We have the joker spots for Melodifestivalen ready, and nobody able to read or hear was really surprised by any of the four. Amy Diamond, Eskobar and Niklas Strömstedt - the newspapers knew and happily ruined the excitement for everybody well in advance.
And then the "superduo" of Carola Häggkvist and Andreas Johnson. The given winner on paper. Carola tends to win this contest and Andreas has grown very popular with the crowd on his previous two attempts in MF.
I just fail to feel any excitement about Carola being back. Again. Doesn't she know anything else beyond Eurovision? Isn't there any new goal to achieve in her career? I won't do Carola-bashing here, so many people do it anyway. But isn't it time for her to conquer a new horizon and stop pushing the repeat-button?
Or maybe this is the new start she is looking for. The first single from the duo sounds promising, as Andreas and his producer took a firm grip on Carola's vocal chords and made her vocally more relaxed instead of wailing the house down, "Invincible"-style.
I predict them to go bang into the final and then end third in the Globe. A solid placing, a solid radio hit, and let the story end there.
Carola and Andreas singing "Lucky Star" at Idrottsgalan in Stockholm.