It’s taken me this long to process the outcome of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen final. How could Sweden have chosen such a boring song to represent them at Eurovision? Okay, it’s a nice song and Anna Bergendahl seems a nice girl but considering what else was in the final, there’s no way it should have won. I don’t think it has much chance at Eurovision in Oslo in May. But then again, Ireland did prove that you can win with a boring ballad time and time again so who knows.
I was surprised that Peter Jöback didn’t do better. Some people have compared his position (9th) with how he did when he was last in the contest back in 1990. Apart from the same position, it’s actually quite different. This time he was voted into the final 10 by the public so obviously people liked him and liked the song. Also, the single has been selling well making number 8 on the singles chart. His 1990 song didn’t even chart. So all in all, he did well, it’s just that on the night, people liked other songs better.
Same with Pernilla. I honestly thought she would do a lot better. It’s a fun song and it’s in Swedish. I guess she would have done an English version had she won but now we’ll never know.
As the voting progressed, it seemed like a two horse race between Anna and Salem. Out of those two, I was rooting for Salem. I loved his indy pop song and I honestly think that would have done much better at Eurovision.
Another year and yes, I’ll be following Eurovision in May. SBS are once again showing both semi-finals as well as the final. How will Sweden go? Time will tell.