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19
Mar
10

What was Sweden thinking?!?

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.

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11
Mar
10

This has got to win…

Peter Jöback has released a video clip for his Melodifestivalen song “Hollow”. It is an acoustic version featuring Peter’s stunning voice and a piano. In some ways, I think it works better than the original. Lets hope they release this version too, even if just as a digital download.

06
Mar
10

Melodifestivalen 2010 – Semi-Final 4

Despite a slow start to Melodifestivalen, things have picked up considerably. The fourth semi-final was by far the best so far, with some great songs.

Even putting my bias aside, Peter Jöback was always going to get through to the final. “Hollow” is a big song with a big hook sung with a big voice.

Good to get some dance pop schlager with Pernilla Wahlgren. Love this one.

Some more fun dance pop with Neo and “Human Frontier”. I became a Neo fan last year and this song does not disappoint. Love the outfit too plus the cane.

I was disappointed that Sibel was totally knocked out of the competition. Her energetic performance of “Stop” combined with her chunky purple dress should have got her through to at least Andra Chansen, the second chance final but alas no.

Peter got through to the final, and Pernilla and Neo will get another go in Andra Chansen. That now makes three artists (Pernilla, Neo and Alcazar) in Andra Chansen that I want to get through and of course, only two will get through. The way it is structured, Neo and Alcazar can’t both get through but I would be happy for either of them to join Pernilla going through to the final. We should know by this time tomorrow who is making the final line up for the grand final on 13 March 2010.

06
Mar
10

My Inspiration

I love these two posters of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (aka Pet Shop Boys) and they would look fabulous on my wall. They were produced as part of a campaign for HMV UK a couple of years ago and are part of a bigger series. They are currently being offered through HMV’s reward scheme but the catch is that you have to be a UK resident. Grrr. And I couldn’t find them on eBay either. Double grrr. A hex on HMV.

Not only are the photos themselves stunning but they each reference a song and an artist that has inspired them. Coincidentally, the artists referenced are big inspirations to me too which makes the posters even more special. Needless to say, Neil and Chris are also personal inspirations.

Dusty Springfield is the best bar none. The song chosen is a favourite of Dusty fans, the soulful and moody “Goin’ Back”. This clip features candid footage, some of it filmed in Australia back in the 60s. I got a bit teary while watching.

Billie Ray Martin is a German soul dance diva who had a worldwide dance hit some years back with “Your Loving Arms”. Here is the promo clip for this infectious dance number.

24
Feb
10

Prayers For Bobby

Although it’s been more than two hours since the movie finished and I have been trying to distract myself with uptempo music, I still feel an emotional wreck. I feel all cried out, probably because I have been crying my eyes out.

The reason is the movie “Prayers For Bobby” starring Sigourney Weaver as Mary Griffith, the ultra religious mother of gay teen Bobby. She cannot accept his sexuality because it goes against what she has read in the bible. And one doesn’t question the bible. Bobby feels more and more alienated and eventually takes his own life. Mary goes to pieces (as did I) and starts a journey of questioning her blind acceptance of the bible and eventually becoming involved with PFLAG. Her speech towards the end of the movie is inspirational.

Sigourney is simply brilliant as always, although you spend most of the movie hating her. Ryan Kelley as Bobby is superb. I recognised him from somewhere and when I checked, I saw that he had played Ryan in one of my favourite “Smallville” episodes “Stray”. This is considered by many to be one of the best episodes in the series history mainly due to the performance of Ryan.

This movie is a must-see, especially for any parents of gay kids. Here is the trailer which is emotional enough by itself.

24
Feb
10

Melodifestivalen 2010 – Semi-Final 3

I must say that Melodifestivalen has been a bit lack lustre so far. An impressive line up of artists but the songs haven’t quite been up to scratch. The quality has picked up for the third semi-final but none of my favourites made it through to the final, although one did get through to the second chance final so there is hope yet.

“Headlines” by Alcazar is my favourite out of the first three semi-finals. Not as punchy as their entry last year but very catchy nonetheless and I love the effect of the cars driving seemingly under the stage.

“Doctor, Doctor” by Elin Lanto is a great dance pop song which has nothing to do with the Thompson Twins classic with the same name. She looked great on the night and the effect with her hair towards the end was visually stunning. I can’t believe it came so low.

A change of pace with Eric Linder and “Hur kan jag tro på kärlek?”, one of the few Swedish language songs in the contest. A more traditional Swedish pop ballad but beautifully sung. It only just missed out on the second chance final. It was great to see Kenneth Gärdestad get recognition. He wrote the lyrics for the song and of course is best known for all those classic songs that he wrote with his brother Ted back in the 70s.

None of the other songs rang my bells so to speak. Darin made it through to the final and I do acknowledge that the song does sound like it could be an international hit single and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up representing Sweden at Eurovision in Oslo. He also has the talent to break it internationally. The song just didn’t grab me on the night.

Only one more semi-final to go. Another impressive line up which includes Peter Jöback, Neo and Pernilla Wahlgren (responsible for one of my all time favourite Melodifestivalen songs “Piccadilly Circus” in 1985). There was a bit of a drama earlier in the week which could have seen Peter’s and another contestant’s songs being disqualified but thankfully that has been sorted out. I have heard the one minute clips from each of the songs but will wait until I have seen all the complete performances before I pass any judgement.

19
Feb
10

And you and you and you are my lovers…

Here’s an oldie. “Sex Symbol” from 1985 is one of those songs that I still sing to myself today. I don’t know why but I’m sure a psychologist could have fun with that.

I’m not sure how well it went on the charts at the time although it was popular in the gay community. It was orange vinyl which was fab. Another piece of trivia was that it was produced by Michael Hutchence from INXS.

Anyway, I found the clip on YouTube today which gave me a big nostalgic thrill.




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