Eurovision NI’s Song of 2016: Group Five

group 5 Eurovision NI Song of 2016Over the next nine weeks we will be looking closely at some of the songs released in 2016 by former Eurovision contestants. We will be asking you to vote for your favourite from the lists before compiling a final Top 30 just before the end of the year. Continue reading

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Details of Melodifestivalen 2017 Unveiled

Melodifestivalen 2017 Eurovision NIThe schedule for Sweden’s 2017 Eurovision selection, Melodifestivalen has been unveiled earlier today. As always 28 acts will compete over four semi finals, with two advancing directly to the final from each show and a further two from each will compete again in the Andra Chasen (or second chance) show. Continue reading

Review: Latvia- Aminata ‘Love Injected’

Aminata wins Supernova 2015Aminata seems to be Latvia’s answer to hugely popular dance acts LaRoux and Kiesza. And let’s face it there are worse acts you could try to emulate given that both of them have had great success in the European charts as of late. ‘Love Injected’ utilises Aminata’s hauntingly powerful vocal very well, especially with the perfectly timed pause just before she launches into the chorus. The vocal is complimented by electro-synth dubsteppy sounds that work brilliantly well and really sets the song apart from any of the others in the field for having a unique sound. Continue reading

It’s Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden

After weeks of heats and last week’s second chance show, tonight saw the final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen which saw twelve acts compete to be named the Swedish Eurovision entry for 2015.

After an international jury vote and the votes from the public were tabulated the clear winner was Mans Zelmerlow and his song “Heroes” with an overwhelming majority. Finishing in second place was Jon Henrik Fjallgren with his “Jag ar Fri” and making up the top five were former contestant Eric Saade, crooner Hasse Andersson and Mariette.

Sweden will compete in the second Semi Final on May 21st in Vienna.

Have Sweden made the right choice? Listen to the song below and let us know your thoughts.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CBCdb6vNuiM

Four Acts Qualify from Melodifestivalen Second Chance

The results are in from the last of the Melodifestivalen live shows before the final. The Swedish selection process saw eight songs given a second chance  with four one on one battles which sent four acts through to the final and sent four acts home. Continue reading

10 Things About Sanna Nielsen

Melodifestivalen hosts Sanna and Robin

Melodifestivalen hosts Sanna and Robin

1. Sanna Viktoria Nielsen was born on 27 November 1984 in the small village of Edenryd in Sweden’s southern reigon of Skåne.

2. Nielsen represented her country at Eurovision in 2014 with her power ballad ‘Undo’ but did you know that this was her seventh competing in the Swedish national selection process Melodifestivalen? Previous songs she tried out with included ‘I’m in Love’ which came fourth in 2011, ‘Empty Room’ which was second in 2008, Vågar du, vågar jag’ which was seventh in 2007, 2005’s ‘Du och jag mot världen’ which came in eighth place, ‘Hela världen för mig’ coming fifth in 2003 and her first attempt was in 2001 with ‘I går, i dag’ which came third. Continue reading

Melodifestivalen: Who Deserves a Second Chance?

Now that all four heats of Melodifestivalen are over, our attention turns to the Second Chance show which will take place on Saturday 6th March. But which of the Swedish acts would you like to see progress to the live Final the following week. Listen to the artists in contention below and let us know which of acts from each battle you think should advance by voting in our polls. Continue reading

JTR and Måns Zelmerlöw Qualify from Melodifestivalen Heat 4

JTR qualify directly for Melodifestivalen Final

Melodifestivalen 2015 has been highly entertaining so far. From life dolls jpop girl band Dolly Style to the triumphant return of Eric Saade and crazy performance from last week’s winner Jon Henrik Fjallgren, it never disappoints. This week was no different as host Sanna Nielsen took to the stage to give us another wonderfully bizarre performance this week it was En Vogue’s ‘Free Your Mind’ accompanied by Complete Dance Crew, a comedy dance act whose routine was reminiscent of a scene featuring Quicksilver from X-Men’s Days of Future Past. Continue reading

Jon Henrik Fjallgren and Isa Progress to Melodifestivalen Final

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Jon Henrik Fjallgren advances to Melodifestivalen final along with Isa from Heat 3.

Tonight saw the third heat of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. The show kicked off as always with a song and dance number from hosts Sanna Nielsen and Robin Paulsson who this week were accompanied by a hipster with a top knot and guitar and a harmonica lady. The quartet began their performance back stage with what I assume was a parody song, however when they made their way into the studio they were welcomed with silver pom poms and pink feather boas and broke into some Avicii.

The show kicked off proper with first contender Ellen Benedictson Continue reading

15 Things We Learned This Week

Il Volo win Sanremo 2015

Il Volo win Sanremo 2015

1. This week another three acts were chosen, as the national finals finished up in Serbia, Iceland and Italy crowned the winner of their Sanremo Festival.

2. Serbia have opted for larger than life character Bojana Stamenov who will represent the country with her song ‘Ceo Svet Je Moj’ also known as ‘The Whole World is Mine’ in English. She beat off stiff Continue reading