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Saturday, 09 March 2013 18:57

Sweden: Melodifestivalen 2013 - LIVE

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Melodifestivalen, Sweden's National Selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, will come to an end for this year's edition with a total of 32 entries competing in 4 semifinals and a Second-Chance round to win the ticket to Malmö. It's the most popular National Selection show outside the Scandinavian country and even neighbor nations have attempted to reproduce its format. Each year, a handful of these songs become popular, despite their resultls in the competition, hitting the No. 1 spot and staying there for weeks. Sweden's the 3rd. most succesful country in the Englsh-language pop music world, after the United States and England, and in Eurovision terms, it's in the the Top 3 as one of the most succesful countries in the European competition with 4 victories; In 1974 with Waterloo, in 1984 with Diggi Loo Diggi Ley, in 1999 with Take Me To Your Heaven and of course last year with Euphoria.

This evenings' Melodifestivalen selection could be followed through the notably stunning live stream offered by the official website of the Swedish broadcaster, another vote of confidence in their abilities of hosting the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Alongside these 4 entries, there's a long list of pre-Eurovision entries that have even become classic pop songs in Sweden.Last year, Loreen took Europe by storm when she became the winner to collect the largest amount of 12 points given to a single country and her song, "Euphoria" was a radio hit around the continent. Tonight, 10 songs will be performed and be voted by a panel of juries and the public to succeed Loreen's participation.

The Show (Part 1)

A pair of kids are playing the hosts. Now they're singing "Du Ska Till Malmö" ("You Go To Malmö") written by Benny and Björn of ABBA and it's being performed by Swedish ESC hosts of the past and today. The arena is HUGE!! Their vocals are flawless!! The numbers to dial to vote are being announced. The artist will do the catwalk as they did in their semifinals while short videos of them are being aired as they thank everyone for supporting them. And here we are the songs!!

Ulrik Munther - Tell The World I’m Here

This is very uplifting track performed with much passion. Ulrik's voice gives it a nice touch and that giant screen at the background and its images go with the song in a way that makes the whole performance one to remember!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK4Pzpk643g

David Lindgren - Skyline

Very energic!! The light show goes so very well with a so adrenaline-driven entry. The choreography was very well elaborated. However, David seemed a a bit under pressure as his vocals weren't as great as they usually are, but it's the kind of songs Swedish votes will keep in mind and support highly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5krzqCdHOI

State Of Drama - Falling

Both songs and the vocalist's voice makes this number very charming. It wasn't as elaborate as the usual Melodifestivalen staging, but it wasn't that necessary anyways. It's got an American feel and it may become a summer radio hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcEBEekq6eA

Anton Ewald - Begging

Another dancey number performed by a young eye candy that delivers a lot of energy that's reflected in his complicated dance moves reminiscent of those of Michael Jackson. Even his wardrobe was very Michael Jackson! His vocals could have been better, but one could think it's the Final effect. However, his stage presence, stamina and very catchy song make it up for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0rc-BB1W8

Louise Hoffsten - Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream

This is the "serious" entry of tonight's show: It's her and her band standing in dark outfits performing this midtempo track that may not be appreciated by the younger audience, but juries might go for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkSf2elwGo

Ralf Gyllenhammar – Bed On Fire

Someone call 911 'cause the whole stage is on fire!!! This power ballad à la Freddy Mercury with all this pyroshow will surely remain in people's mind for some time. Ralf sang the whole song playing the piano. He delivered a lot of passion and very good vocals. There might be a surprising outcome... who knows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74N6b3FijjM

Ravaillacz - En Riktig Jävla Schlager

Here's another charming brought by this 4-piece group comprising old men who are giving out what it takes to make a good schlager. Nevertheless, this is more of a dansband song. The song is one that takes more than one play to like it. The audience seems to be pleased and this number could another surprise tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0b5lQgQJ7g

Sean Banan - Copacabanana

This is not an act Sweden would dare send to Eurovision, but it's certainly one to entertain for a bit. Sean's sense of humor was present in this eurodance song full of rap featuring references of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision itself. One needs to be familiar with both to really get this song. Colorful outfits and lots of energy makes this performance a bit of candy for the eye.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgtcha9yLeA

Robin Sternberg - You 

Tonight's dark horse, but Robin's vocals were simply amazing, not missing a single note while the featuring dance ensemble compliments the song with their not typical contemporary routines. The audience will appreciate how it was camera-oriented.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imyYbKcpqNw

YOHIO - Heartbreak Hotel

This teenage Japanese anime-influenced boy received a lot of ovation when he was announced. The song itself is a power rock/pop track that features a very attractive stage performace. Yohio's vocals were okay and his sort of coldness goes with the lyrics. According to polls, it's the favorite one to make it to Malmö.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y36DqNAaXzc

The Show (Part 2)

Lynda Woodruff made it back to Melodifestivalen! She made an introduction to Malmö in her usual style. As traditionally done, last year's Melodifestivalen entry was presented before the votes are announced: This year "Euphoria" was BEAUTIFULLY performed by an ensemble of child choir who delivered a performance worthy of a Nobel Prize!! They also used sign language that gave it a special touch. They were the stars of the show! Eventually, it was Loreen's turn to join them to close the show and she did a great vocal and sign language job!! Sverige, vi har ett resultat!! Voting results are about to be announced.

According to the international jury, "You" by Robin Stjernberg is the winner and now a recap of all songs is being screened as the televiewers have a last chance to vote. The audience in general didn't seem too thrilled about the results. The loudest cheers were heard when "Begging" by Anton Ewald was awarded, which may indicate it was their favorite, and they can't be blamed: The boy did a great job turning everyone on with their moves and catchy melody. This year marks the 30th. Anniversary of Carola's first appearance in the Melodifestivalen and Eurovision world with her classic hit "Främling"!

A 2013 version of "Främling" took over the stage powerfully as her vocals were just as great! It was a thrilling moment when, at the end, she invited the audience to song along with her a cappela. That was a very magical moment for everyeone witnessing this show with a lot of nostalgia for the good old days of glorious pop music that made Sweden what it is in the Eurovision world.

And the winner is... "You" by Robin Stjernberg!!!!!

Even when Yohio was the highest on the bets, it was dark horse Robin Stjernberg that took the golden bird that was handed to him by last year's winner, Loreen

Like stated before, it was his camera-oriented performance that was inviting to the teleaudience to join him. He's now performing "You" as the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, all choked in emotion. Because of it, he's even missed some of the words to the song Robin's voice is very melodic and powerful, being able to hit high notes.

Let me conclude by saying: "Melodifestivalen 2013 has come to an end. Thank you, everyone, for joining us. See you next year!! Tack så mycket och hej då!!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imyYbKcpqNw

Last modified on Saturday, 09 March 2013 21:05