We’re halfway through the Melodifestivalen semi-finals and there hasn’t been much to grab me so far. My personal test when it comes to songs is, would I buy it as a single if I just heard it somewhere? And I can honestly say there is only one so far that fits that criterion. The incredibly infectious “Manboy” by Eric Saade. Sure it’s lightweight pop but there’s nothing wrong with that. Music is meant to be fun after all. Eric’s performance was very good, especially with the shower at the end. I’m sure that the OH&S guys were hovering around very nervously. It was no surprise that Eric has gone straight through to the final. Since the final hasn’t screened yet, SVT have asked that YouTube do not host the clip so here is a still picture instead.
Don’t get me wrong. Some of the other songs are good but just don’t grab me. I’ll be happy to have them on the Melodifestivalen double CD. The songs that have got through to the final so far have all been good, strong songs however, even if they don’t totally rock my boat. It’s surprising that only male solo singers have got through so far. Some of the female singers have been good enough to get a spot in the final like Hanna Lindblad and Anna Maria Espinosa
I thought that Jenny Silver’s song “A Place To Stay” sounded promising but it never quite got anywhere. Another disappointment was Anders Ekborg who sounded incredibly pompous and was ultimately quite boring. A shame since I think he’s normally very good.
We have been spoilt with the hosts in the past couple of years. Petra Mead was great last year and the team of Kristian Luuk and Björn Gustafsson the previous year was unbeatable. In comparison, Christine Meltzer and Måns Zelmerlöw have been merely competent and don’t have that extra spark. Dolph Lundren has been a surprise though. I’ve only known him to be a stoic action hero but it turns out he has a good sense of fun as well a decent musical talent and dance moves. His rendition of “A Little Less Conversation” wasn’t too shabby at all.
The main highlight was the performance of “Holding Out For A Hero” by three schlager divas, Nanne Grönvall, Charlotte Perrelli and Sonja Aldén. This should be released as a single in its own right.
Two more semi-finals to go and there is an impressive line up of artists who are favourites of mine. Tomorrow has Erik Linder, Alcazar, Elin Lanto and Darin. The following week has Peter Jöback (go Peter), Pernilla Wahlgren and Neo. I’ll be in hog heaven. 🙂