'När jag blundar' (When I close my eyes), performed by Pernilla Karlsson.
Composer: Jonas Karlsson. Lyrics: Jonas Karlsson.
Nice doesn’t win Eurovision. Nice doesn’t make your song stand out in the crowd. Nice doesn’t make people pick up the phone and vote. Nice doesn’t push you up the jury considerations. Nice doesn’t even qualify.
I don’t think there was a nicer song at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. Karlsson’s song, penned by her brother, is an ode to their mother. It’s touching, personal, heartfelt, and none of that comes over on stage in the performance. All the emotion is in the lyrics.
Karlsson’s performance (in a questionable choice of dress, both in colour and in length) is over a limited range. There’s no drama in the singing, there’s no displays of emotion, and there’s nothing for an international audience to identify with.
It’s just… nice.
Semi final - Points: 41. Placing: 12th.
Grand final - Did not qualify.