Stupid fucking Swedish televoters.
Shirley should have been ‘direkt till final”
Well last night I caught up with semifinal 1 of this year’s Melodifestivalen. It is a time of the year I look forward to – following the competition and enjoying the presentation, the guest appearances, the interval acts and the humour that “Mello” is famous for.
But not this time. Semifinal 1 of Melodifestivalen 2014 sucked. And sucked majorly.
SVT seemed to be bored with the whole thing and phoned it in. They couldn’t even be bothered to change the opening graphics. The opening montage from last year’s competition was a total Zzzzzz-fest. And then those hosts. Jesus H.Christ!!!
Who ARE these people? And why are they trying to impersonate TV show hosts? They are about as funny as bowel cancer and add absolutely nothing to the show. In fact, they are a major liability. Even with multiple cue cards they had no idea what was happening most of the time and their banter was absolutely inane. When compared to someone like Petra Mede who hosted Melodifestivalen 2009 and Eurovision 2013….well, it’s like comparing two corpses to a live human being.
No interval act. An excruciatingly boring ‘comedy sketch’ involving the two ‘hosts’ instead. It was embarrassing. Just embarrassing.
Semifinal 1 also seemed to be a celebration of technical glitches. It seemed like SVT’s crew might have had a few little drinkies before the telecast because they couldn’t get their act together either.
The whole presentation seemed amateur and tired. Just very tired.
And the songs – well most of them – deserved much better. There were a few really good songs in there. My two favourites – “Casanova” by Elisa Lindström and “Bedroom” by Alvaro Estrella came nowhere. They’re out of the competition already. And they deserved better. But at least I was able to buy them last night – songs that aren’t progressing further in the competition are made available on Swedish iTunes immediately. So I don’t have to wait to order the full Melodifestivalen 2014 CD – I can enjoy them right now.
The two songs that made it through ‘direkt til finalen’ didn’t do a lot for me. But, on the other hand, I don’t actually hate them either. That’s a good thing. Everyone seems to be raving about “Songbird” – maybe they were listening to a different song than me?
Anyway, there are 5 more weeks to go. Please god that SVT wake up and get their shit together and start putting some excitement into the telecasts.
And maybe, just maybe, the two hosts get beamed into outer space and are replaced by living, breathing, entertainers!
Here’s “Casanova” – a classic schlager….
And here’s “Bedroom”. This sounds like an international hit to me…
I was sitting in a bus last weekend with my mp3 player playing Tom Odell’s “Long Way Down” album in full for the first time. About one third of the way through the first track “Grow Old with Me” I realised I was crying. I think a few people were staring at me wondering what the hell was going on. But I couldn’t stop.
And tonight, as I was enjoying a hot bath with Tom’s album playing loudly from my bedroom I wondered..had it really only been two weeks since all this craziness started?
Yes, it was Friday night about two weeks ago when I was randomly surfing the web and clicked on a link which took me to a youtube video of Tom performing “Grow Old With Me”. Not sure why I did it – I never discover new music in that way. And anyway, most of the music I’ve been buying for the last two years has had to be imported from Sweden. Anyway, I did have a vague recollection of seeing the cover of “Long Way Down” at JB HiFi weeks ago in the new release section. I think I thought “cute guy, probably photoshopped, music is probably r&b or some other X-Factor-type winner shit like everything else that’s out at the moment.” I didn’t give it another thought.
Until that Friday night when I clicked the link. I watched the performance and the voice, the look, the emotion, the music…it just jumped out of the screen and grabbed me by the throat. I clicked on some more links and discovered the clip for “Another Love” which also knocked me down. I listened to one or two more tracks via youtube and then stopped. It was all a bit too much. I said to my flatmate that we had to go out on Saturday because I had to look at the CD again and that “I might buy it.” Might? Yeah right…pig’s arse. The choice came down to WHICH version of the CD I would get – the standard or the deluxe. The deluxe won out of course.
As always with me, I didn’t play the CD immediately nor did I transfer it to my PC or mp3 player for a few days. I went back to youtube to watch a couple more clips and also surfed the web for pictures and interviews with Tom. He is fucking gorgeous. A blonde god. But more than that, from interviews I watched, he’s a really nice, down to earth guy. Who also just happens to write killer songs and sing with a kind of honesty and emotion that makes me feel like I’m being punched in the gut when I listen to him.
I’m not sure how long it has been since music really got inside me and fucked me over emotionally. I love music, pop music – preferably “up” and “happy” and the pop-ier and dance-ier the better. But this is different. This really makes me FEEL stuff.
If I sound obsessed well that’s just because…I am. How anyone that beautiful and genuine can have so much fucking raw musical talent just blows me away. And how he can get that emotion into his voice…I just don’t know. All I know is that he has really knocked me sideways.
He has a couple of killer videos out there also. This official promo video for “Grow Old With Me” could bring tears to a glass eye!
I’ve managed to convert the flatmate into being a fan as well. Initially a skeptic, I made him watch this promo video for “Another Love”. It only took one viewing. The song is perhaps the most well known of Tom’s but this particular video is just so….simply and raw and it just sells him and the song so well…it’s impossible not to be affected.
There are so many other moving songs on the CD…”I Know”, “Til I Lost”, “Can’t Pretend”….no wonder I get so emotional when I listen to the album.
Hilariously, he was in Australia the other week. On TV, doing promo, the whole thing. But at that stage I didn’t have a flying fuck of an idea who he was. No interest whatsoever. So I missed all that.
But here we are a few weeks later and I’m emoting along with Tom in a hot bath. So um yeah…I’m obsessed. I’d probably be a stalker if I lived in England 🙂 Tom Odell is just so fucking, fucking amazing.
Of course he’s straight…well, you can’t have everything!
Stockholm Pride was the usual disorganised shambles this year……Stockholm Gays couldn’t organise a root in a brothel. However, one very good thing did come out of it this year.
Each year a song is chosen as the “Official Pride Song”. Some are okay, others barely passable. But this year they’ve turned up an absolute gem!
Janet Leon’s “New Colours” is absolutely brilliant. A great lyric set to a thumpingly fabulous tune. And even a package of remixes to shake your groove thing to on the dance floor.
The 7th Heaven Remix is particularly delicious – as Scandipop notes here.
I saw Janet perform this at Pride a couple of weeks ago and she really sold it. I’ve just returned from overseas and had the chance to buy the track and all the remixes and well…just WOW!
Here is the lyric video for it….enjoy. (And buy it if you like it!)
Loreen’s f*cking unbelievable version of “Euphoria”, with Swedish schoolchildren from Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser, has been officially released on iTunes (at least in Sweden) to purchase.
This is a 4 minute 11 second studio version of the song that was performed on the final of Melodifestivalen 2013.
EUPHORIA 2013 is magic. It is magnificent.
Do yourself a favour – if you can, BUY IT IMMEDIATELY!
A very special version of “Euphoria” from last night’s final of Melodifestivalen 2013. Incredibly moving with children from Manilla Skolan in Stockholm -a state school for deaf and hearing impaired children. The children’s voices come from Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser. This has had me in tears it is really so beautiful.
Terrific English language interview with the newly reformed-for-Melodifestivalen Army of Lovers!