Tuesday, November 29, 2011

France 2012: From Indonesia to Eurovision - Anggun

Today the french broadcaster announced that Anggun was selected to represent France next year in Eurovision. She was born in Indonesia, now she lives in France and she has a lot of experience on the stage, 12 studio albums and a very interesting voice. All i can say its im very happy with this selection and lets wait for the song, i think this one might be a good one for next year, so well done France and Congratulations to Anggun!

Melodifestivalen 2012: Leksand & Malmö

Today the last 16 artists that are going to compete next year in the Melodifestivalen were presented and guess what? no surprises, this year all the rumors from the press were true and i can officially say that the Melodifestivalen 2012 is going to be the best ever.

Click HERE to watch the press conference.

Deltävling 3: Leksand - February 18
Förlåt mig - Mattias Andréasson
Upphovsman: Mattias Andréasson
I mina drömmar - Maria Ben Hajji
Upphovsmän: Nanna Svensdóttir, Thomas Cars
Just a little bit - Love Generation
Upphovsmän: RedOne, John Mamann, Jean-Claude Sindres, Teddy Sky, Yohanne Simon, Bilal "The Chef" Hajji
Lovelight - Andreas Johnson
Upphovsmän: Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint
Mirakel - Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li
Upphovsmän: Fredrik Andersson, Björn Ranelid
Sanningen - Carolina Wallin Pérez
Upphovsmän: Michael Clauss, Martin Bjelke, Carolina Wallin Pérez, F Dread
Why i am crying - Molly Sandén
Upphovsmän: Molly Sandén, Aleena Gibson, Windy Wagner
Youngblood - Youngblood
Upphovsmän: Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger

Right now i see this semifinal like the weakest and it reminds me to this year 3rd semifinal, so maybe this semifinal is made to let Love Generation or the new Kempe boyband win. I honestly cant wait for the songs. So i really cant say a lot of things, i said the LG and Youngblood thing cause its kinda obvious but i hope im wrong and if those 2 have great songs im sure i'll be very happy and i'll suport them. Im happy to see Andreas again even if im not a huge fan of his entries i think he is an amazing artist, im very curious with Mattias and Carolina Wallin Perez entries. And I hope my webjoker girl get a chance to be in the top 4, cause i really love that song.

Deltävling 4: Malmö - February 25
Allting blir bra igen - OPA
Upphovsman: Michael Sideridis
Amazing - Danny Saucedo
Upphovsmän: Danny Saucedo, Peter Boström, Figge Boström
Don't let me down - Lotta Engberg & Christer Sjögren
Upphovsmän: Lasse Holm, Lars "Dille" Diedricson
Goosebumps - Hanna Lindblad
Upphovsmän: Hanna Lindblad, Linda Sundblad, Tony Nilsson
Kyss mig - Axel Algmark
Upphovsmän: Axel Algmark, Mattias Frändå, Jonathan Magnussen
Land of broken dreams - Dynazty
Upphovsmän: Thomas G:son, Thomas "Plec" Johansson
The girl - Charlotte Perrelli
Upphovsmän: Fredrik Kempe, Alexander Jonsson
Why start a fire - Lisa Miskovsky
Upphovsmän: Lisa Miskovsky, Aleksander With, Bernt Rune Stray, Berent Philip Moe

It seems this one is going to be a great semifinal i can see 5 of those artist winning or getting in the top 5 but i hope for surprises. Danny is back and i love him, i really like to see Lisa in the list she is fantastic, Hanna is back i loved her performance in 2010 and i hope for a great song this time for her. Im curious about Dynazty and Charlotte. Its going to be a hard semifinal, well looking at all the semifinals it seems that we are going to have a fabulous 2012.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Video: The Moniker - Who wants to die alone

This is the new video of The Moniker and i love it. What a wonderful song, its one of my favorite songs of this year and the video its just wow, i dont even know what to say. So if you want to watch a great video you should definitely click play and enjoy. Good job to the artists who made the video and to The Moniker for this amazing song.

Melodifestivalen 2012: Växjö & Göteborg

Hej to everyone, today was the press conference of the Melodifestivalen 2012 Semifinal 1 & 2. 16 artists were presented and it seems next year we will have an AMAZING MF!!.

If you want to watch the press conference click HERE.

Deltävling 1: Växjö - February 4
Euphoria - Loreen
Låtskrivare: Peter Boström och Thomas G:son
I want to be Chris Isaak (This is just the beginning) - The Moniker
Låtskrivare: The Moniker
Jag reser mig igen - Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern
Låtskrivare: Thomas G:son och Ted Ström
Mystery - Dead by April
Låtskrivare: Pontus Hjelm
På väg - Abalone Dots
Låtskrivare: Abalone Dots (Rebecka Hjukström, Sophia Hogman, Louise Holmer) och Viktor Källgren
Salt & Pepper - Marie Serneholt
Låtskrivare: Figge Boström, Lina Eriksson och Mårten Eriksson
Sean den förste Banan - Sean Banan
Låtskrivare: Sean Banan, Joakim Larsson, Hans Blomberg, Mårten Andersson
The boy can dance - Afrodite
Låtskrivare: Figge Boström, Johan Lindman och Catrine Loqvist

Wow what a strong semifinal, im very happy to see Loreen, The Moniker and Marie back again and im curious about Abalone Dots and Dead by April. I can see myself getting mad because one of my favorites dont get through but lets wait for the songs, im hoping for great entries in this semifinal, maybe one of them will be the winner?.

Semifinal 2: Göteborg - February 11
Aldrig - Andreas Lundstedt
Låtskrivare: Randy Goodrum, Niclas Lundin och Maria Marcus
Baby Doll - Top Cats
Låtskrivare: Lina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson och Susie Päivärinta
Det går för långsamt - Mimi Oh
Låtskrivare: Niclas Lundin och Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad
Ge aldrig upp - Thomas Di Leva
Låtskrivare: Thomas Di Leva
I din himmel - Sonja Aldén
Låtskrivare: Sonja Aldén, Peter Boström och Bobby Ljunggren
Shout it out - David Lindgren
Låtskrivare: Tony Nilsson och Fernando Fuentes
Soldiers - Ulrik Munther
Låtskrivare: Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, David Jackson, Ulrik Munther och Johan Åberg
Stormande hav - Timoteij
Låtskrivare: Jens Engelbrecht, Stina Engelbrecht, Johan Fjellström och Kristian Lagerström

In this Semifinal i think Ulrik is the obvious winner, right now i dont like him, to me he is good but too Junior Eurovision, maybe he is going to be a surprise for me next year. Im soo happy to see Sonja and Timoteij, im sure im going to LOVE their songs, this semi is going good.

So this is all for today, maybe i will post some videos of the 16 artists later. Next Monday we will know the artist that are going to participate in the semifinal 3 & 4. The rumors were 100% right today so next week we might have Danny, Charlotte Perrelli, Andreas Johnson, Lisa Miskovsky, Molly Sanden, Love Generation, Dynazty, Hanna Lindblad, Christer & Lotta and the lovely webjoker winner Maria BenHajji.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Macedonia 2012: Kaliopi is ready for Eurovision

Kaliopi is one of the biggest artist of Macedonia and she is going to represent her country next year. Im very happy with the internal selection (i dont like the Skopje Fest final) and she is a great singer so i really hope they can find the right songs for her cause i can see her going to the finals. Good job Macedonia and good luck with the rest of the selection.

Her entry in 1996 didnt qualify from the pre-qualifying round.

She tried in 2009 and came 2nd with this song:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Serbia 2012: Željko Joksimović is here again

Oh yeah, i think no one expected this but he is back!! and im sure he will be one of the favorites next year.

He took part in the contest for the 2nd time as the composer of the song from Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2006.

In 2008 he was the host of the contest and the composer of the Serbian entry.

Lane Moje was his 1st Eurovision experience in 2004. Back then i wasnt a big fan of that song cause i wanted Ruslana to win and it was her biggest competition but i really love that song and i guess thats why im happy to see him again in esc.
His Eurovision results:
2004: 2nd place
2006: 3rd place
2008: 6th place

Belgium 2012: Airis or Iris? Whats her name?

It seems its going to be Iris for Eurovision, she is 16 years old and she going to be representing Belgium next year. VRT choose her internally and i guess it will be like 2010 and they will present the song next year. She is also in the same record label as Tom Dice.
More info about her here: http://www.sonicangel.com/artist/airis

My 1st impression about her wasnt good but now i think she isnt a bad selection, lets hope she can find the right song.

Live performance at 5:00

Miss Brandi Russell - Drug of oblivion

Here we have the full version of one of the 4 songs that the lovely Miss Brandi Russell submitted to the Dutch National final. I really like it, its catchy, mysterious and i know she can do a great performance with this song so lets hope she get into the final.

Previews of the 4 songs she submitted:

I like the 4 but i think "Drug of Oblivion" is the best one, but i would to listen the full version of all the songs.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Melodifestivalen 2012: The Songtitles

Today was the day when SVT presented the songtitles and composers of the 32 songs that are going to participate in the Melodifestivalen 2012, well seeing the list we can say we have some Artists already confirmed. There are lots of rumors in the Swedish press but this is all we got right now:

Aldrig aldrig
Upphovsmän: Niclas Lundin, Maria Marcus, Randy Goodrum

Allting blir bra igen
Upphovsman: Michael Sideridis

Baby Doll
Upphovsmän: Mårten Eriksson, Lina Eriksson, Susie Päivärinta

Det går för långsamt
Upphovsmän: Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Niclas Lundin

Don't Let Me Down
Upphovsmän: Lasse Holm, Lars "Dille" Diedricson

Upphovsmän: Thomas G:son, Peter Boström

Förlåt mig
Upphovsman: Mattias Andréasson

Ge aldrig upp
Upphovsman: Thomas Di Leva

Upphovsmän: Hanna Lindblad, Linda Sundblad, Tony Nilsson

I din himmel
Upphovsmän: Sonja Aldén, Bobby Ljunggren, Peter Boström

I mina drömmar
Upphovsmän: Nanna Svensdóttir, Thomas Cars

I Want To Be Chris Isaak (This Is Just the Beginning)
Upphovsman: The Moniker

Jag reser mig igen
Upphovsmän: Thomas G:son, Ted Ström

Just A Little Bit
Upphovsmän: RedOne Team

Kyss mig
Upphovsmän: Axel Algmark, Mattias Frändå, Jonathan Magnussen

Land Of Broken Dreams
Upphovsmän: Thomas G:son, Thomas "Plec" Johansson

Upphovsmän: Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint

Upphovsmän: Fredrik Andersson, Björn Ranelid

Upphovsman: Pontus Hjelm

Upphovsmän: Björn Olsson, Martin Elisson

På väg
Upphovsmän: Abalone Dots (Rebecka Hjukström, Sophia Hogman, Louise Holmer), Viktor Källgren

Salt & Pepper
Upphovsmän: Lina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson, Figge Boström

Upphovsmän: Michael Clauss, Martin Bjelke

Sean Den Förste Banan
Upphovsmän: Sean Banan, Joakim Larsson, Hans Blomberg, Mårten Andersson

Upphovsmän: Ulrik Munther, Johan Åberg, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, David Jackson

Stormande hav
Upphovsmän: Kristian Lagerström, Johan Fjellström, Stina Engelbrecht, Jens Engelbrecht

The Boy Can Dance
Upphovsmän: Figge Boström, Catrine Loqvist, Johan Lindman

The Girl
Upphovsmän: Fredrik Kempe, Alexander Johnsson

To the Sky
Upphovsmän: Fernando Fuentes, Tony Nilsson, Danny Saucedo, Peter Boström, Figge Boström

Why Am I Crying
Upphovsmän: Molly Sandén, Aleena Gibson, Windy Wagner

Why Start A Fire
Upphovsmän: Lisa Miskovsky, Aleksander With, Bernt Rune Stray, Berent Philip Moe

Upphovsmän: Fredrik Kempe, David Krüger

Im so excited with this list, its going to be an AMAZING year and with this information i think we can confirm the participation of Mattias Andréasson, Thomas Di Leva, Sonja Aldén, The Moniker, Love Generation, Andreas Johnson, Dead by April, Abalone Dots, Sean Banan, Ulrik Munther, Danny Saucedo, Molly Sandén, Lisa Miskovsky and Youngblood (a new boyband), those are the most obvious but there are rumors that confirm that Charlotte Perrelli, Timoteij, Afro-dite, Magnus Carlsson, Dynazty and Hanna Lindblad have their songs in the list.

As you all can see we will have a strong competition next year. Im very happy to see some names in the list and to see that 15 songs are in swedish. The announcement of the Artists is going to be on November 21 and 28, i guess it will be a press conference and  we will know the artist that are going to compete in the semifinals 1 and 2 on the first date and 3 and 4 on the last date.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Melodifestivalen 2012: Webjoker Winner - I Mina Drömmar

YAAAAAAAY! I dont even know what to say im soooooo HAPPY, normally i wait some days to post but i really need to do it now. We have a winner and it was announced 30 minutes ago. The song "I mina drömmar" (My BIGGEST Favorite) won! and  its going to compete in one of the 4 semifinals of the Melodifestivalen 2012 in February. I was listening the radio show but i dont know swedish so i have no idea what they said but im sure that Christer asked Maria BenHajji to be the singer of the song in the MF and she said YES, so thats another reason to be more happy. I really think this song is going to be one of the best of next year and it will have the best result of a webjoker song. Thanks to all the people who voted for the amazing song, a huge round of applause and a standing ovation to the I mina drömmar team (Thomas Cars, Nanna Sveinsdóttir and Maria BenHajji) cause they really deserve it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Melodifestivalen 2012: Webjoker Final

The final of the Webjoker competition its on monday and i think its time to say my last comments before we know the results, this year from 540 songs only 32 competed and now we just have 8 songs and we will listen and see one of those songs in the Melodifestivalen 2012.

The Final this year is not going to be a  live TV show but a radio show and you have to vote, here is the running order:

1.I mina drömmar - Maria BenHajji
Låtskrivare: Nanna Bing och Thomas Cars, Uppsala
1 till nummer 72 211

2.Beautiful Love - David Nestander
Låtskrivare: Erik Kohl, Umeå
2 till nummer 72 211

3.Need To Know - Bowties
Låtskrivare: Erik Andergren och Erik Källner, Växjö
3 till nummer 72 211

4.Ingenting, ingen - Caroline Coquard
Låtskrivare: Caroline Coquard, Gävle
4 till nummer 72 211

5.Forever By Your Side - Trison
Låtskrivare: Tony Andersson och Martin Johansson (Trison), Skåne
5 till nummer 72 211

6.All Day All Night - Grand Slam
Låtskrivare: Andy Swaniz och Peter Andersson, Malmö
6 till nummer 72 211

7.A Heartbeat Away - Jonas Lundström (låtskrivare)
Låtskrivare: Jonas Lundström, Stockholm
7 till nummer 72 211

8.Marilyn Monroe - Never Alone
Låtskrivare: Christofer Erixon och Joakim Björnberg
8 till nummer 72 211

I've been saying my opinions of the songs since the 1st semifinal so you can have an idea of what i think about each one but now before my comments about the final, i want to see the winners of the webjoker competition from 2010 and 2011.
In 2009 the webjoker idea started and in my opinion a horrible song won, then SVT changed the singers but the composers who were the singers of the demo wanted to be part of the entry and they were the backing vocals of the band Highlights. The song in the MF stage wasnt that bad but it still was a horrible entry.
Highlights and MiST - Come and get me now

Melodifestivalen 2010 - Semifinal 2 - Result: 7th place - 10.978 votes
Then in 2010 we got a new rule in the Webjoker competition: a live tv final and 2 winners, a year with better results cause the 2 songs that won were good.
Jonas Matsson - On my own

Melodifestivalen 2011 - Semifinal 1 - Result: 7th place - 10.680 votes
Julia Alvgard - Better or worse

Melodifestivalen 2011 - Semifinal 4 - Result: 6th place - 18.867 votes
6th place its the best result that a webjoker song has got and i really think that if Julia was on Semifinal 3 she would have been in the top 5 at least. Now here we are again in this year Webjoker competition, a lot of fans think that its kinda imposible to get at least in andra chansen if you are a webjoker entry but there are 2 or 3 songs this year that i can see getting a great result next year.
From the 8 songs in this final there are 3 songs i kinda dislike "All day, all night", "Forever by your side" and "Ingenting, ingen", if the winner is one of those im going to be dissapointed.
Then there are 3 songs i like:
"Need to know" a song that sounds really nice.
"Beautiful love" has an anthemic chorus and i would love to listen it with female vocals even though with male vocals sound great.
"A heartbeat away" its also very strong but it needs a lot of things like a better ending.
And last but not least the 2 songs that i LOVE and i think can get a great result in the Melodifestivalen 2012:
Marilyn Monroe: Super catchy, modern and so strong, also i love the guys and it would be amazing if SVT let them as the singers.
I mina drömmar: What i can i say? did you guys read my comments of this song in the semifinal 1?. If it was my decision i would choose this one cause its the only one that made me feel something the first time i listened. Now im going to say that i really would love that SVT let Maria sing the song in the MF, im sure she would be one of the best singers next year. As i said the 1st time i wasnt expeting to find a great song in the Webjoker competition but here it is and i really wish all the best to the composers and Maria on Monday.

Now all we have to do is wait and see whats going to happen and of course if you are Swedish you have to vote, the lines will be open at 13 and will be close at 14 on monday so you have 1hour to vote. For information about the radio show enter in www.svt.se/melodifestivalen and remember VOTE for I mina drömmar and Marilyn Monroe, 1 till nummer 72 211 and 8 till nummer 72 211.