This is the last semi final of Melodifestivalen and the fourth set of seven songs vying for Sweden’s spot at the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Tel-Aviv – you know the drill, join me, Richard from 20:00CET by regularly refreshing the page!
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Good evening Europe, Richard here once more with the events from Melodifestivalen. We are looking back at last week’s qualifiers. Roll titles!
Pagan Fury – “Stormbringer”
A dark stage with dry ice certainly gives us the pagan feel. The lead singer is dressed in black with a multitude of black feathers on her back. There is a very cold feel around this entry, although the performance is very artistic. The Goths of Europe will certainly hope this goes through tonight.
Anton Hagman – “Känner dig”
Another dark staging, before the bright red and neon lights kick in. Anton is in an open black/white shirt, black t-shirt and jeans. Another pleasant entry (& in Swedish), however it really doesn’t get going. Later on in the performance, Anton is joined by a couple of musicians, that form a band with others in the back projection.
Marika Carlsson is now doing a sketch regarding a local sports team.
Lisa Ajax – “Torn”
I’m getting a vibe of Felix Sandman lighting and staging here. Even moving from the sitting position to standing, this performance very static. Lisa Ajax is definitely missing some supporting artists – whether dancers or singers on the stage with her. Another entry that doesn’t really get going.
Arvingarna – “I Do”
Here come the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest entrant from 1993! Due to a family commitment, we only have three of the four group members tonight. Once the chorus of “I Do” kicks in, there is a strong ABBA-party vibe to their performance. Dressed in Royal Blue, Arvingarna is bringing some bright colours to tonight’s proceedings. Let’s see them go further!
Bishara – “On My Own”
Bishara’s melodic voice has grabbed me within seconds. Another dark staging, some green lighting makes it feel all so fresher. I’m watching this thinking Bishara as a Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner and not a Melodifestivalen winner – however a finalist, yes! This exposure will do so much good for his confidence, in such a competitive field.
Ann-Louise Hansson – “Kärleken finns kvar”
Having participated 13 times previously, Ann-Louise is back with a very relaxed performance – even the backing singers are relaxing on the sofa! Sadly, the most exciting thing to happen is Ann-Louise moving from the chair to centre stage and the mic stand. Well done on attempting a return, but I fear you won’t achieve much.
John Lundvik – “Too Late For Love”
John Lundvik has come to the stage one year on, in a little less formal wear – t-shirt & jeans. The lighting, yellow/gold, moves along with the tune of his song. This adds a different element to a performance tonight. Some blue lighting is added now and again, along with backing singers in the last quarter – all four of which are also in black.
It’s time to vote! Here comes the recap for those able to vote. Marika is in the green room and the voting is closing now!
The five through to the second vote are Bishara, Arvingarna, Lisa Ajax, John Lundvik and Ann-Louise Hansson. The voting has reopened.
Marika launches thirty seconds for the vote! VOTING CLOSED.
Eric and Sarah take to the stage to perform “Ljuset”. While singing, they include some contemporary dance into the mix.
Marika is back with a comical sketch with the local sports team.
We have a result! The first act direct to the final is John Lundvik.
The two acts through to Andra Chansen are Lisa Ajax & Arvingarna.
Direct to final is Bishara. Finishing in 5th is Ann-Louise Hansson.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland