Heading up north this week to Ö-vik for our final semi-final and to début the final songs that are in contention for the crown this year.
With no surprised, Alcazar is back with a disco hit that is high energy, lots of glitter and lights, and has enough flashes to send anyone into coma or at least induce an epileptic shock. Super fan favourites but never able to achieve victory, this group enters in a giant disco ball, which is very dramatic and totally Alcazaresque. The vocals are good, and the dancing is disco and glitter inducing, overall its a great song that is good for the clubs and the radio but in terms of how its going to fair in the competition Im not convinced that its a winning song. The dancing, the song, and the presentation are all there, but it just lacks the Eurovision factor. To be honest Im surprised nobody didnt have whiplash.
Im not really sure how to attack this one. English was iffy and its really difficult to see where this song is going musically. The chorus is alright but the verses and bridge are a bit ambitious as to their direction, and with a group like this just doesnt do much to convince me of success. I think really the whole English struggle throughout was making for a really difficult watch the whole way through, and then it just getting more angry as it goes doesnt sell it for me.
For the last few years there has been some excitement for Janet Leon, but really shes just been a huge flop each time with songs that arent very strong. Coming dead last this time, the starting singing is a bit edgy and not really clear if its right, and then it progresses to be less than dramatic. The lyrics dont seem to flow with the music, and it tries to oversell and then the dancing in the background is the better distraction because really at the end of the day the song isnt that strong. We all know all the eyes were on the blonde male dancer – lets be honest here.
Well some more hard rock with this band, that really doesnt do anything at all for me. The melody is boring, the singing is rough, the votes that it got perplex me. I guess a lot of men voted and hard rock people like it, but I found this a flat song that didnt show well on TV and is certainly not a choice.
I find this entry to be a personal interest for me. I look a lot like him, and am a lot whiter but our hair is very similar. Admittedly the way he wears his hair in this one is how I go to bed with mine, but the style is a bit put together but still a bit messy, which I actually kind of like. Enough about his style, his song is a good radio song but no winner. Hes very nervous on stage, clearly, and hes all alone which makes it even more difficult for him, but I think that he does it very effectively. Towards the middle and end of the song it becomes a bit of an anthem which is very relatable to me. But then again lets be honest here, I am just paying attention to his image and being jealous at how hes a better looking version of me. I mean hes 10 years younger than me but I still look that age. 😀
Trying again with another high energy spazz-attack song, Linda tries to convince us to take her. The best part of the sing is the fact that shes not dancing around and stays pretty stationary. Generally speaking her song are very in your face and energetic, but this one has the energy in it, but it lacks something like most of her other entries. Shes seemingly angry and pushing a lot with her vocals, and after about 10 years of being a professional shes gotten the singing down and doesnt forget her lyrics. Lets be honest, I like her, but she will never live down singing the wrong words! Another flop this year, fails to qualify.
A bit of a surprise qualifier to the second chance round this year, this pretty unknown singer stands up on stage and nervously sings a ballad alone on the stage. She was able to sing it effectively and make it sound beautiful, but really this pails in the comparison to Undo, because lets face it, its not power ballad. It wont likely come out of the second chance round, but its a beautiful little song this year that is very similar and makes me think of Songbird from a few weeks past.
Again this former dancer turned singer tries to qualify for Eurovision again this year, and unsuccessfully with a worse song than the year previous. His vocals are really iffy and he seems like hes yelling more than hes singing. His dancers are drawing more attention that him, and despite being the Eric Saade type wet dream image that the little girls want, it gets old fast. Hes got the pop-girlies on his side, but I hope it doesnt do well in the Final. Im harsh but fair – its just a weak song
As you can see only two personal favourites in this one, but few of which actually qualified for the final. At this point going into Andra Chansen, its pretty open ended as to what the result will be.