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!

Final results:

Direct to Final
Ulrik Munther — Tell the World I’m Here
Ralf Gyllenhammer — Bed of Fire

Second Chance:
Behrang Miri — Jalla dansa sawa
Robin Stjernberg — You

Out:
5 Therese Fredenwall — Breaking the Silence
6 Army of Lovers — Rockin’ the Ride
7 Sylvia Vrethammar — Trivialitet
8 Lucia Pinera — Must be Love

 

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Anonymus
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Anonymus

I think “Tell The world I´m here” should win! The song is great and the music is wonderful! Ulrik is such a good singer, so let´s hope Yohio won´t win just beacuse he´s “diffrent”!

Inge
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Inge

‘Tell the world I’m here’ did not live up to my expectations, to be honest. I like soldiers more, a lot more. David Lindgren is my absolute favourite to go to Malmö!

Vlad
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Vlad

Not surprised about Ulrik, but I didn’t expect Mr. Gyllenhammar to make it to the final. I still cannot believe that Eddie Razzaz and Janet Leon are out. They can actually sing, unlike Anton Ewald. Not many ladies in the final apparently.

Melissa J
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The webcast quality was really awful, I wasn’t able to watch any song all the way through without it skipping around. Alcazar was AMAZING, and even adding Danny to the mix didn’t take away from their performance. I wish we could send them to Malmo in May.

The quality of the semi was pretty good compared to some others. Sweden has some pretty good songs in the final, but they also have some really awful ones. And, sadly, I think it could go any way. If Yohio won, I would be okay with that.

Zolan
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Zolan

@Scott. Yes, perhaps one appearance is all he wanted.

B
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B

Ralf was by far the best of the night. Louise is by far the best in the final though, in my opinion. It’s a shame that Yohio will most likely win MF because of his unique (in the minds of the Swedes) image.

Scott Ramsay
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Scott Ramsay

I am not sure Alexander Bard was using Melodifestivalen as a springboard for Eurovision. I am sure he was using it as ultimate PR for the comeback of Army Of Lovers and the exposure of being part of this event, then winning or losing, would help promote the comeback.

Zolan
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Zolan

Ulrik Munther was inevitable.

I rate “Bed of Fire” and “Jalla Dansa Sawa” about the same, so either order would have been fine with me.

“You” was borderline, often verging on vocal disaster with rare moments of clarity, it was largely sold on bravado.

“Breaking the Silence” was a much better song in my opinion, but should have been delivered with more power on (that) stage. I would have preferred Therese Fredenwall to go through, but also make her performance bolder.

“Rockin’ the Ride” was lame. Did Alexander Bard really think that was good enough?

Scott Ramsay
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Scott Ramsay

Saddened to see Army of Lovers in 6th place…but at least they weren’t last. I can’t wait to purchase their infectious ditty when it is released.

Mr Häggkvist
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Well, i’m so excited to see Ralf Gyllenhammar in the final… i think you are totally over reacting about all of this, if you don’t like a song, that doesn’t mean that is pure trash… not everybody in Europe will like the same things that u do