Dolph Lundgren co-hosted Sweden’s Melodifestivalen this year, which lead to this:
I know it shouldn’t feel weird to hear Dolph speaking in Swedish, but it is. Anyway, this is Sweden, so you know that there’s going to be some quality entries. Jen’s favorite was Eric Saade’s “Manboy,” because it’s called “Manboy” and is actually cheesier than the name would indicate. I dug Salem Al Fakir’s “Keep On Walking,” which had a different sound than you would usually find at the Melodifestivalen.
Ultimately, the song that won was the song that was on top of the Swedish charts when the show aired, Anna Bergendahl’s “This Is My Life”:
A perfectly amiable ballad that sort of grows on you upon repeated listens. It certainly has the gravitas that a winning entry has, and I bet it had an inside chance of doing well this year, even if we’re seeing scads of ballad entries.
UPDATED: I am totally wrong about this. “This Is My Life,” upon repeated listens, gets really, really, really annoying. So annoying.
During the voting period, there was a medley of past Swedish and Norwegian entries, which culminated in Alexander Rybak performing “Fairytale” again. Of the five shows we watched on Saturday, he was on three of them: a live performance in the U.K. on Friday and a live performance in Sweden on Saturday, plus a taped cameo for Estonia. Plus he did the Russian final as well. Goodness knows how many other national finals he showed up at. Frankly, I can’t wait for the Final to start just so I know it’ll be the last time I hear that song for a while.
Anyway, the highlight of the evening was the glam rock band Casablanca performing last year’s Swedish entry, “La Voix”:
Two things to note:
- Couldn’t they have just sent Casablanca last year?
- Malena Ernman could totally kick all their asses with one uber-muscular arm tied behind her back.