Yesterday, Swedish broadcaster SVT announced the first 14 artists that will be competing in the first and second semi-finals of Melodifestivalen, to be held in Gothenburg and Malmö respectively. If you haven’t done so already, you can read the participant list for the first two semis here. But today all eyes shift to the third and fourth semi-finals, as SVT has now revealed the final 14 acts.
Melodifestivalen 2015: Third Semi-Final
The third semi-final takes place at the Östersund Arena in Östersund on 21st February.
Andreas Weise – “Bring Out the Fire”
Andreas Weise finished fifth on Swedish Idol back in 2010 and has released one album since then. In Sweden he is also known as a TV host. The song is written by Thomas G:son, Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad and Henrik Janson.
Isa – “Don’t Stop”
Described as “multi-talented artist, street dancer and songwriter” on her Facebook-page, 16-year-old Isa Tengblad released her first single “BOMB” in 2012. Her newest single is called “What We Are“. The song is written by Isa Tengblad, Johan Ramström, Gustaf Svenungsson, Magnus Wallin and Oscar Merner.
Kalle Johansson – “För din skull”
Kalle Johansson won Svensktoppen Nästa last summer and therefore got the chance to take part in Melodifestivalen 2015. Kalle, a music student from Kalmar, won the contest with the song “Den där dan“. Another song written by Thomas G:son alongside Martin Eriksson and Thomas Karlsson.
Kristin Amparo – “I See You”
30-year-old Kristin Amparo auditioned on Swedish X Factor back in 2012, but hasn’t released any solo material since then. She topped the Swedish charts last summer together with Albin on “Din soldat“. The song is written Kristin, David Kreuger and Fredrik Kempe.
Ellen Benediktson – “Insomnia”
Ellen Benediktson was originally discovered when she was the stand-in singer for the French entry at Eurovision 2013. Next year she took part in Melodifestivalen 2014 with the song “Songbird“, reaching the final and placing 7th. The song is co-written by Ellen Benediktson herself and Anderz Wrethov.
Jon Henrik Fjällgren – “Jag är fri (Manne Liem Frije)”
Colombia-born Jon Henrik Fjällgren won Sweden’s Got Talent with joik songs. His debut album “Goeksegh” reached third on the Swedish charts. The song is written by Jon, Erik Holmberg, Tony Malm and Josef Melin.
Andreas Johnson – “Living To Die”
This is Andreas Johnson’s sixth time in Melodifestivalen. He last took part in 2012, when he reached the second chance round with “Lovelight“. He has also done Melodifestivalen with Eurovision winner Carola, when they competed with “One Love” in 2008. The song is written by Andreas, Bobby Ljunggren and Karl-Ola Kjellholm.
Melodifestivalen 2015: Fourth Semi-Final
The fourth semi-final takes place at the Conventum Örebro in Örebro on 28th February.
Caroline Wennergren – “Black Swan”
Caroline Wennergren was born in Rio de Janeiro but has scored some chart successes in Sweden. She competed in Melodifestivalen already in 2005, placing fifth in the final with a bossanova-song “A Different Kind of Love“. The song is written by Nicklas Eklund, Joel DeLuna and Aimee Bobruk.
JTR – “Building It Up”
JTR – that’s Tom, John and Robin – finished seventh in Australian X Factor and their debut album “Touchdown” charted in both Sweden and Australia. This trio, made up of three Swedish brothers, has also have some success with their single “Ride“. The song is co-written by JTR themselves, along with Erik Lewander and Iggy Strange Dahl.
Midnight Boy – “Don’t Say No”
Synthpop artist, Midnight Boy – aka Johan Krafman – has released a series of singles during the past year. His music is highly inspired from 80’s electrorock. On the video of his single “When You’re Strange” he gets naked on the streets of Stockholm. As you do. The song is written by Johan Krafman, Kristofer Östergren and Olle Blomström.
Annika Herlitz – “Ett andetag”
Annika Herlitz is musical theatre and voice actress. Annika is the Swedish voice of Frozen’s Elsa and has starred musicals like High School Musical, Grease and Evita in Sweden. The song is written by Amir Aly, Maciel Numhauser, Robin Abrahamsson, Sharon Dyall and Sharon Vaughn.
Hasse Andersson – “Guld och gröna skogar”
Country music star Hasse Andresson had some major success back in the 80’s. His latest album was released in 2013. The song is written by Anderz Wrethov.
Måns Zelmerlöw – “Heroes”
Former Swedish Idol-contestant Måns Zelmerlöw has taken part in Melodifestivalen twice, in 2007 with “Cara Mia” and in 2009 with “Hope & Glory“. In 2014, he changed his style radically from schlager pop, by releasing soft rock album “Barcelona Sessions”. The song is written by Anton Malmberg Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb and Linnea Deb.
Dinah Nah – “Make Me (La La La)”
Discovered by two producers at a karaoke bar at the age of 18, she soon became part of girl dance group Caramell, which made it big in Sweden. Stardom has always been on her mind. As she writes on her website: “While other kids at school did homework, I used my books to write lyrics and daydream about life as a superstar”. The song is written by Dinah Nah, dr alban, Jakke Erixson and Karl-Ola Kjellholm.
And that’s it, the Melodifestivalen 2015 line-up is now complete! There’s also another two dates to jot down onto your diaries. Helsingborg will be making their Melfest debut, hosting the much changed Second Chance (Andra Chansen) Round on 7th March at the Helsingborg Arena. Then a week later, the Friends Arena in Stockholm will host the final as usual on 14th March.
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