Malmo’s high-school gymnasium-sized arena was packed tonight. We could almost hear a couple of people screaming in the background as the artists came on stage to see Ulrik Munther and Ralf Gyllenhammar through to the final.
The final 8 acts of this year’s atrocious MF performed and fought for two spots for the chance to sing in a real arena in Stockholm. In between the patchy reception of tonight’s online streaming, we were treated to shirtless men, ‘habibi’-singing Iraqi immigrant rappers, a sex symbol twinky teen Peter Pan, and a Molly Sanden wannabe. But the highlight of the night was undoubtedly when Alcazar performed and we thought they might make a special exception to allow the group to represent the nation this year. Alas, we weren’t so lucky.
When it came down to the voting, we watched Cleopatra & cross-dancing Army of Lovers get sent home, along with Hollywood-aspiring Sylvia and Lucia Pinera. Sorry, boos!
First to qualify direct to Stockholm was no surprise. Ulrik Munther made it through and we heard all the pre-pubescent girls in Sweden breathe a collective sigh of relief. You can read the lyrics to his song, which seems kind of autobiographical, by clicking here. Then ‘Jalla dansa sawa’ and ‘You’ got relegated to the Second Chance.
We were ruul ruul mad about this, because ‘Jalla dansa sawa’ is amazing. Sweden, what the hell are you thinking?? The final song to qualify direct was Ralf Gyllenhammer’s ‘Bed of Fire’, which again reminds me of the nights when I didn’t use enough lube. Ralf, you need to go. Need to go!
Direct to Final
Ulrik Munther — Tell the World I’m Here
Ralf Gyllenhammer — Bed of Fire
Behrang Miri — Jalla dansa sawa
Robin Stjernberg — You
5 Therese Fredenwall — Breaking the Silence
6 Army of Lovers — Rockin’ the Ride
7 Sylvia Vrethammar — Trivialitet
8 Lucia Pinera — Must be Love