My Top 7 | ESC 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is just around the corner. The contestans have already arrived to start off their two weeks of Eurovision in Kiev. First semifinal will be on Tuesday, 9th of May. Second semifinal is on the 11th of May and the Grand Finale will be on Saturday the 13th of May. Robin Bengtsson the one representing Sweden will be the act opening the whole competition.
 
As I've done previous years, I will be doing a list of my top favorite songs in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Making this list was very hard this year since I had a hard time to pick my favorites. There were many of decent songs and some better than others. For example, some of the songs that I enjoyed listen to, which is not on my Top 7 list are "Hey Mamma" (Moldova), "Grab The Moment" (Norway), "Dance Alone" (F.Y.R. Macedonia), "Historyja Majho Zyccia" (Belarus), and "Don't Come Easy" (Australia).
 
In this year contest there are a lot of ballads and many of the songs are not catching my attention enough to put it on playlist. 
Photo: Thomas Hanses found at https://eurovision.tv/
 
I will do my Top 7 of ESC 2017. I don't do a lot of research when it comes to Eurovision and actually don't pay attention overall of the contest and everything around it. It's just a lot of things going on and it's too much for me to get into since I don't have time and are not that interested in it. I only listen through the songs and if there are an artist/song I really like I might look more into the artists and their back cataloge. As I do not have enough knowledge about music, the songs and the artists themselves my list will only be very brief summary of the act and some of my thoughts about the songs. 
 
I will start off with my number 7, which is Timebelle from Switzerland with her song "Apollo". The band Timebelle is a trio containing Miruna Manescu which is the leadsinger, Emanuel Daniel Andriescu that plays the piano and Samuel Forster which is the drummer. I'm very picky when it comes to singers that has a high voice but I really like Miruna's voice. I like "Apollo" and the beat in it. The song builds up from the beginning to the end.
#6. Manel Navarro which is representing Spain with the song "Do It For Your Lover". Manel is a singer and composer that first got discovered for his covers on YouTube. I really enjoy "Do It For Your Lover". I'm such a sucker for the Spanish language. I was hooked already after the first chorous. I love the acoustic vibe in the song and the good feeling in it. There's a mix of Spanish and English in the song but I don't mind it at all. I think in that way it reach out to more people. Other than that, Manel's voice is very cozy to listen to. 
#5. Joci Pápai is representing Hungary with the song "Origo". The song really stands out from the lineup. Joci Pápai is from a musically family, he could have become a professional sportsman but decided to persue his dream in music instead. "Origo" is a blend of modern pop, cultural sounds and it also contain a rap break. It's very contemporary. Despite the fact that I don't understand the lyrics, I love the song and the sound of it. It seems like Joci is the first Romani to represent Hungary in ESC, I'm glad he got to be in this year! 
#4. Austria's represant is Nathan Trent with the song "Running On Air". Nathan is a singer/songwriter that genres in pop and RnB. The song is written by Nathan himself and Bernhard Penzias. "Running On Air" has a more acoustic vibe to it. It's more of a folksy pop and has this positive melody. I guess this is just that kind of music I prefer to listen to. Nathan's voice has this genuine sound and you wouldn't mind sitting by a bonfire hearing him sing this song. 
#3. Israel is getting represented by IMRI with the song "I Feel Alive". IMRI has been in ESC two times before as a backing singer but this time he's back as an artist. "I Feel Alive" is a dance pop song and it's a bop! There's some Middle Eastern instrumentation in the production which I think prevent the song to sound too much alike what's new on the radio. Personally I enjoy this a lot and it's one of the few songs I have on my playlist from this year contest. It's uptempo, it makes you want to dance and you get happy to hear it. 
#2. Hovig will be representing Cyprus in ESC 2017 with the song "Gravity". Hovig is a singer/songwriter of Armenian orgin. He has been in the national selection to represent his country in ESC two times before and both times reached to the finals. I had some difficulties to decided which ones of "Gravity" or "I Feel Alive" I would have as my number 3 and 2. After listening to the songs more I had to put "Gravity" as my number two because it's more of the style in music I like. I absolutely love the beat and the hook in it! It's a bit dramatic and the production of the song is very good. I like Hovig's voice which is a bit rocky and edgy. Everything with this song is amazing and I'm really looking forward to see how the performance of this song will look like!
#1. In the beginning when I was planning this post, I had in mind that I wouldn't have Sweden in my list to find something else I liked and show some appreciation towards. But when I listen through the songs in ESC I had such a hard time to pick my favorites and didn't found a song that were as good as my real top 3, so I ended up having Sweden in the list anyway.
 
Robin Bengtsson is representing Sweden with the song "I Can't Go On". The song is very catchy, the production of it it's very contempary and it has it's hook. When you hear the song, you can't keep yourself not croon, sing or do some headmovement to it. It's easy to follow along and you get pumped up. Other than that Robin's vocals are on point. I know I've been following Robin's career for a while and have some kind of bond with him but to look away from that, I do think this is the best song in ESC this year. We already know how the performance will be like and from that, we know he will deliver something eyecatching. It's not like I need him to win the contest, since I'm already super happy that he won Melfest and get to represent Sweden in ESC. That's already a big win!
- I'm looking forward to see how well he will do and see the response he will get after his first performance in ESC. 
That was about it for my Top 7 of Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Hope you liked this kind of post. For those who doesn't pay attention to Eurovision Song Contest as much I hope you found something new to put on your playlist. If so, which ones of these songs did you liked?
 
If you are a ESC fan and have heard all the songs, which ones are your favorite? Please let me in the comments below or through my social medias, I'm curious to know! 
 
I will be tweeting a bit during the live broadcast of Eurovision Song Contest so if you want to read my thoughts about the show, follow me at: @LIZELSTROMBERG.
 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel

EUROVISION UPDATE

Hello everyone!
 
As some of you know, I visited Stockholm last week to attend the festivity during Eurovision Song Contest 2016 together with Jenevia. We had a busy week with seeing the semi-finals live in Ericson Globe, attending events such as Euro After party where we met Samir & Viktor, Wiwibloggs event #WiwiJam and so much more!
 
 

I'm back in Globen! Tonight it's time for semi-final 2 of Eurovision Song Contest! I'm super excited since a lot of my favorites are competing tonight!

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I can see that people are lurking here and I'm very sorry to those that are wating to see what I've been up to lately. I'm currently doing the last efforts in school and almost all of my final exams are done. As soon I'm able to, I will be updating my blog more regulary with new current updates but also throwbacks from the past months of several events that have taken place. 
 
 

WE ARE IN GLOBEN! - Less than 10 minutes left until semi-final 1 of Eurovision Song Contest starts! Make sure to watch the broadcast on SVT or through the official ESC website. Let's do this!

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The pictures I've attached in this blog post are mobile pictures that I took during the week of ESC. It will be kind of be sneek peaks before the real photographs will get published. Make sure to follow my Instagram as well, I will try start uploading photographs there more regular and other than the ones I publish here. 
 
 

Tonight it's the finale of Eurovision Song Contest! I will be cheering for my favorites Sergey Lazarev, Amir, Donny Montell and Dami Im. Who's your favorite tonight and who do you think will win?

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I have loads of pictures to share and I have plans to grow my brand even bigger, so I hope you will stick around to see what's coming! 
 
 
 

Eurovision Song Contest is now over for this year. This week, I got to experience the contest closer than ever before by being live in the arena to see the show and attending events throughout the week. I've had so much fun and it will definitely be an experience I will always remember. I have loads of pictures to share and stories to tell. If you are curious to get a glimpse of everything we were up to in Stockholm, I will be publishing blog posts on my blog with pictures and stories, so make sure to stay tuned on my social medias for more updates! Also a huge thank you to Jenevia for everything this week! ✨

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 Until next time, ingat! (Take Care)

My Top 7 in Eurovision Song Contest 2016!

Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is just around the corner. Last year, Måns Zelmerlöw represented Sweden and won the contest with his song "Heroes". So this year, the competition is held in Stockholm here in Sweden. There are 44 countries competing this year and the hosts are Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede. Edward af Silén is back writing some of the manusscript of the show and I'm really looking forward to see what he and the others have come up with!
 
I think most of the Swedes don't watch the semi-finals of Eurovision and just save it for the grand final. My family and I have been fans of Eurovision as long as I remember, so I have almost always seen both semi-finals and the grand final. Anyway, last week I finally got the time to listen through the songs in the compeition and I definitely got some favorites that I will cheer for! 
 
There are plenty of songs that are I like that is enjoyable to listen to in one way or another. For exemple Cyprus, Moldova, Israel, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ukraine, Belgium, Malta, Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I won't review all of the songs, but I will make a Top 7 of the songs that I like more than the others. Mind that, I don't have enough knowledge or musical training to make a full review of the songs, so I will only write my opinions about the songs and what I like about them. So here it goes!
I had a very hard time to pick my Top 7, at least for the two last ones. Mind that not all of the songs are in order in this list. To start this off, my favorite track right now is: "J'ai cherché" with Amir, which is representing France. The verses are in French and the choruses are in English. I love the mix! How the lyrics in Enligsh has been written sounds very trustworthy, that it's not something they have translated flat, which is very good! "J'ai chercé" is very catchy and it's easy to sing along to. A small detail in the song that I like is the clapping, which brings some thing extra to it. Personally, I love this song and I look forward to see how Amir will deliver his energy to the song on stage. 
 
One thing that doesn't really have anything about the song in ESC is the musicvideo, I love the twist in the video that breaks the "typical sterotype roles". 
Another huge favorite this year is Sergey Lazarev, he's representing Russia with the song "You Are The Only One". When you hear the song you can tell that this is a song that fits in the competition very well. It's everything that people would want it to be. It's kind of written as a "typical" Eurovision song. It starts off slow, a bit darker and then it just builds up and ends with a high note. I love how dramatic it is!
 
If you see the music video down below, you will get amazed over the visuals! I can't wait until we get to see Sergey's performance and the staging for it! I've seen some of his staging for his own tours and I'm so excited to see what they have created for Eurovision!
 
Samra is representing Azerbaijan with the song "Miracle". I absolutely love the beat that starts off the song! You can feel the melody and it makes you get into the song and feel it. I can be very picky when it comes to how the vocals sounds and most of the time, I don't like when female artists take those very high notes all the time. So Samra's voice suits me very well since she has more of an alto voice, which I like a lot!
Lithuania is being represented by Donny Montell and the song "I've been waiting for this night". It's a uptempo song that builds up from the beginning to the end. I love the contrast between the verses and choruses. Donny's vocals are very good and I like the good feeling the song has. I also love the clap sound that is in the middle of the song. I'm curious to see what his stagning will be!
 
As many know, Australia competed for the first time in Eurovision Song Contest 2015. They were suppose to only be allowed to participate that one time. The rules changed and Australia is back in the competition with a great singer named Dami Im with the song "Sound of Silence".
 
The song is a ballad which can in this competition be a bit risky since it puts the voice in focus even more than a clubby dance song would. But no dissapointments here! Dami has a great voice and pulls off the song fantastic. I love how dramatic the song is and how Dami is delivering the message of it. The only thing that I would say about it is that it repeats same line a bit too much. But I'm still looking forward to see her performance and hear how her vocals will sound live!
I've been a fan of Westlife ever since I can remember, so when I heard that Nicky Byrne was going to represent Ireland in ESC this year, I got super excited! The other members of Westlife have already released some tracks as soloartists, so many Westlife fans (including me)  have been waiting for Nicky to release some thing for his own
 
Nicky is competing with the song "Sunlight". It's a pop song. This is the kind of music I like to listen to. It's very easy to listen to and you can learn the words quite easy to sing along to. The song is kind of a song that suits to listen to in every mood. Back when Westlife were doing music, Nicky didn't have a lot of long solo parts in the songs, so it's just very nice to get to hear him sing a song like this. 
 
The last song I will bring up is Barei that is representing Spain with the song "Say Yay". If I'm not mistaken this is the first time Spain hast sent a song that is not in Spanish. I absolutely love the energy and the rythm in "Say Yay". It's very catchy and you just get happy by listen to it and want to start dancing to it. Looking forward to see what she will do in her performance in ESC. Hopefully we will get to see a great dance show!
 
One thing I have to say is that I'm very happy to see the diversity in the music video, I love it!
 
That was my Top 7 of Eurovision Song Contest 2016.  
 
 
This year will be different, I won't be at home watching the broadcast of the shows because I will actually be on set of Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm to see it live! Jenevia and I will be arriving in Stockholm tomorrow and stay for the whole week to see the broadcasts and take part of the festivity that takes place during the week. It will be interesting to see the contest more up-close than before. I will be taking pictures of everything that goes on in Stockholm to show you what I've experienced during the week. Maybe I will get some video footage as well? ;)
 
Anyway stay tuned on my social medias to get updates during the Eurovision week!
 
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Are you a fan of Eurovision Song Contest? If you have any favorites in this year's competition, please write a comment down below and let me know which songs you like the most. I'm curious to know your favorites! 

Eurovision Song Contest 2015

 
It's Eurovision week this week! This year, there's a lot of ballads in the competition. In fact, way too many to be able to keep track of them all because they really need to have something extra to stand out from the crowd. I've been watching the semi-finals during the week, and semi-final 2 was for sure the strongest one! 
 
To begin with, I love Måns's performance. The message of the song, Måns vocals and visual affects gets together in a perfect way. Everything is on point and truly takes the performance to another level!
  
I liked Macedonia's entry, the rythm. Hungary for its cosy campfire feeling. Belarus for the pop and the classical influences. Ireland for it's simplyness. Portugal for it's contrast in the verse's with a more darker sound and then more positve in the chorus. Azerbaijan for Elnur's vocals that really makes the song build up from the beginning to the end. Italy for their popopera, and strong voices!
 
But there's 5 songs, that stands out more and have really made an impact on me! 
 
My favorite of all the songs in the compition this year, is Belgium. I absolutely LOVE the rythm in this song! The live perfomance was very different from the others, but I like it! It made an impact as its own. Also Loïc's voice is incredible! -
I just can't stop listening to it! 
Israel this year, is what I've seen one of the favorites this year. "Golden Boy" is very uptempo, party song that really is needed in the Eurovision this year consider all the ballads. Nadav is doing a great job on stage and delivers dance and energy! -
Top 10 for sure!
I think no one have missed that Australia is in for the competition this year. Their representant is the one and only Guy Sebastian! If I'm not mistaken, Guy only had about 72 hours to compose the song, record it, mix it and produce it, yet do a music video. - As you can hear in the clip below, the song turned out great! A feelgood song that really makes a good first impression of the music Australia can deliever! 
Georgia has one of the strongest number of them all, at least in my opinion. The staging, Nina's vocals and everything else was on point! Nina Sublatti delivered a strong number, with a lot of attitude and power which I really liked! More entrys like this in the future! 
Mélanie René from Switzerland is another strong women in the competition this year. Unfortunately she had to perform right after Sweden in her semi-final which I think sadly gave her less opportunity to get through. "Time to Shine" is a power ballad which I think Mélane made a great work to deliver on stage with her strong voice, attitude and stage presence! 
 
So that was my favorites in the Eurovision this year. You have probably different opinions about the songs in Eurovision than I have, so don't be a stranger, leave a comment and tell me what you think about your favorites! ^_^

Melodifestivalen, the highlight of the year!

 
As the music lover I am, Melodifestivalen is one of my highlights every year. During the 6 weeks it takes place, I sit in front of the tv with my family every Saturday to see the show! 
 
This year there's a lot of new faces in the competition such as Dolly Style and Emelie Irewald. The ones I look forward to see are: Molly Pettersson Hammar, Mariette, Andreas Weise, Kristin Amparo and Måns Zelmerlöw. Believe it or not, I do actually look forward to see Samir & Viktor as well. They are such a fun mess!
 
Oh and don't forget my boys in JTR! I'm really excited for them since this is their first time to actually show what they got for the Swedish people!
 
Today it's the first semifinal, and I will be ready in the couch to see it! Will you? And who do you look forward to see this year? :)

"My Hero" by Marcus Sjöstrand

Marcus Sjöstrand is a Swedish singer, known for being one of the former bandmembers in Youngblood which competed in Melodifestivalen 2012. Late this summer, he released a new song called "My Hero" which is written for the organisation "Superhjältar mot Cancer" - (Superheroes against cancer). It's about how to lose someone in cancer. 
 
In the begining of the summer, Marcus asked me if I could help him making the single cover which I gladly said yes to. Since I'm not very good at graphic design, I asked Carol to help me out.
 
To make our material, we did a photo shoot together with a model and Marcus. 
To do a single cover without hearing the song first, was very difficult for me and Carol since we didn't know what kind of song Marcus has done, and what feeling and message Marcus wanted his cover to show. 
 
Marcus, Carol and I had different kind of ideas and visions of how we wanted the cover to be. Despite our differences, I think we ended up with a cool cover. At least Marcus was happy about it, and that is what counts! - I'm honoured that Marcus asked me for help, it was truly a fun experience to get!
 
You can listen to Marcus's song here on Spotify: 
 
 
You can also buy his song on iTunes where 80% of the income goes to the organisation "Superhjältar mot cancer"!

Ed Sheeran: "X (Deluxe)"

 
The last few weeks I've been listening to Ed Sheeran's album "X (Deluxe)" on Spotify. Since I'm old school and love CD's and don't have Spotify preminum, I decided to order the hard copy of the album. 
 
The album "X" contains 12 tracks, but in the deluxe version there's 4 more songs + one extra track which only appears when you buy the physical copy of the album.
1. One
2. I'm A Mess
3. Sing
4. Don't
5. Nina
6. Photograph
7. Bloodstream
8. Tenerife Sea
9. Runaway
10. The Man
11. Thinking Out Loud
12. Afire Love
 
13. Take It Back
14. Shirtsleeves
15. Even My Dad Does Sometimes
16. I See Fire
17. All Of The Stars
 
I haven't really been a fan of Ed before, but since he released "I See Fire". I've started to listen to his music a lot more now. I absolutely love "I See Fire" and it's one of my favorite songs at the moment. Other than that, I really like "Thinking Out Loud", "Photograph" and "Bloodstream" from this album.
 
I highly recommend this album for everyone to listen!
 
 
 
 

Eurovision. Which songs are your favorites this year?

 
As the big fan I am of Melodifestivalen, it's obviously not a surprise that I'm also a big fan of Eurovision.
 
I've been watching the semi-finals during the week and overall the songs weren't as strong as previous years.
There's a lot of great singers within the competition, unfortunately their songs are not as good.
Some artists do have a good song but it's not really suitable for this kind of contest, for example Belgium.
The guy who's competing for Belgium, is singing opera and he surely is a good singer and his song is good, but it may not be what people want to see in Eurovision.
 
Anyway, my favorites this year except for Sweden is:
 
Austria:
 
 
Denmark:
  
 
Armenia:
 
 
Greece:
 
 
Ukraine 
 
 
United Kingdom
  
 
Germany:
 

What do you think about the songs in Eurovision this year? Which songs are your favorites? And are you going to watch the final tonight? :)

Rabih Jaber - Dedicates his new song to one of his fans!

Rabih Jaber have now release a new song that is called "Leave the world Behind".
And the song and video is dedicated to Karen Gabreb that was a fan of Rabih
but who was unfortunately brutally murdered while she was serving as a prision officier last year.


So here is the musicvideo and hope everyone just gives it a chance and listen to it!
It's worth it!

Btw...if you want to read a interview of Rabih himself talking about the video and why he did
this, then click on this link to read it!
http://nyheter24.se/noje/kandisar/669821-idolstjarnan-hedrar-fangvaktaren-karen