Tonight see’s the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen 2021. All six shows this year have been coming from Stockholm, with no audience – this would’ve been my 11th consecutive Final in person, but safety for all comes first. For the Grand Final, Christer Bjorkman will be joined by Shima Niavarani and Mans Zelmerlow for hosting duties – Christer has been joined by somebody different each week.
Join me, Richard, from 19:00 GMT/20:00 CET as we follow the fun and frolics that the Swedes have for us this year! Don’t forget to refresh the page to get the up-to-date comments!
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Good Evening Europe and welcome to the final Live Blog of the National Final season, from Eurovision Ireland! Here are your twelve acts and the countdown to Te Deum! Shima and Mans open the show with a musical number. The Finalists join the stage during this performance.
As it tradition after six weeks, Christer is explaining the voting options to the Swedish audience. Let’s go!
Danny Saucedo – Dandi dansa
The Postcards are the acts talking to us about the Melodifestivalen 2021 journey. Danny Saucedo has retained the same outfit from his Semi Final appearance. The production element of the performance hasn’t changed, although do we have some brighter multi-coloured lighting? If you want a kitchen disco floor-filler, look no further! This was certainly a strong opener to tonight’s proceedings.
Klara Hammarström – Beat of Broken Hearts
Klara seems to be dressed in a Bacofoil number – I’m not sure if this is a change from the Semi Final or not. This is a complete tone from Danny’s opener. Vocally she is strong and has great connectivity with. the camera. Having Klara on her own on the stage probably isn’t the smartest of moves – she looks lost on such a big stage – remember it’s bigger than normal too.
Anton Ewald – New Religion
I don’t recall Anton’s Golden bling on his black jacket – it does seem to stand out quite a bit. Laser lighting is in play with blues and purples. The connectivity is there, however vocally, I’m not sure he is giving 100%. Anton and the backing dancers seem to synchronise well. Not a winner, but not certainly a bottom of the table finisher neither.
The Mamas – In The Middle
The returning champions are back – hoping to actual get on to the Eurovision Song Contest stage this year. No costume stage for tonight’s performance and the performance value has really been turned up some notches. I fear these girls are going to be robbed by something much weaker tonight.
Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
Can Paul Rey do any better than last year? Wearing a grey jacket and white trousers, Paul is singing into a microphone hanging from the ceiling. He soon has a microphone he can carry around with him and uses the stage space to his advantage. Another act that connects well with the camera and vocals you can’t fault. Emotions are shown throughout by Paul too.
Charlotte Perrelli – Still Young
All rise for Queen Charlotte! Victorious Charlotte represented Sweden back at the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest and returned in 2008. The same dazzling black outfit is back, along with her strong vocals and connectivity with the camera. A firm favourite in my eyes, but as a Brit, I don’t hold the voting power.
Tusse – Voices
Now for the predicted favourite in tonight’s Grand Final. Tusse has there same red suit as in his Semi Final. His voice fills the stage and any little choreographed moves are just an added extra. For a debutante in the Grand Final, he really understands the connection with the camera. I don’t think the backing dancers/singers add anything to the performance to be honest. I’d be surprised if this doesn’t win.
Alvaro Estrella – Baila Baila
A very summery tune for Europe, which is just entering Spring. The bright lighting and happy, upbeat latino tune is what many of us need right now. It’s fun, but isn’t winning material unfortunately – in fact, could it be that accidental winner?
Clara Klingenström – Behöver inte dig idag
A girl and her guitar, alone on the stage, always works well – however we are hearing Swedish, not English, however on the occasion, I don’t really think it matters. Vocally Clara is great and knows how to connect with the camera when needed. This is an outsider for the win and if the International Juries give the entry enough points, who knows?
Eric Saade – Every Minute
Eric represented Sweden at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, as well as hosted the Green Room in the Grand Final, in 2013. Once again, he has come dressed in his Cricket whites. He uses very minimal stage space with contemporary dance moves. At points, you could question Eric’s vocals. An early favourite, but can he gain the all important votes?
Dotter – Little Tot
Another early favourite from the start, Dotter lost out by one point to The Mamas last year. Dotter is certainly showing us attitude through her facial expressions, but I couldn’t call them emotive. The whole performance is quite dark in terms of outfits and at times, lighting. I think she is trying just a little bit too hard and at points this hampers her vocals.
Arvingarna – Tänker inte alls gå hem
Arvingarna have represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest before, with “Eloise”. The group still have their boyband looks about them – just slightly more maturer. The much needed schlager routine is given to us in droves here. Calling Guy Sebastian, they’ve stolen your staging from Vienna, 2015. A personal favourite and a strong entry to end the main part of the competition.
The voting recap has commenced – the first of many. Mans and Shima join Christer for a Melodifestivalen song-along, on what his swan-song with the Contest tonight – after 20 years. Now it’s time to go through the Melodifestivalen history books again.
Mans is talking to a female reporter, supposedly at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam – I suspect not! Here come the International Jury results, this year via Zoom! France give their 12 points to Tusse. Albania give their 12 points to Dotter. Iceland give their 12 points to Tusse. Israel give their 12 points to Eric Saade. The UK give their 12 points to The Mamas. Switzerland give their 12 points to Tusse. Cyprus give their 12 points to Eric Saade. The Netherlands give their 12 points to Tusse. Tusse leads with 79 points.
Another voting recap has begun, following the International Juries. Mans provides us the second interval with “Come Over Love”. VOTING HAS CLOSED!!! It’s the turn of Shima to sing and it’s The Mamas “Move” – in a tango sounding genre.
It’s time for the result! All the Finalists take to the stage. And the Winner is Tusse with “Voices”.
Melodifestivalen 2021 may now be over, but head over to the AFTER PARTY here, where you can find the livestream – provided by our friends at ’12 Points From America’.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland