Last Saturday Sweden crowned Loreen the winner of the Melodifestivalen (Swedish Eurovision) competition. Jon was really pulling for Danny but alas, his LED tracksuit and 'NSYNC-lite dance moves were no match for Loreen's wind machine highlighting her MC Hammer moves across the dance floor. The Swedes are so brave to vote for non-boy band choice. We'll be pulling for her in the Eurovision contest because we don't have a personal stake in any other performer.
The other competitors received a fraction of the votes that divided Loreen and Danny. But you could put "Melodifestivalen 2012 Finalen" into youtube.com and watch some of the other performances if you have a boring afternoon.
Also, after speaking with some of the parents at open preschool, they all officially agree that Melodifestivalen is somewhat of a joke but people love watching it anyway. It's just like American Idol only, unlike my American friends, they actually admit to watching it. I would like to see American Idol incorporate the donations via text like Melodifestivalen does. Melodi donates 90% of their text proceeds to a charity each year. Two phone lines are open for voting so you can still choose the "cheaper" text and not donate to charity so the mechanism doesn't hinder voting attendance. In fact, probably more people DO vote because they know that a huge chunk of it goes to charity. This year, the proceeds went to UNICEF. American Idol could do something similar and make the world a better place instead of launching someone's career for 2 weeks until they fall into obscurity like all of the previous winners with the exception of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
Loreen! The winner!
Loreen needs to remember to bring her wind machine with her when she competes on the European stage at Eurovision because her outfit and hair just don't look right without an adequate constant breeze. Let it FLOW! Get it gurrl.