Melodifestivalen 2014: Heat Two
* Haha, I love how winded that male host is right now. Not as easy as it looks, is it sir?
* Onto the unscientific audience applause poll, which didn't prove to be all that useful last week. For what it's worth, Refreshments, Sanna and Martin seem to be winning here (not surprising, as they're the best known)
JEM: I just can't stand that one girl's half-shaven head. I hated it during Xf, and I can't believe she's still sporting it. So ugly. Anyways, this song isn't bad. The thing I've got against it is that it sounds way too much like something Black Eyed Peas would put out. In other words, crappy mainstream American music. In other words, exactly what I go to places like MF to get away from. BUT... the song in full is a lot better than I expected.
REFRESHMENTS: Oh god, we always get some crap like this in the competition. The annoying thing is that this band is huge and very well loved, which gives them a real chance at going DTG. If this was any other band, I don't think they'd stand a chance. The song is alright, but very basic. It feels like a cover of a hundred songs already written.
MANDA: I really enjoyed Manda when she was in XF (even though she's rocking the half shaved head thing too). That said, this is kind of a sub-Firework rehash. The corny lyrics are the worst part. The melody's actually alright and she sounds good. I kind of wish this was sung in Swedish. The song grew on me throughout the performance.
PANETOZ: I feel like this is missing just a little something that would make it amazing. Still, it's probably my favorite so far (though that's not saying much). I think they'll definitely fall within the top four in some capacity. I wouldn't be surprised with a DTG placement, but I think AC is more likely. I feel like the staging could've been a little more interesting.
PINK PISTOLS: Oh yeah! This is the stuff MF was made for! I would be shocked if this did anything in the competition, but at least it's here. Still, I think the song needs a chorus that is 110% stronger than the one its got. Can't wait to hear the studio version.
* Edit - what the hell just happened? That was... disturbing.
SANNA: MF royalty here. And the song's actually pretty good, but more importantly, she performs the hell out of it (as she always does). I wish it was uptempo, but my god that girl can sing. It feels very much like a classic Celine Dion track.
LITTLE GREAT THINGS: I really want to like this, and there are aspects that I do, but I just don't like the singer's voice and the I feel like the chorus is really weak compared to the verses. However, it will be to their benefit that they don't have any direct competition in the genre this week. It feels very "high school talent show," though.
MARTIN: Another MF veteran with another ballad (ish), this time in Swedish. I actually love this... the song, not him. I don't think it's going to do much this week, but I will be playing the hell out of it. I love these big anthemic pop songs.
Predictions: This is not an easy one, as most of the songs seemed to be on a level (ie: average) playing field.
Top 5 - Refreshments, Sanna, Panetoz, JEM and Martin (though it could conceivably be anyone)
Top 2 - Refreshments and Sanna?
* I hate to say it, but these are probably my least favorite hosts since I started watching the competition eight years ago.
Top 5 - Sanna, Refreshments, JEM, Panetoz and Martin (was I right or was I right?)
6th - Little Great Things
7th - Pink Pistols
8th - Manda
* God... Sean Banan. why? Why? WHY? I hate this man so much.
First DTG - Sanna (she's kinda like the Meryl Streep of MF, yeah?)
Second DTG - Panetoz
AC - JEM, Martin
Out - Refreshments (thank god!!)
Well, not a terrible result. Let's hope that next week is stronger all around!