Sweden’s Eurovision 2009 Entry

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: Malena Ernman’s “La Voix” is Sweden’s representative at Eurovision this year:

Techno-opera? Really? Because Alenka Gotar did so well for Slovenia.  (We keep coming back to her, don’t we?)

The good news is that most of the songs Sweden put forth in their final were pretty good.  I mean, they weren’t all brilliant, but even the weakest song was better than some national finals I could mention (Russia).

You certainly had a diversity of styles to chose from.  If you like glam hair metal, you had H.E.A.T. If you like big Eurovision ballads, you had Sarah Dawn Finer and Molly Sandén. If you like twee jazz, here’s Emilia. If you like Greek entries, there’s Sofia. If you like really shitty songs, you had Caroline af Ugglas.

Alcazar’s “Stay the Night” was a favorite to win (as was “La Voix”), and it’s not hard to see why:

My favorite was Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Hope & Glory.”  It just screamed Eurovision to me:

Jen’s favorite was E.M.D.’s “Baby Goodbye,” which is definitely the catchiest of the songs:

Then there was Agnes’ “Love Love Love”:

This is a classic disco number that may not have been the strongest song on the night, but it was the one that Kieran danced to the most: