Swedish Viewers Rage Against Eurovision Debacle

CHART ANALYSIS. The Moniker and Sara Varga were the final contestants to qualify for next week’s Melodifestivalen final. RedOne’s entry, Love Generation’s “Dance Alone” did not stand the fierce competition. While many people might anger the actual results, SVT has another problem on its hands.

An error during the voting might have prevented Jenny Silver from qualifying in the duel with Love Generation in the “Second Chance” competition held tonight. The expensive charity telephone number was incorrect – and viewers believed to have voted for Jenny Silver were instead dialing Love Generation’s telephone number.

“Something happened  with the graphics,” Madeleine Sinding-Larsen at SVT says to the leading news paper Aftonbladet.

The error seems to have recurred throughout the evening and the telephone numbers to several participants were mixed up. SVT is currently investigating the matter and will comment on this issue later.

The presenter Rickard Olsson concluded that “there were some problems with the voting, but I can guarantee that this has not affected the results in any way.” It seems as if Swedish viewers find that hard to believe.

Basshunter Faces Sex Charges in Scotland

The Swedish producer and dance act Basshunter faces sex charges in Scotland. Two women have reported the 25 year old Jonas Altberg, which is his real name. His manager Henrik Uhlmann says that the allegations are completely false, in a comment in the news daily to Aftonbladet.

Basshunter got his breakthrough in Sweden back in 2006 when his debut single “Boten Anna” became a top seller. He issued five singles off his debut album LOL <(^^,)>. The English version of “Boten Anna” – “Now You’re Gone – managed to reach the No.1 spot in the UK in 2007. The track was followed by “All I Ever Wanted,” which translates “Vi sitter i Ventrilo och spelar DotA” in its original. Basshunter’s last song to chart was “Saturday,” a track that samples Reel 2 Real’s 1995 hit “I Like to Move It.” The track peaked at No.21 and was never released in Sweden. It was, however, issued on the US market but failed to chart there. Earlier this year, Basshunter was a contestant on the final series of Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, ending up at fourth place.

There’s a Narnia for Everyone

WelcheMusic already reported that Joe McElderry has recorded two songs for the new Narnia movie. “Someone Wake Me Up” was issued today, and the single also included his version of “There’s a Place for Us.” Co-written by previous American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, the artists performs the US version of the song. In addition, there will be local versions for different markets:

  • UK: Joe McElderry
  • Russia/Ukraina: Sergey Lazarev
  • Australia: Stan Walker
  • Italy: Sonohra
  • Germany: Victoria S
  • India: Sreeram Chandra
  • Holland: Sander de Buisonje
  • Sweden: EMD

Swedish EMD is one of the most successful local boy bands with band members originating from the local Idol franchise. This December, the group issues the album “Rewind” with acoustic cover versions of 90s hits. As Danny Saucedo will focus on his solo career and Mattias Andréasson got a child, the group will be on hold for awhile. Left is third band member Erik Segerstedt who reportedly will embark on an alternative career as a compère, according to evening paper Aftonbladet.


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