The first round of Melodifestivalen was a mixed bag. Unfortunately, there was more bad than good, raising questions about the future of the competition.
By: Allie Lindo
There were hints of Sweden’s formula for success in the first semifinal. Some performances stood out and brightened up the evening. Unfortunately, these were outdone by elements of the absurd. For example, Kamferdrops the second to last act of the evening.
It was a minor miracle “Solen lever kvar hos dig” was given the green light to perform at all. Kamferdrops was almost disqualified after it was revealed the song was already on the internet. SVT granted approval to sing only hours before the show. Once on the stage, the Norwegian-born singer came across as a Sia tribute act.
Sia is an accomplished singer-songwriter whose quirky behavior endears her to fans. However, Kamferdrops’ attempt at the same quirkiness fell flat completely. I never thought seeing unicorn horns on a stage would provoke such annoyance in me.
This song should not have been on the Melodifestivalen stage. The worst part was how little she seemed to try. The whole performance lacked any sort of energy and her singing was mediocre. Suddenly there was a magician onstage. This felt like an attempt to distract from a poor quality song. If it was, it didn’t work.
What SVT needs to do next
Thankfully, the Swedish public voted against Kamferdrops in the end. But, the problem remains. Why is SVT approving such mediocre performances? Of course, the voting audience should be given diverse options so they can choose for themselves. On the other hand, it is wrong to give voters such a poor selection to choose from. There is such a thing as “the good name of Melodifestivalen” and if an act does not fit a certain standard, that good name is dragged through the mud.
SVT is capable of more than what it delivered Saturday night. The broadcaster needs to reevaluate its approach to artist selection. Variety is always a good thing, but variety means nothing if the choices are bad.
Sweden deserves better. Europe deserves better.