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Now that the National Final season is over, we can officially say that it’s time for the chosen artists to promote and try their hardest to showcase their entry and make their country proud. During the National Final season many fans had different opinions about the song that should of been chosen. Fan favorites sometimes triumphs the Juries perspective of which entry should be in Copenhagen and vice versa. With this said everyone has their own opinion, likes and dislikes but we are going to review three scandinavian gems which shone during their national finals but ultimately placed as the first runner up of the competition.

Norway: Linnea Dale - High Hopes

The last time norway won the Eurovision was back in 2009. In 2013 they made a huge stamp in the contest by placing in the top 5 but now Norway is buzzing being one of the big contenders to get the contest to Oslo. Silent Storm sung by Carl Espen won the nation’s trust but it was a huge challenge since Linnea Dale was another favourite to win MGP 2014. Carl’s entry is a great one but I prefer if Linnea was chosen. What can we say about her entry …. well! It’s so modern that  it would have shone in Copenhagen. One might say High Hopes resembles I feed You My Love because it is considered to be the same genre. 

Although she actually does nothing on stage except some hand movements, the song overpowers that fact and captures you in the moment. Dark sounds, vocally near perfect and simple staging …. elements that would do very well with the European audience. I am sure that this will be one of the summer hits over the Scandinavian region. On the night she dressed nothing to flashy. Linnea just showed off her vocal ability and her presence was enough to be one of the four super-finalists of the night. At the end Carl won the golden ticket but it wasn’t a landslide like last year’s winning national song. We still have yet to see Carl’s entry on the big stage and anything could actually happen but I would have predicted a close win or a top 3 with Linnea.   


Sweden: Ace Wilder - Busy Doin’ Nothin

Well what can I say about Ace. She stormed into Melodifestivalen like there was no tomorrow and made a huge impact. During the month of November/December, when the names were announced for the 2014 edition of Melodifestivalen, the odds on Ace were pretty much horrible. This was understandable since the entry wasn’t out for the public and nobody exactly knew much about Ace since she is kinda new to the solo music scene. Once the snippets were published, odds were still not favourable, but once she hit that stage everything changed. Calm and relaxed she performed her entry like she didn’t even care if she qualified or not but made the audience warm and crazy for her. 

After making it through the final directly, she straight away because a hot favourite to take the crown and fly off to Copenhagen. But she had a very tough opponent, Sanna Nielsen, seven time participant and was another hot favourite to win. During the final Ace won her toughest challenge, getting the juries on her side. Yes, the juries chose a funky and modern song but ultimately Sanna won the nation’s heart and triumphed over Ace with a very close margin of 12 points. Don’t get me wrong, Sanna’s entry is just pure brilliance and in-fact she is one of the big contenders to win in Denmark but I also believe that if Ace was chosen she too will have a top 3 result on her hands.  


Denmark: Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez - Wanna Be Loved

Denmark is the host city of this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and obviously expectations are high especially when watching the quality of their National Final this year. Unlike other years, their national final was quite weak and you could have handpicked the entries which would of done great to represent their country on ground soil this year. The Danish have chosen Basim with his entry Cliche Love Song to be their ambassador after fan favorite Wanna Be Loved lost in the final hurdle. The entry from Michael Rune feat. Natascha Bessez was a bit similar to Europe’s smash hit Mr. Saxobeat but their live performance had that Umph that would have done great on the Copenhagen Stage especially in the Euroclub. 

True that she dressed a bit similar to Cascada but Natascha oozed brilliance and the segments with the saxaphone were pure genius in this upbeat anthem one might say. Vocally it was strong, their presence was absolutely brilliant and although we still have no idea how this year’s contest will shape and due to the mediocre quality, I would say that this entry would have made it in the top 10 to say the least. At least one can head over to iTunes, purchase this tune and listen to it over and over during the summer months.


Published in Editorials

Over the last six weeks the Swedish public have been gripped by the television spectacular that is Melodifestivalen. The show began on the 1st of February when the first eight acts took to the stage in Heat 1, two of the acts (Ellen & Yohio) gained a place directly to the final, with Helena Paparizou and Linus Svenning were granted places in the Andra Chansen (second chance round). Heat 2 saw Panetoz and Sanna Nielsen pass to the Final with J.E.M. and Martin Stenmarck making Andra Chansen. Heat 3 is where Oscar Zia and Ace Wilder were sent to the final with State of Drama and Outtrigger given a second chance in Andra Chansen. The final week of the heats saw Anton Ewald and Alcazar gaining the most votes and passing directly to the final, and finally Ellinore Holmer and Ammotrack to Andra Chansen.

The 5th week of Melodifestivalen is when the eight acts performed in Andra Chansen hoping to fill the final 2 places in the final. The two acts that made it to the final were the 3/4 position from Heat 1, Helena Paparizou and Linus Svenning, therefore completing the line-up for tonight's final. Tonight the 10 finalists took to the stage in hope to gain enough points to win Melodifestivalen 2014 and therefore have the honour of representing Sweden in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest 2014, to be held in Copenhagen in May. The first set of results to be announced tonight came from the International juries, from Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. 

Ace Wilder was in the lead at the end of the Jury votes with her song Busy Doin' Nothin' closely followed by Sanna Nielsen and her song Undo, Both of these were the bookies favourites prior to the final tonight. The televotes shortly followed, giving Undo the highest marks, followed by Ace Wilder's song. The overall results, after combining the two sets of votes showed that Sanna Nielsen had won the 2014 Melodifestivalen, followed 2 points behind her was Ace Wilder. Sanna Nielsen will represent her nation in Copenhagen in May, with her entry Undo.


Sanna has attempted to represent Sweden on 6 previous occasions, debuting in the competition in 2001, when she ended 3rd. 2003 she returned to the contest and ended 5th. 2005 Sanna once again returned to the Swedish selection finishing 8th. 2007 saw a 7th placing. In 2008 Sanna tried her luck again, and came the closest she had ever came before when she ended second to Charlotte Perrelli. Sanna took two (2) years off before she returned in 2011 and ended 4th. In 2014 Nielsen returned once again, although this was her year! Sanna (albeit narrowly) won the right to represent her nation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Sanna Nielsen will perform the 54th Swedish entry Undo in the first semi final on the 6th of May, in hope of passing to the final on the 10th of May, and wishing to bring the 6th Swedish victory in the Eurovision Song Contest! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Romeo Lewis, SVT


SVT, the national broadcaster in Sweden, and responsible for the nations' participation at the Eurovision Song Contest organised a press conference yesterday afternoon in order to announce the names of the entries, songwriters and artists competing in the final two semi-finals of next years' edition of the Melodifestivalen. The format, albeit unchanged, will include four (4) semi-finals, a second chance round and the final, all of which will be spread out over six (6) weeks. At the end of this period, new careers will commence whilst renowned stars will find solace in hit singles. The only other competition to produce similar results is Sanremo, as competing entries are known to make the official singles chart for several weeks after the showcase.

Sweden are organising their national selection following a triumphant organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest and they might have already set their sights on success pertaining to the second list of artists revealed by Christer Bjorkman during a Press Conference. Whilst there are no names who have been to the Eurovision Song Contest in this list, there are a couple of fan favourites who have made the final cut including; Alcazar who managed to reach stardom status all over the continent with their song Crying at the Discotheque as well as Not a Sinner Nor a Saint which could have been a Swedish entry due to being in a former edition of Melodifestivalen. Other outstanding names are those of Shirley Clamp and Linda Bengtzing who are clearly set to be a treat to the fans in whatever genre they might represent.

Semi-Final 3 (Gothenburg)

All We Are - State of Drama (Werner / Sandqvist / Gullhamn / Hallifax)

Around the World - dr alban & Jessica Folcker (dr alban / Erizson / Kjellholm)

Burning Alive - Shirley Clamp (Ljunggren / Ubeda / Vaughn / Wikstrom)

Busy Doin' Nothin' - Ace Wilder (Wilder / Joy Deb / Linnea Deb)

Echo - Outtrigger (Joy Deb / Linnea Deb / Malmberg Hard af Segerstad)

En Enkel Sång - CajsaStina Åkerström (CajsaStina Åkerström)

Red - EKO (Linnea Deb / Joy Deb / Anna Lidman / Lundberg / Ottosson)

Yes We Can - Oscar Zia (Kempe / Kreuger / Pirouzpanah)


Semi-Final 4 (Örnsköldsvik)

Blame It On the Disco - Alcazar (Kempe / Kreuger / Pirouzpanah)

En Himmelsk Sång - Ellinore Holmer (Rosenberg / Sanner / Schmalenbach / Wikstrom / Aly)

Fight Me if You Dare - I.D.A (Albin Nicklasson / Laine / Frick Sveen)

Hela Natten - Josef Johansson (Bostrom / G:Son / Johansson / Thyren)

Hollow - Janet Leon (Kjellholm / Jansson / Winter)

Natural - Anton Ewald (John Ludvik)

Raise Your Hands - Ammotrack (Jari Kujansuu / Johnasson / Kindbom / de Bruin)

Ta Mig - Linda Bengtzing (Nicke Borg / Jojo Borg Larsson)

escflashmalta.com has noted that there are several interesting options, based on the reputation of such artists and songwriters who have been given the opportunity to participate in next years' edition of the Melodifestivalen. Also, we would like to congratulate regular escflashmalta.com contributor, Sharon Vaughn who has worked with the likes of Agnes, The Wanted and Delta Goodrem who will be competing with three (3) songs, including with one of the early fan-favourites. Sharon Vaughn will be joining the Critical Eye feature for the upcoming edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: SVT