Daniel Gildenlöw sat on a chair singing “Papa”, and Behrang Miri did his best to rap in Swedish. But in the end Eric Saade and Jessica Andersson triumphed in the first-semi final of Melodifestivalen 2015, advancing from Göteborg straight to the final in Stockholm on 14 March. Afterwards Eric told SVT that the wait for the results drove him mad. “I aged three years in five minutes, I’m totally gone now,” he said. “I was not nervous about the performance or song, but I can’t control the voting. As soon as you have to rely on someone else you get nervous.”

 

How did everyone else do in the first semi-final? Look below! 

#Melfest Semi-Final One Winners

Eric Saade – ‘Sting’

eric saade sting

The semi started with a bang and closed with an explosion. SVT saved the best for last and Saade delivered. ‘Sting’ is awesome and the saxophone gives it the same edge ‘Popular’ had four years ago! Nobody seriously doubted this for a second.

Jessica Andersson – ‘Can’t Hurt Me Now’

jessica melfest

Classy but maybe a little too much of a classic? Clearly not for viewers who put Jessica straight through to the final!

Andra Chansen

Dolly Style – ‘Hello, Hi’

dolly style hello, hi

They’re Holly, Molly and Polly and they partied Dolly Style. Whether that’s a good thing or not has divided fans. It is difficult to not be won over by their hybrid Powerpuff Girls / Owl City vibe though.

Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone – ‘Det rår vi inte för’

behrang

It is embarrassing when your featured artist upstages you on stage. He may be going to AC but no further #markourwords.

Non-Qualifiers

5th PLACE: Rickard Söderberg & Elize Ryd – ‘One By One’

elize and rickard

Elize and Rickard were the bomb. Popera has never been better. Powerful, inspiring and stirring they nailed their performance. Unfortunately that didn’t translate with Swedish viewers who left them out in the cold #sadface.

6TH PLACE: Molly Pettersson Hammar – ‘I’ll Be Fine’

molly petersson hammer melodifestivalen 2015

HOT DAMN! Molly turned it out on stage and gave us serious charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Her voice is off the scale and ‘I’ll Be Fine’ soared on stage. 30-second snippets are not everything y’all! Sadly she didn’t make the cut and we’re crushed.

7TH PLACE: Daniel Gildenlöw – ‘Pappa’

Daniel Gildenlöw melodifestivalen 2015

Y’all this gave us the creeps. Too. Much. Staring. Into. Camera. The song was pretty but the overall effect was just creepy – like Axel Hirsoux to the factor a thousand. Criiiiiiiiiiinge. Last place was a predictable result here and EVERYONE knows it.

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Charles
Charles
5 years ago

Anyone with some brains able enough to surpass this messy result will survive just fine … but the swedes will never able to undo this sadness of not being able to choose a good song instead a performer for his or her popularity … not really the point of this competition. But at this stage nobody cares …who cares who wrote what … it’s the face of the person giving voice to the music that really matters. Disappointing.

Arun
Arun
5 years ago

Really disappointing result! Eric Saade is a great performer but this is my least favourite of his Melodifestivalen performances. Molly was my favourite, but it seems on this forum that most people would have voted for Molly and not for Eric Saade, and I’m guessing this would align with what the International Juries would vote like in the Final. Almost seems ridiculous that the Swedish public voted in reverse order of performance order: Song #1: Eliminated Song #2: Eliminated Song #3: Eliminated (5th place) Song #4: Andra Chanson Song #5: Andra Chanson Song #6: Direkt till finalen Song #7: Direkt… Read more »

Melissa J
5 years ago

I didn’t expect to like Molly’s song as much as I did, but it was amazing! Her vocals were so strong and her staging and use of various effects was fantastic! I can’t believe she was only 5th. Perhaps “I’ll Be Fine” was too similar to “Can’t Hurt Me Now”, and that’s what hurt it? Who knows. Sometimes, the way Swedes vote just baffles me. I had higher hopes for Behrang Miri. Though I really liked Victor’s voice, I didn’t think the song as a whole was strong enough to go very far. “Hello Hi”, on the other hand, has… Read more »

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

@Robyn: But the public ranked Robin a very strong second. And there were high notes all over the place in that song, including a really, really high one about 20 seconds before the end.

Adams
Adams
5 years ago

Can anyone here explain what is Eric Saade singing about? Do those lyrics make sense? Is he going to sting another guy and it’s going to hurt him so bad? If so, he should look dirtier, not wearing white, he should be as naked as possible to have any chances to qualify.

SpirK
SpirK
5 years ago

And once again, a disastrous result in the MF. According to my taste, everything went wrong. Here is my evaluation: 1. “I’ll Be Fine”- 8.5/10: Molly’s song was for me by miles the best. She was comfortable on stage, had smashing vocals and a really good song. I was really surprised when she didn’t even make the top 5. 2. “One By One”- 7.5/10: The lyrics are mainstream, but it still worked and their voices blended well. 3. “Pappa”- 6.8/10: Nice and calm, not very usual. That makes it work for me. 4. “Can’t Hurt Me Now”- 6.7/10: Mainsteam to… Read more »

Tha
Tha
5 years ago

WTF?

ify_
ify_
5 years ago

@LjupchoMKD I totally agree

ify_
ify_
5 years ago

I am just shocked for real how come Eliza & Rickard didn’t qualify, I mean they were simply the best and then Molly was amazing as well, Eric Saade sucks so bad, I really don’t understand why he got in this live show, he sang false, he would’ve done better as background dancer and WHY all the special effects and stuff for him like the balcony and the effects in the beginning #notfair. If he is gonna represent sweden again i will definitely not support Sverige.

a.
a.
5 years ago

@martin – WOW, way for calling me idiot. I don’t care if it’s K-POP or J-POP, I don’t wanna know the difference. And if anyone is an idiot I would say it’s you. After all you are the one who’s so touchy about mistaking two sub-genres in music. And being an idiot is actually a state of mental illness. And my mother had me tested. #sheldonftw

LjupchoMKD
LjupchoMKD
5 years ago

… and this is how I believe the final result should have looked like:

Finalists:
1. I’ll be Fine – Molly
2. One by one – Elize & Rickard

Andra Chansen qualifiers:
3. Can’t Hurt me now – Jessica Andreasson
4. Det rår vi inte för – Behrang & Viktor

Eliminated:
5. Sting – Eric Saade
6. Pappa – Daniel
7. Hello hi – Dolly Style

LjupchoMKD
LjupchoMKD
5 years ago

I believe either someone is tampering the voting, or there is something seriously wrong with the Swedish audience. The songs that got through are musically disastrous. None of them is strong enough to even reach the top 10 in ESC. There must be something gravely wrong when such a great song and such a powerful performance like those of Molly’s are not in the final. And who the hell let those pathetic little “dolls” to compete? They and their song are far more suitable for Lilla Melodifestivalen. A very disappointing heat in Sweden indeed.

martin
martin
5 years ago

@a. Are you being serious??? Dolly Style is J-POP not K-POP you ignorant idiot. Two TOTALLY different genres. NO-ONE in K-POP dresses up in those childish outfits singing meaningless songs. You probably haven’t even listened to K-Pop before.

‘Whatever, Asian countries are all the same’

Get your facts straight.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

Alex: But that year Yohio won the public vote. Robin won overall via a strong score by the international jury vote.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

Here in New York City, I had to hide myself from the results and resist the temptation to even take a peek before I viewed the pre-recorded broadcast; and here is how I saw it: Predicted for finals 1. Eric Saade: “Sting”, 9.46 [End result: Finals. In another heat, he might have had more competition; but this was pretty much the best this heat offered. The music (especially the sax and guitar) drove this one better than I thought the preview would let on.] 2. Elize Ryd and Rickard Söderberg: “One By One”, 9.42 [End result: Eliminated/5th. A very well-staged… Read more »

warrior
warrior
5 years ago

1. Molly
2. Rickard & Elisa
3. Jessica
4. Dolly Style
5. Behrang
6. Eric Saade
7. Daniel

Eric Saade soooo sucks!

a.
a.
5 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Ss4Bo8Afc here’s the studio version of Molly’s song. Listen to it, have a little dance party in your head, and explain to me why the f*** didn’t she get through. This song had a potential to actually WIN ESC, unlike songs that went to the Final or AC. People voted either for a big name and fireworks, or for childish K-POP. What’s wrong with you, Sweden?

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

@John P Lucas: Yeah, I have to agree about the lack of chemistry between Elize and Rickard. That performance sounded and looked awkward. I also can see influences of “Love Me Again” by John Newman in Molly’s song, not just “Ghost” by Ella Henderson as I said earlier in the thread. That being said, Eric Saade’s song (as is true with many Fredrik Kempe songs) wasn’t the most original composition in the world either, and in retrospect it’s a damn shame that such a clearly adept vocalist and strong performer as Molly is not going to Andra Chansen. I’d much… Read more »

John P Lucas
5 years ago

I think some of the people complaining need to watch the performances back. I liked the clip of One By One and expected it to qualify based on that, but it didn’t work as a 3 minute performance at all. The verses were weak, there was no sense of build and the singers had very little chemistry. I am a little surprised that Molly didn’t at least go to Andra Chansen, but the song was probably just a bit too derivative. Look what happened to Lucia Pinera and Felicia Olsson in 2013. Plus she was on early, the kids were… Read more »

Jonathan
Jonathan
5 years ago

People don’t vote for the songs anymore.. just WHO sings the song..

Iina
Iina
5 years ago

Don’t diss Jessica, didn’t you guys see how talented she is?! Her vocals were on the point, stage was gorgeous, just as her golden dress & Jessica herself! It was a great ballad with lyrics which actually made sense (in contrast to eric saades sting..)
Jessica did great job, and she really deserved her place on the final. 🙂

Timselvision
Timselvision
5 years ago

1. Jessica
2. Dolly Style
3. Molly
4. Rickard & Elisa
5. Eric Saade
6. Behrang
7. Daniel

Denise
Denise
5 years ago

I agree with Eric…He is just incredible and deserves to be in the final (but I don`t think he will win again), but WTF? One by one eliminated…and that blond cheap copy of Sanna (Jessica) made into the final. Her song was BORING, BORING! “One by one” deserved a place in the final. Personally I saw the results like this: Eric and Rickard Söderberg & Elize Ryd in the final, Dolly Style and Molly Pettersson Hammar in Andra Chansen.

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Robyn, remember that you’re talking about the country that sent Robin Stjernberg to Eurovision. I doubt a few notes at the end (which she hit!) were her undoing.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

I just listened to “I’ll be fine” again and it occurs to be that the song has a really poor ending. After impressively powering along for three minutes, suddenly Molly squeaks out a whole lot of notes in the whistle register – that super high pitched key that Mariah Carey made her trademark. So think what it’s like for an average viewer – they’re enjoying the fierce soul pop, and suddenly there’s this weird squealing and the neighbour’s dog starts barking and granny’s crystal shatters and it’s all very unpleasant, no way they’re voting for that. If that song hadn’t… Read more »

Jaz
Jaz
5 years ago

I know musical taste is subjective, but I strongly feel like Sweden voted on name/artist rather than song quality last night. Not that I would expect the majority to agree with my opinion – Molly and Behrang/Victor were my faves of the semi. I can accept the latter heading to Andra Chansen, but Molly should have gone straight to the final. She one-upped Eric Saade in every aspect – costume, vocal, staging, song. She looked pissed when eliminated and I do not blame her one bit!! If Jessica or Eric wins Melfest this year, I may be keeping my Swedish… Read more »

Me...Lucy
5 years ago

Jessica’s Can’t Hurt Me Now hurted my ears a lot. It was so painfully cliché and predictable,like,I was just waiting for that wind machine to do the thing. Molly’s song…WOW her energy was amazing. The song was good too but obviously not good enough. I thought Dolly Style was gonna be my guilty pleasure but that changed after watching their live performance. That’s a good song for 10 years old,not for Eurovision. I just remembered Jedward haha..they are childish in their own kind of way but still miles ahead of those three. The Creepy Eyes’ song was…creepy. Definitely the worst… Read more »

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

These results are unfiltered crap. Molly and Elize/Rickard had the two best songs in the competition, hands down, and Eric Saade had the very worst.

richard yudistira
richard yudistira
5 years ago

At the official Warner Music Sweden on youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Ss4Bo8Afc people are really angry with the voting system. Is it why I’ll be Fine and One by One didn’t reach the top 4 and the votes were just wrongly sent to the other contestants?

Stefan
Stefan
5 years ago

Every year “SAME” songs participate in Melodifestivalen, nothing new and different. I have Eric and & Yohio’s sisters in my bottom two places. last PERFECT song i heard In Melodifestivalen is Caroline Af Ugglas – Snälla snälla back in 2009.From this bunch of songs i only like Daniel’s song, the rest are very average in my opinion. I except more from Rickard as much as i like opera voices, but i was not impress from One by one. Maybe it’s only ME, but I don’t understand all the fuss about Melodifestivalen. Of course i don’t understand all the fuss about… Read more »

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

My knack for choosing losing entries to win continues!
It’s almost as if I’m the bringer of bad luck (for the record, Molly was my favorite to win)

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

S***

George
5 years ago

Eric knew that his song was so great, that’s why his presantation was so poor. I guess afterwards he would go to the moon to impress us but there was no time.lol

Peter
Peter
5 years ago

WoW! did not expect the qualifiers to be that good but I really Loooved Eric Saades song and thought Jessica did a good job too! Actually not as impressed with “One By One” as I hoped/expected but really liked “Det rår vi inte för” more than expected! To sum it up, a very unexpected result if u ask me, and yes, Sting is a bit clishé and basic, but an awesome partysong! Love the tempo, feel, saxophone and Erics performance! This could really win Melodifestivalen and would probably do really well also in Eurovision! Excited for the next MF heats!… Read more »

PP
PP
5 years ago

We don t hear all 4 songs to sing another time, only 2 which go direct to final like as previous years at MF. They change , change rule.

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

So sad for “I’ll be fine”. It was a winner potential.
My top 4:
1- Hello Hi
2-I’ll be fine
3-One by one
4-Sting

Comi
Comi
5 years ago

SWEDDISH PEOPLE, YOU FKIN OKAY??? Where is ‘One by one’??? 🙁

conny
conny
5 years ago

Oneby one #sadface
Eric #happiestfaceiveeverhad
Daniel #sadface

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
5 years ago

I love Eric Saade’s new bad boy persona. It’s a world away from his clean cut image from 2011 when he represented Sweden with “Popular”.

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

Predictable result … no one should have surprised. Eric was meant to be in the final regardless of what he sang … Jessica again showed me how average she is as a vocalists and with soppy boring ballads like this it pains me how neglective Swedes were with Moving On back in 2009 … In overall no surprises here and therefore a boring semi final with nothing musically interesting able to wow me. Why people like Eric will always be a mystery to me…

Dan
Dan
5 years ago

I wanted Hello Hi and One by one to qualify 🙁

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

I feel SteKay’s reaction.

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
5 years ago

I hope the national juries give “Sting” exactly what it deserves in the final. I really want Dolly Style to get through the Andra Chansen!

Marcus (Day One)
Marcus (Day One)
5 years ago

Between Denmark and Sweden I got so mad I gave myself a hernia
Have the Scandinavians been sniffing Petrol fumes?
Or has a volcano gone of in Iceland again?
At least dolly style got through.
It seems Sweden has to have 1 Swedish language song qualify out of each semi-final into Andra chansen

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Lol I guess I’m the only person here who agrees with the results? I actually like Jessica’s song a fair amount.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

eric really sounds like a douchebag in his song

Ian
Ian
5 years ago

I really would have liked to see Elize and Rickard make it to the final, but oh well.
Totally not surprised about Eric, pretty bad song though. Looking forward to the next semi-final.

davved
davved
5 years ago

Eric was the best… but Rickard and Elize should have made it to the final..or atleas to the second chance round.

anyway… three more semis to go.

SteKay
SteKay
5 years ago

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!! ONE BY ONE I’LL BE FINE WERE OUT OF THIS WORLD

No name
No name
5 years ago

I’m so mad. The two worst songs got to the final, and the two best ones were eliminated. Also “The Way You Are” seems to be winning in Denmark. What a bad night.