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Monday, 31 March 2014 18:45

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Sweden

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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #4, we catch up with Sweden (SVT) who will be represented by Sanna Nielsen and the song Undo co-written by Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger and Hamed "K-One” Pirouzpanah.

Sanna Nielsen, 29, broke through as an artist at the early age of 11 and is today one of Sweden's most famous pop artists. With multiple hits, Sanna has dominated both Swedish radio and Swedish charts throughout the years. One of Sanna's biggest dreams - to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest - has now been fulfilled! Sanna's main source of inspiration has always been Celine Dion so when her songwriter David Kreuger presented the track Undo for her, she couldn’t resist the offer and decided to make her seventh attempt to reach the Eurovision Song Contest through the Swedish national selection. Sanna has managed to reach the finals all seven times she participated in the Swedish national selection and was only a few points from winning in 2008. 

Despite finishing runner up, the song Empty Room was a massive success and Sanna held the first place on the Swedish charts 24 weeks in a row. Sanna's career as a singer and performer began back in 1992 when she starred in her first talent show. It was followed by several more which in turn led to TV appearances and the #1 hit Till en fågel. She is still the youngest artist ever to hold a #1 position on the charts. Today, Sanna is one of Sweden's most popular and respected artists in Sweden. Thanks to her amazing voice and mesmerising personality, she is since long a given artist on the big stages. But Sanna also thrives during her stripped-down concerts on smaller stages as this is where she can really convey a unique feeling and personality to each individual track.

She has released nine albums and just released the EP Undo EP which went straight to number one on the overall Swedish iTunes chart. Fredrik Kempe is one of the most successful composers in Melodifestivalen. Undo is his fourth winning song and, thus, Swedish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, after Charlotte Perrelli's Hero, Eric Saade's Popular and Malena Ernman's La Voix. He also won the Norwegian selection with the song My Heart Is Yours. He has also had a successful career as a performer. David Kreuger has written songs for Westlife, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, and now Sanna Nielsen. Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah has also written Blame it on the disco with Alcazar and Yes We Can” by Oscar Zia from this year's Melodifestivalen final together with Fredrik and David.


Sweden, known to be one of the most successful countries to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest with no less than five victories, the latest one being in 2012 at the hands of Loreen and her entry Euphoria which became a global hit. Fifty-Three entries have been send on behalf of the Scandinavian country with just one failing to get through to the final, that being in 2010 when Anna Bergendahl and her song This Is My Life finished in eleventh place. Since then, Melodifestivalen has been relatively revamped in an effort to ensure better results, as seen with a third place and then a victory. The market in Scandinavia is always seemingly positive for the songs that win in Sweden and therefore, Sanna Nielsen will be hoping for more of the same in the weeks to come.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 79%

Martin Isherwood: Builds nicely and grows on you.  Undo my pain' ok Lyric, but not quite 'unbreak my heart' Her voice is good but it feels as if she's struggling in places, when she tries the Cranberries' vocal flipping. Unusual melisma on 'undo' at the start of the chorus. Feels a bit Celine at the opening.

Deo Grech: Here comes 7th time lucky, Sanna! I foresee a huge support for Sanna in the B&W venue. She is one of the strongest contenders in this year's battle of the ballads. Her voice is crystal clear and has a pleasant effect on the ears. This entry's only downside is the grammatic error ''Undo my sad''....whereas it should have been ''Undo my sadness''....poetic licence, maybe! Looking forward to how this will be staged in the B&W hall. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the staging will be faithful to the Melodifestivalen's performance.

Stano Simor: Fairytale structure of the melody that will always work. In Sweden they know it. Gimmick with tearful chorus is very strong. Sanne fits more singing with a full voice.

Matt Mercieca: As a songwriter I really appreciate the lyrics at the beginning but then she suddenly says  Undo my sad? Ehhhh? and it starts to build up really good, but it kind of gets boring which is a little sad cause i was really loving it, but the way it starts is brilliant. Oooh she also kind of sounds like Celine Dion. P.S Key change was SERIOUSLY not needed. 

Source: eurovision.tv


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