Melodifestivalen afterparty rocks Globen

by Benny Royston 54 views

Following one of the closest and most tense finishes to a Melodifestivalen final for many years, the stars let go of the tension from the Globen arena at the afterparty. Partying until 3am, the event saw many of Sweden's top entertainers, performers and stars enjoy a second dose of the songs from the 2006 competition. The majority of the finalists performed their songs again on the stage in front of the participants' tables as the crowd partied the night away with them.

Carola invited her songwriters on stage with her as she sang a reprise of Evighet. Suffering from a throat problem that had stopped her from singing in the afternoon dress rehearsal, she refrained from hitting some of the bigger notes. Her success at Melodifestivalen came despite this problem, which had caused her difficulties all week, however she was pleased that she had done enough to win the competition. She will now be resting her voice in order to make a complete recovery and launch her campaign to become the first female artist to win the Eurovision Song Contest for a second time. Following the competition, she had struggled to talk to reporters, making an effort to talk to as many journalists as possible despite discomfort and a noticeably chalky voice.

Apart from the finalists, Jessica Andersson also gave a performance of her song Kalla nätter. The Rednex performed Mama take me home before later reappearing on stage to dance to their earlier hit Cotton eyed Joe. Magnus Backlund and Magnus Carlsson (known to some as 'the spice boys, Mag B and Mag C for the week) both performed their songs again and Linda Bengtzing managed a fine performance of Jag ljuger sa bra without removing any clothes! Kikki Danielsson was joined on stage by two of her dancers, Matthias and Martin as she performed idag & imorgon.

As the evening wore on, the stars mingled and danced with the crowd to create a fantastic party atmosphere. Carola left after 2am for a private party to thank the team that helped her to victory.By 3am the music stopped and carriages were drawn. Many moved on to the popular Stureplan to carry on the night. Sonya and Magnus Carlsson were amongst the frey, as was the 2005 runner up, Nanne Gronvall who is performing in the Swedish production of the musical Sweet Charity.

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