Guten tag to the third heat of The Winner Is… ! You’ve sent through two songs each to the second chance round and final by now, but we’re just getting started. It’s time to pick two more. Let’s get to it!
That shaky performance sunk this wonderful song’s ship. It sounds like the update to 2003’s “Eighties Coming Back,” which makes me really like it. The bizarre mixture of the electro chorus with funk elements in the verses was handled so well and the resulting energy is unlike anything else Eesti Laul threw up in 2014. I really like everything about this, aside from the over-choreographed and awkward performance. It really should’ve qualified.
Live: 7 | Staging: 4 | Lyrics: 9 | Music: 9 | Preference: 17
Total: 9.45 pts.
While the song might be a contender for top of the year, the performance isn’t. The addition of the slightly shrill female backing singer didn’t help the song at all and in fact damaged it, since it drove one’s attention back to Pohjola’s surprisingly distant performance; there wasn’t enough emotion in his voice to carry the song. Thankfully they got the staging almost perfect, right down to the outfits, and aside from a few too many wide shots it would’ve been 10-worthy. Nevertheless, this was a worthy silver medalist in the insanely awesome UMK 2014.
Live: 5 | Staging: 8 | Lyrics: 10 | Music: 9 | Preference: 18
Total: 10.2 pts.
I might’ve raved about Martin in the first post but CajsaStina poses a strong challenge. “En enkel sång” passed me up during Melfest’s live run but I fell head over heels in love with it after the fact. It might be my favorite lyrical effort this year, especially with the line “stars fall as ice crystals in blue overnight desolation.” I could do a whole dissection of the lyrics and why I find them so incredible but for the sake of brevity, I’ll leave at “I love them” for now. The stunning beauty of such an aptly simple song is astounding. Sadly, it just didn’t translate to the stage well. CajsaStina was too restrained in her delivery and the true impact of the song wasn’t shown to the Swedish audience. Also, while the lights were a smart move, the falling glitter and cheesy overlays of the earth killed the performance’s vibe a bit. Thankfully, the song was strong enough to overcome that.
Live: 9 | Staging: 8 | Lyrics: 10 | Music: 10 | Preference: 19
Total: 11.25 pts.
For some reason, I thought that this would be the year where a Melfest wildcard surprised everyone and qualified to something. It especially stung since EKO had such great charisma on stage; Lidman’s vocals were brimming with character and her wonderfully playful gestures on stage made for one of the most intriguing and genuine Melodifestivalen performances. The song is just my style, as its electro goodness nestled into my heart in no time flat. Musically, it was layered to perfection with an excellent amount of ethnicity thrown in for good measure. It’s a damn shame this didn’t progress further and its failure and subsequent peak at #3 on the Swedish iTunes charts proved that Melodifestivalen was in trouble this year. Good for them.
Live: 9 | Staging: 7 | Lyrics: 6 | Music: 9 | Preference: 19
Total: 10.35 pts.
And that’s a wrap! It was a Swedish sweep for me this time, as the two wronged entries from Melfest’s third semi got their revenge. But enough about me, were you moved by Mikko Pohjola’s ballad or did August Hunt make you dance? Were you also won over by CajsaStina’s storytelling or was EKO’s retro sound more up your alley? Vote for your favorite below and watch out for the results of The Winner Is…!