Sweden – Too late for losing?

John Lundvik

So, for reasons known only to the Eurovision firmament (and possibly Christer Bjorkman), the Swedes have once again secured almost the same staging used at the Melodifestivalen – including John’s massive light stapler.

He starts on stage all alone, and his backing singers come on towards the end. As much as it pains me to say this, Lundvik has turned up with the finished article. This is no ‘work in progress.’

This may have been an average winner of the Swedish national final, but today in Tel Aviv, it knocked the socks off anything remotely decent in this semi (including Luca).

Don’t get me wrong, there are things to fix, but they’re piffling little matters … like getting the right mix of lead and backing vocal, and perhaps getting the backing singers on stage a touch earlier.

‘Too late for love’ is definitely sailing through, and is clearly one of the ones to watch. What I saw was an average Melodifestivalen song ready to walk into the grand final.

And it might be good enough to go all the way.

Regular readers will know that unconditional praise for Sweden is far from the OnEuropean default.

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Bart Remmers
Bart Remmers
5 years ago

But the song and singer are still outdated nineties gospeldancepop knock-offs.

5 years ago

Day 3 Summary:

Armenia – Alone on stage and seems to be a bit too aggressive.

Ireland – 50’s retro feel but looks amateuristisch.

Latvia – A song you put on when you are closing the bar. Something you know it’s there but you don’t pay attention to.

Switzerland – Competent but effective. No winner wibe, yet.

Moldova – Ukraine 2011 wants it sand artist and staging back.

Romania – Staging that works for the song.

Denmark – Same as DMGP but the lift is not there. Still very sugary.

Austria – The winner of today mini challenge. Masterpiece in staging and suddenly everyone thinks this is qualifying.

Sweden – Same as in MF, albeit with small changes due to stage look.

That’s all folks 🙂