Usually, the song/artist that creates the biggest hype is always placed on the 7th place of the 4th Semifinal. This year, Eric Saade got that spot and for a good reason, he got Sweden a top 3 placing back in 2011 and was a hot favorite to win Melfest one year before in 2010, so I guess everyone has high expectations that his song could win Melfest yet again.
Eric is not the only Melfest winner who joined this year’s contest, we also have the famous Charlotte Perrelli who won Eurovision 1999, represented Sweden with a banger again in 2008, and tried to come back another two times, once in 2012 and again in 2017, both times failing to qualify in the Final. So yeah, not sure how Charlotte stands this year, it could either be a miss or a win. Charlotte describes her song “Still Young” as a “contemporary and a poppy song”.
And of course, we have last year’s winners ‘The Mamas’ coming back with a song entitled “In the middle”. They were not my favorite last year but I’m really curious if they could pull it off this year as well. Funny enough is that last year’s runner-up is also back in the competition and she was even placed on the 7th place of the 2nd Semifinal, Dotter comes back with a song entitled “Little Tot”. She said that the song is about becoming more aware of her ego. Hmmm…I don’t know about you, but that sounds kinda riskeeeey.
Anton Ewald is also a Melfest veteran and he is opening Semifinal 2 with his song “New Religion”. Sounds like a promising song, might be even a surprise winner? Anton said that the viewers can expect a lot of speed, dance, and energy. My 2020 favorite, Klara Hammarström is back again but this time with a ballad which she describes as a ‘beautiful song that you could almost take from a Disney movie”. I’m scared, to be honest, she is an amazing artist but we all know how the majority of ballads end up at Melfest.
In semifinal 1, we have Jessica Andersson who seems to be super excited about her comeback. I loved her entry from 2018 even though for some reason her performance in the final felt like she just gave up. Didn’t like her ballad from 2016 though. She describes her Melfest 2021 entry as ‘grand, hopeful and a challenge in terms of singing’. So, I guess it’s not a ballad after all? She also can’t stop promoting it on her social media for quite some weeks now, so I suppose it has to be a good song this year.
And of course, we have the famous Danny Saucedo, ex-lover of Molly Sanden and a veritable Melfest veteran, taking part in Melodifestivalen 2011 and 2012. He was extremely confident that he will win back in 2012, but hey, Loreen happened, and Loreen is a living legend. This year though he finally made a comeback but with a song in Swedish entitled “Dandi dansa” and with no particular famous names behind the song. He is either just trying to promote his music or he just loves taking risks. Either way, Danny was placed on the 7th place of the 1st Semifinal.
In less than three weeks, the first Semifinal will roll out and we can all get into the #Melfest hype and enjoy some brand new fresh music. I’m excited and eager to see what this season brings and all we have to do is to be patient and wait until the fun begins.
Semi Final 1:
- Kadiatou – One touch
- Lillasyster – Pretender
- Jessica Anderson – Horizon
- Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
- Arvingarna – Tänker inte alls gå hem
- Nathalie Brydolf – Fingerprints
- Danny Saucedo – Dandi dansa
Semi Final 2:
- Anton Ewald – New Religion
- Julia Alfrida- Rich
- WAHL feat. SAMI – 90-talet
- Frida Green – The Silence
- Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – Rena rama ding dong
- Patrik Jean – Tears run dry
- Dotter – Little Tot
Semi Final 3:
- Charlotte Perrelli – Still Young
- Emil Assergård – Om allting skiter sig
- Klara Hammarström – Beat of Broken Hearts
- Mustasch – Contagious
- Elisa – Den du är
- Alvaro Estrella – Baila Baila
- Tusse – Voices
Semi Final 4:
- Tess Merkel – Good Life
- Lovad – Allting är precis likadant
- Efraim Leo – Best of Me
- The Mamas – In the middle
- Sannex- All inclusive
- Clara Klingenström – Behöver inte dig idag
- Eric Saade – Every minute
Christer Björkman is going to host all of this year’s shows, and his co-hosts are as follows:
Semi Final 1: Lena Philipsson (represented Sweden in Eurovision 2004 with “It Hurts”)
Semi Final 2: Oscar Zia & Anis Don Demina (both artists took part in Melodifestivalen multiple times)
Semi Final 3: Jason Diakité (rapper also known as Tumbuktu, who hosted the music aid radio/television show Musikhjälpen from its start in 2008 until 2012)
Semi Final 4: Per Andersson (actor and comedian) and Pernilla Wahlgren (singer)
Andra Chansen: Shirley Clamp (took part in Melodifestivalen multiple times)
Final: Måns Zelmerlöw (winner of Eurovision 2015 with “Heroes”) & Shima Niavarani (singer and actress).