Tag: Sweden

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 3

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 3

The "f-word" keeps turning up in this year's Melodifestivalen, the Swedish heats and final which leads to the Eurovision Song Contest. In the first week, there was the opening number which referred to the contest as "Melo-fucking-di-festivalen". Last week, Lisa Ajax sang "I don't give a (fuck), and this week, Robin Bengtsson sang "I can't go on … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 3

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 2

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 2

Half an hour or so after watching Heat 2 of Melodifestivalen, the annual contest which selects Sweden's song for the Eurovision Song Contest, I still have the melody of one of the songs stuck in my head. The song, "A Million Years" by Mariette is really very good: it's memorable, and was performed well. It's … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 2

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 1

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 1

  "So that's what Kris Boswell looks like?", I thought to myself as I watched the annual contest which chooses the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen. I knew of Kris, having listened his work at Radio Sweden, and it was great to see him as part of preview show, ahead of last … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 1

Melodifestivalen 2016 #4

Melodifestivalen 2016 #4

I felt a little sorry for Linda Bengtzing and Martin Stenmarck, as I watched this morningś fourth heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Swedenś entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Martin has previously represented Sweden at Eurovision and was performing in a song co-written by his brother. Linda has previously entered Melodifestivalen, and has … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2016 #4

Melodifestivalen 2016 #3

Melodifestivalen 2016 #3

Though there's still no apparent "winner" for me in this year's Melodifestivalen (the Swedish heats which lead to the final where Sweden's song for Eurovision is chosen) I thought there were some pretty good songs in the third heat. Once again, I woke early, turned on my laptop and television, and settled back to enjoy … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2016 #3

Melodifestivalen 2016 #2

Melodifestivalen 2016 #2

First, the good news:  there was only one song which I thought was absolutely bloody awful in the second heat of Melodifestivalen, the contest which chooses Sweden's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Maybe it was too early on a Sunday morning for me, but 100% by Viktor och Natten did absolutely nothing for me. For … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2016 #2

Melodifestivalen 2016 #1

Melodifestivalen 2016 #1

Over the last couple of years, there's been an inverse relationship between the quality of the songs and the quality of the program presenters/comedy interludes for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish finals which lead to the Eurovision Song Contest. In recent memory, the combination in 2012 of Sarah Dawn Finer, Helena Bergström and Gina Dirawi was probably … Continue reading Melodifestivalen 2016 #1