One is a Melodifestivalen veteran and the other is a newcomer to the Eurovision scene. But YOHIO and Ellen Benediktson have both survived the first semi-final in Malmö and will proceed direct to the final in Friends Arena. Let’s review the first set of Melodiestivalen results!
YOHIO with “To the End”
Bedecked in black and gold sequins, YOHIO looked liked a futuristic vision of Michael Jackson. His song “To the End” is much more mainstream than “Heartbreak Hotel” was last year. But YOHIO is staying true to his style. He wore a purplish pink cape and kept his funky hair. He may be toned down this year, but the glam rocker is alive and kicking!
Ellen Benediktson with “Songbird”
Eighteen-year-old Ellen Benediktson has demonstrated confidence far beyond her years this week and appears to be flourishing before our eyes. She cares less about the drama and fame than she does about her music, and it’s lovely. Her number “Songbirds” is quiet, but powerful. Voters clearly responded!
Helena Paparizou with “Survivor”
Perhaps the biggest news out of tonight’s semi-final is that Helena Paparizou, the winner of Eurovision 2005, will not be going straight to the final. She has been relegated to the second chance round. But don’t get too stressed. As she says in her song she is a survivor, and we know that Miss Paparizou knows how to fight!
Linus Svenning with “Bröder” (Brothers)
YouTube cover star Linus Svenning was listed as the third-favourite by the bookies, who seem to have got his ranking just right. His number is quiet and mellow, and worked really well with the hand-held lighting devices. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in the second chance round.
The producers don’t reveal who finished first, second, third and fourth, but they do fill us in on those who didn’t fare so well.
5. Elisa Lindström with “Casanova”
The first problem was the song. The second problem was the clothing. This number was vintage schlager, but in more of a dirty thrift store way than a chic, vintage Gucci kind of way. Good voice. Good moves. Better luck next time. You’re lovely even if the song was not.
6. Alvaro Estrella with “Bedroom”
His vulgur lyrics about having sex on a coffee table did not impress us, nor did it impress the Swedes. But it’s amazing that IKEA now makes such strong furniture…PS Farid Mammdov called. He wants his glass cabinet back!
7. Mahan Moin with “Aleo”
Watch out for this one. She’s got the looks, the voice, and the dance moves to be a contender. Just not this year. The song was a bit too Tooji. And so were those dancers…
8. Sylvester Schlegel “Bygdens son”
Sly looked very cute on stage in that red-and-blue striped coat with top hat. We’re fairly certain Alice saw him in Wonderland. Sadly his fairy tale did not have a happy ending tonight and he came last 🙁
Do you think Helena will be able to pull through Second Chance? Are you thrilled for Ellen? Let us know in the comments box below!