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Final Eurovision 2008If you live in Sweden maybe you saw the Culture News Kulturnyheterna on Swedish Television SVT last week. They let us know that the information from SVT about that anyone can send a song to the Swedish National Election of ESC  is just a fake. 

You have not just to be a wellknown composer, the artist that sings your song on the demo must be famous, too.  Fredrik Kempe told on Culture News that when he and Henrik Wikström sent their song Cara Mia to the contest for the first time it was sung by an unknown artist. The song was not selected by the jury. When they sent in Cara Mia sang by Måns Zelmerlöw the song was chosen by the jury to the Swedish National  selection of ESC Melodifestivalen.

According to the Culture News  the thing that happened Marie Lindberg, an unknown artist singing her song right into listeners hearts  and becoming famous over night, is never going to happen on Melodifestivalen any more on. It is really sad!

They also told that famous artists now queue to participate in the contest because it gives them so much attention. Unknown artists have really no chance to be picked by the jury these days.  It’s really a pity that those magic moments  when a new unknown artist touch our heart and gives us something new won’t happen any more. It is very much repetition this year, we have heard the artists  before and the composers write melodies that are very much alike the songs by them that we heard before.

According the rules all the songs that people sent in are going to be judged, first by Swedish Music Publishers, then by a judge group from Swedish Television (SVT).  I know the rules because I have sent songs to the competition two years in a row now. The composer and the lyricist must send in an application form with their names to  SVT together with the AudioCD. The application form  has to be sent in a separate sealed envelope and is NOT going to be opened before the songs already have been selected by the jury. Otherwize the song will be disqualified.

I accuse the judge from SVT of breaking this rule all the time!  The composers that participate are the same all the time, it is a small group of composers and it is obvious that Christer Björkman have ordered songs from them. In the competition for 10 days ago, Sarah Dawn Finer and Malena Ernman were duelling against each other but both songs were by Fredrik Kempe that is a fulltime composer. 

So, it is obvius. The composer must be wellknown and the artist must be wellknown, too, otherwize you can just save your many for the postage of your song.

I really think that there are lack of great melodies on the competition this year, it is becoming more and more obvious each and every year.  The same composers  cannot vary themselves in style and melodys so much.  Christer Björkman defended himself on Culture News by saying that  amateur composers cannot compete with the professional composers. He is so right, they cannot, because they are not allowed!

SVT must tell us now what the real rules are. They are not the rules I got from SVT.  At least the rules are not followed.  SVT has to tell everybody that the rules are just a fake, and let’s see what Swedish people think about that! I think that most of us want have more variety,  more new composers and new artists, songs that touch our hearts instead of hit-machines that are so alike each other.

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  1. So sad and so true Maini. It’s a fake, a game for the invited. Sounds good in the SVT commercials that more than 4000 entries tried to get into Mr. Bjorkman’s tight, ass-like, mailbox. I’ve met him, don’t like him but, not for any personal reasons, this contest sucks! And, I’ve never ever even bothered to try to write something ‘specially for this event. Would really like to, of course but, waste of time/stamps in my opinion. At least nowadays. Good speech Maini! -on the barricades of *music 2 the people, by the people” /J

    Comment by Yanaha — March 12, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  2. Hi Yanaha, I am glad that it is not only me that have noticed that the game really is only for the invited. Thank you for your comment!

    Comment by Maini Sorri — March 12, 2009 @ 6:07 pm

  3. Melodifestivalen är helt kass och skulle jag bestämma skulle kompositörerna endast få ställa upp med en melodi var och artisterna max 2 gånger under sin livstid så det blir lite variation. Det märks ju att hela tävlingen är korrupt!

    Comment by Mirjam — March 12, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

  4. Hej Mirjam, tack för din kommentar. Jag tycker att ditt förslag är bra, helt klart vore det bättre om kompositörerna skulle bara få ställa upp med en låt var och om en och samma artist inte fick återkomma mer en 2 gånger. Hoppas Christer ser det här:)

    Comment by Maini Sorri — March 12, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

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