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Melodifestivalen – Third Jury Votes Announced

Sweden and Norway

Eurovision Ireland teams up with International Juries along with our on-line fan poll to predict the winner of Melodifestivalen 2013. Over the next 24 hours we will give you the results from our fan jury who hail from several countries across Europe. To this we will add the results to on on-line poll which closes at midnight tonight and we will have our winner. Have you voted yet?

So who is the 3rd jury? Well we go to our Dear Eurovision Ireland Friend Kristján SveinssonKristján  hails from Norway – who always have good Eurovision banter with Sweden just like Ireland and the UK. Kristján is one of the senior editors with and has attended many Eurovision Finals over the years and is in Stockholm for the Melodifestivalen Final right now – like he does every year. So we could not think of a better Jury member for Norway.


So here are Kristján‘s views and points for Melodifestivalen 2013. 

Song 1: Tell the World I’m Here
Ulrik’s attempt at getting to Malmö this year is trying too hard to be something it’s not. Strained vocals, no real instant hook to speak of, and thoroughly undeserving of its place in the final. Plus points for the arrangement and the fresh modern sound. 3

Song 2. Skyline
David really did himself no favours by competing last year with Shout It Out – infuriatingly catchy, Skyline just comes across as a pale comparison. Slick, tight arrangement, economic tune but this song focuses more on presentation than content.

Song 3. Falling
This is a welcome addition to this year’s MF final – melodic rock, which is superbly crafted and performed by a band who know what they want and how they want to ber perceived.

Song 4. Begging
Anton may have set teenage girls’ (and possibly many a gay man’s heart alight), but he has failed to reel me in with this soulless attempt. Poppy enough and a good beat to get people on the dance floor, but rather bland apart from the uplifting chorus.

Song 5. Only the Dead Fish Follow the Stream
I’m divided by this one – she has a good voice, clear, strong vocals and I find the country tinge very appealing, but there is still something lacking to lift this from ordinary to special.

Song 6. Bed on Fire
Like a male Carolina Af Ugglas, Ralf goes against everything that is defined as typical “Melodifestivalen”. He is an intense performer, but the tune is average. Fantastic vocals though. Adult pop rock for the advanced. A fair effort.

Song 7. En Riktig Javla Schlager
I really do not know how this managed to get so far – four smug  and overpaid men who are performing a song possibly only they find amusing. Can’t see this being pulled off in English in Malmö.

Song 8. Copacabanana
Sean Banan is someone I think you either get or you don’t. I didn’t. This is an utter disgrace to SVT. If it were possible to give nul points here, it would have got that. Relies on gimmickery and he comes across just looking like a completely out of his depth.

Song 9. You
I don’t know what it is about this one. It’s definitely not his looks, because my loins aren’t twitching. Robin gave me my only goosebump moment throughout the Swedish selection because of his honesty. OK, so other are a few duff notes here and there, but the tune is by far the most original on offer this year and there’s something about his performance that is so honest and real.

Song 10 Heartbreak Hotel
No, I may not be a Japanese teenage girl from the Harajuku area of Tokyo, but I can see why they’ve fallen for Yohio’s charms. Despite his young age, he gives a blistering performance brimming with confidence. His look is startling, but in a good way. A fantastic singalong 80’s nostalgic feel to this.

My points are as follows:

12 Points to Song 9 You
10 Points to Song 10 Heartbreak Hotel
8 Points to Song 3 Falling
7 Points to Song 6 Bed On Fire
6 Points to Song 5 Only The Dead Fish Follow The Stream
5 Points to Song 4 Begging
4 Points to Song 2 Skyline
3 Points to Song 1 Tell The World I’m Here
2 Points to Song 7 En Riktig Jävla Schlager
1 Point to Song 8 Copacabanana

So after 3 Juries the results are as follows

1st –  ”Heartbreak Hotel” – YOHIO – 28 Points

2nd – “Falling” – State of Drama – 23 Points

3rd – “You” – Robin Stjernberg – 21 Points

4th – “Only the dead fish follow the stream” – Louise Hoffsten – 20 Points

5th –  “Skyline” – David Lindgren – 19 Points

6th – “Tell the world I’m here” – Ulrik Munther – 18 Points

7th – “Bed on fire – Ralf Gyllenhammar” – 17 Points

8th – “Begging” – Anton Ewald – 13 Points

9th – “En riktig jävla schlager” – Ravaillacz – 12 Points

10th – “Copacabanana” – Sean Banan – 3 Points


So as you can see – YOHIO may not be scoring the 12 points, though is receiving 10 and 8 points which take him to the top of the leaderboard. What is also interesting is that Sean Banan is consistently the least favorite song with the Jury members. Will that happen tomorrow night?

Thanks again to our friend Kristján Sveinsson for his comments and votes. 

Source – Eurovision Ireland

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