Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Just booked my flights for Stockholm for Melodifestivalen weekend!
Flying out on Friday morning and back Monday!
Counting down the days!
So I sat at the computer early on Friday morning and waited in the queue for Melodifestivalen final tickets...waited and waited and...waited and when I got in they were all gone!
Instead I managed to get Andra Chansen tickets which I am happy with but still unsure what to do.
Ebay doesnt't seem to have any final tickets for sale yet but I am hoping we will find some somewhere! Any ideas?
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
TRT look close to signing Belgian-Turkish R+B singer Hadise as their representative for 2009.
Hadise rose to fame when she entered the Flemish version of Pop Idol in 2003.
A Turkish Eurovision site ran a poll to see who was their favourite to represent Turkey and Hadise won with a 38% majority.
She has stated in the past that she would not enter after seeing her friends Kate Ryan fail to qualify for the final!
Apparently Andrew Llyod Webber will announce details of the selection process for the U.K. on tonight's Strictly Come Dancing!
It looks almost certain now that he will compose the entry and will announce application details for singers for the competition.
'In my life I've never shied away from the impossible and this looks like the biggest mission impossible of all time, said Lloyd Webber in a statement this morning.
It looks like the show will be fronted by Graham Norton and will involve 6 acts from both the professional and amateur music industry who will compete for the chance to represent the U.K. in Moscow!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Over 24 hours since the songs for Melodifestivalen were announced more possible performers have come to light!
'Stay the Night' will definately performed by Alcazar!
'Love, Love, Love' by Agnes?
'Show me Heaven' will be performed by Lille+Susie who will make a comeback on the Melodifestivalen stage!
'Med hjärtat fyllt av ljus' penned by Bobby this could possibly be sung by Shirley Clamp?
'Alla': written by Dimitri Stassos who also wrote 'Hypnotized' for Sofia in 2007
'What If': (Don't worry Andy Abraham hasn't come back to haunt us!) Amir Aly co-wrote 'Just a minute' for Rongedal in 2008. Swedish trio Cookies and Beans are expected to sing this. Check them out here.
'Så vill stjärnorna': Reports reckon this is penned for Molly Sanden and Marcus Ubeda wrote the fabulous 'Never Let it go' for Afro-Dite! Could it be them?!
'Människobarn' : This could be sung by Susanne Alfvengren?
'Never been here before': The man who writes for Andreas and co-wrote 'One Love' for 2008 has joined forces with Jennifer Brown
'Tick Tock' is rumoured to be sung by Nina Soderquist!!!!
'Moving On' and 'Hope and Glory' are definately going to be sung by Sarah Dawn Finer and Mans! Go Mans!
'You're not alone' is possibly the BWO song!
'Snälla snälla': composed and sung by Caroline! What a strange title!
'Jag tror på oss': The exact team from 'Jag ljuger så bra' are back!! Is this for Linda Bengtzing!!!!? Yahoooo!
'1000 miles': This is co-written by Martin Stenmarch's brother so this could be his follow up to 'Las Vegas' in 2005! I still weep for 'Hall on Mig'!
'The Queen': I'm sure Schlagerqueen will like this one! Tony is the creator of 'S.O.S', 'Nathalie' and 'Love in Stereo' so this looks like Ola is back (with or without the bagpipes!)
'Welcome to my life': This could be sung be Jonathan Fagerlund who was in the band 'Streetwise' with Donal Skehan!
With 4 wildcards to be added this looks like an amazing line up for 2009!
It also looks like my fear of the schlager backlash didn't happen!
(Thanks to Aftonbladet and Poster Girl)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
All 28 song titles and songwriters have been announced today!!
I am thrilled! It looks like schlager is still alive! Lord G'Son is back!!! It also looks like Alcazar are in and maybe even BWO! Mans will be there aswell! What an amazing list of songwriters including henrik, 'Pling', and Bobby!
The song titles and the authors:
I got you M: Tobias Karlsson L: Rodrigo Pencheff
Stay the night M&L Anders Hansson, Mårten Sanden, Andreas Lundsted, Lina Hedlund, Therese Merkel
Love, love, love L & M Anders Hansson
Show me heaven L: Susie Päivärinta, Calle Kindbom, Thomas G: son
Med hjärtat fyllt av ljus L: Pling Forsman M: Henrik Wikström, Bobby Ljungren
Alla M&L:Dimitri Stassos , Henrik Wikström , Irini Michas , Nina Karolidou
What If M&L: Robin Abrahamsson, Amir Aly, Maciel Numhauser
Så vill stjärnorna L: Pling Forsman M: Bobby Ljunggren, Marcos Ubeda
Männskobarn L: Pling Forsman M: Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström
Never been here before M&L: Jennifer Brown, Peter Kvint
Tick Tock M&L: Johan Lyander, Matti Alfonzetti
Killing me tenderly M&L: Amir Alu, Henrik Wikström, Tobbe Pettersen
It's my life M&L: Alexander Bard, Bobby Ljungren, Oscar Holter
Moving on M&L: Sarah Dawn Finer, Fredrik Kempe
Hope and glory M&L: Fredrik Kempe, Måns Zelmerlöv, M: Henrik Wikström
Higher M: Johan Fjellström, Joakim Udd, M&L: Johan Becker
You are not alone M&L: Fredrik Kempe, Alexander Bard, Anders Hansson
Snälla, snälla M&L Caroline af Ugglas, Heinz Liljedahl
Här för mig själv M&L: Thomas G:sson, Marcos Ubeda
Jag ska slåss I dina kvarter M&L: Lasse Lindh
Du vinner över mig M&L : Thomas G:sson
Jag tror på oss M: Lars ”Dille” Diedrison, Martin Hedström, L:Ingela ”Pling” Forsman
Esta noche M&L: Michael Xavier Barrazza, Jimmy Almgren, Adam Soleiman
1000 miles M&L: Jarl Niklas , David Stenmark
You are my world M&L: Emilia Rydberg, Fredrik Figge Bodström
The Queen M&L Tony Nilsson, Henrik Jansson
Welcome to my life M&L: Samuel Waermö, Didrik Thott
Den första kyssen M&L: Lina Eriksson, Målgan B-son
Stayed tuned for the build up between now and March 14th!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
According to expressen Charlotte Perrelli is to join the jury of 'Idol' on the last week of October. Last year the same show added Carola as a guest judge. Don't the Swedes do everything better?!
Maybe we should have Nicky French as a guest judge on X Factor? I'm sure Dannii has some facial movements that need to be frozen anyway!
By thw way, What has everyone made of the X Factor? Any potential Eurovision entrants for the future?!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
It has been a great week in Eurovision land!
Firstly a record 684 songs have been submitted for the Danish National final and these include a song written by DQ aka Peter Andersen and Me+My!
Then Ralph Seigel 18 time Eurovision composer inculding schlager classics such as Wir geben 'ne Party and Let's get Happy wants to write the 2009 German entry!
and now Carola has announced her comeback with a new album and tour entitled 'The Four Faces of Carola'! She is also penning an autobiography!
Eurovision season is about to hit us and you can feel the excitement in the air! I love this time filled with rumour and speculation! Viva la Musica Oh Oh Oh!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Following the news today that Melodifestivalen host Kristian Luuk will no longer be fronting the 2009 edition Schlagerqueen has officially started the campaign to give the job to Lena Ph(MF host '06) or Charlotte Perelli (MF host '03/'04)!
(Carola would have been in there aswell but fears for her safety meant she was eliminated!)
Maybe SVT could run a reality show like they did for the Belgrade hosts where schlager divas battle it out each week to win a place as host?
Challenges could involve:
A. Pretending to be excited that Nordman are about to go on stage and
B. Wiping away a schlager tear as Alcazar strut around the stage!
All suggestions welcome!
Monday, October 6, 2008
According to esctoday The BBC are still researching a number of options for next years national selection.
Initial reports suggested that Lord Webber was going to be the driving force behing an X Factor style show rumoured to be named 'How Do You Solve a Problem like Eurovision?'
With the jury change introduced by the EBU the United Kingdom could finally make the break through they so badly need. So what style of show would you like to see?
If it was to be an internal suggestion who would you like to to represent the U.K.?
(It needs to be realistic aswell..we would all love Leona Lewis/Kylie but it ain't gonna happen!)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Eurovision National finals season kick off tonight!
Yahooo!! From tonight until March 14th we begin the exciting journey of 'Oh I love it', 'That's horrendous', 'I can't believe they didn't qualify' and 'What a fantastic key change'!!
Bulgaria starts their preselection tonight presenting 5 songs with 3 to qualify! At 17.40 CET you can watch here.
Eurovision season offically open!!! Enjoy!!
De Toppers The 50th Dutch entry for Eurovision arrived amid fireworks to their press conference and promised glamour and glitter for their performance in Moscow!
Submissions are now open for songs..cue Thomas G'Son/ Gerard James Borg!