We’re in Växjö for the third heat of Melodifestivalen 2017 this week. Four acts — Ace Wilder, Nano, Mariette and Benjamin Ingrosso — have already made it through to the final. Seven more acts will be looking to book their place at Friends Arena too, or at least make it to Andra Chansen — the second chance round.
Unlike in previous weeks,though, it’s practically a whole group of newcomers competing. Robin Bengtsson and Krista Siegfrids return for a second straight year, but otherwise it’s new blood. Will the likes of FO&O — perhaps Sweden’s most successful boy band — or Bella & Filippa — rising YouTube stars — make a name for themselves?
Today is our first real chance to tell, as SVT will upload thirty seconds of each act’s rehearsals, as well as a minute snippet of each song. Check out both as well as our thoughts below. We’ll update this post as videos become available.
Melodifestivalen 2017: Deltävling 3 Växjö
1. Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On”
William: Robin is bang-on-trend with this soul-funk number that makes him go oooh. Like his Capitol Records counterpart Lisa Ajax he drops the F-bomb and he does so at just the right moment to grab your attention. This kind of music is not my cup of tea. But tea is one of the world’s most-consumed beverages, so I’m sure this will find its fans. But as of now it’s not reaching the heights of his entry from last year. In fact, it feels a little sleazy!
2. Krista Siegfrids – “Snurra min jord”
William: She asks us to spin her life and we have the strong feeling she’s going to be spinning ours on Saturday evening. Krista steps away from the schlager she performed last year and instead goes more mainstream with this mid-tempo electro number which we strongly suspect will lead to a banger of a chorus. Or I hope so at least. If this has a pop drop coming I’m going to be so mad. Krista can do big and I want to see her do that again!
3. Anton Hagman — “Kiss You Goodbye”
William: In the opening Anton strums the guitar and sounds very singer-songwriter at a cafe run by hippie lesbians (this is not shade — some of my best friends are lesbians who run a hippie cafe). Things pick up with the chorus, though I worry this might become a bit one note from there. He’s charming and handsome and clearly has the voice. I’m just hoping the song can add some intrigue and interest because it’s sounding a tad flat for me now.
4. Jasmine Kara — “Gravity”
William: She’s beautiful like a Barbie doll, but it’s clear that Jasmine is also strong. Her vocals are full and powerful and she’s defying “Gravity” with this song which soars, pulsates and has me saying wow. She sounds as if she’s setting up something epic and I cannot wait to hear the rest. Could this be the EDM banger of the year? Get it, gurl.
5. Owe Thörnqvist — “Boogieman Blues”
William: You do you Owe! This comes from another era and makes no apologies about it. The “Boogieman Blues” may not court votes, but it will make Sweden smile. Depending on how it stacks up to the full versions of the other songs, it may find itself in the final or Andra Chansen. Remember the Playtones with “The King” a few years ago? Anything is possible.
6. Bella & Filippa — “Crucified”
William: Fans of the United Kingdom Eurovision selection may be screaming Darline! But Bella & Filippa go higher and further, delivering a sweet, summery tune that straddles folk and Top 40. I’m loving this! Unfortunately entries in this genre don’t tend to slay, and I imagine it’ll get lost. But what a promising debut from these beauties.
7. FO&O — “Gotta Thing About You”
William: There’s a lot of hype surrounding FO&O, which may explain why I’m slightly let down by this snippet, which, while way better than the likes of Lighthouse X, feels so boyband cliché. That said the production is on-point and there is a clear anthemic quality that will make the pre-teen set pump their fists and wave their lighters (or at least the flashlights on their iPhones). Charisma and chemistry will be key.
Check out the “Gotta Thing About You” lyrics
(Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT)
What are your thoughts on each song? Do you think there’s a real standout amongst them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!