Well, in last week’s second chance final, two women got through – the wonderful Pernilla Wahlgren and the not-so-wonderful Jessica Andersson. No offence to Jessica but her song is sooo boring. Ican’t believe it got through over Alcazar or Neo. I suspect that part of the problem was the silly way that the duels were set up (a pointless exercise). I think many of the people who liked Alcazar also liked Neo and vice versa. The result was a split vote that let Jessica and Kalle Moreaus through, both boring songs. Jessica then beat Kalle. Sigh.
Anyway, that’s how the game works and it is all a game after all. Not much point bitchin’ about it!
We’re gearing up for the final which is this weekend. Here are the ten finalists with my comments for what they’re worth. They are in the order that they will be performing.
Darin – You’re Out Of My Life
Quite disappointing actually. Darin was favourite to win the contest but I’m sure that’s changed now that everyone has heard the song. Darin ha the potential to be an international star but I don’t think this will be the song to do it. He has released much better ones than this in his career.
Pernilla Wahlgren – Jag Vill Om Du Vågar
Pure schlager and I love it. Plus it’s in Swedish too which in my view is a definite plus. She’s gorgeous and the song is a lot of fun. I wonder if she’ll do an English version should she win.
Andreas Johnson – We Can Work It Out
I don’t mind this song at all and it’s quite good. I just don’t think it’s memorable enough to win. I always enjoy listening to it but five minutes later, I can’t remember how it goes.
Timoteij – Kom
Another Swedish song (there are only two in the final) but boring. A bit too folksy for an international contest.
Peter Jöback – Hollow
My favourite, of course. A big ballad sung with a big voice. This will get people’s attention for sure. Plus it helps that Peter is known outside of Sweden.
Ola – Unstoppable
I wasn’t too impressed at first but it has really grown on me. Its main hook is the catchy piano riff which reminds me of “The Persuaders” TV theme for some reason.
Jessica Andersson – I Did It For Love
As already mentioned, boring. There’s no real heart or soul in this song.
Salem Al Fakir – Keep On Walking.
I love this infectious slice of indy pop. It’s a bit different to the norm which makes it stand out. I’m sure it will do well.
Anna Bergendahl – This Is My Life
A ballad but one with some heart and soul (unlike Jessica). Not my favourtie but I don’t mind it at all. I have a feeling this will do well on Saturday and could even be the winner. I hope not.
Eric Saade – Manboy
He’s cute with a killer smile and the song is a lot of fun. Definitely the best performance with the shower scene at the end. I’m sure this will do well and being the last song won’t hurt.
In order, my favourites are:
- Peter Jöback – Hollow
- Salem Al Fakir – Keep On Walking
- Pernilla Wahlgren – Jag Vill Om Du Vågar
- Eric Saade – Manboy
- Ola – Unstoppable