• Sweden edition

Melodifestivalen: Men mop up in Skellefteå

Published: 27 Feb 2005 23:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Feb 2005 23:07 GMT+01:00

Nineteen-year old Jansson charmed the crowds with his upbeat “Vi kan gunga” (“We can Swing”). His newly bleached hair seemed to underline the fact that young Jimmy was breaking from his usual hard rock fare to offer Melodifestivalen crowds a light, catchy summer hit, which reminded many reviewers of Roxette star Per Gessle.

The incongruity of Jansson’s sunny disposition in the freezing cold of the northern winter did nothing to harm his showing, and the crowds in Skellefteå seemed to enjoy the song as much as viewers throughout Sweden.

To the delight of the tabloids, Jansson declared that if he won at the final in Stockholm he would marry his girlfriend Sandra Dahlberg.

If Jansson grabbed the teenage vote, the more mature ladies were swooning for Martin Stenmarck. Surrounded by a bevy of blonde beauties in jump suits, the 32-year old crooned his way to the final with “Las Vegas”, a seventies-style showtune.

Yet if the seventies theme worked for Martin Stenmarck, it backfired for Jessica Folcker, causing the evening’s biggest upset. Folcker, sporting a hairstyle apparently borrowed from the Cagney and Lacey costume department, couldn’t persuade Swedes to vote for her song “Om Natten” (“About the Night”), which was described by its composers as a “mystical pop song with a Mediterranean touch”.

Jessica told Aftonbladet that she felt “really rotten” about her rejection by viewers, particularly as she had struggled through the song with a sore throat. Now she says she hopes that the song will become a radio hit. In the best Melodifestivalen tradition, Expressen blamed Jessica’s poor showing on her cleavage. Commentator Anders Nunstedt speculated that Jessica’s low-cut dress had sapped her confidence.

“It looked good, of course, particularly in still pictures – but she looked terrified with it on. It was as though the smallest manoeuvre could have had dramatic consequences,” he wrote.

American singer LaGaylia had better luck with her rendition of ballad “Nothing at All”. The statuesque Floridian, who has lived in Sweden for four years, failed to get enough votes to secure a direct ticket to the final. Yet enough people voted for her to assure her of a place in the “Second Chance” run-off competition.

A delighted LaGaylia told Expressen that she was shocked that her song had done so well. “Ballads don’t usually get voted through,” she said, adding that she didn’t fancy her chances of winning the next round.

The other entry to go through to the Second Chance round was NaNa’s “Wherever you Go”. NaNa might not be a household name, but her career as a backing singer for the likes of Britney and Celine Dion means that the 36-year old is likely to be no pushover in the run-offs.

Joining Jessica Folcker in going home empty handed were Canadian hard rocker Alannah Myles and her backing group K2. Josef nearly squeezed into a Second Chance place with “Rain”, an upbeat tune with strong Turkish influence, but was pipped at the post by NaNa and LaGaylia. Meanwhile, the rap of Kwansaa’s “Lovin’ Your Feen” was altogether too much for Melodifestivalen’s audience, who relegated it to an ignominious eighth place.

Sources: Sveriges Television, Aftonbladet, Expressen

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right
Today's headlines
New rules threaten microbreweries
File photo: Systembolaget

New rules threaten microbreweries

Swedish microbreweries have reacted with concern to new distribution regulations being imposed by the state controlled alcohol monopoly Systembolaget, which they fear may put them out of business. READ  

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up
Volvo hybrid bus. Photo: Volvo Buses

ABB and Volvo in electric buses tie-up

Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB and Volvo Buses of Sweden have announced a joint project to develop a system for electric buses to recharge their batteries fast when at bus stops. READ  

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden
Photo: TT

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat. READ  

Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club
Marta celebrates after scoring in the 2014 Uefa Champions League Women's Final. Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Top Brazilian football star signs for Malmö club

Brazilian superstar Marta will be donning the colours of FC Rosengård this season with the Swedish club hoping the investment will keep them at the top of the women's game. READ  

Swede feared kidnapped by Ukrainian separatists
Rebel tanks on the road to Horlivka in June. Photo: TT

Swede feared kidnapped by Ukrainian separatists

Swedish police are investigating the suspected kidnapping of a Swedish citizen by pro-Russian separatists at a road block in eastern Ukraine. READ  

Saab pulls out of Denmark fighter bidding

Saab pulls out of Denmark fighter bidding

Swedish defence firm Saab has declined to provide a bid for a 30 billion ($4.37 billion) Danish fighter contract while reports indicate that US firm Lockheed Martin is set to land the deal. READ  

Volvo Trucks mulls appeal over US fine
Photo: Volvo Penta

Volvo Trucks mulls appeal over US fine

Swedish truck maker Volvo Group said Monday that it is considering considering its legal options after a US appeals court upheld a multimillion fine on environmental infringements of its marine engines. READ  

Swede wins Australia's 'ultimate intern' prize
Angeliqa Jonsson (second from right) pictured with her three friends during their Experience Oz adventure. Photo: Ruby PR

Swede wins Australia's 'ultimate intern' prize

A 26-year-old Swedish woman has been named Australia's best intern and is set to travel 3000km across the country to take part in a series of adventures as part of her prize. READ  

Syrians face longer wait for Sweden reunion

Syrians face longer wait for Sweden reunion

UPDATED: Syrian refugees seeking a better life in Sweden are being made to wait up for a year to get an embassy interview as the number of asylum applications has increased dramatically in the past year. READ  

Swedes soak up sun as beaches ban bathing
A sign urging bathers not to go swimming in Malmö taken on July 20th 2014. Johan Nilsson / TT

Swedes soak up sun as beaches ban bathing

Sweden's long hot summer looks set to continue for a while yet with temperatures expected to stay around the 26C mark in places but some beaches have had to turn bathers away due to high levels of bacteria in the water. READ  

People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Blog updates

18 July

Starting over (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

" I’ve now been off the water for almost 14 days. At first I was totally gutted being forced into a rest period, I had Stockholm in my sights and apart from the pain and discomfort in my shoulder, spirits were high and I was starting to gain some momentum. The news hit me fairly hard and..." READ »


18 July

Favorites of Swedish Summer 2014 (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"In a boscage of brush and birch trees, sits an unobtrusive cabin on the sea. A small window faces the windward side of the feverish Baltic. It’s the size of a modern wardrobe, designed to fit a small desk and a limitless cavern of stories and characters that extend as far as the waves and skies..." READ »

Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
People-watching July 11-13
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
Northern Sweden warmest in 90 years
'Victoria Day': Crown Princess Victoria turns 37
Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden
EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours
Swede snags assassin role in Tom Cruise film
Top ten ways to spend a few days in Malmö
Swedish summer tourism highlights
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at: