More vitally important Måns Zelmerlöw news: the tracklisting for MZW, released March 25, is out. There's apparently a special edition out two days later, but CDOn doesn't list any song differences.
1.) Hope And Glory
2.) One Minute More
3.) Freak Out
4.) Impossible (Album Version)
5.) Find Love
8.) Saved Again
10.) A Stranger Saved Me
11.) Whole New World
12.) Hold On
13.) Et Maintenant (Live)
The tracklisting for the "Hope & Glory" single (out March 4), meanwhile, is this:
1.) Hope & Glory
2.) Hope & Glory (PJ Harmony Remix) (oh please let this be as good as the PJ Harmony remix of Andreas Johnson's "A Little Bit Of Love")
3.) Hope & Glory (Chainbreaker Remix by Holter and Erixon) (Oscar Holter? Could be interesting.)
4.) Hope & Glory (Acoustic Version)
I'm sorry for not getting the semifinal preview up yesterday--it's partly done and I'm hoping it'll be up today; if not, I'll make sure it is by tomorrow.
Edit: OH NO...
With a bit more time to think about it, it's only just occurred to me: please, oh please, let "Whole New World" not be Måns singing the original English version of this. If someone thinks we needed that as an ALBUM TRACK, they are crazy.
The fact that he's actually sung it before, albeit in Swedish, has got me worried. Surely they wouldn't put it on an album that's supposedly got R&B influences, though...right? I'm usually from the "the more tracks on the album, the better--I can always just ignore what I don't like" camp, but that would completely throw off the flow, wouldn't it? Put it out as a b-side or something.
He has also performed "Et Maintenant" before (which I didn't realize until Euro Sheep pointed it out). He does it well, though, and looks so lovely doing it that I can't complain, even if, as I said in the comments, Grégory Lemarchal's version is probably always going to be pretty tough to beat in the "reality TV singing contestants performing 'Et Maintenant'" stakes.
To be kind of lazy, let me just steal my own words from the comments.
The really strange thing about Måns having this track on the album is how it works in with that track he mentioned he was considering sending into Melodifestivalen but decided not to because he needed to dance--he said that was a ballad with a French martial beat, which is a pretty accurate description of the song he's covering there, too. Does that mean we're getting another song on the album that's a ballad with a French marching beat (in addition to that last track)? He surely can't have been referring to "Et maintenant," considering he didn't write it and it's not an original track. Maybe he just really likes songs like that...and maybe was inspired by "Et maintenant" on whatever that other track was.