Loreen’s Sweet Revenge

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Loreen failed to qualify for the Melodifestivalen final tonight, but the ex-Idol contestant got her sweet revenge earlier this week. Her “My Heart Is Refusing Me” crashes into No.9 on the Swedish singles tally.

Only finalists Eric Saade and Danny Saucedo chart higher. This means that Loreen beats finalists such as Linda Bengtzing, The Moniker and Sara Vargas. Loreen also manages to oust competition from Love Generation, whose “Dance Alone” enters at No.26 and Jenny Silvers’ ABB homage “Something in Your Eyes,” which bows at No.59.

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RedOne Will Represent Russia with Alexey Vorobyov

CHART REFLECTION. As previously reported, Love Generation unfortunately failed to qualify for the 2011 Melodifestivalen final this Saturday. The debacle and further criticism has led to SVT revealing the actual results and despite an error in the voting procedure this didn’t affect the results.

While Lady Gaga’s producer RedOne failed to represent Sweden in the Eurovision final, he recently won the Russian final. Alexey Vorobyov will participate with “Get You,” signed by RedOne. Vorobyov reigns from Tula and was one of the winners of The Secret of Success, a musical project in 2005. He signed a record deal with Universal Music Russia the year after.

In 2010, Russia ended at No.11 in the Oslo final with Peter Nalitch & Friends’ “Lost and Forgotten.” WelcheMusic recommends Eurovision.TV for further reading and keeps fingers crossed that RedOne will succeed in the German final.

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.

Fingers Crossed that Love Generation Remains in the Competition

CHART REFLECTION. According to Sweden’s largest news daily Aftonbladet, pop group Love Generation might get disqualified in this year’s Melodifestivalen which leads up to the Eurovision Song Contest. Late last night, the entry “Dance Alone” leaked online. A 30 second preview was available on Amazon in the UK. The song was written by top producer RedOne of Lady Gaga fame.

The group, which consists of the four young girls Cornelia, Charly Q, Mikaela and Melanie is meant to compete on Feb.26 in Malmö. The Amazon incident might put an end to that.

At the end of November, Anders Fernette’s “Don’t Stop” was disqualified as it became available via MySpace. According to SVT’s (Swedish public service) strict rules, no entries are allowed to be played in public by no means. Fernette had to submit a new song within a few days.

This will not be the first time, Love Generation has made the headlines in the run-up to Melodifestivalen. Originally created by Korean electronics company LG Electronics, the group has been criticized  for its close involvement with a company as the competition should non-commercial.  Love Generaton’s eponymous debut single spent two weeks at the Swedish singles tally last June, peaking at No.45. The track was featured in the LG Viewty GT400 mobile phone commercial.

Neither Love Generation nor any representative from Melodifestivalen had commented on the story. WelcheMusic really hopes that Love Generation stays in the competition either with “Dance Alone” or another song.

Read about the launch of Love Generation in April 2010.

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