Melodifestivalen 2018

Standing at the bus-stop yesterday and looking down at my phone (as seems to be the fashion these days), I felt a nudge. I looked up and saw the smiling face of a colleague. We both share a passionate interest in the Eurovision Song Contest, and she opened with the line, "Is this the worst [...]

Melodifestivalen 2018 Deltävling #2

There was a fair bit of "eye candy" in the second heat of Melodifestivalen, the competition which chooses Sweden's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. From the opening number (a cover of Saturday Night Fever's "Stayin' Alive" featuring male pole dancers), and later, David Lindgren (the host) appearing in tighty-whities, to the homoerotic charm of [...]

Melodifestivalen 2018 Deltävling #1

There were two genuine laugh out loud moments, as I watched the first heat of Melodifestivalen (now, appparently called "Mello"), the Swedish competition which chooses their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. As I've stated previously, I far prefer Melodifestivalen over Eurovision. Maybe it's because I've attended Melodifestivalen a couple of times? Or maybe because [...]

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 3

The "f-word" keeps turning up in this year's Melodifestivalen, the Swedish heats and final which leads to the Eurovision Song Contest. In the first week, there was the opening number which referred to the contest as "Melo-fucking-di-festivalen". Last week, Lisa Ajax sang "I don't give a (fuck), and this week, Robin Bengtsson sang "I can't go on [...]

Melodifestivalen 2017 : Deltävling 2

Half an hour or so after watching Heat 2 of Melodifestivalen, the annual contest which selects Sweden's song for the Eurovision Song Contest, I still have the melody of one of the songs stuck in my head. The song, "A Million Years" by Mariette is really very good: it's memorable, and was performed well. It's [...]