Yeah, I don't think the rest of Europe is asking for much, but just... more. It's not like we expect Adele or One Direction to get up there, but seeing The Hump prancing around and talking in interviews about how he had the sideburns before Elvis did the last weeks has been quite embarrassing to be frank. How many people these days can hum even one hit of his?
I think it's a matter of confidence in the selection process. The general consensus in Sweden after we failed to qualify for the final in 2010 was almost to withdraw, after years of failing miserably. Everybody I knew was like "yeah, whatever, we'll never beat the Eastern voting blocs anyway" before the competition last year, but with Eric Saade's third place behind us there was just a completely different feeling during Melodifestivalen this year. We were actually excited about having Loreen represent us and proud of her, instead of feeling like we were sending sheep to the slaughter. People are saying "yeah, we're hosting Eurovision!", but I'm almost more excited to see how this will affect Melodifestivalen. Hopefully this will open the door for a lot of Swedish artists to perform who have been a bit reluctant in the past.