Margaret sent me an email last night, saying she was going to watch the melodifestival for the first time in many years (she has a much lower tolerance for cheesy music and camp performances than I!)
The reason for this change of heart is that one of the bands, the unfortunately-named Cookies 'n Beans, was performing. Marg saw them playing at her local coffee shop last summer and was quite impressed.
Unfortunately, they didn't do too well; you can see their Dixie Chicks-ish performance here. My favourite part was the concealed harmonica whipped out for a solo right towards the end. Fantastic.
Good news, though, was that the band I liked best, H.E.A.T., came through as the winner. It was a good song and the performance was a perfect pastiche of 80's hair-metal rock. Unfortunately, the winners aren't available on the otherwise excellent SVT website, so you'll have to take my word for it. Imagine Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Poison, RATT, Def Leppard, and Motley Crüe, mixed with a little Bob Seger and Judas Priest, all thrown into a Swedish blender. Wow.
UPDATE: Next week, the show moves to Leksand. Maybe I'll see Wille in the audience??