Sunday, February 16, 2014

Melodifestival: Göteburg

I thought things in Gothenburg were a little 'meh'. There weren't any really good acts, or more interestingly, any really bad ones.
The most entertaining was Outrigger, with some sort of death-metal act with all the performers in cages and the lead singer in a straightjacket (and a Hannibal Lecter mask for good measure). Although afterwards, they all seemed like really nice guys. They made it to the 'second chance' final, but I can't see them going past that.

The first winner was Ace Wilder, an Avril Lavigne lookalike, who is apparently successful in Germany (but then, so is David Hasselhoff).

Oscar Zia, a boy singer with just a hint of endearing pudginess, also went to the final. His staging was very inventive, with he and his dancers partially behind a set of suspended TV screens. Unfortunately, SVT keeps a tight rein on the videos, so I can't share the performance here. I did find an audience video which gives a good sense of what it's like to be in the crowd:

There are a couple of great websites with Eurovision news in English: and and, in case anyone's interested in reading more than my weekly missives!

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