Today, we will be taking a look at this year’s Swedish entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Sweden has decided that Robin Stjernberg will represent them on home ground with his song “You” in sixteenth position in the final. As Sweden is the host country, they are automatically qualified to the Grand Final along with the Big Five. Sweden is also the only country to have a starting position for the final too!
Sweden stuck with its ever so famous Melodifestivalen, which produced songs such as “Popular” and of course “Euphoria”, which won the actual Contest and brought it to Malmö. 32 songs competed in four semi-finals to try and advance to the grand final in Stockholm. Eight songs took part in each semi-final and the songs with the top two scores automatically qualified for the final, while the third and forth best scoring songs were allocated into the second chance round (The Andra Chansen), where two songs would emerge as the final two songs competing in the final. Once in the final, ten songs competed and a 50/50 combination of the Swedish televoting and the points from juries all over Europe would decided who would represent the country on home soil. This was Robin’s fate, even though he had to go through the Andra Chansen round to get to the final and win. Robin has an advantage over the other acts, as the semi-final he was in was held in the Malmö Arena! Also, Danish entrant Emmelie de Forest was in the arena for that semi-final, so she has the upper hand aswell!
“You” is a pop ballad that is sung with Robin’s full vocal range. The lyrics talk about someone who is remembering the good times with a friend of theirs, and now is thanking him or her for all the good things that have happened to him since. Robin opens up the song saying: “Hey, do you remember/How we would stay up all night/Talking about our destiny”. He then goes goes onto say that he/she is reason why everything good came to him and he “owes it to you”. Then as the chorus begins, Robin lets out his vocal range and goes high in the line It’s all because of you, oh. In the second chorus, he says that when he’s down and “got days of doubt”, he closes his eyes and he sees him/her there to comfort him. The chorus is repeated and the build up to the final repetition of the chorus sees Stjernberg release his voice and goes as high as he possibly can. The chorus is repeated and the song is completed by a strum on a guitar. Here’s fans’ opinions:
Can’t stand it! I do not see the appeal with this! 1/10 – Jack from UK
It’s the best song this year by far! People and especially the ESC Fans haven’t even taken the time to listen to it, and because of that it’s one of the most underrated song in the competition. It will definitely score very high. It’s a song that will surprise the whole Europe and I wouldn’t be surprised if we will go back to Sweden again in 2014. I’m one of the people that will vote for it. 10/10 – Rinor from Albania
I dont like it. He annoys me with his “Its all because of YOUUUUUU”. Simply don’t like it. It might grow on me,know knows!? 4/10 – Mirjeta from Kosovo
Love it! 10/10 – Connor from the UK
Hate it, his high notes make me cringe and his performance is really weak. A sure attempt not to win Eurovision twice in a row… 0/10 – Nick from the Netherlands
It’s nice! Nothing special, but it’s nice… 5/10 – Stefan from Macedonia
It’s the best entry from Sweden for years… Love it. 10/10 – Perry from the UK
It’s okay. 6/10 – Janne from Sweden itself
First of all: Sweden absolutely selected the right winner. “You” was absolutely the best entry, and Robin definitely can sing. I like it! 7/10 – Tim from Norway
It’s ok but nothing more for me. Robin seems like a nice chap though, 5/10 – Tommy from Sweden itself