- September 28, 2009
I hear you, I understand that labels are involved, that's not really my issue, however many of these songwriters are almost like "in-house MF songwriters", sure some of them have some sort of career outside of the MF bubble, but many of them are simply sustaining there careers with MF and MF-related acts that have little life outside of its bubble. This is an issue I stressed plenty of times and even when SVT try to add "diversity", it just doesn't seem very sincere tbh and often forced. Like I always said, why are the acts put there in Swedish almost always joke entries or chanceless stuff? Why are the other "genres" often badly picked to make the "in-house" songwriters' stuff look better in comparison so we always end up choosing the same "styles" and songs by the same people? Coincidence?
I am not sure what recipe can be used, but no one will make me believe that there aren't certain "friendships" that are used to get entries into the contest. Now if Sweden was a small music market and there would be only some 100 entries submitted, fine I could understand, but we are no Malta and we have lots of submitted entries each year, alot of talented (both established and up-and-coming) songwriters/producers here and a music scene that is far more diverse and interesting than MF makes it look like.
I think the producers should take a look at people involved in different genres, it could be up-and-coming names but also who are "hot" currently in Pop, Rock, R&B, Folk, Dance etc. and simply send out invitations, but also give full artistic freedoms. Also directly reach out to some artists, and in the same way give them full artistic freedoms to choose their own people to work with, no compromises for MF (except for of course following the rules of song length, no covers/sampling and no political or other messages breaking the rules).
You think there was an anti-Loreen vote? I think the song was simply too complex for the average MF viewer tbh...
About song selection, I believe the record companies decide who will sing and what they will sing and also how the acts are made. I believe it is done in close cooperation with SVT (Christer Björkman/Karin Gunnarsson) and that this cooperation is vital for the function of Melodifestivalen. I think you are right in there are secret bonds based on connections and personal influence. If you're not one of the guys, you're not and there's not much you can do about it but struggle on. That's just how life works. It is, however, an important aspect of how these circles use to work in Sweden, you need to be skilled, know your stuff and continue being successful, otherwise, you'll soon be out again. It's not pretty but there you have it. Some of the people around Melodifestivalen staff obviously feels intimidated and bullied.
I believe family bonds and close childhood/teen friendships means surprisingly little in Sweden relative to other countries. In working life skills and reputation means everything and you need to adapt to these rather superficial relationships.
Thing is, we have far better and more successful songwriters/producers outside of the MF bubble, so I am not sure I buy the argument that "the best" are being picked... again why aren't their entries particularly good if they are "pros"?
I don't know the exact number, but research show that majority of jobs in Sweden are through contacts so I think you overestimate us a bit, it's not so pure and fair...
As I said in our post show; be daring.
I have no problem with Sweden winning again if the song is unique and interesting but I'm tired of the same polished pop performances. Give us some rock, some dance, hell even some schlager...
Make it an special all-girl Melodifestivalen so we ensure a girl goes this time
Unfortunately how the competition is currently is set up its very very unlikely a woman can actually win which is quite depressing.
the international jury has heavily favoured male soloists these last couple years and the voters themselves aren't far behind. it's as if sweden became denmark now that denmark isn't doing that anymore.What do you mean? (I'm not that familiar with Melodifestivalen)