Friday 20 March 2015

Heja Sverige!

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we might have just seen the winner of Eurovision 2015; Sweden!

Last weekend I went along to the Duke of York pub in central London where Sweden's selection show for Eurovision, Melodifestivalen, was being shown. What an atmosphere, the pub was absolutely packed. The Swedes really do know how to stage a thoroughly entertaining TV show and the production values of MF are almost as good, if not better, than the ESC itself. Bravo SVT!

During the evening I got chatting to a bunch of Swedes who were on holiday in London and were loving the enthusiasm that the crowd had for their national selection. One of the girls even told me that she was in the audience for Eurovision 1985 and recalled how the audience were shocked when the presenter's skirt was pulled off since they didn't realise it was a stunt! All in all, a lovely night with lovely people.

Back to the music, whilst Sweden's "Heroes" isn't the best song they've sent, it's so effectively staged and in a rather mediocre year, I think it's going to take something very special to beat it. Looks like an expensive Eurovision again next year...


  1. I can't see what all the fuss is about - the animation is superb but is unlikely to be in Vienna and "Heroes" itself gets very repetitive and isn't that great a Swedish entry. I think this will be this year's "Not Alone" - lots and lots of hype, the bookies favourite until we get to Vienna then others will pass it by...

    It is still likely to be in the running, almost certain top 10 but I think we might have a cheaper time in 2016 - how about Tallinn or Ljubljana?

  2. I'd be happy with either of those options!

  3. After last weekend's performances, I'm wondering if 2016 will be in the UK, Sweden or Germany - hosting Australia's Contest...