This Saturday, Europe will once again hear those magic words “Vägen till Melodifestivalen”. In preparation for the big event the Swedish hopefuls are busy rehearsing their acts–and their talking points. They are giving interviews to attract attention and, even better, votes! I’ve read the interviews so y’all don’t have to. Let’s review.
In a conversation with SVT.se, YOHIO was asked how he feels about being the red hot favourite to win #melfest, according to a poll where all the participants were asked to name their main enemy. “I keep trying not to think about the pressure everyone has put on me after winning Swedes’ hearts last year. I must work hard, and not take anyone’s thoughts into account.”
As for the poll, YOHIO won with 6 points, while Helena, Sanna Nielsen, DR Alban & Jessica Folcker and Alcazar each got 3. Anton Ewald and The Refreshments follow with 2 points. You can also see some photos of YOHIO–from his childhood to last year’s Melodefestivalen–here.
Linus Svenning has more than 20,000 people following him on Facebook. “It’s amazing to have so many fans,” he said. Although he is debuting at Melodifestivalen, the crowds will know him from his covers, which he uploads to Youtube. “It’s important to have supporters. It’s my first time on TV, so it’s up to my song to make the Swedes vote for me.” His “Hallelujah” cover had over 100,000 hits on Youtube in just 10 hours!
On the other side of the continent, Helena Paparizou gave an interview for SVT in Athens, featuring the Acropolis and the Herodes Atticus Theater. “The money saved from a Eurovision withdrawal won’t get Greece out of the crisis. So, it’s better to spend some for having a good time, which helps the people overcome it.” She also gave an interview in a car for Schlagerbilen, where she enjoyed the journey from her disc company, and stopped in a supermarket to buy coffee! In addition, she is currently preparing her new album called “One Life”, which also includes her Melodifestivalen 2014 song. Here’s the track list.
Save Me (This is An SOS)
As Long As You Are Mine
Set Your Heart On Me
Hold back On Love
Enough- Jill Duet
Groove is The Solution
Crazy for Love
One More Night.
Have a look at the video she prepared for the Greek people, asking them to vote for her:
Photo at top: Magnus Liam Karlsson/SVT