Hello again, and välkommen to another overview of some of the action taking place this weekend. After a week of random revelations, it’s nice to focus on some ESC-related things that were actually scheduled. By tomorrow, we’ll have two more entries for Malmö and two more finalists from Melodifestivalen. All four of them can be found somewhere down there…but not necessarily in my predictions. Please read on without taking them too seriously!
UMK, or TFOFNF – the final of Finland’s national final
Finland, I am not amused. Or enthused. Yes, I may have drawn that conclusion from a dodgy online recap of your final crammed with fifteen-second snippets of the offerings for 2013, but I know personally if I’m going to be excited by something, it will happen within fifteen seconds.
That’s not to say – and I’m talking to you guys again, not Finland – that UMK has nothing good up for grabs this year. And at least you have a chance of finding the good stuff in a field of only eight songs. Take note, Malta!
Here are the eight:
- Lost by Arion
- He’s Not My Man by Elina Orkoneva
- Dancing All Around The Universe by Lucy Was Driving
- Marry Me by Krista Siegfrids
- Saturday Night Forever by Last Panda
- We Should Be Through by Mikael Saari
- Flags by Great Wide North
- Colliding Into You by Diandra
I’m getting decent vibes from Arion, Elina and Diandra in terms of song quality, but in the absence of full-length song knowledge, I’m going to predict a winner based completely rationally on song title. I’m sure this isn’t the first time someone’s done it.
So, who looks promising? By my standards, Dancing All Around The Universe gets a tick. So do Mikael and Diandra, whose names are probably more interesting than their song titles, but who still count.
Can you give me a more informed take on who should/will win UMK? If you’re reading this after it’s happened, then obviously you can.
Norsk MGP: three down, one to go
Nine qualifiers and one lucky (lips) wildcard later, and NMGP is about to crown a hopefully more successful successor to Tooji. This is a much stronger ultimate line-up than Finland’s despite the hideousness voted through from the first semi, and I have some firm favourites. But looking back on the last few years of the Norwegian selection, there seems to be no way of accurately guessing the outcome – sometimes, the acts that won their semis don’t even get a look in to the super final, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, Tooji came 2nd in his heat. When you think about it, the winner could be any one of these:
- Paid My Way by Vidar Busk
- Ulvetuva by Fjellfolk
- Bombo by Adelén
- Alone by Gromth feat. Emil Solli-Tangen
- Awake by Gaute Ormåsen
- Sweet and Heavy by Lucky Lips
- The Underground by Datarock
- I’m With You by Annsofi
- I Feed You My Love by Margaret Berger
- I Love You Te Quiero by Sirkus Eliassen
That abovementioned super final will feature the four top-ranking songs from an initial round of voting, and the winner will be whichever of those scores the highest from a combined jury and public vote. At risk of going with some too-predictable options (I like to live dangerously and be on the safe side at the same time) I’m earmarking Gromth, Datarock, Annsofi and Margaret for the super final.
Datarock are in there purely for the sake of randomness. I don’t like their song that much, and I don’t think they really deserve to get so far, but I’m always confused by the stuff that gets through in NMGP.
Gromth & Emil are my hands-down LEAST favourite, so for the unsuspecting eardrums of Europe, don’t let them win, Norway!
Annsofi is a force to be reckoned with thanks to her association with Alexander Rybak. Her vocals weren’t exactly perfect, and the song sounds like one that could get boring very quickly, but I wouldn’t mind if she won.
Finally, Margaret is amazing in every way, and I don’t get all the criticism about her dress. I would LOVE her to win. Norway would have a very edgy, unique entry if she did, and you know what? I think she will.
That’s right; I’m predicting girl power to prevail this evening. What say you?
Melodifestivalen marches on
Melfest? More like mehfest! I never thought I’d say something like that about my beloved Swedish final, but let’s face it: last week’s semi was a bit crap. Still, there is a chance the hosts will redeem themselves tonight with a semi that includes:
- the poor man’s Eric Saade/Danny Saucedo
- a triple whammy of schlager divas
- a duet between the ‘E’ of EMD and a Norwegian pop princess
- the return of a banana-loving, fake chest-hair-wearing comedian
It can’t go wrong…right?
- Begging by Anton Ewald
- Make Me No. 1 by Felicia Olsson
- Annelie by Joacim Cans
- On Top of the World by Swedish House Wives
- Hello Goodbye by Erik Segerstedt & Tone Damli
- Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream by Louise Hoffsten
- En Förlorad Sommar by Rikard Wolff
- Copacabanana by Sean Banan
Well, I think it’s safe to say that Sweden do NOT want to win Eurovision again so soon. If not, then I have to question the musical taste of the people who narrowed down all the entries submitted for MF to just 32. Feel free to question my musical taste as I narrow the above eight down to a top four:
Begging – This is oh-so-predictable dance pop with a dubstep break a la everything. But that’s enough to make it one of my favourites in yet another average semi. With such a high production level in studio, Anton could totally destroy it live, but even so he’s got a good chance of going straight to Globen.
On Top of the World – Here are those schlager divas with a clubtastic song penned by the Euphoria team of Boström and G:son. It’s one of the best things going, if not the most original.
Hello Goodbye – I am so grateful for Erik and Tone for not doing dance. This is my favourite of the semi by far. It’s a nice little slice of guitar pop which actually makes breaking up with someone sound appealing.
Copacabanana – Yes, I know that this is a carbon copy of Sean’s entry of 2012…but I loved that, and in such a poor field I can easily love this too. It’s fun, it’s catchy, and it probably has offensive lyrics, but I don’t understand enough Swedish to know for sure.
Now to try and make up for my dreadful MF predicting last weekend!
I’m gazing into my dust-covered crystal ball, and it’s telling me…Swedish House Wives and Erik & Tone to the final, with Anton and Joacim heading off to Andra Chansen. There. Now I can blame the crystal ball for everything, unless it was right in which case all the credit will be attributed to ‘Jaz, with absolutely no help whatsoever from any kind of prophetic device’.
Your turn – who’s got the right stuff to get to the final, and who deserves a second chance?
That’s it from me for this Super-ish Saturday. Enjoy whichever final you’re tuning into, and enjoy whatever else you’re doing if you can’t be bothered. Bring on the results!