Melodifestivalen 2012 - Heat Two - Göteborg

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  1. Samuel

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    Well, well, well! With the highest voting and viewing figures in years, it appears Melodifestivalen truly is back. Last week saw Moopy's favourite moody banshee Loreen storm straight to the final with the, er, euphoric 'Euphoria'. A performance and song that is garnering major buzz across the internet, it would appear Loreen is finally getting the attention she deserves. Also heading up the bill in Stockholm is the 'screamo joy' that is 'Mystery' by Dead By April.

    Heading to Andra Chansen to battle it out for those coveted Final spots are; Thorsten Flink & Revolutionsorkestern with 'Jag reser mig igen' and banana and nose-picking lover Sean Banan with 'Sean Den Förste Banan'.

    We'll be hearing more from that lot in a couple of weeks time as the competition reaches it's climax. Now, this week we're heading to Göteborg with another 8 artists to do it aaaaall over again. Let's take a look at them, shall we?

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    1. Ulrik Munther - 'Soldiers'
    Text och Musik - Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, David Jackson, Ulrik Munther and Johan Åberg

    This seventeen year old has achieved an awful lot in a short space of time: after winning Lilla Melodifestivalen at the tender age of 15, he went on to claim the title at MGP Nordic, a competition that sees Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland compete in a mini-Eurovision-style competition. He's generated a fair bit of buzz online and has secured himself a wealth of rabid teenage fans who appear to follow him everywhere. He's had a No. 1 album in Sweden and a Top 40 single. This is his first time in the competition and he's hoping to go all the way to Baku.

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    2. Top Cats - 'Baby Doll'
    Text och Musik - Lina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson and Susie Päivärinta

    Written by the infamous Eriksson couple and one half of Lilli och Susie, this 'rockabilly' quintet participated in 'Talang' (Sweden's version of '...Got Talent') but failed to make it out of their respective SF. The group have already tried to enter Melodifestivalen before, back in 2011, with the rejected track 'Heartache'. Obviously Christer saw something in them this year, that was missing previously. The group will be hoping to follow in the success of last year's 'rockabilly' entry 'The King' by The Playtones.

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    3. Sonja Aldén - 'I din himmel'
    Text och Musik - Sonja Aldén, Bobby Ljunggren and Peter Boström

    Sonja is probably most famous for her 2007 entry 'För att du finns', which made its way to Andra Chansen and eventually made it to the Final. The song became a huge hit on Swedish radio and is still played regularly. She then went on to form a trio with Shirley Clamp and Sanna Nielsen and released two studio albums and toured them both across Sweden. During her time away from the competition, she's spent her time writing songs for various different artists across the globe. For this year's entry she's teamed up with two of Melodifestivalen's most prolific and successful writers and hopes her 'rousing ballad' will connect with the audience at home, saving her the indignity of facing Andra Chansen for the second time, or worse, heading straight out of the competition like she did with her 2006 entry, 'Etymon'.

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    4. Andreas Lundstedt - 'Aldrig aldrig'
    Text och Musik - Randy Goodrum, Niclas Lundin and Maria Marcus

    Like Sonja, this man is no stranger to Melodifestivalen. Alcazar member Andreas has participated in the competition 7 times, with 'Not A Sinner Nor A Saint', 'Alcastar', 'Stay The Night' and 'Headlines' as part of Alcazar and 'Driver dagg faller regn' in 1996, 'Jag saknar dig, jag saknar dig" in 1997 and 'Move' in 2007 as solo ventures. The last time he stepped onto the MF stage by himself, Andreas failed to qualify and was sent packing. This year, he's back in Göteborg where he last participated with Alcazar in 2010 and is hoping to top the 4th place they received. He's described the song as 'dancey with a sorrowful and meaningful lyric'.

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    5. Timoteij - 'Stormande hav'
    Text och Musik - Kristian Lagerström, Johan Fjellström, Stina Engelbrecht and Jens Engelbrecht

    Bodil, Cecilia, Elina and Johanna are BACK! The 4-piece girl group managed to snatch SF victory from Darin's hands back in 2010, with the ridiculously catchy 'Kom'. After winning over the Swedish public, the girls are back this year with the writers behind Sarek's biggest hits, MF2010 winner 'This Is My Life' and a number of other MF entries. Many believe 'Kom' would have gone down a STORM at Eurovision, so let's hope this year those 'stormy seas' won't stop them from advancing.

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    6. David Lindgren - 'Shout It Out'
    Text och Musik - Fernando Fuentes and Tony Nilsson

    David is an MF virgin, in fact, it appears he's a music virgin, too. This is literally his first single and first appearance as an artist. He was drafted in to this heat, after 'Porcelain' was disqualified earlier in the year. David has said the song is 'poppy but with dance elements'. With the success of Loreen, Jenny Silver and many others, perhaps David could be a big surprise and work his way to the top. With Nilsson and Fuentes at the helm, it's certainly going to be a catchy number.

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    7. Mimi Oh - 'Det går för långsamt'
    Text och Musik - Niclas Lundin and Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad

    80's-imressionist Mimi Oh is also participating in Melodifestivalen for the firs time this year. In 2011, she released an EP of catchy, infectious 80's-style pop music in a similar vein to Lilli och Susie. She's hoping her song will work its way into the brains of the folks at home, and with Anton from Le Kid as a writer, it's sure to be an upbeat and bubbly number.

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    8. Thomas Di Leva - 'Ge aldrig upp'
    Text och Musik - Thomas Di Leva

    My, who knew the Childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had been dug up and learnt Swedish? The less said about this tit - the better.

    Right then, we'll be hearing song descriptions on Wednesday evening, with rehearsals taking place over Thursday and Friday (reports will be posted in this thread) and the finally, the full studio versions will be uploaded on Saturday afternoon.

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  2. VoR

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    I predict that this heat will BREAK MY HEART :(
     
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    I'm 99% sure those at the bottom half of the board will be Andreas Lundstedt, Mimi Oh, David Lindgren and Thomas Di Leva. That leaves the other 4 to fight it out between themselves.

    I'm going to say:

    DTG - Timoteij & Ulrik Munther
    AC - Sonja Aldén & TopCats
     
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    I would say that your predictions are spot on, Samuel. That's the way I see it going too, though I could see Sonja and Ulrik swapping places, depending on who has the better song.

    Of all the heats, this is the one I'm most looking forward to on paper.
     
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    DTG : Timoteij, Ulrik Munther
    AC : Di Leva, Sonja Alden
     
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    I seem to remember reading an interview, in which he said that Christer wanted him (:basil:) last year, but he didn't have the right song. This year, he said it was coming close to the deadline, so they sent in a song they felt was the best out of bunch of songs he recorded. He didn't seem overly confident in the song, and it wouldn't surprise me if he's been forced into it a little bit.
     
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    Oh, that sounds promising, as I really don't like what I've heard of his stuff so far. There's acts I'd much rather see in the final anyway, unless his song is amazing.

    I think it's possible too - Ola 'only' made it to Andra Chansen with 'Love In Stereo', losing to Sanna and Rongedal, despite a huge teen fanbase.
     
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    Let's be honest, Ola lost out due to CHOREOGRAPHER TO THE STARS Tess Merkel making a right pigs ear of the number.
     
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    You know, after hating it THOROUGHLY the first couple of times I heard it I've come to start guiltily enjoying Thomas di Leva's Bowie-esque version of September - Cry For You that he did for Så mycket bättre. I have a feeling I might enjoy his song but that he'll be by far the worst thing about it...

    Anyway.

    DTG: Timoteij, Ulrik
    AC: Sonja, Andreas

    5: Top Cats
    6: Lindgren
    7: Thomas di Leva
    8: Mimi Oh
     
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    :D
     
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    I wish my surname were 'Malmberg Hård af Segerstad'
     
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    I haven't heard of her but Mimi Oh sounds FUN
     
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    Ulrik is 17? He looks about 12.
     
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    He'll be right up your street then John. :basil:

    He sounds 12 too.
     
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    That's pretty much what I see happening, I'd obviously prefer Di Leva to not qualify (in fact come LAST - I don't need to hear the song to know its going to be awful).
     
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    I imagine John would rather be up his :basil:
     
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    Apart from Timoteij there is nothing here I'm really looking forward to.
     
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    I am surprised and AGHAST at this post!
     
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    And even that's been ruined now that I know it has the goat lady's songwriters.
     
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    YAY - so much to look forward :disco:
     
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    Tredje chansen Heat 2

    La Musica – Verona (Melodifestivalen 2007)
    God Morgon – Uno & Irma (Melodifestivalen 2007)
    Elektrisk – Anniela (Melodifestivalen 2011)
    Live Forever – Magnus Carlsson (Melodifestivalen 2007)
    Gone – Bodies Without Organs (Melodifestivalen 2005)
    Just like a boomerang – Andrés Esteche (Melodifestivalen 2003)
    Sucker for love – Pauline (Melodifestivalen 2010)
    Love in stereo – Ola (Melodifestivalen 2008)

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    Mimi Oh's songs are so nice :D I think (and hope) her entry will not be so different with this..

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    I love Mimi Oh's answer record to Erik Amarillo's 'Om sanningen ska fram'.

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    I LOVE Om sanningen ska fram to begin with but that answer is great fun!
     
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    That's such a drop in quality from last week.
     
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    Song descriptions coming in at around 5PM (UK time).
     
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    BLOW 'EM AWAY SONJA!

    *nervous*
     
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    Ulrik apparently exactly as expected. Midtempo ballad, described as "Like Darin's You're Out of my Life performed by a street performer". A little bit underwhelming, but obviously a massive radio smash and should be safe to qualify.

    ESCToday call it a catchy poprock song with a strong unexpected beat during refrains. Potential favourite this week
     
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    Top Cats is just 'The King' part two, apparently.
     
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    Sonja is also quite expected, though schlagerprofilerna are very positive about it. Sonja is much more capable of injecting real feeling into the fairly typical lyrics than Shirley Clamp and Simon Forsberg were with similar entries in recent years. However they caution that songs like this haven't made the final in many years, so Sonja may struggle to qualify in a tough heat.

    Also, the lyrics are quite explicitly about death.

    ESCToday concur - typical Sonja Aldén sound but very emotional.
     
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    those two descriptions are contradictory?
     
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    Andreas is the best so far according to Schlagerprofilerna. Dramatic electro strings straight out of 'Headlines' combined with moody lyrics not dissimilar to his 90s entry 'Jag Saknar Dig'. He can be relied upon to give a good stage show, and this sounds like a top 5. But will he have enough support as a solo artist given his failure in 07 and the bigger names he's competing with?

    ESCToday are less impressed: Up-tempo song reminiscent of Agnes. Lacking catchiness.
     
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    För Att Du Finns worked because it was rather uplifting both lyrics and performance wise.

    I'm not sure it's going to same way with a song about CARKING IT.
     
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    Timoteij's song very obviously a Sarek entry dressed up by younger models. Extremely catchy and the first really big schlager so far. They were written off before the heat in 2009, nobody will make that mistake again. An easy top four.

    ESCDaily: Stormande hav - Timoteij. Obviously trying to repeat their success from 2010. Very swedish, catchy. It might work again.
     
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    Unknown singer David Lindgren has a song very reminsicent of Danny's In The Club. It's catchy but not quite in that league and SP wonder whether someone with no fanbase can stand out. If he has an ace up his sleeve in the performance, he might surprise, otherwise a probable also-ran.

    ESCToday: Song 6. Shout it Out - David Lindgren. Radio pop with electro influences.
     
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    ESCToday are bloody USELESS. Who IS writing those summaries?
     
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    Mimi Oh's song is classic happy-pop of the kind Le Kid specialise in, complete with double-chorus. However, SP predict it will be the obligatory loveable entry that falls short. They do refer to Loreen's breakthrough last year though, and suggest that a similar outcome is not out of the question.

    ESCToday: Song 7. Det går för långsamt - Mimi Oh. 80's meeting modern sounds. Retro lyrics as well. Pleasant to listen to - might surprise?
     
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    DiLeva fails to impress SP who compare it to The Moniker last week, and predict a similarly poor performance. Apparently nowhere near as good as his classic material, and they lost interest after the first chorus.

    ESCToday: 8. Ge aldrig upp - T. Di Leva. One of the biggest names taking part. The entry isn't amazing - might go through with the right performance.

    Neither have much to say on what it actually sounds like. I'm guessing it's a ballad.
     
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    SP conclude that this is the week of the sequel, with Sonja and Timoteij performing very similar songs to their last entries, Top Cats apeing Playtones and David copying Danny.
     
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    ESC Today really doesn't have much to say about any of them does it!

    I'm noticing a pattern here...I'm now looking forward to hearing most of these songs, and I'll probably be disappointed with most of them tomorrow, only to realise it's not all that bad on Saturday night.
     

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