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So for the results in the August edition, unfortunately I see that the Swedish language entries continue to struggle, which is unfortunate. I didn't have necessarily super high expectations (although I really like the song myself) but I really hope it's not a linguistic thing.

Anyhow...

Thank you to everyone that supported the Swedish entry in FSC#138 - August 2020 ! xhug

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:se: FSC#139 - September 2020 :se:

Isak Danielson

Silence



PRESENTATION:

For this edition, Sweden is sending the 23-year old singer-songwriter Isak Danielson with the entry Silence, released in autumn of 2019 and later on included on the singer's second studio album titled Remember to Remember Me, which was released this spring.

The song is a melodically beautiful and well-produced timeless-styled, yet contemporary, mid-tempo Pop ballad with a strong message which can be interpreted in various ways; is it literary against violence? is it speaking up against destructions created by humans such as climate change? or is it simply about a personal struggle?

Danielson had his major public debut at the age of 14 back in 2014, when he entered the first (and only) edition of Swedish X-Factor, which he eventually would end up third in. Since his debut single Long Live This Love from 2014, Danielson has since released three EP's and two studio albums including singles like Broken and Power amongst others.




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Seeing :se: narrowly losing partly due to our own :12:-pointer is slightly bittersweet but nonetheless still great results for us this month :mrgreen:

Thank you to everyone that supported the Swedish entry in FSC#139 - September 2020 ! xhug

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133 pts


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:se: FSC#140 - October 2020 :se:

Nicole Sabouné

Nowhere to Go



PRESENTATION:

For this edition, Sweden is sending 29-year old singer-songwriter Nicole Sabouné and the entry Nowhere to Go, taken from the singer's 2019 EP Come My Love. The song is a beautiful, yet haunting and dramatic, dreamy indie-Pop ballad with influences of Baroque pop and Art pop and acts like Kate Bush and Florence & The Machine.

Sabouné got her breakthrough by entering Sweden's first, and so far only, season of the TV singing talent show The Voice back in 2012, where she was coached by the Swedish glam-rock band The Ark's front-singer Ola Salo (a band known by songs like It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane and Calleth You Cometh I as well as representing Sweden in the 2007 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest)

Sabouné would later on work with Salo on her 2014 debut album Must Exist which includes her 2012 debut single Unseen Footage From a Forthcoming Funeral as well as the 2014 release Win This Life. In 2015, Sabouné followed up with her second, and self-produced, album titled Miman including the single Bleeding Faster.


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As for the results for :se: this time around, I didn't know what to expect so I must say it was pretty decent and I'm fine with that. Interesting to see that it didn't collect points from that many jurors, but the ones that did end up voting for it awarded it high points so it seems to have been a quite polarizing entry.

Thank you to everyone that supported the Swedish entry in FSC#140 - October 2020 ! xhug

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64 pts


:12: :pt: :es:
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:8: :az: :cy: :ro:
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... and a recap of (my) Sweden's votes this edition:

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:10: :mx:
:8: :dk:
:7: :be:
:6: :uk:
:5: :ma:
:4: :za:
:3: :ca:
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:se: FSC#141 - November 2020 :se:

Miss Li

Komplicerad



PRESENTATION:

After a couple of more serious entries in English, we are switching it up for this edition with the quirky, fun and catchy Pop song Komplicerad (Complicated) performed by former FSC-winner Miss Li. This is the third time we see Miss Li entering the contest, but the first time with a Swedish-language entry. The song, which has become one of the biggest hits in Sweden of 2020, has some similarities stylistically of K-Pop but with a Swedish twist. The entry takes on elements of late 90's/early 00's bubblegum Pop, with an almost animated highly addictive chorus, but also includes elements of modern Swedish vispop, which gives the song a unique flavor. Lyrically, it's filled with sarcasm, sass and self-awareness and basically Miss Li explaining in a humoristic way why she's bad at relationships.

Miss Li is the stage name of now 38-year old singer-songwriter Linda Karlsson who debuted back in 2006 with the single Oh Boy, taken from the singer's 2006- debut album Late Night Heartbroken Blues. In 2007, she was featured on singer-songwriter Lars Winnerbäck's eighth studio album and the single Om du lämnade mig nu (If You Left Me Now), which became the singer's first single to top the Swedish Singles Charts and a song that has become somewhat of a modern Swedish classic. In 2009, Miss Li was entered to the FSC for the first time with the song Dancing the Whole Way Home , taken from the singer's fourth studio album. In the 99th edition of the FSC, back in May 2017, she won the contest with the modern power Pop ballad Aqualung , taken from the singer's eighth and latest album titled A Woman's Guide to Survival.

Miss Li has yet to release her first Swedish-language album, but after taking part in the TV-show Så Mycket Bättre for two editions (2012 and 2019) (a music show where the participants make covers of each other's songs), and especially with the success of the cover Lev nu dö sen (Live Now Die Later) from the 2019 edition (which became her second, and first solo, single to reach the #1 spot on the Swedish Singles Charts) as well as the success with Komplicerad, Miss Li has crossovered to Swedish like many other Swedish acts have done for the past 10 years after starting out initially with English-language materials, although she is still releasing English versions of her Swedish language singles which also includes Complicated.


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Very pleased with the results for :se: this edition, especially since Swedish-language entries tended to fair mediocre at best (or flop in many cases), so maybe the curse is finally broken? :)

Thank you to everyone that supported the Swedish entry in FSC#141 - November 2020 ! xhug

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89 pts


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:7: :be:
:6: :dk: :ma:
:5: :ie:
:3: :hr:
:2: :az: :pl: :ru:
:1: :de: :ch:

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:10: :ru:
:8: :ba:
:7: :nl:
:6: :ca:
:5: :us:
:4: :ma:
:3: :ee:
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:se: FSC#142 - December 2020 :se:

Victor Leksell

Svag



PRESENTATION:

So we're finishing off this strange year with yet another big local hit here in Sweden, in fact the biggest hit in Sweden of 2020 and the most streamed Swedish-language song of all time as of to date; Svag (Weak), performed by the 23-year old rising new star on the Swedish pop scene Victor Leksell.

The song, which was debuted live on the annual fundraising entertainment TV show Musikhjälpen back in December 2019 and officially released as a single in January 2020, is a modern contemporary-produced acoustic guitar-based Pop ballad with a chilled singer-songwriter campfire mood and a sweet catchy hook combined with subtle Trap and Swedish Vispop influences, giving the song a quite distinct sound and character.

Leksell first entered the Swedish version of the TV talent show Idol back in 2017, where he made it to the qualifying week but failed to reach the weekly semi-finals. He later on released his debut single Vart du sover (Where You Sleep) in May 2018, followed by his first top. 10 single Tappat (Lost), which was released later in the same year. In 2019, he would achieve his first top. 5 charting solo single with Allt för mig (Everything to Me) as well as another top. 10 single with Klär av dig (Undress You) and in a collaboration with the Swedish pop act Estraden, Leksell would achieve his first top. 3 single with the song Bra för dig (Good for You).

This month's entry Svag is not just the biggest song in Sweden this year, but has also managed to top the official Norwegian singles chart as well as managing a top. 20 position on the Danish equivalent, making it one of those rare moments when a Swedish-language song manages to cross-over to our Nordic neighbors. In June 2020, Leksell also released his debut album titled Fånga mig när jag faller (Catch Me When I fall), which topped the Swedish albums chart and also managed to reach the top. 3 on the Norwegian one.

Now the question remains, will this Swedish and Scandinavian hit of the year also manage to be a success with an international audience here in the FSC? We shall see...

Being the last edition of this year, from the bottom of my heart I wish you all a Merry Christmas (if that's what you celebrate) and a Happy New Year, and I hope and believe that next year will be better, that we will come through this pandemic stronger on the other side and that life will start to come back to "normal" rather sooner than later. My thoughts and prayers also go out to all those that lost their lives or health and all the loved-ones who lost someone to this disease and everyone else affected in one way or another. Music has a healing power so having the FSC community and to get together in our shared joy of music has meant even more in a year like this! xhug


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