My two favourite Melodifestivalen 2010 entries

Melodifestivalen 2010Well, we’re at the business end of Melodifestivalen 2010. Three three semi-finals have happened and there’s only “Andra Chansen” (2nd Chance) to go before the big night. We have six confirmed songs chosen for the final already with just the two from “Andra Chansen” to go.

This year’s Melodifestivalen has been a bit dull and uninspiring. They tried to do something different, they tried to move away from “schlager” and bring in all kinds of entries. But what they brought in was mostly crap and the telecasts themselves have been pretty dull. The hosts were okay but certainly not on the level of Petra Mede or Björn Gustaffson. I did, however, love Dolph Lundgren’s “A Little Less Conversation” – that was a hoot.

Yoda will be happy because Peter Jöback qualified for the final last night with his song “Hollow.”

Meanwhile I’ve sorted through the dross to find my two favourite entries this year. First up is Eric Saade with his infectiously catchy “Manboy.” For some reason. parts of the song remind me of “Womanizer” by Britney Spears!

Next up are those perenial favourites, Alcazar. This year they’ve gone with something that is more typically schlager than before and I think it’s quite fab. There have been a few comments about “Headlines” not being up to the standard of their previous entry “Stay The Night,” but I think that’s a churlish reaction. I give Alcazar and “Headlines” two thumbs up. They’re only through to “Andra Chansen” so I have my fingers well and truly crossed that they’ll get through to the final. Oh, I love the staging of this one – the Alcazar sign in lights is fab.


3pm in Stockholm

Stockholm at 3pm, Saturday 27 February 2010

Can James survive the cold in Sweden?

In a few days, a boy who has only ever spent time in warm environments in Australia will be experiencing this. Last night he was wearing a short sleeve casual shirt and a pair of shorts.

Can he survive Stockholm in early March? Will he hide under the blankets in his hotel room? Will his thermals be enough? Or will he freeze his gazoolies off?

We wait with bated breath for the first installment of….”James O’Brien…Frozen in Time” 😉

Leo - you should have worn your thermals!