Aha)
Ska brinna (Aha)
Så klar som en stjärna i natten
Min kärlek (Aha)
Ska finna (Aha)
Sin väg i det djupaste vatten
Min kärlek till dig
(Min kärlek, min kärlek)

My love (Aha)
Shall burn (aha)
As clear as a star in the night
My love (Aha)
Shall find (aha)
Its way in the deepest water
My love for you
(My love, my love)

I’ve seen her perform a few times, including at Stockholm Pride, and in the close-up of her feet, at (the sadly now closed) Paradise nightclub.… Read the rest “Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #5 : Shirley Clamp”