SONG OF THE WEEK: Good Life by Tess Merkel (week beginning 28/2/2021)


OUT: 27 February 2021

Heat 4 of Melodifestivalen didn’t disappoint in the quality of its songs but we would have loved for our favourite – the debut solo single by a third of Alcazar – to have done better than 5th.

  • Read on for reasons including who is our favourite of the 28 Melodifestivalen entries this year

Tess Merkel has competed in Melodifestivalen with Alcazar on five occasions and has made the finalen four times, only bowing out at the Andra Chansen stage once before.

Going into Saturday we thought she might once again be Andra Chansen-bound as her heat included 2020 winners The Mamas and Eric Saade who triumphed 10 years ago.

To these ears Good Life seemed to have been designed to remind the audience of everything Alcazar did best, drawing on 70s disco and 80s pop references, and perhaps it was the fact that it did this without being Alcazar that contributed to its result.

What it did present was a new solo artist capable of commanding a stage and fronting a Kylie-esque pop/dance number which should find its audience and hopefully chart well.

Tess is perhaps best loved in Alcazar for her spoken word rap on Alcastar and here performs similarly commanding: ‘Do you wanna live your life? Put your hands up to the sky: Love, live and dance.’

We’ll be playing Good Life long after this year’s Melodifestivalen finishes and Love, live and dance would make a great title for that debut solo Tess Merkel LP we’d love to hear.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Tess Merkel Tickets
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