Mar 11, 2014

Sanna & Ace Wilder - battle of Melodifestivalen 2014: Sanna Won..

  Finally Sanna Neilsen's Undo' won. It was Sanna seventh entry for Melodifestivalen

Strangely enough the first timer 'Ace Wilder' was wearing a Number 7 - baseball style T-shirt, was she hinting at something all along.
The emotional victory was breathtaking you could see that Sanna Nielsen has waited for this moment during her long outstanding career. We will look at that shortly here as well.
There is not many artists in Sweden who are better suited to a Eurovision success or victory than Sanna. Of course it is all about the song, we know but having the perfect artist and presentation is half  way there, Go Sanna ...

Mar 6, 2014

Melodifestivalen Grand Final 2014- Are we busy expecting nuthing?

It's been quiet a strange Melodifestivalen for 2014, it's turned out very different from last year.
Besides the strange chemisty of the 2 hosts, and a slap-dash presentation, the focus has been more on the music and artists and that crazy scoreboard. Some real shockers
as Panetoz and Ace Wilder take final spots unexpectedly from some more established artists.
Poor Martin Sternmark, what a trooper he was.
Then Panetoz & Ace Wilder have both taken pole-position of Song 9 and Song 10 in the funny Final running order personally I would have expected Alcazar to finish the show with a bang! instead we have Ace with her Pajamarama Song. (Still not a fan I am sorry to say.)

Ohhh..That's where the busy outfits came from?

There's been a lot of Eurovision fan speculation on will, or won't Helena Paparizou take the Melo victory, she will have that great power with the international juries, that's a given fact- but I think the jury may also see this song's weakness. 'Survivor' has a great hook, but far too repeative to set Copenhagen on fire. I think.
So Alcazar could they pull it off finally? once again 'Blame it on the Disco' not the very strongest of tracks from them. Although a wonderful performance.
I think for Alcazar, they will do well in the public vote, so it all depends on how the International jury take to this disco stomper. They may surprise us? same goes for Sanna Nielsen she is already sweden's favourite for Melo 2014, yet Sanna needs a strong International Jury vote as well to win the prize. If she has that it could be in the bag.
Then we have Anton's 'Natural' he will have the top public votes together with Sanna & Alcazar and with Ace as well maybe. yet I think the International jury will let Anton Ewald down on the scoreboard

 I personally, I  think Sanna's  'Undo' is the best choice for Copenhagen, all round.

At this early stage alot of entries for Eurovision Song Contest 2014 are choosen, and just ask yourself how many power ballad's are there this year? Not many. and normally at this point in the Eurovision entries we are complaining we have too many ballads, no so for Copenhagen 2014.

that Final Running Order:

1. Anton Ewald – “Natural”
2. Ellen Benediktson – “Songbird”
3. Alcazar – “Blame It On The Disco”
4. Oscar Zia – “Yes We Can”
5. Linus Svenning – “Bröder”
6. Helena Paparizou – Survivor”
7. YOHIO – “To the End”   --Toilet Break--
8. Sanna Nielsen – “Undo”
9.Panetoz – “Efter solsken”
10. Ace Wilder – “Busy Doin’ Nothin’”

Finally Maybe SVT should have invited Linda Martin over to Friends Arena to run a red-hot debate in the interval,
  certainly will miss our Linda this weekend...

Mar 3, 2014

EUROVISION United Kingdom have choosen a new modern singer Molly Smitten-Downs- Wow- she looks like a winner to me?

Molly, she must pull in some Euro-votes

Word Out on London streets is BBC have choosen Molly Smitten-Downs, for Copenhagen for United Kingdom...
she is a new singer rather famous and discribed as a modern soulful version of Dolly Parton !
& she have never even dreamt of being a Spice Girl !

The rumour at the moment is said to be true, as a recording was made of the new entry called 'Children of the Universe' according to UK's Daily Star, all is revealed in about 12 hours ...
If it is true, remember who told you first- 

if not, well do we still have Geri's mobile number somewhere?  

Mar 2, 2014

Estonia's Eesti Laul final gave a very interesting Amazing' Result for 2014


If you are a regular to Schlagertunes blog you will know One of the countries I like to follow regularly is Estonia.
Estonia always seem to bring a accurate reflection of the national musicialy young talent of the time.
I guess this means Estonian music talent still see Eurovision as the best outlet for international
Exposure and success.

So in doing this they always seem to bring some quality musical treats for us at Eurovision.
Even through they tend to be abit alternative in the musical genre. but that's not a bad thing.
The entries from Estonia normally have an element of surprise each year.

So the Grand Final 2014 gave us, some regular favorites to the Eesti Laul competion with Lenna (Supernoova) and the band Traffic, I liked Traffic's offering 'Fur Elise' both these songs just missed out on qualifing for the super final Top 2. With Traffic in 3rd place, and Leena in 4th placing.

I really liked the comeback tune- from SandraNurmsalu of Urban Symphony fame (Eurovision 2009) so much so that I download the tune right away, however for the jury it must have got lost in transalation. As this song did not do well with the jury at all...however in Eestri Laul the public televote does not count very highly, and Sandra scored s 5th placing.

The interesting rock track of the evening was very popular from a band called ...
 wait for it... Super Hot Cosmo Blues Band, a band that sound and look like Iggy Pop doing Eurovision, however the song was really very caughty and likable 'Maybe-Maybe' as the Final scoreboard was alive with top points to the Super Hot Cosmo's it looked like they had the ticket to Copenhagen all covered. Good luck to them...

Eesti Laul 2014 Final Running order

Brigita Murutar "Laule täis taevakaar"
Traffic "Für Elise"
Norman Salumäe "Search"
Wilhelm "Resignal"
Lenna "Supernoova"
Super Hot Cosmos Blues Band "Maybe-Maybe"
Maiken "Siin või sealpool maad"
Kõrsikud "Tule ja jää"
Tanja "Amazing"
10 Sandra Nurmsalu "Kui tuuled pöörduvad"

Then in the final battle they got beaten by a new singer called Tanya and a song called 'Amazing' an up lifting dance track, and although the song is original Tanya did a performace that borrowed just alittle from Loreen. I can see a fair few compaisons between Tanya & Loreen in Copenhagen 2014.

 I for one think the song lives up to the title and is rather amazing -and I will tick the box marked 'Personal Favourite'
for Estonia (again) for 2014.

Mar 1, 2014

Ireland have set the pulse racing with Can Linn ft. Casey Smith song 'Heartbeat'

              Last night's EUROSONG 2014 Special 'Late Late Show' turned into quiet an amazing memorable  National Final. For a few years Ireland has developed a music industry mentor process of choosing their tune to send to Eurovision. It is a very open and honest selection process, that seems to successfully combine a internal selection with a tele-vote jury final.

            The show had plenty of Euro Fan focus and wonderful performances and chat from Johnny Logan and Paul & Charlie guys who performed 'Rock n Roll Kids' at Eurovision 
It showed us how the irish take this song contest very seriously, and so they should. Then as the songs were performed 'live' on the Tv show a huge stand-off and full argument erupted between Linda Martin & the music mentor of Song 5.
           Former Eurvision winner Linda Martin left her seat to confront the mentor who expressed his real anger with the options given so far, for the popular Song 3 'Heartbeat' This seemed to be a case of a real spoil-sport and ruined one of the very best performances of the night, from his own singer Laura O'Neil. Who turned out to be almost an irish version of Adele. 

            It all came about as X Factor judge Louis Walsh had been invited to simply talk in the TV show on a irish panel of experts, although Louis did have a past association with Casey Smith (via girlband 'Wonderland') singer of Song 3. Even Johnny Logan had a few words to say on the subject afterwards on the show, the irish Eurovision entries have always been debated strongly recently, even when Jedward won the Eurosong two years running
 (Jedward had been mentored by the luvly Linda Martin, as well )

           All the fuss aside it all made some great Live Tv and Irish Eurosong even had 3 terrific songs of the 5, to offer in this years selection. The two songs that missed out in the voting was Eoghan Quigg's  'The Movie Song' and Laura O'Neill's  'You don't remember Me'. However Can Linn & Kasey gave a winning performance and a song that did sound just perfect for Eurovision. As well as being very ethnic and original as well, it struck me as the best choice for Ireland. I think it will become an instant fan favourite as well. 
       Hats off to both show-stoppers Casey and Linda (don't mess) Martin..