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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Second Duel: Linus Svenning vs. Martin Stenmarck
Linus Svenning sand “Bröder” (Brothers) with images of his brothers in the background. Nice tats.
Martin Stenmarck performed “När änglarna går hem” (When the angels go home).
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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