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06
Feb
11

Why do Swedes like to kill their pop stars?

This is a question that has started to perplex me. In recent times there have been a glut of video clips from Swedish artists that have seen the lead singer perish.

The first hint happened back in 2006. The lovely Martin from BWO keeps getting killed in a car accident in the clip for “We Could Be Heroes”. I remember being surprised and feeling a little uncomfortable although in the final replaying of the scene, the car misses him.

Flash forward to 2010 and it seems that every clip is out to get the star. The manboy himself, Eric Saade released “Masquerade” as a single. The storyline features Eric as a lowly stable boy who falls in love with one of the rich folk. The forbidden romance gets discovered which means curtains for poor Eric in the form of an execution. Although you don’t get to see it, the sound effects leave little room for doubt that he has lost his head!

Darin released a great song called “Lovekiller” and like Eric’s clip, it runs like a mini movie. Unlike Eric’s clip, it starts with Darin murdered by the Lovekiller in a scene reminiscent of CSI Stockholm. Not for the squeamish since you do get to see blood and the big knife.

Even our darling September cops it. She ends up on an operating table in “Resuscitate Me” and promptly flatlines. She spends the rest of the clip as a ghostly vision. A miracle does happen right at the end so it’s not all doom and gloom.

Finally, a clip I featured recently – NEO with the song “Underground”. Like Martin in “We Could Be Heroes”, he gets repeatedly killed by a car, stares in a mirror and screams at the heavens. In the final moments, he discovers that he has super powers so there is a happy ending of sorts (but not for the driver of the car).

All great songs with great videos but what is it with with the death theme? Is it a Swedish thing?

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11
Mar
10

Melodifestivalen 2010 – lead up to the final

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:

  1. Peter Jöback – Hollow
  2. Salem Al Fakir – Keep On Walking
  3. Pernilla Wahlgren – Jag Vill Om Du Vågar
  4. Eric Saade – Manboy
  5. Ola – Unstoppable



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