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The Men of Malmö 2013 – Part 2

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!

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Single: Danny Saucedo – “Todo el Mundo” (2013)

Check me, I’ve got my finger on the pulse, I’m only 3 weeks late looking at Danny Saucedo’s latest single. Danny’s had a good year, taking a break from coming second at Melodifestivalen, he co-hosted the show this year.

danny saucedo todo el mundoHe was a great host and took some opportunities to sing too, including with a one-night-only reunion of Alcazar, really awesome. That builder’s outfit was pretty hot too…

I’m not completely familiar with Danny’s musical output outside Melodifestivalen, though I really loved his latest “Amazing” album, an awesome cardio playlist! It’s not clear what form his next album will take, judging by this latest single. Continue reading

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Single: Jedward – “Luminous” (2012)

Yeah Yeah I know, Jedward right? In their defence I thought they did great at Eurovision, moreso their 2011 entry “Lipstick” than 2012’s “Waterline”. After a few years of bothering the British Isles with various irritating covers and reality TV appearances, they finally found their niche.

jedwardIreland were happy with their top 10 finish in 2011 and thought “That went better than expected, let’s just try that again”. Jedward were happy too, thinking “That went better than expected, now let’s show Europe we aren’t just a gimmicky act”. Stripped of their usual novelty – and often their clothes, seriously, a press-up won’t kill you – the result was enjoyable but lacked that spark we’d grudgingly grown to appreciate from them.

Their reception in Baku was lukewarm, but they’d seen the potential that Eurovision exposure offers and had carved out a decent little career in Europe, particularly Sweden. But without the hair, the backflips, the novelty, where are they? They aren’t great singers, so the obvious direction to take was dance-pop. If it goes well, they could have a decent thing going as Swedish celebrities, like A1 did in Norway. They’ve already performed at Melodifestivalen, a pretty huge gig for them. Could this happen? Continue reading

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Single: Eric Saade – “Winning Ground” (2013)

Since I’m on a roll, let’s have a look at some more Scandinavian pop. After yesterday’s review of Anton Ewald’s debut EP, one of his Melodifestivalen predecessors is back in town.

eric saade winning groundEric Saade, former member of boyband Whats Up (with, among others, Swedish Eurovision 2013 entry Robin Stjernberg), was pursuing a reasonably successful solo career before he ended up in 2010’s Melodifestivalen. He took “Manboy” to third place, while winner Anna Bergendahl saw Sweden miss their first Eurovision final for over 30 years.

Momentum built behind Eric during the next year, and he returned to Melodifestivalen in 2011 with the amazing “Popular”, winning it by a wide margin. His success continued in Dusseldorf, as “Popular” not only qualified but came 3rd in the Eurovision final. Continue reading

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