Robin Bengtsson will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest after winning Melodifestivalen. Continue reading
For those who have been wondering why Sweden always does so well in Eurovision, Melodifestivalen is the answer. Their national final is incredibly popular and taken seriously by many artists. The show has been on for weeks with four heats … Continue reading
Loreen’s music and performances might not be for the masses anymore, but that does not mean this is the end of her as a pop star. Continue reading
Loreen returns to Melodifestivalen with intense track ‘Statements’ Exactly five years after her victory with ‘Euphoria’, Swedish pop star Loreen decided to have another go at representing her country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Back in 2012 she had a … Continue reading
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2015 hasn’t even ended yet, but a lot of countries are already busy selecting their song for Eurovision 2016. The Netherlands have selected singer-songwriter Douwe Bob and FYR Macedonia will send Kaliopi (ESC 2012) again. For Bosnia & Herzegovina Deen (ESC 2004)gets company from singer Dalal. Sweden, known for their huge preselection called Melodifestivalen, have announced the hopefuls in 2016’s competition. A Bit of Pop Music takes a closer look as the first predictions are rolling in!
Mariette calls for action against climate change with song
Mariette Hansson is a pop star who likes to use her voice for important causes. This summer she supported the Swedish Gay Pride with a theme song called ‘My Revolution’ and now she is back with a track she has written and recorded for the Children’s Climate Conference 2015, which takes place in Sweden. The single ‘The Next Generation Calls’ is about doing everything that is in our power to not ruin our earth and nature and will be used at the conference which takes place from the 25th to the 28th of November.
Mariette Hansson once participated in the Swedish version of Pop Idol and released her debut album in 2008. She disappeared for quite a while, but made a glorious return during Melodifestivalen 2015, the Swedish preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Her song ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ reached the final and ended up in third place. She now has an EP out on which she collaborated with Swedish artists Ace Wilder and Miss Li and she recorded a song written by the composers who secured Sweden’s Eurovision winner this year, by composing ‘Heroes’. Here’s a track by track review of Mariette’s My Revolution.
Molly Pettersson Hammar was the talk of the town in Sweden after the first heat of Melodifestivalen 2015, the preselection for Eurovision. She opened the night with her powerful and soulful pop track ‘I’ll Be Fine’ and while she seemed a favourite to go through in the competition, her song was sent home undeservedly. If this had to do something with a malfunction in the voting app, we will never know, but what is more important is the fact that ‘I’ll Be Fine’ was number 1 in iTunes for days. There was support for this talented singer and songwriter and this gave Molly the opportunity to release a second single, called ‘Something Right’, which she co-wrote herself.
Mariette returns with poppy second single
If there was one revelation at Melodifestivalen 2015, it was Mariette. She participated in Idol 2009, but never really had her big break yet in the Swedish music scene. Her moment came in the second semi final of the Swedish Eurovision preselection. She came on stage with the captivating, mystic pop song ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, co-written by Swedish artist Miss Li. She won her semi and went on to finish in third place in the competition. Now Mariette is back with a new single called ‘My Revolution’, that functions as the official Stockhom Pride theme.
It is a busy time of the year in the world of Eurovision. The deadline for submitting a song to the European Broadcasting Union is coming closer, so country after country is announcing, premiering or choosing a song. I already wrote about a few countries two weeks ago. Let’s take a look at another handful of the Eurovision candidates we will see in Vienna in May.