jESC 2014: Sweden – Julia Kedhammar – Du är inte ensam
It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 16 competing entries from the 16 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, which will be held in Marsa, Malta (officially, though, the host will be Malta as a whole. Marsa is only the location of the venue)
It’s almost getting to the finish line, but I still have two more entries, one of which being the sole scadinavian country in the competition: Sweden. This year, they have chosen a dance-pop song titled “Du är inte ensam“ (translated as “You’re not alone”), sung in swedish by Julia Kedhammar. The singer herself made the song together with a MF and ESC veteran, Thomas G:son (I think there ain’t much to say about him that one couldn’t know of, just to mention he won (besides several MF‘s) an ESC edition once as a co-author-composer (2012, Loreen, “Euphoria”). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=32363
Now to the opinion of the song: Without a doubt, a stomping catchy song with an infectuous build-up to the bubbly chorus backed up with a set of inspiring lyrics about a lonely person in the search for a better understanding to the world around itself. Hearing her live performance and seeing it in video was kind of bittersweet: visually, it looks really promising and I think there’s a lot of ideas that can be played with – vocally, though, it was shaky (some say that it normally like that due to the fact the NF was held outdoors, but I’m fearing the worst). Will it reach SVT‘s first top-5 in jESC (“first”: Molly Sandén, who got Sweden‘s best placing at the contest (3rd place) with the ballad “Det finaste någon kan få” back in 2006, was chosen by the other swedish TV broadcasting member, TV4)?
Last but not least, Ukraine is going to be the last country to get an opinion from me. Watch out for it…