Sunday, 25 April 2010
Friday, 20 February 2009
Ahead of BWO's performance in Leksand, Sweden for this years Melodifestivalen, we find out the gossip from the man himself.
TSS: How are rehearsals going for the performance on Saturday night?
AB: Very well, but it is a very complex number so there are lots of details to work on.
TSS: Can you describe this year's BWO entry 'You Are Not Alone' for Melodifestivalen?
AB: A dramatic melodic modern electronic gospel ballad.
TSS: Does Marina wear a fabulous frock?
AB: We all wear cosmonaut suites on Saturday.
TSS: We loved 'It's My Life' by Amy Diamond, how did that song come about? Did you have Amy in mind while writing?
AB: Yes, when I write for others, I write what they want me to write. When I write for BWO, I write with my heart. Iäm glad Amy likes her song so much.
TSS: Apart from BWO and Amy, what other favourites do you have from this year's MF?
AB: Alcazar. They're back in full form and made a stunning performance with a catchy electro track.
TSS: We absolutely love Alcazar! Apart from winning MF and Eurovision what else have you planned for this year?
AB: The big priority is the release of our brand new album "Big Science" in April. "You're Not Alone" is only a first taster from the new album. A second single is planned for the summer and a third single is planned for the autumn. This time around we will have a Pan-European release (ncluding the UK) from day 1 of the new record.
TSS: Have you heard the Lloyd Webber penned UK eurovision entry yet? Do you like?
AB: I actually and honestly think the UK track is awful. This is one of the worst and most dated songs ever from Lloyd-Webber. But I really like Greece's entry this year which is very now and very sexy.
TSS: The Schlager Systems will be at the final this year again, any tip on where to party after the final?
AB: I will find out for you if BWO make it to the final again this year.
TSS: Do you have a message for you UK fans?
AB: We love you all!!! And we hope you will like the new sound of the "Big Sceince" album in April.
Thank you Mr Bard and lycka till for tomorrow!
Monday, 9 February 2009
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
The Schlager Systems are back after a lengthy absence due to several personal disasters and difficult circumstances. We are bigger and better with a lot more glitter! Anyway, we quite like Agnes Carlsson, winner of Idol Sweden 2006. This is her new song 'On and On' which is a little bit 'Ace of Base' - which means it's a slice of pure svenska europop - nothing wrong with that! She is a little ray of sunshine through the shite we have to endure through this miserable forthcoming winter.
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Monday, 4 August 2008
We really enjoyed Linda Bengtzing, Sanna Nielsen (although, what was she wearing?) and really loved Lena Philipsson - who was the highlight of Thursday... we were too busy screaming to take pictures by this time lol.
Friday in the park wasn't really up to much so we headed off to the Blue Moon Bar, just off Stureplan to see Schlagerfeber featuring none other than Mr Melodifestivalen himself, Christer Björkman. Despite being told rudely by some knob that this was a TOTALLY straight venue, we had a great time dancing to all of our fave schlager hits in the TOTALLY straight schlagerbar.
It had been glorious sunshire on Thursday and Friday but the day of the march was rainy, light at first while on the march but really heavy later on in the park. After the march Marty was really looking forward to seeing German electronic musician Eto, who played a great set including the infectious 'Bi-curious'. He's is pretty hot too!
And the rain kept pouring and pouring. We got some pictures of Pay TV, Elin Lanto etc but when the time came for Alcazar and BWO, we were so drenched that the will to live was slowly leaving our bodies. Penny is pictured below in her rain poncho courtesy of Swedbank.We were a little disappointed in the organisers of the event. This was europride and everything was in Swedish. All the signs were in Swedish, all the talks and seminars were in Swedish. It catered only for the Swedish which was a shame because a lot of people from all over Europe had travelled all the was to Stockholm for the event. However the crowd were really friendly and helpful. Stockholm pride - could do better!