So the line-up for Saturday’s Melodifestivalen showdown is decided – notwithstanding the pre-requisite bouts of flu, winter vomit disease, lost larynxes and nerves that will lead to tabloid headlines about how at least half of the performers’ appearances are in doubt.
But assuming everyone shows up, here’s The Local’s quick and dirty stab at punditry.
Winner: The Ark
Irresistable glam rock song, great performance. From the high-voting-propensity teenage girls to the less relevant granny brigade, this is one for all the family. Unstoppable.
Runner up: Sarah Dawn Finer
Perhaps a surprise, but Sweden will be moved by the gospelesque power ballad and Finer’s stunning voice.
3rd: Andreas Johnson
Equalling last year’s third spot, Johnson’s song – another 60s pastiche – will sell well after the dust settles but won’t be going to Helsinki.
The power of Idol – and an inoffensive song – got the Sebster through, but his good looks won’t be enough to take him further.
5th: Måns Zelmerlöw
The power of Idol – and an inoffensive song – got the Månster through, but his good looks won’t be enough to take him further.
6th: Sanna Nielsen
Will pick up the support of a certain core of voters who will always vote for the blonde with the pop-schlager. But nobody else.
7th: Tommy Nilsson
The nostalgia vote and a song of peace and harmony won’t be enough to boost this veteran’s chances.
8th: Sonja Aldén
Has the wind in her sails after a terrific performance in the Second Chance round, but Aldén’s peak is behind her, at least for this year.
9th: Anna Book
Expect tears and gushes of love for the people of Sweden as they close this chapter of Book’s career.
10th: Marie Lindberg
A harsh lesson is lying in wait for the strumming teacher from Gothenburg.