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post Feb 21 2018, 01:36 AM
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So, that was the Heat 3 that was. Jessica Andersson completes the circle from being the first victim of Heat 3 in 2006 to the 2018 Heat 3 curse PERPETRATOR *.*

And now we're moving onto the final heat of Melfest 2018. What Heat 4 usually lacks in reputation for being especially dramatic it usually makes up for in the hype stakes. So let's cut the waffle and get straight down to business!


Song 1: Emmi Christensson – Icarus

A quasi-regular feature of Melfest for a while has been the "song 1 heat 4" song which is typically something exceedingly camp that the eurogays live for whilst the Swedish public is largely indifferent to (on the most part at least) - think Charlotte Perelli's The Girl, Army of Lover's Rocking The Ride, Alcazar's Blame It On The Disco, Midnight Boy's Don't Say No and so on. This one looks set to belong to that tradition, albeit with a slight twist. Essentially we're going from Disco Queen to Theatre Queen with Emmi having a substantial amount of Musical Theatre experience. She describes 'Icarus' as a midtempo song with 'epic' and 'cinematic' touches. So it looks like this will certainly be memorable, but will it have the legs to get the votes in? Only time will tell.


Song 2: Elias Abbas – Mitt Paradis

Uh-oh, sixteen year old boy in an app voting environment! Prepare for this to go through in some form if you like it or not. Elias promises an uptempo dancehall-influenced pop track which ought to stand him in good stead, were it not for the fact that the lead writer on this is Anderz Wrethov with such respectful and non-appropriative songs as Running With Lions and...Kizunguzungu. So expect all the levels of sophistication those songs had!


Song 3: Felicia Olsson - Break That Chain

Like Mimi Werner in Heat 2, we've got a returning 5th placer hoping to restart their pop career by going to Andra Chansen in a week year in Melfest. Back in 2013, Felicia gave us the actually quite good ballad "Make Me Number One". Her song has been talked up by those in the know and she's got some good Schlager songwriting pedigree onboard (and a Deb to boot) but after how much Dotter was talked up last week, it's safe to say we'll be treading lightly with this song.


Song 4: Rolandz – Fuldans

It's the send up of dansband schlager you didn't know you needed and in the grand scheme of things you probably didn't need anyway! I expect this will be at least a bit better than Jonas's other "send up" in Heat 2 but it remains to be seen if the Swedes will really go for this. Given Kempe's involvement it'll at least have some good hooks.


Song 5: Olivia Eliasson - Never Learn

Olivia seems to be mostly an unknown in the music business so far but the one song she has on her Spotify profile is a pretty good bit of Spotify pop. What seems to be a good omen is that she's from the same management team as fellow unknown first attempt direkt qualifiers Wiktoria and Anton Ewald (who also has a writing credit on this). The tealeaves seem to suggest she'll be in the top three or so but could this be a sneaky contender that nobody sees coming (which I know I said about Dotter last week but this time it might actually come true)


Song 6: Felix Sandman - Every Single Day

Felix appeared in last year's Melfest as the lead (I think?) singer of the most inconsistently named boyband this milennium. The Fooo Conspiracy/The FOO Conspiracy/The FOO/FOO/FO&O/Felix Oscar Omar had, so everyone thought, the whole Melfest shebang wrapped up for them until three things happened. Firstly, Loreen threw her hat into the ring at the last minute, bumping them off of the Heat 4 pimpslot which in turn caused them to be shunted into...yes you guessed it, the dreaded HEAT 3! And Finally, their song was cack.

Not one to give up so easily though, Felix is back with a more downtempo, emotional song that he promises will be a world away from the lyrical genius of "You know just how to make a big dog bark/You make me wanna wag my tail". Given the demographics of Melfest voters these days, this is going to have to actively screw this up to not qualify in some form. But given how the biggest homegrown boyband in Sweden threw away the opportunity of their careers to send a 90s style Backstreet Boys album track, don't rule out that eventuality!


Song 7: Mariette - For You

And so we come to the hallowed spot in the Melfest lineup...the last slot in heat 4. The slot is generally reserved for the biggest name and/or the biggest song in the competition. If you end up in this slot, then the powers that be think you're destined for something good. Or at least...so goes the mythology. The "Last in Heat 4" songs have actually performed with a lot more variation than you'd expect for always being "the chosen one". To recap the last few Heat 4 closers;

2017: Loreen - Statements - well you know how that went!
2016: Molly Sanden - Youniverse - Style over substance ballad that got swallowed up by the song hiding in the middle of it's own heat.
2015: Mans Zelmerlow - Heroes - Winner of not just Melfest but Eurovision itself
2014: Anton Ewald - Natural - Suffered the indignity of losing the heat to Alcazar and then coming last in the final
2013: Ulrik Munther - Tell The World I'm Here - Got beaten in the final by a song that had come third in his own heat and a guy dressed as a Japanese doll
2012: Danny - Amazing - Would have won Melfest if it weren't for that darned Loreen

So I guess the purpose of that trip down memory lane would be...being given the pimp slot will only get you so far. If your song isn't deemed to be up to scratch, the Swedes will have no issue showing you to the exit. And who do we have in this hallowed position? Enter 35 year old Mariette Hansson. Those of you who have been Melfest fans for a while will recognize her from the hauntingly beautiful Don't Stop Believing in 2015 and the also very good A Million Years in 2017. Having been the bridesmaid twice, Mariette (and her PR team) have made it clear they are here to win. The song's been described as "groovy" and somewhere in between an uptempo and a midtempo and Mariette's promised that they'll bring some "innovative" staging to the party - whatever that's likely to mean.

Also of note here is the songwriter who, apart from Mariette herself, is the sole songwriter listed on the song - Jörgen Elofsson a Grammy nominated songwriter whose credited songs include A Moment Like This and Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson, Sometimes and (You Drive Me) Crazy by Britney, It's The Way You Make Me Feel by Steps, We R One by Same Difference, What You've Done To Me by Samantha Jade, practically the entirety of Agnetha Fältskog's comeback album and BJSC hit Rhys's Last Dance and Too Good To Be True. All together he's got 8 UK and 2 US #1 singles credited to his name. So we're talking proper IRL and not just Eurovision pedigree here.

And who knows, this might be "the one" and it'll mean that there'll now be TWO Scandinavian lesbians in Eurovision this year, or maybe it'll be the latest in a long line of Heat 4 pimp slot songs that fail to live up to the hype. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding!

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Wednesday: The Press get their first plays of the weeks songs, their reviews will appearing on social media after 18:00 CET
Thursday: 1 minute clips of the studio versions and 30 second clips of the stage rehearsals will be uploaded
Friday: Dress Rehearsal for the final show, the "genrep" poll of audience members from the rehearsal crowd gets released, giving us a first clue as to what's going to be popular with the Swedish Public
Saturday: 14:00 CET - 2:30 studio versions of all the songs uploaded on SVT's website
20:00 CET - The show!
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post Feb 21 2018, 01:38 AM
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And so that's (probably) the last proper write up for this year's Melfest. Hope that they've been at least mildly interesting for you over the last few weeks!
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post Feb 21 2018, 01:08 PM
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You've done a wonderful job, Lex <3.
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post Feb 21 2018, 01:26 PM
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Excellent write-ups, another really good read, thanks for the effort on these Lex.
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Brilliant write up indeed, esp as I’m not quite as hot in MelFest knowledge as others.
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post Feb 21 2018, 06:23 PM
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Gotta Thing About You was the best Eurovision-related song of 2017 so I am hoping Felix brings it this time round! (Lex I won't stand for the slander in your commentary even if the rest of it is well-written x)
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wait, is Rasmussen a lesbian?
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post Feb 21 2018, 08:57 PM
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Based on that lineup, I predict the week will involve me salivating over Rolandz, being disgusted by yet more attempts at teen boys and those that look like teen boys to cultivate fame by making bad pop music and probably having a quiet appreciation for what could be the likely winner but will more likely have a stumbling block somewhere.
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post Feb 21 2018, 10:43 PM
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QUOTE(JosephSprayberry @ Feb 21 2018, 06:23 PM) *
Gotta Thing About You was the best Eurovision-related song of 2017 so I am hoping Felix brings it this time round! (Lex I won't stand for the slander in your commentary even if the rest of it is well-written x)


You have an interesting taste in men and music.
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post Feb 21 2018, 11:02 PM
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I'm pinning everything on Mariette to absolutely bring it because otherwise I'm unsure how to feel that my fave song in the Of this year would be Samir & Viktor laugh.gif
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post Feb 21 2018, 11:49 PM
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EMBRACE IT LIAM.

I'm really intrigued to see what we end up with for Mariette, whether it goes a Molly Sanden way or a Mans Zelmerlow way. I think a part of me is hoping for the former because we'd then be heading into the final as a complete free-for-all like 2013 was with Robin Stjernberg ending up with a win.
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post Feb 22 2018, 07:17 AM
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QUOTE(Martyn @ Feb 21 2018, 10:43 PM) *
You have an interesting taste in men and music.

Not really sure why my taste in men is relevant here laugh.gif
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QUOTE(RobBob @ Feb 22 2018, 02:49 AM) *
EMBRACE IT LIAM.

I'm really intrigued to see what we end up with for Mariette, whether it goes a Molly Sanden way or a Mans Zelmerlow way. I think a part of me is hoping for the former because we'd then be heading into the final as a complete free-for-all like 2013 was with Robin Stjernberg ending up with a win.

funny you should say that. 2013 one of the worst (new format) MF years. what a striking similarity to 2018


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post Feb 22 2018, 12:15 PM
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QUOTE(ionderella @ Feb 22 2018, 09:57 AM) *
funny you should say that. 2013 one of the worst (new format) MF years. what a striking similarity to 2018

Oh, by far! Quality wise, this year has been dire but if it's going to be dire, I at the very least want a nail biter of a final rather than a runaway winner. The excitement has to come from SOMEWHERE.

Like, just imagine if In My Cabana sprung up a surprise AC -> Winner leap. Would never happen but the GAG of it would save the year a little.
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I still think it could be Mendez from AC, although that's not as much of a shock springing from seemingly nowhere as You was, if Mariette doesn't do it. But then the whole point of such a shock would be that we aren't calling it so I guess it could be anything if Mariette doesn't rise to the occasion (or Benjamin Ingrosso I suppose but that would be such a disappointment).
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2013 did at least deliver the incredible Heartstrings <3 (Just a shame that Janet didn't deliver vocally whatsoever).

I also loved Begging, Bed On Fire, Falling, Rockin' The Ride etc...so many songs I still revisit now, even if the winner was only 'good' - though it does now remind me of my trip to Malmo <3 - and I didn't like the runner-up at all.

There are other songs that I really like for sure this year but from the first three heats Party Voice is the only thing that comes close to the high standard that anything between 8-12 songs got to in my affections in 2007/8/9/11/14 etc...

REALLY hoping Heat 4 is amazing.
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If only Wiktoria had just waited a year, she'd have surely won this year with As I Lay Me Down or something of its standard.
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Mariette's clip is promising, we'll have to see what the staging is like later!
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QUOTE(RobBob @ Feb 22 2018, 03:15 PM) *
Oh, by far! Quality wise, this year has been dire but if it's going to be dire, I at the very least want a nail biter of a final rather than a runaway winner. The excitement has to come from SOMEWHERE.

the problem is that if you don't really care about the majority of the songs it's hard to be too excited for the final results
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Wow that song from the guy from FO&O is boring AF.
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