It may have taken a few extra weeks, but Helena Paprizou and Linus Svenning have advanced to the final of Melodifestivalen 2014. The two acts outlasted six others to claim their Second Chance in tonight’s Andra Chansen.The rules for Andra Chansen were slightly different this year and contestants had to endure two rounds of voting followed by two duels. Let’s walk through the action together, shall we? Don’t slip on any sequins…tonight was an extravaganza of eleganza!

Round One Results

As usual, all eight acts performed and then the telephone lines were opened. The three acts with the lowest votes were eliminated. This included bookies favourite J.E.M. Apparently Swedish voters were not in the mood to pull the “Love Trigger”.

JEM Andra Chansen

Ellinore Holmer—the girl with the pretty blue dress—also got the axe. Apparently her “En himmelsk sång” (A heavenly song) wasn’t heavnly enough.

Elinor Andra Chansen

Rock group Ammotrack brought their grungy look to the stage and asked all y’all to “Raise Your Hands”. You might have done that, but you did not raise your phone to cast a vote. They were kicked out too.

Ammotrack Andra Chansen

Round Two Results

The phone lines were reopened and Swedes were asked to vote for their favourite of the five remaining acts. These votes were added to the votes from the first round.

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As the votes were counted Emmelie de Forest appeared on stage with some half-naked men to perform “Rainmaker,” the official anthem of Eurovision 2014. They looked amazing. She was OK too. We’re pretty sure DR has put her on some sort of diet since Eurovision, as she looks half the size she was in Malmö.

Emmelie de Forest Melodifestivalen

Then it was time for the results. Four acts would advance to the duels. Outrigger and Helena Paparizou were assigned to the first duel. Talk about beauty and the beast! (Yes, Helena is the pretty one).

After they performed their numbers again it was time to announce the second duel. (Yes, we had to wait for the results of the first duel. So annoying).

Three acts were left: Linus Svenning, Martin Stenmarck and State of Drama. All three of them were seriously nervous, y’all. Just look at this photo!

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Linus was the first act to advance to the second duel. The second was Martin Stenmarck. State of Drama were rul, rul sad not to make the final for a second year in a row.

But they should be happy with a good performance. At least they know they’ll be in the Swedish iTunes charts tomorrow.

State of Drama Andra Chansen

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After Linus and Martin performed it was time for the results. Please note: The votes were re-set to zero during the duels. Everyone started fresh.

First Duel: Outrigger vs. Helena Paparizou

Beauty:

Andra Chansen Helena Paparizou

Beast:

Outrigger Andra Chansen

Second Duel: Linus Svenning vs. Martin Stenmarck

Linus Svenning sand “Bröder” (Brothers) with images of his brothers in the background. Nice tats.

Linus Svenning Andra Chansen

Martin Stenmarck performed “När änglarna går hem” (When the angels go home).

Martin Stenmarck

In the end victory went to Helena and Linus. We die with excitement!

Who do you think has a better shot in the final? Can either of them overcome YOHIO, Ace Wilder, Anton Ewald and the other qualifiers? Let us know below!

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Seke
Seke
6 years ago

So sad Outtrigger didn’t make it. Such a shame they were in duel with Helena. Happy that Helena made it, but would love that Outtrigger got the second spot. We need more strong rock on ESC this year…

yogafire
yogafire
6 years ago

Oh man… Outtrigger was eliminated.. So sad

DS
DS
6 years ago

Helena nailed it last night! Well deserved!

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Panetoz at #9 is not going to have much of an effect, I don’t think… I can’t see the international juries voting for them. It might give them some more points from the televoters, at least.

Z24
Z24
6 years ago

Basing on the three last MF, we have Ace, Helena and Panetoz winning.

At leasy the four songs that I want to win are in the second half

beccaboo1212
6 years ago

Helena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

NOOOOOOO Why did they put Ellen in the death spot of the running order? Nobody does well from #2 in Melfest…

Also, they really want Sanna or Ace Wilder to win, huh? I thought Oscar might have a shot at winning, but not after being placed at #4. I’m not a fan of the back-to-back grouping of the two songs from Second Chance either – separate them!

Z24
Z24
6 years ago

Reply

Running order for the final:

1. Anton Ewald – “Natural”
2. Ellen Benediktson – “Songbird”
3. Alcazar – “Blame It On The Disco”
4. Oscar Zia – “Yes We Can”
5. Linus Svenning – “Bröder”
6. Helena Paparizou – Survivor”
7. YOHIO – “To the End”
8. Sanna Nielsen – “Undo”
9. Panetoz – “Efter solsken”
10. Ace Wilder – “Busy Doin’ Nothin’”

Branko
Branko
6 years ago

State of Drama were rul, rul sad not to make the final for a second year in a row.

I thought they were in final last year?

Thiefo
Thiefo
6 years ago

So happy for Helena, I hope she does well in the final!
I also wanted Outtrigger, so I had mixed feelings when they announced both Helena and them would be on the same duel, my two favourites! One would win but the other would be eliminated :c
As I thought, Outtrigger didn’t make it but at least I’m happy they were so close.

Rogesc
Rogesc
6 years ago

GOOO HELENA <3<3<3

Liam Thorne
Liam Thorne
6 years ago

YAYYYYYY!!! Helena made it through! Now lets see her get to go over that bridge to Copenhagen!

Petar
Petar
6 years ago

Do you notice when presenter sad that Martin go to TOP 5 , on screen they show song 3 JEM in red line .

J
J
6 years ago

ace wilder for win. if she gets similar jury points as sanna she will probably win the televoting.

T
T
6 years ago

Update: Ace Wilder is now #1 on the Spotify chart in Sweden. And that means a lot since like all of the Swedes have Spotify lol.
#12 Sanna Nielsen
#21 Anton Ewald
#22 Panetoz
#23 Linus Svenning
#24 Alcazar
#32 Oscar Zia
#85 Helena Paparizou

D
D
6 years ago

I’m ecstatic Linus made it, didn’t really like any other song so don’t mind Helena made it. In the final I’m rooting for Linus, Ellen, and Ace. I’m losing faith in my country if Yohio, Alcazar, Anton, or Helena win

David Thielen
6 years ago

Does the win still go to whoever has a computer doing the most automated voting?

T
T
6 years ago

Yohio won’t win. He was such a favorite last year but his song was way, way better than. His song this year hasn’t made much impact in the charts/radio here in Sweden. I think Sanna Nielsen will win, but don’t underestimate Ace Wilder. She will probably get a lot of points from the international juries and she’s 3rd (!!!) in the Spotify charts in Sweden. Sanna is at #12.

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Haha, these were the same two I wanted to get through also. Outrigger would’ve been a great choice too, but there’s sadly only room for two.

SpirK
SpirK
6 years ago

Yeah! My two favourites went through! Helena and Linus really deserved it! Both were excellent. Helen, Sanna or Ellen two win it!

Petar
Petar
6 years ago

In final i predict TOP 4 with international juries
1.Sanna
2.Helena
3.Oscar
4.Ellen

TOP 4 in televote
1.Yohio
2.Anton
3.Oscar
4.Sanna

I think Sanna or Oscar Zia wil win at MF

abelsg
abelsg
6 years ago

I al very glad Helena and Linus made it to the final. In SF1 they were my favorites. Now in the final I wish them the best. I hope the winner is either Helena, Linus, Sanna or Alcazar. But my favorite is Helena.

Swedish Fish
Swedish Fish
6 years ago

I wanted Helena and awesome JEM. Oh well, I’ll still listen to their song. I hope Helena will win now.

AnesBosna
AnesBosna
6 years ago

Go Linus ?
JEM 🙁

Z24
Z24
6 years ago

Why did they put thw two best in the same duel? Damn it. Should have been Outtrigger and Helena.

Anthony
Anthony
6 years ago

Boo. Hiss. No Jem in the final…

Petar
Petar
6 years ago

We have all four songs from Fredrik Kempe in final , Sanna, Oscar Zia, Alcazar and now Linus. Fredrik flop in 2012 when he did had any song in final.
Thomas G sson flop this year, he don t have song in final , he had 2 song in MF .

PP
PP
6 years ago

In duel Helene have better duel chance than Martin.
If we have duel Helena vs Linus , i think in final we see Linus
Martin vs Outrigger , i think in final we see Martin

dhani
6 years ago

yeeeeesss!!!! THIS IS EXACTLY THE TWO I WANTED THROUGH!!! FOR ONCE I GET WHAT I WANT!!!

COME ON HELENA GO FOR GOLD NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE A SURVIVOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dhani
6 years ago

yeeeeesss!!!! THIS IS EXACTLY THE TWO I WANTED THROUGH!!! FOR ONCE I GET WHAT I WANT!!!

COME ON HELENA GO FOR GOLD NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!