Oscar Zia with his song “Yes We Can” and Ace Wilder with her song “Busy Doin’ Nothin” have won the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2014 and will pass straight to the Grand Final on 8th March. Falling just short of champagne, flowers and confetti were Outtrigger with their song “Echo” and State Of Drama with their song “All We Are”, who will instead advance to Andra Chansen, where on the 1st of March they will compete alongside Helena Paparizou, Linus Svenning, Jem and Martin Stenmarck for the two coveted spots in the final.
Oscar Zia – “Yes We Can”
Eric Saade’s baby brother from another mother was first out of the gates and bound straight for the final. One Direction tinged bouncy “Yes We Can” wowed voters and will provide a noted contrast from the heavyweight power ballads already making up the Final. He also got overwhelmed and missed some lines in his reprise which was ADORABLE.
Ace Wilder – “Busy Doin’ Nothin”
Ace Wilder made a shock qualification direct to her final with genre-jumping track ‘Busy Doing Nothing’. With as ice cool a persona as her icy dip-dyed locks she dominated the stage and definitely provided a slick contrast to Oscar’s up tempo pop. She might have been “stressing over nothing,” when she was on stage but you could tell it meant the world from her gleeful expression on victory.
Outtrigger – “Echo”
The Hannibalesque rock performance backfired to an extent since favourites for direct qualification Outtrigger had to settle for a spot in AC. The screamer intro is off-putting but the song grows after that. They might well be too divisive to triumph in AC though.
State of Drama – “All We Are”
The second rocky group of the night, State of Drama’s larger than life stage presence has seen them make it into AC. Although the Final isn’t within their grasp yet they’re song has a broader appeal than Outtrigger and the wackiness of the piece might just swing it for them.
Unfortunately leaving as foul a taste as herring in our mouths were the four acts who failed to make it to Andra Chansen or the final:
5. Dr.Alban & Jessica Folcker – “Around The World”
6. Shirley Clamp – “Burning Alive”
Who’s your favourite finalist and who do you think was robbed of place at Andra Chansen?