COUNTDOWN TO (CANCELLED) EUROVISION: #2 – SWEDEN

#2 – Sweden
Move
The Mamas
Songwriters: Melanie Wehbe, Patrik Jean, Herman Gardarfve

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

We are up to the TOP TWO!! If you’re keeping track of the countdown, you should now be able to figure out what song is topping the countdown this year…more tonight…

In at #2 this year is the official entry from Sweden, “Move” by The Mamas. It is performed in English, and was scheduled to be performed 8th at the first semifinal on May 12. The song won the annual Swedish national final, Melodifestivalen 2020, on March 7, becoming this year’s entry. Sweden has not yet announced its plans for ESC 2021.

2020 marks the second consecutive year representing Sweden in Eurovision for the Mamas – along with fourth original member Paris Renita, who left the group last year, members Loulou Lamotte, Ashley Haynes and Dinah Yonas Manna backed up John Lundvik on last year’s hugely popular entry, “Too Late For Love” and quite honestly, were WAAAAY better than that MASSIVELY overrated song was…

What I’m thinking about this song…OMG this is SOOOOO HARD! As I said yesterday, I battled with all the forces inside me for WEEKS between the songs at two and three on my countdown. I flipped them around so many times I lost count. I just can’t get enough of either of them, as well as the song I have at #1 – OMG I LOVE ALL OF THEM – and it was SHEER HELL trying to decide 2nd and 3rd place (I have never wavered on my #1 placement from the second I first heard the song). “Move” was only the second song I heard when prepping for the countdown this year, and it was IMMEDIATELY slotted in at #1 until I heard the song that actually IS #1,  about an hour later. “Move” then slipped to #2 and has been bouncing back and forth with my #3 song, Malta’s entry “All Of My Love” by Destiny, for the past several weeks as I’ve done my daily countdown. Once again, it has to be said – OMG I LOVE THIS SONG!!! EVERYTHING about this song is utterly PERFECT to me – the song itself, which is a wonderfully glorious celebration of life and love; the staging, which is just plain AWESOME from the lighting to the camerawork, and the stunning performance, VERY reminiscent of classic stuff from The Supremes – simple but effective choreography, stunningly beautiful outfits, elegant and perfect make up and hair, incredible three part harmonies, and stepping above and beyond that classic Motown act above, shared lead vocals between all three of these stunning ladies – no “Diana Ross” needed here , they can ALL carry the weight of lead vocals; without a doubt, this act defines the word “class” when it comes to this year’s Eurovision contest. Hell, they define “class” for music, PERIOD.  I have played this song over and over again, and I NEVER get tired of it – it’s that damn good. This was, if I’m not mistaken, the LAST national final held with a live audience in attendance, as the COVID-19 outbreak began to sweep across Europe, but man, that audience LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT as well – wow! My big surprise comes, as usual, from the ESC Fandom, who are NOT embracing this song as much as I thought they would – they usually go gaga for ANYTHING from Sweden. This year, not so much – only about a third of those fan YouTube countdowns have the Mamas anywhere near where they SHOULD be – in the top five; I personally think they’re still going through a case of what we’ll call Lundvik Letdown (heh heh). Hey Sweden – do yourselves a favor now and sign these absolutely incredible ladies to be your PERMANENT representatives to ESC – it would be the best thing you could possibly do! THE MAMAS ABSOLUTELY ROCK!

2020 marks the 60th anniversary year of entries from Sweden, active in Eurovision since 1958, missing a couple of contests here and there. They have topped the Grand Final six times, first in 1974 with the song that was voted Eurovision’s all time Grand Champion on the occasion of the contest’s 50th anniversary, ABBA‘s career launching “Waterloo“; and also with “Digga-Loo Diggi-Ley” by Herries, 1984 ); “Fangad av en stormvind” by Carola, 1991; “Take Me To Your Heaven” by Charlotte Nilsson, 1999; “Euphoria” by Loreen, 2012; and “Heroes” by Mans Zelmerlow in 2015. The last time they missed a final was way back in 2010. The ESC fan community had pegged last year’s entry, “Too Late For Love” by John Lundvik, as one of the two likely winners, but it was not to be – after an unexpectedly low televote count (especially considering how RABID the song’s fans were – they were the Bernie Bruhs of Eurovision last year – all or nothing in their eyes – and shared a similar fate…), he fell from grace at the last minute and finished in 5th place.

TONIGHT – We reach the top of the countdown –  my NUMBER ONE –  find out why I picked it and why it wasn’t just my favorite song, but why I truly think it would have indeed WON ESC 2020! Don’t Miss out! And Sunday will begin two weeks of “best of” lists from me all about ESC as we countdown to the new specials that have been announced! So please be there!

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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