As we continue on our tour of the Swedish pre-selection, we come to a star-studded and exciting semi-final for the year. Onwards ever striving onwards.
Its no wonder that there was support for this song to take it to the second chance round. While its not my cup of tea musically, the presentation is very unique with cages and a straight-jacket, and what comes across as a very clean main hard rock singer. Having someone that is not covered in tattoos, blonde, beautiful, is something that is very unique and I think thats what appealed to me, cause frankly the lead singer has style. The song is melodic enough to have appeal from all areas, and it transitions in a very well produced production. Its rough around the edges, but actually quite good!
Take some electronic music, a redhead, and some minimalism and you get this piece of music. What is seemingly inspired by past years of electronic music, this one is an interesting choice for an entry featuring a pretty good singer and band in a way that is simple, and still relatable. The frequent break out dance moves and geeky hot piano player and drummer make for a positive music experience, even if its a bit out there for me. I want to be held now, because really, I am fading! Kind of sad that it comes dead last tho, probably because we dont know who the heck it is! There is something to be be said of familiarity.
Former dancer turned singer (seems like there are a lot of those), Oscar comes with his sassy man dancers to talk about how they can. I find that the vocals and the presentation is quite teenage focused and as a such since Im no longer a teeny-bopper, it doesnt appeal to me. Too young, too generic pop, it just didnt sit well with me. The dancing is by far the best part of this entry, and as far as Im concerned it needs to die in the final. There will be no partying in our underwear, just sayin!
The diva is back, this time in English with her epic ballad about burning alive. Always singing about love, and the profession of her trials and tribulations with Melodifestivalen, she brings the wind-machines to a whole new level from start to finish. With the vocals of a true diva, and impeccable ability, she gives er and gives a performance that is very intense. The song isnt terribly accessible because its a ballad, but her vocals and presence on stage is enough to be a winner in any flat year of music. As usual she has that super high note that she holds forever, and then grabs her dress and flys in the wind machine which is kicked into high-gear.
Back for another go, is State of Drama, with their super charismatic lead singer who looks like he hasnt aged a day and is super young-looking. With a very good radio hit, this song is a nice accessible song that is fun and just features a bunch of guys dancing and singing around and using a megaphone to get his message across for effect. We all just want to raise our arms and say hey when instructed, because really ts just charming. Too many rings and accessories though. It even has a key change so it just makes is even more fabulous! On a side note, I think hes kind of a lookalike of the YouTube celebrity Philip deFranco.
In the 90s she had a hit, and then in 2014 she had a flop. She wrote it herself which is fabulous and all, but really I didnt connect to this song at all. She looked a bit out of sorts on stage and with strange eye-contact. The fact that its a bit country just really made me hate it even more. Its a simple song, a its title suggests, but it just wasnt for me.
If there was any hype about a song that is so typically not Swedish, this is it. Its catchy and something that you would imagine to come out of the creativeness of the Eastern Bloc, but really its an unknown singer named Alice Gernandt who surprisingly released an album previously to little attention came out with this simple and super catchy song that would be a great selection to send to Copenhagen this year. If this doesnt win the whole thing, Id be really surprised, but shes got tough competition from Sanna and others in this wide open contest.
Every time that I see Jessica Folcker on stage I get confused and dont really understand whats going on. Now shes got a Nigerian born Swedish artistic speaking English with an African accident, and Jesscia adding the interesting parts. Tons of confetti, and outfits that make me uncomfortable and not sure what Jessica is trying to pull off, I dont really know where to look or what to think. Its catchy, but really its just bad, sadly. Why is he a doctor, cause I feel like its really a disgrace to use in academia where people actually earn their Dr status.
So after this weeks entries I see a possible winner, and a few other songs that are alright but popular and will be heard on the airwaves for a time to come!