In May, TV screens throughout Europe will be tuned in to the biggest music competition *puts on Jeremy Clarkson voice* in the world. Eurovision Song Contest, the thing that Swedes obsess about and that the British shrug their shoulders at.
Being a Swede living in Britain, I miss the national selection competition beforehand, to determine which song gets to represent the country. The last few years in Sweden, to jazz it up a bit, they split up the one show to be several shows, each putting forward a winner to compete in the big national final. According to Swedish newspapers (and my Facebook feed, let’s be honest), this year’s shows were more miss than hit. However, they did manage to produce a winner:
This is Sanna Nielsen’s umpteenth time trying to get through to the Eurovision final, and hey, she made it! Is it just me, or does this song sound a lot like last year’s (amazing) Danish winner? For reference:
I STILL LOVE THIS SONG. Almost as much as I love Belgium’s song from last year:
Okay, the video is a bit naff and in no way does the song justice, but THE SONG OMG. (Hey, if you’ve checked my music album reviews, my love of Eurodisco should come as no surprise.)
Anyway, Sweden 2014. So, it sounds a bit like Emmelie de Forest’s from last year. And the verses really remind me of this:
Skip to 1:56 and you’ll
see hear what I mean.
Meanwhile in Britain:
Molly’s Children of the Universe is pretty good, actually, and the comments on the video are positive. Here’s to hoping! The old “no one votes for Britain because they hate our political policies abroad” I don’t think is true. The truth is rather that Britain should stop sending crap songs to Eurovision. End of. Jade Ewen was #5 in 2009, because she could sing and the song was good, Blue #11 in 2011, because other Europeans still remember Blue, I guess. If nothing else, they gave a very slick and professional performance.
No one seems to take Eurovision seriously in this country. In 2010, the BBC sent a boy singing a song that would have been a hit for Steps in the late 1990s. There’s no real effort going into the competition from Britain’s side. It’s like it’s some sort of big family gathering that Britain are dragged to against their will because they feel obliged, while the rest of the family are really excited to see one another.
Still, I think having a national competition first to decide a winner is a good idea, and it would make a break from the tedious singing competitions like The X-Factor and even The Voice, both of which feel like they’re old hat by now.
Oh well. I hope Molly and her song do really well this year. It’s about bloody time!