I can’t seem to keep away from Eurovision, can I? Last week I took a look at what this year’s entrants were doing now, but Sweden’s Robin Stjernberg decided I should wait a little longer. But today he’s back with a new single, the title track from his album “Pieces” that was released earlier this just. I suppose it’s not quite a new single then is it… but it’s new to me, so whatever.
For those of you even further behind than me, Robin was chosen to be the Eurovision entry for host nation Sweden when the contest came to Malmö back in May. It was an amazing show, and I was so pleased when Robin qualified for it via Sweden’s massively popular Melodifestivalen selection programme. His entry “You” was exhilarating and made great use of Robin’s incredible vocal range (and big smile). Continue reading
Oh now how can you say I don’t give you what you want? After all the effort I spend writing posts on this blog, all most of you want to do is look at mucky pictures of singers. And why not? I don’t hold it against you, I might go and do that right now. But first, in honour of the first Men of Malmö post, here’s a second portion. I fear I used most of the best ones on the first post, so look at that too! I’ve got loads of the Baku guys too, if you’re good…
There’s also a 2014 remix – The Men of Copenhagen!
Eurovision 2013 might be firmly in the past, but it’s finally time for me to wrap up my countdown. Watching the DVD yesterday, it just confirmed how much I enjoyed everything about it. I had a great time in Oslo’s 2010 contest, but I felt a lot more investment in this. Following Baku’s 2012 contest closely to report on the blog really got me better acquainted with the contestants than ever, and this year I went even further on that front.
So now I don’t just think about the songs sent to Malmö, I also remember the arena, the performances, the characters. At the risk of sounding really sickly, it’s little things – the amazing reaction to Anouk qualifying, Gianluca’s goofy faces, Elitsa screaming “Bulgariaaaa” in the green room, Margaret’s victory Joey-dance, Esma… well, just Esma.
I don’t know if the songs are necessarily better than other music I listen to, but that emotional investment in the music and the performing artists have ensured I still don’t feel bored of the class of 2013 despite listening to them a LOT over the last 6 months.
I also hope that people who read this blog have enjoyed the journey too, it’s felt a bit labour-intensive at times, but I’ve been totally blown away with the numbers of views. Sure, a LOT of them have been people googling Eddie Razaz’s nipples and finding that ONE post (though fair play, he’s got a great body), but in March I wondered if I would break 50,000 views by this point, and instead I’m on the home stretch to 100,000 views instead. So thank you so much for this support, and I hope you hang around for the other stuff (Margaret Berger’s album review coming in the next few days for a start).
If you want to catch up on the rest of my countdown, here are links to #39-31, #30-21, #20-11 & #10-6. Also everything I’ve ever written about Eurovision 2013 (DAYS worth of writing) is in the Malmö 2013 hub.
While some of the hardcore Schlager fans complained about this year’s Melodifestivalen, as always there were plenty of great songs competing to represent Sweden. Robin Stjernberg made history as the first Andra Chansen qualifier to win Melodifestivalen in an electrifying final. His fairytale story might have ended on a lukewarm note in Malmö, but it’s easy to forget another Andra Chansen qualifier that managed the rare feat of finishing top 5.
Yes, Anton Ewald made his debut as a Melodifestivalen singer this year with the breakout hit of the season “Begging”. It wasn’t his first time on the MF stage though, debuting as a dancer with Velvet in 2009, as well as dancing & choreographing both Danny Saucedo’s “Amazing” and Andreas Lundstedt’s “Aldrig Aldrig” in 2012. Busy guy.
I thought he was a surefire qualifier in his semi-final, but lost out to two songs he would later defeat in the final. Before that, he earned his place there in second-chance round Andra Chansen with a much more polished performance. He might not have won, but the exposure of a Melodifestivalen Final is highly-prized in Sweden, and with the dust and glitter settling after Malmö’s Eurovision, it’s time for some new material. Continue reading
I thought it would be a bit odd for this blog to have a rare day off on actual Eurovision day, so you can hear all about my night out instead. I’ll add some photos when I’m back home.
I felt a bit lost yesterday, Friday was the first day since I’d arrived in Malmö that I hadn’t gone to a show in Malmö Arena. To calm the shakes, we went to the EuroCafe in Folkets Park for a Schlager blowout. After a very quiet start to the night, things quickly picked up when Eddie Razaz took to the stage.
A Melodifestivalen 2013 alumnus, Eddie hasn’t quite got the back catalogue of some of the veteran MF acts, but he really got everyone going with his 3-song set. Of course I think he’s gorgeous, and that might have been what got me to the Cafe last night, but he was a great singer! He performed “Warrior” (I think that’s the name), and a new midtempo song, as well as his MF2013 entry “Alibi” which didn’t sound any less anthemic in the small venue. Continue reading