Yesterday saw the start of our Stockholm stop of our 2016 tour. Even though this is the last National Final we are covering LIVE from the ground, this tour has not yet ended – more details to come later this weekend.
If you missed my Snapchat coverage from the Official Welcome Party at Stockholm City Hall, full details can be found HERE – but be quick as the pictures only last 24 hours and will start disappearing from the app at 20:00 CET. If you’re not already following us, find us on Snapchat at “EurovisionIrela”.
Later on tonight, I’ll bring you some interview responses from Lisa Axel, David Lindgren and Oscar Zia – but for the mean time, let the rehearsals commence!
1 Panetoz – Hall om mig hart
This is certainly a lively and upbeat start to the show. These guys certainly have the energy and don’t stand still for the three minutes. Added Superhero background at the start certainly fits the lively atmosphere. I should also warn you if you have a confetti and pyrotechnic disposition – it all starts here during song one. If Panetoz have all this energy now, I wonder how much more they will bring to the table on Saturday night.
2 Lisa Ajax – My Heart Wants Me Dead
Well gone are the days when curtains used to be draped on stage for a dramatic effect. It looks like draping rolls of Andrex is the new effect! A complete change in pace from the opening number.This is a strong ballad which shows a lot of emotions throughout the song. I am slightly put off my the contemporary dancers surrounding her and feel like they take the focus off her slightly.
3 David Lindgren – We Are Your Tomorrow
Wow – this has gone up a gear even more! David starts off elevated on some staging, doing his laser hand work routine, before jumping down and carrying on with the song. The lighting effects have changed and bring a three dimensional element to the routine, more than what they did when David qualified in Malmo five weeks ago. Given time, it shows you can improve what was already brilliant to something extra brilliant.
4 SaRaha – Kizunguzungu
Transport yourself to the Rio Carnival with Kizunguzungu. This is a bright, fun and funky entry in the final. Another up tempo anthem, the energy certainly doesn’t stop for the whole duration of the song. I do feel some more energy will be needed though to make an impact with the voting public back at home – although I highly doubt the Friends Arena will stay seated, it’ll be a party during song four here on Saturday Night!
5 Oscar Zia – Human
Human is performed on a very dark and eerie stage setting – but this only emphasises the emotions that Oscar is trying to express throughout his performance. You can see this is very personal to him too. The performance hasn’t changed since he qualified a few weeks back and to be fair, any changes could’ve hindered his chances of a victory.
6 Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry
Nothing has changed since Gothenburg and nor does it need to! The energy that we saw at the start of this year’s Melodifestivalen is certainly brought to Stockholm for finale weekend. The staging is exactly how it was and the six boxes are quite clever in terms of the structure and how you can have dancers or use screens in each individual unit. Sometimes you need to see these things to realise how clever they actually are – the television isn’t always as good at doing that.
7 Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Prize
And now it’s the turn of our Editor-In-Chief’s favourite entry of this year’s Melodifestivalen. For me and this is just my opinion Garrett, there is something lacking in this performance. Vocally, Robin is excellent, but I feel he seems a little bit lost on stage on his own. I could see a couple of dancers working here, but obviously it is too late in the day now to introduce these.
8 Molly Sanden – Youniverse
It’s not a trip to Sweden and Melodifestivalen with a wind machine or TWELVE. It’s amazing what you can do with a few desk fans. Molly has certainly come of age with this song. It’s not really what we are use to hearing her sing at Melodifestivalen and dare I say it be a bit rather contemporary? As this isn’t what we are use to hearing, certainly from a UK perspective, will this even challenge for the trophy?
9 Boris Rene – Put Your Love On Me
This is ‘that’ song that I’ve come to Stockholm and couldn’t remember how it went – there is always one after all. Boris has, what Robin hasn’t and that is some dancers. Without those, Boris too would look a little lost on stage, although he appears to be a lot more animated than Robin was.
10 Frans – If I Were Sorry
So we have the ‘Mans Videowall’, but reformed into a light wall. Time for everyone to turn their torches on their phones. Frans will certainly get the teenage girl vote, but for me personally it doesn’t particular grab me. It has a beat to it don’t get me wrong, but I think he is trying to do a Mans with the light wall.
11 Wiktoria – Save Me
‘Save Me’ is another one of those entries that hasn’t had to do any work towards the performance in the final this weekend. Visually, depending where you are in the arena on Saturday night, you won’t get as much of the technical impact as you do on the TV screen back at home. This of course is linked to her outfit that projects the lighting effects.
12 Samir & Viktor – Bada nakna
If you like young men getting half naked and soaking wet on stage, then this is the song for you – if it’s not, then you might want to go and boil the kettle. After their semi final when they sang out of tune, I’m expecting big things. To be fair, it has improved. It’s not the tops that come off at the end neither if you get my drift.
Join Me LIVE on W12P Tonight
Yes, I’ll be joining Glen Bartlett LIVE from Stockholm on W12P tonight to discuss the rehearsals and the favourites from this year’s Melodifestivalen final. You can listen HERE or via the TuneIn Radio app (just search “Oystermouth Radio”).
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland