Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #8 : Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw

Having been a fan of Petra Mede from Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, I was so pleased when she got to host Eurovision in 2013, and then in 2016, she co-hosted with Måns Zelmerlöw, the previous year’s winner. Together, they were awesome in the half-time act which (in a loving way) took the piss out of Eurovision, by explaining “the secret” to writing a winning song. It’s the … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #8 : Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw

Petra Mede hosts Eurovision

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #7 : Petra Mede

Following on from yesterday’s awesome half-time moment from when Norway hosted Eurovision comes another awesome half-time moment. This time it’s from Sweden, and it’s one of two (or maybe three) moments I’ll post featuring the awesome Petra Mede. Petra is a Swedish comedian, performer, television presenter etc. She’s super-talented, super-funny, and IMHO has been the best host of both Melodifestivalen and Eurovision in recent memory. … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #7 : Petra Mede

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #6 : Half Time Act from Norway

The half time act in Eurovision can often be quite boring. Riverdance from Ireland set the standard, prompting a global phenomenon. When Norway came to host Eurovision in 2010, they were already behind the curve with “flashmobs”, but they did an awesome job “uniting Europe”. I wanted to be there with them. As part of these “moments”, I’m sharing in the lead-up to Eurovision, I’ll … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #6 : Half Time Act from Norway

The feet of Shirley Clamp

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #5 : Shirley Clamp

There are so many occasions when Shirley Clamp SHOULD have been Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Of all the times she’s entered, this is probably my favourite. Min kärlek (Aha) Ska brinna (Aha) Så klar som en stjärna i natten Min kärlek (Aha) Ska finna (Aha) Sin väg i det djupaste vatten Min kärlek till dig (Min kärlek, min kärlek) My love (Aha) … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #5 : Shirley Clamp

Child behind thinking hurry up fat bald man, I want a photograph with Nanne also.

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #4 : Nanne Grönvall

In 2005, in controversial circumstances, Sweden chose Martin Stenmarck with his song “Las Vegas” (which I liked a lot) over Nanne Grönvall with her song “Håll om mig” (which I liked a lot more). Nanne had the popular vote (chosen by viewers), but was trumped by Martin who had the jury vote (chosen by a group of experts). There was a public outcry over the … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #4 : Nanne Grönvall

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #3 : Molitva

Continuing my “Eurovision Countdown” and highlighting another wonderful song and performance. And highlighting something which I wish there was more of in modern Eurovision: songs in languages other than English. This song is awesome, and was easily my favourite from 2007. Marija Šerifović from Serbia. There’s an English language version, too, but in my opinion, it lacks the passion of this. Lyrics Ni oka da … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #3 : Molitva

Loreen

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #2 : Loreen at Gay Gala

Initially I was a little “ho hum” about Loreen’s entry in Melodifestivalen (the contest which leads to Eurovision) in 2011, “My Heart Is Refusing Me”. It kinda sounded like someone had put Swedish lyrics into “Google Translate”. I have since come to love this song, thanks largely to seeing her performance at the Swedish Gay Gala in 2012. The song, which went on to represent … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #2 : Loreen at Gay Gala

Melodifestivalen 2013

Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #1: Loreen at Melodifestivalen

As it’s now exactly one month until the Eurovision Song Contest final, I thought I might start sharing each day some of my favourite moments from Eurovision and Melodifestivalen (the Swedish contest). This is from Loreen from Sweden who won with Euphoria in 2012. Interestingly, the first Indigenous woman to win the contest (Berber from North Africa). The year afterwards, she performed her winning song … Continue reading Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #1: Loreen at Melodifestivalen