Pre-Melodifestivalen Thoughts

My friends will probably spend all of March 14th posting that it’s Pi Day and eating round food. On the other hand, I’m going to pretend to study and stare at the SVT App on my phone to watch Melodifestivalen with the sound off. (Thanks, family members who don’t like me listening to music.) In that case, it’s a good thing that I’ve heard all the songs before coming home.

This year’s final running order is a little different than the semifinals, since the supposedly “hyped” entries aren’t put into the “best slots”:

  1. Samir & Viktor- “Groupie”
  2. JTR- “Building It Up”
  3. Dinah Nah- “Make Me (La La La)”
  4. Jon Henrik Fjällgren- “Jag är Fri (Manne leam frijje)“
  5. Jessica Andersson- “Can’t Hurt Me Now”
  6. Måns Zelmerlöw- “Heroes”
  7. Linus Svenning- “Forever Starts Today”
  8. Isa- “Don’t Stop”
  9. Magnus Carlsson- “Möt Mig i Gamla Stan”
  10. Eric Saade- “Sting”
  11. Mariette- “Don’t Stop Believing”
  12. Hasse Andersson- “Guld och Gröna Skogar”

If some of the artists sound familiar, it’s because they probably are. Jessica Andersson participated in Eurovision 2003 as one half of Fame, and Eric Saade received 3rd place representing Sweden in 2011. Linus Svenning participated in Melodifestivalen last year with the song “Bröder”, and Magnus Carlsson is probably best known in the ESC world as “that one guy from Alcazar.” There’s also Dinah Nah, a former member of Caramell (and their hit Caramelldansen) and Jon Henrik Fjällgren, who won Sweden’s Got Talent 2014.

According to the bookies, the entry most likely to win is “Heroes.” It’s definitely on my radar, though a small part of the lazy blogger in me wants someone else to win because it’s annoying having to type the letter å. (Still, it’s going to be funny when people mispronounce his name because they only check his Twitter or Instagram, which doesn’t have the diacritical marks for convenience.) I’m not going to rule out “Jag är Fri”, “Möt Mig i Gamla Stan,” or “Don’t Stop Believing” either, since they stand out the most as a Lion King-esque joik complete with spirits and aurora, classic Swedish schlager, or a dark ballad with ghostlike wind machine effects. As for “Sting,” it will probably do well (probably top 4) but I really don’t want it to win.

Out of the entries that I like but probably won’t win, the one that stands out the most is “Forever Starts Today.” It’s probably because I love belting out the refrain really loudly while walking to class.

Since I’m just an American who has zero control of who the public or jury votes for, I’ll just wait for the results once the contest ends. But it’ll be fun watching the competition tomorrow at…15:00 Eastern Daylight Time?


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