Melodifestivalen 2015 ~ Semi-final 4 Picks!




It's the moment we've been waiting for, Museled readers! The rehearsal clips for the final semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2015 have gone live. Not only does this mean another post for us to write in which we give our picks for this week, we have finally gotten a peek at the highly-anticipated comeback of Måns Zelmerlöw! But before we get to those, we'll include our review of last week's show. But if you prefer, go ahead and jump over that. Here we go!

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Last week's show kicked off with a pre-filmed/recorded number that initially had a nice rhythm going. It transitioned into live singing and performing that became dancey with punching keyboard. Unfortunately, the supporting "singers" could not even begin to hold their own live once it was time for them to be in charge (seriously, who gave them a mic?) so hopefully SVT will return them to the background. Now on to the entries themselves.

Ellen Benediktson's "Insomnia" may have been an improvement from last year (it would have been hard not to be), but we were a much bigger fan of her outfit and hair than we were the song itself. It lacked drama, punch, or any real impact. Also those nasally vocals any time the song picked up did nothing but grate on our nerves. The softer parts might have worked better if they had been in tune.

Though Kalle Johansson's "För din skull" (For your sake) didn't advance past the first round of voting, we quite enjoyed the song. Even the glitter shower at the end suited the youthfulness of Kalle himself as it came off like a milestone of that age, be it prom or graduation. Kalle has a lovely voice and the fact that his songs are usually done in Swedish adds an extra authenticity to his artistry. "För din skull" is much like a hug that gives you exactly what you need upon receiving it and Kalle is someone we'll be keeping an eye out for. Keep making that feel-good music, boy!

Andreas Weise's "Bring Out the Fire" was in a league of its own in this semi-final, though Andreas himself was robbed out of a direct advancement to the final, as Sweden opted instead to send him to Andra Chansen. With some of the best vocals of the night and more showmanship than any other act, it was entirely clear that this is a man who knows how to work a stage. The song did just what we've been imploring all to do: excite us! Even the dancers turned up, no doubt being inspired by Andreas' skilled performing abilities. It'll be another week before we can see if Sweden does the right thing and votes this through to the finals, and Andreas has already promised us that he'll kill it at AC. Go, Andreas, go!



Andreas Johnson's "Living to Die" rightfully came in last place and we honestly have no idea how such a seasoned Melodifestivalen veteran could fall so far. The song was bleak, the vocals were weak, and it was as if he was barely present for his own number. But hey, at least his suit was nice.

In a surprising, more like shocking turn of events, Isa's "Don't Stop" advanced straight to the finale and we couldn't be more put off about it. The song was such generic garbage that we're fairly certain we'll be browsing Tumblr instead of paying attention when this song gets played again in the finale. Isa is a decent performer but we can't even begin to pretend to like this song. Not only is it a knockoff of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" (a song we already disliked to begin with), it's not even the first knockoff in this competition! (Reminder that Eric Saade's "Sting" is the summer-discount version of Ariana Grande's "Problem"). We're not put off by Isa herself, and would be happy to give her another listen if she puts out a better song(s), but as for "Don't Stop," it's really more like "Please Stop."

Kristin Amparo's "I See You" claimed the other spot in Andra Chansen, much to the surprise of many, but we actually prefer the studio version to the live one. In the live version, it felt like she was really trying to push the song forward because of the large venue she was in when really, if she just sings the song and lets it relax and have its quiet moments, the impact is actually greater. We highly recommend listening to the studio version, as it does the song, her voice, and her hair far more justice (sorry, we had to throw that hair bit in because her stylist must have been drunk to think that that unflattering elderly-aunt-do was a good idea when she already has such big, gorgeous hair on her own. Fix it!) If she ever competes again (next year, perhaps?), we would really love for her to do a big uptempo dance number. Her vocals are so strong that even with a large production on the track itself, we have no doubt that she could still be the star over all of that. Besides, doing just that is precisely what has gotten her as much popularity as she has.

Jon Henrik Fjällgren's "Jag är fri (Manne Liem Frije)" (I am free) advanced straight to the finale, just as everyone knew it would, and he had all the support of the audience (also not surprising, considering that this semifinal took place further north in Sweden than the other semifinals). Clearly, a great deal of time and effort went into developing the stage production and it really showed. He also generally sang well, and looked good too (especially since he got rid of that dreadful pornstache he was sporting at the press conference). We can only imagine the pride so many people across Sweden must have felt to see someone in Melodifestivalen that they could finally relate to, and we couldn't be happier for them. Remember folks, representation matters!

 We did yet another video review of this semi-final that you can watch here:



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Now onto this week's entries!

1) Midnight Boy - "Don't Say No"


We love-love-love camp 80s music. Then again, calling 80s music "camp" is a bit redundant. But when we heard that Midnight Boy's whole angle is that he makes 80s music, we really didn't know if we'd like what he'd put out. From what we've seen from past Melodifestivalen acts who have done songs that are very clearly inspired from the 80s (or hell, even the 50s), we haven't cared for it one bit since it's been little more than poorly executed imitations. But upon actually hearing this clip, it's not bad! It seems like Midnight Boy and his whole team are well studied on the 80s and how to stylistically make his music of that era but still work in the 21st century. Even Midnight Boy's vocals sound much like various singers of the 80s, a bit melodramatic but not necessarily in a bad way. Also those dancers on stage turning on the "come hither" factor and rubbing on themselves totally suits the number. We still don't know if this will place well considering how much stronger this heat is compared to the others but we're actually looking forward to hearing this in full now.

2) Caroline Wennergren - "Black Swan"


It's a little difficult to put a finger on what this song is supposed to be so there's not as much for us to comment on as some of the other acts. But still, there's a sort of femme fatale allure  to it and Caroline herself looks stunning on stage. With her cheeky rasp serving up something we've not heard before and those legs (seriously, Caroline, you are a knockout!), we're hoping this one will throw down on Saturday.

3) JTR - "Building it Up"


This felt like a somewhat odd clip to choose from the song. Based off the other things we've heard from JTR, we feel like the song will probably be better than the sum of this one small section and that we'll quite enjoy it. However, since these write-ups we do are largely based on these rehearsal clips, we'll just say that the song seems good, but maybe not quite good enough in this heat to advance direct to the finale. Still, it seems fun, youthful, and catchy and they'll probably snatch up a fair few new teenage fangirls after this.

4) Hasse Andersson - "Guld och gröna skogar" (Gold and green forests)


Right. This feels entirely dated, but we're pretty sure that's the whole point. We're not trying to be mean about this, but we're really not a fan of the song. Stylistically, it's nothing anywhere near the sort of music we'd normally listen to nor is it something that we think is right for the Melodifestivalen finale/Eurovision itself.

5) Dinah Nah - "Make Me (La La La)"


This year has been lacking in upbeat dance numbers but fear not, Dinah Nah is here to give us what we've been missing! Most (but not all) of the Melodifestivalen songs we keep listening to years later are the more upbeat ones and it seems like this could be added to that playlist. From our preliminary research, Dinah Nah seems like an artist that's not afraid to get down and dirty with her dance pop, which we love when artists do, so here's hoping that this makes us "La La La" all over ourselves.

6) Annika Herlitz - "Ett andetag" (One breath)


This is the woman who does the Swedish Elsa in "Frozen" (in case you didn't know already, Sweden dubs their "children's" films). So it should surprise no one that this is basically Let It Go 2.0. It's an understandable move considering how much (unwarranted) hype that song has but regardless of the fact that she sounds good singing this song, we're not sure if this one will make the cut for us to download after the heat is finished.

7) Måns Zelmerlöw - "Heroes"


*picks self up off the floor* We're absolutely salivating after this clip. Of course we're not surprised that we love this song but we couldn't help but worry that we'd built up the hype too high in our minds but leave it to Måns Zelmerlöw to fully deliver and then some. Though we love his past dancey/schlager entries "Cara Mia" and "Hope and Glory," this song seems like it suits who he is as an artist much more. The visuals also work well, as the animations and light show are appealing to look at but overall things are kept dark enough to create allure and serve up some provocative mood lighting. He's flexing the hell out of this number and as for the vocals, we always knew Måns was a fantastic singer but WOW, that sweeping hook is right in his vocal sweet spot and immediately sank into us. (Seriously, we already know that hook will be in our head all day at work). From the song itself, to the staging, and Måns' vocals, this number is downright intoxicating. Have we mentioned that this is only from a 30 second rehearsal clip???


Final tally ~ Our ranking, based on the rehearsal clips, is as follows:

Direkt till finalen (Direct to the finale): Måns Zelmerlöw's "Heroes" and Dinah Nah's "Make Me (La La La)"
Andra Chansen (Second Chance Round): JTR's "Building It Up" and either Caroline Wennergren's "Black Swan" or Midnight Boy's "Don't Say No" ~ This is the strongest heat yet but at the very least, this would be our top 5 for now!
6th: Annika Herlitz's "Ett andetag" (One breath)
7th: Hasse Andersson's "Guld och gröna skogar" (Gold and green forests)

** Friendly reminder that this is not a prediction of Saturday's voting results, but our preferences**

Be sure to tune in at 20:00 Swedish time (11:00 am PST), February 28, on SVT's website to watch the third semi-final. You won't be able to vote unless you're actually in Sweden but you can watch from anywhere in the world! Also, tweet along with the #Melfest hashtag. To all the entries, break a leg!

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Frozen Fever is Here!

The country is at all-time icy low temperatures. The Ice Queen, Elsa, has been amassing quite the arrest record after Kentucky first issued an arrest warrant for the sovereign, and South Carolina followed suite actually arresting her yesterday. But that's not going to stop the cold or the fun.

Frozen is back with Frozen Fever, and its bring back Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven and, yes, Olaf, especially Olaf. And they're not the only ones. Oaken, the Snow Monster and the trolls are back too! Today we have the first Frozen Fever trailer. The new animated short is set to debut in front of screenings of Cinderella, and Walt Disney Animation has released the first footage of the reunion. As expected, Olaf steals the spotlight with his lovable wackiness.



It's Anna's birthday, and Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf look to make it the best one yet. While the cold never bothered her anyways, the common cold is a whole other matter for Elsa. Bogged down with a cold, her wintery powers are a threat to everyone and everything. The trailer has a very spring feel to it, does anyone hope that it'll bring with it a wave of sunshine, or maybe another of Olaf's Summer songs?

Frozen directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have returned to helm this short, and they will try to cast the same magic that stole our hearts in the originals. Also returning are the song-writing duo, Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who will likely have more than a little magic of their own.

For now this short may be the last taste of Frozen for a while, as there's no announce plans for a sequel at this time. Frozen Fever will play before Kenneth Branagh’s imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale.

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American Horror Story is bringing the Mother Monster herself to Season 5!

American Horror Story concluded another successful season on FX, and on the heels of Lady Gaga's very well received performance at the 87th annual Academy Awards they've announced a team up.

On her twitter feed today the Mother Monster herself told her little monsters to make reservations now. Not only will she be on the next season of American Horror Story, it will be subtitled "Hotel."
Season four of  “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” set a ratings records for FX as the highest-rated telecast in the channel’s history. “American Horror Story” was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. It’s produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

No additional information has been released yet for the upcoming season. Gaga is the first cast member to be announce. Although Jessica Lange announced that last season will be her last, she recently said she'd consider another season.

Gaga is going to be a great addition to the show. She's proved she's unafraid to go to extremes for a reaction, and she's not new to film, though she is to television besides a few television specials. From a creepy haunted house, to an insane asylum, to a witches coven to a freakshow, American Horror Story has seen some craziness. Anyone else expecting a Elisa Lam-like incident? The season will debut in October, but the question is will you be watching?



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Marvel's Agent Carter S1E8 (S1 Finale) - "Valediction" Recap


Peggy, Thompson, and Sousa are brought in to investigate what happened at the cinema. Sousa is momentarily infected with the gas after discovering the canister and attacks Thompson but he is knocked out before he can do any significant damage.

Dottie and Ivchenko are on the run and get pulled over when Dottie misses a traffic light. She's able to charm her way out of it but kills the cop after he realises that her description matches that of a fugitive.

Sousa comes out of his gas-rage and is apologetic to Peggy for hitting her in the struggle. The SSR is discussing the gas when Howard Stark comes in with Jarvis. Everyone (minus Peggy) wants to arrest him but Howard's there to help. He knows that the gas that was used was the Midnight Oil, which was a failed experiment that was used to kill the Russian soldiers. Howard had developed it partially but his lab was raided by the enemy, who stole his work and manipulated it. Of the Russian soldiers, there was a man named Johann Fennhoff, the sole survivor who is now known as Ivchenko. This is his revenge mission.

The SSR puts out a false news bulletin about Howard getting exonerated, also adding a particular location Howard will be for a press conference. Howard has volunteered himself as bait. Ivchenko hears about it in the car radio. Peggy is worried about Howard, thinking he's being reckless, but he's determined to redeem himself for the wrongs he has done. The press conference happens and Fennhoff/Ivchenko orchestrates a scheme to capture Howard.

While Howard is being transported with Ivchenko driving, he tries to hit on Dottie, who scolds him for not remembering that they already had a fling six months earlier. Ivchenko is angry about losing his brother and comrades to Midnight Oil. The only reason Ivchenko survived is because he had a gas mask. He brainwashes Howard to distribute the Midnight Oil on Times Square from the air during V-3.

Peggy and Jarvis arrive at the hanger. Jarvis chases after Howard who is flying up into the air and Peggy must fight Dottie. Ivchenko gets away while the two fight but once the battle's all said and done, Dottie's the one who falls out a window. Ivchenko knocks out Thompson and tries to brainwash Sousa but Sousa's too clever and is able to defeat him by a simple pair of earplugs.

Peggy tries to talk Howard done on the radio but Howard is still trying to save Steve in his jumbled brain. Peggy pleads with him, and insists that Jarvis not take the shot to blow Howard out of the sky. Peggy is able to pull Howard out of his brainwashed state. Johann is gagged and arrested while Dottie has apparently gotten away.

Some politicians come in to commend Thompson for his good work and he doesn't bother to say that Peggy's the one that saved the city. Sousa is angry and wants to tell them what really happened but Peggy tells him that nobody else's opinion matters to her and he decides against it. Sousa then asks Peggy out for a drink and she says perhaps another time since she has plans. It looks as if something will happen though. We're still thinking that's Peggy's future husband and that cop Enver Gjokaj played was their grandson.

Peggy leaves the SSR office and brings Angie to meet with Jarvis at one of Howard's penthouses that he as left for them to live in free of charge. Angie leaves to call her mother and share the good news leaving Peggy and Jarvis alone. Jarvis says that he'd be honoured to help Peggy on any future missions she may embark on. He also tells her that Howard is trying to get his inventions back so he can destroy them since no one can be trusted. Jarvis also returns the vial of Steve's blood to Peggy. Later, Peggy goes and dumps the vial's contents into the river and says goodbye to Steve (BUT IT'S NOT REALLY GOODBYE ~ SHE JUST DOESN'T KNOW THAT YET).

Finally, we see a gagged Johann being brought into his prison where he meets his new cellmate, Arnim Zola, who gives him a pencil and paper so they may exchange ideas, adding that America is the land of opportunity. *whispers* Hail Hydra….

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Whovians Rejoice! David Tennant To Appear At Inaugural Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh, March 14-15


Wizard World Debut For ‘Tenth Doctor’ At Raleigh Convention Center


RALEIGH, N.C., February 24, 2015 – David Tennant , who starred as the “Tenth Doctor” on the long-running series “Doctor Who” will attend Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15 at the Raleigh Convention Center, as announced today by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). It marks the first Wizard World appearance for the veteran British actor.


He will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for photo ops and conduct an interactive Q&A panel. Fans who purchase VIP tickets, available at here , will be guaranteed autographs, photo ops and seating at the panel.

Since his early work on local Scottish television through roles in some of the most beloved fantasy and sci-fi franchises of all time, Tennant has been entertaining audiences with his unique brand of wit, warmth and humanity.

In 2005, Tennant lived out a childhood dream by being cast as the indomitable Doctor Who. Tennant’s run as the Tenth Doctor won massive praise from fans and critics alike, with the readers of Doctor Who magazine voting him “Best Doctor.” Tennant’s run as the Doctor lasted five years and made an indelible impact on the series and its appeal not only among longtime fans but converts as well. His final appearance as the Tenth Doctor was for the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” a landmark event in the series’ history that brought together the series’ past, present and future.

Tennant joins a strong lineup of stars at Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh which already includes Ian Somerhalder (“Vampire Diaries'), William Shatner (“Star Trek,” “Boston Legal”),Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf,” Road to Perdition), Liam McIntyre (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”), WWE® Diva Eva Marie™, John Schneider (“The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Smallville”) and “The Walking Dead” stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Sarah Wayne Callies and Seth Gilliam.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh show hours are Friday, March 13, 3-8 p.m.Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor.

For more on the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh look here.

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