Sweden missed the opportunity to blast off the schlager shackles once and for all, when they failed to send Ace Wilder to Copenhagen. OK so "Busy..." might not have been to everyone's taste but it has the international hit-quality which the contest needs. Instead, we got a Wrecking Ball-inspired ballad written by the king of rip-off songs, Fredrik Kempe. Sanna will no doubt give it her all but I have never been a fan of her type of ballad singing, and have never liked this song from the beginning. The "undo my sad" line still intensely irritates me, and even if they have changed a line and added a word, well it still irritates. Putting a donk on it usually improves a song, but I heard a dance remix and I still hated it.
(So, Laura, I'm getting the impression that you really don't like this song very much.....!)
By the way, after all these weeks, guess what's my absolute favourite and most played Melfest song of this year? "Red" by EKO. It wouldn't have done anything in ESC but I think it's fabulous.
After all that's been going on in their ravaged country of late, will Ukraine pick up enough sympathy votes to take the contest back to Kiev? I can't really see it. I don't care enough about this song, and it doesn't do anything to change my view that Ukraine hasn't sent anything decent since Shady Lady. One thing they always do well is the staging of their songs and I'm sure that they will do the same with this, to boost its chances. It's not a winner though.