Good evening Europe and good morning Australia. Tonight is Semi Final 4 of Melodifestivalen 2020!!! Join me, Richard, as we witness the final set of seven acts, ready to fight it out for the seventh and eighth spots in the Grand Final.
By the end of tonight’s show, we will have witnessed the Swedish representative for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest – now the Semi Finals have reached a conclusion.
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And we are off! The hosts appear in a film related sketch following the titles. The sketch continues as we enter the Malmo arena for tonight’s Semi Final.
David, Lina, Linnea start the proceedings – including the introduction of tonight’s line-up.
Let Semi Final 4 begin!
Frida Öhrn – We Are One
Frida is in a vibrant pink and purple jumpsuit/cape number. A physical golden curtain made of strips of material is directly behind her. Vocally, I’m not sure Frida has it tonight. While an upbeat performance, I don’t feel this song goes anywhere – some might say a bit meh.
William Stridh – Molnljus
William is dressed top to toe in white. While it’s nice to have a Swedish entry, it’s another performance where I’m unsure about the vocals. The stage is unlit, with dry-ice on the floor. A circular light is hung behind William. Not really sure about this.
Nanne Grönvall – Carpool Karaoke
Nanne is Melodifestivalen alumni. The clip before the performance pays homage to James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke. Oh this is a show number! While Nanne is in pink and black, her backing dancers are in blue and black. This is an upbeat Swedish language number, which is an energetic performance and harks back to the schlager age of Melodifestivalen. Should make at least Andra Chansen.
We now have a sketch with the hosts.
Victor Crone – Troubled Waters
Victor is last year’s Estonian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Victor is in a black t-shirt and jeans combo. He starts laying on the floor with some great water pouring imagery. Victor has the same great vocals as last year, mixed in with a bit of country twang. Overall a lively performance that really has connected with the audience – what a cheer for Victor!
Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron – Surface
Ellen has been in the Melodifestivalen final before, but can she take Simon there this year? Both are dressed in black from top-to-toe. Some subtle royal blue lighting is in use with imagery of what looks like moving water. The lyrics seem a little bit repetitive in places. Good enough for at least Andra Chansen.
Jakob Karlberg – Om du tror att jag saknar dig
Sorry Jakob, but you’re another one with vocals I’m not sure about. It’s certainly upbeat and has a great use of primary colours. While playing the guitar himself, Jakob is also joined by another guitarist and drummer on stage. This is a real Marmite entry I feel.
Hanna Ferm – Brave
Oooo, this entry sounds like it’s a storytelling song. Oh Hanna, you’re eating the microphone as some of the lyrics can’t be understood during the chorus. Certainly a modern song and possibly the one aimed at the youth tonight. You can’t fault Hanna’s connection with the audience and camera – if anything, it’s the one thing she has got right.
The first round of voting is now open.
Linnea, David and Lina are now talking about the Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame. Some of the inductees are been highlighted.
The first round of voting is closed. Here come the results…
Through to the second round of voting are: William Stridh, Frida Öhrn, Hanna Ferm, Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron and Victor Crone.
The second round of voting is now open.
The hosts gather backstage. David moves on to the main stage with the start of a little song. Monologues are included. After the monologues, David goes into full song.
The second round of voting is closed.
Before the results, a short montage of hosts featuring at Melodifestivalen in years gone by.
Here come the results…
Direct to the Final: Hanna Ferm – Brave
Through to Andra Chansen: Frida Öhrn – We Are One and Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron – Surface
Direct to the Final: Victor Crone – Troubled Waters
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland