Today SVT kicked off rehearsals for the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2015. The acts slipped into their tightest pants and tested their wind machines inside the Malmö Arena, which some of you will remember fondly as the host venue for Eurovision 2013. Among the acts rehearsing today were heartthrobs Samir & Viktor and Melodifestivalen veterans Linus Svenning and Magnus Carlsson. Here’s how things went down. The acts are listed in the running order.

Deltävling 2, Malmö 14/2:

1. “Forever Starts Today” – Linus Svenning

A lot of people expected another ethno-ballad in the mold of last year’s “Bröder”, but today Linus proved he’s not a one-trick pony. The song smacks of perseverance and moving on, and could be read as a thematic extension of Bröder, which discussed losing a brother: “I close my eyes and count to ten, I realize that I can breath, that I can breath again.” The staging is decidedly urban with drummers baning on oversized drums STOMP style, and it has shades of Luminita Anghel’s Eurovision performance from 2005 (which Europe loved).

Read the “Forever Starts Today” lyrics here.

 

2. “Där och då med dig” – Emelie Irewald

If there’s one thing Melodifestivalen doesn’t need more of, it’s women screaming. Emelie’s song translates as “Then and there with you”, and she is coming off as a little stalkerish: “Wait, I want to go with you, I am afraid, afraid of the dark, Let me take you, have a chance in our last dance.” Psycho-obsessive aside, the stage is filled with hundreds of incandescent lights. They’re really magical and, in the tradition of Ellen Benedicktson, this could surprise. We just haven’t heard enough to know.

3. “Groupie” – Samir & Viktor

Judging from the Groupie lyrics, this is meant to be a clever play on the two meanings of “groupie”—as in someone obsessed with an artist, and a group photo. The guys look great and they sound surprisingly good too. At times Victor seems to struggle to find his light, but I’m sure he’ll sort this out by showtime. This is more sophisticated than the numbers dropped by Sean Banan in years past, and yet this still feels somehow silly.

Read the “Groupie” lyrics here.

4. “If I Was God For One Day” – Neverstore

In a recent interview with wiwibloggs, alt-rock band Neverstore told us that their song “is about losing someone and wanting to turn back time and to get another chance.” The lyrics capture the meloncholy inherent in that message: “If I was god for one day, I’d chase the shadows away and lead you back to my heart.” Awww. We seriously love when guys with tattoos can express their emotions like that. In any event, their stage show is rock without being offensive, and it has a sweet centre that endears them to the audience. The clip isn’t that dynamic, though, so this may get lost in the mix.

5. “Nonetheless” – Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen

“A wild coyote in a prison” makes for an interesting lyric, but sadly it’s the only thing I can remember. This clip is a disaster. It sounds as if they’re playing the song back in slow motion. It has no energy or life and at times I worry that the ladies don’t have a pulse. Marie and Sanne (not Nielsen) need to fire their stylist. Cowboy chic doesn’t work on them.

6. “Möt mig i Gamla Stan” – Magnus Carlsson

Magnus, you can sing whatever you want as long as you sing it with those dance moves! The choreography was on point and Magnus proves, once again, that you can’t slow him down — even if you throw out some tricky steps. The melody is schlager-tastic and really gets stuck in your head. As ever, he’s singing about love and letting go: “Like a mirror, you were close, there is no one else who has seen me so.” Oh, to be that mirror! In my mind this is an automatic qualifier. But I thought the same thing about Andreas Lundstedt’s “Aldrig Aldrig” a few years ago and look how that turned out…

Read the “Möt mig i Gamla Stan” lyrics here.

7. “Don’t Stop Believing” – Mariette

I would not let this woman babysit my kids or catsit my kitten. She is scary, y’all! But I mean that in a good way, as this was perhaps the best overall package of the day. Mariette is definitely feeling every verse of her song, and the smoke, lightning, and dancers wearing black all foment a dark and eerie atmosphere. Interestingly, I get the sense it’s meant to be uplifting. In the lyrics she seems to suggest that breaking up doesn’t mean the end of love: “And no matter what people say, from today we’re strong enough to smile and walk away.” If she came at me in that outfit I would RUN.

Melodifestivalen 2015: Second semi-final preview (Malmö)

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Photo: Pierre Broad Stone Lien / SVT

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Mathias (From Sweden)
Mathias (From Sweden)
5 years ago

If we don’t send Mariette straight to the finals I will be so mad at the swedish people.
She has the best song so far in the contest. But like last week the bad ones will probably advance while the good ones lose…

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

Songs 1, 4 and 7 sound great from the short clips. Rest sounds meh.

Chris
5 years ago

I’m very disappointed with semi final 2. I’d like to see Linus progress to the final

Just being honest
Just being honest
5 years ago

Might as well just send Eric Saade again. Btw thatit Groupie song is crap but might get votes because of that Viktor guy’s looks.

SteKay
SteKay
5 years ago

So disappointing 2 amazing songs NQd in semi 1 when this semi is really mediocre.

Ian D
Ian D
5 years ago

So this semi has 2 great songs and 5 disappointing songs. I love Linus Svenning and Mariette’s songs. I would be surprised if those two don’t go straight to the final.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

Curiously, judging from Facebook responses the finalists will be Linus Svenning and Samir & Viktor… Andra Chansen will go to Magnus Carlsson and Mariette.
At the same time, Mariette is pinned as the second favorite to win the entire thing after Eric Saade on several Swedish betting websites. This might be interesting.

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Molly with “I’ll be fine” still remains at the top. Too bad she’s not competing anymore :/
After hearing the sinppets, “Forever starts today” and “Dar och da med dig” should win the tickets to the final while “Don’t stop believing” and “Mot mig i gamla stan” to Andra Chansen. This semi is weaker than the 1st one.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

I adore Mariette’s song, love Irewald’s.
Svenning and Neverstore’s choruses are alright, but I’m not a huge fan of either
The other three I abhor. A lot.

PP
PP
5 years ago

For me Linus Svenning and Emelie Irewald to final
Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen and Mariette to second chance
5.Magnus Carlsson
6.Samir & Viktor
7.Neverstore

I think result wili be Linus Svenning and Samir & Viktor to final
Emelie Irewald and Mariette to second chance
5.Neverstore
6.Marie Bergman & Sanne Salomonsen
7.Magnus Carlsson

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

At Eurovision not only the song has meaning, as we have seen many times. The situation in the second semi-final is that every contestant has a bad song, but Linus Svenning is most popular here, and he has has drums and a little fire, which brings it closer to Emmelie De Forest. He should get to the final, but I don’t know who will be the second finalist, because everyone is bad.

D
D
5 years ago

They’re all terrible except for “Don’t Stop Believing”. That song needs to get to the final but it probably won’t. 1) Mariette with “Don’t Stop Believing” – 9/10, great song, great singer, great performance. 2) Emelie Irewald with “Där och då med dig” – 7/10, has the potential to be better with the full version, not that impressive as of now. 3) Linus Svenning with “Forever Starts Today” – 6/10, extremely disappointed with Linus. I loved “Bröder” but this song is just cliché. 4) Samir & Viktor with “Groupie” – 5/10, I must say I wasn’t expecting this to be… Read more »

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

Melodifestivalen will lose popularity, if only 2 or 3 from 28 performances will be good.

AnesBosna
AnesBosna
5 years ago

@bavarson, no need to reduce the number of songs.
28 is a good amount of songs. The more songs we get to pick from, the more chances for us to get a good place.

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

Sweden should change the format. Reduce the number of participants to 20. Reduce the number of semi-finals to 2. 10 participants in both semi-finals (look at Eurovision, here are only two semi finals). 3 entries from both semi-finals direct to final. 4 entries from both semi-finals to Andra Chansen. 4 entries from Andra Chansen to final.

Ohi
Ohi
5 years ago

But Sweden don’t wanna win this year

Ohi
Ohi
5 years ago

Linus and Mariete to the final and Emelie and Samir/Victor to Andra Chasen

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

28 entries are still too much for Melodifestivalen.

Random.sage2.0
Random.sage2.0
5 years ago

The 1st semi had what the 2nd didn’t: Interest. And the stage looks the same? Is the stage like LED Legos?

a.
a.
5 years ago

Mariette and Linus should go straight to the Final; Mariette winning the whole competition (for now). The rest is just… boring/bad/cliche. Sorry.

Khan
Khan
5 years ago

Mariette, Magnus Carlsson till finalen!

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

Dear Sweden, you’re desperate this year.

Murray
Murray
5 years ago

They are all rubbish apart from don’t stop believing

Me
Me
5 years ago

Sadly the quality of this semi final is much poorer than of the last one. The only song I properly like the sound of is Linus’. Molly and Elize & Rickard 100% could’ve qualified in this semi 🙁 Therefore, I guess I would have to say direkt til finalen for Linus & Mariette and Andra chansen for Samir & Viktor and Magnuss Carlsson.

Eugene ESC UK
Eugene ESC UK
5 years ago

Wow there really seems to be a struggle this year for anyone to come up with something original, unique, contemporary and special. Most of these songs, (even though they are only snippets,) sound like other songs or past ESC entries or just pure cheese or not up to the standard required to win. What is going on? It really could be anybody from this round!!

Thiefo
5 years ago

Also loving Mariette! I’m rooting for Mariette and Linus direct to the final and Magnus and possibly Samir & Viktor for Andra Chansen.

Thiefo
5 years ago

Linus! I’m actually glad he’s not sending a Bröder 2.0, wouldn’t have been smart in my opinion, Forever starts today sounds interesting, though a little chessy 😛 but regardless, hoping to see Linus pass directly to the final this time!

Also, Groupie reminds me of Jalla Dansa Sawa a little bit…

AnesBosna
AnesBosna
5 years ago

Hands down, Mariette got the best song in this semi. I just LOVE it! <3

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
5 years ago

Anyone else hoping the 1st three songs fail?
Why?
Cause perhaps it will spark SVT to re-examine how the 1st three songs of the 1st semifinal failed while the last two songs (jessica and eric) sailed to the final while the middle songs (Dolly and the 2 guys) got to the second chance round.

Maarten
Maarten
5 years ago

Linus sounds amazing! Great song. The other songs are ‘muuuh’ to be honest.

Dominik90
Dominik90
5 years ago

Linus’ song reminds me so much of all those current Avici songs.

zupa
zupa
5 years ago

Lee Adams, Linus’s song is avarange, but sound the best in this semi 🙂 So far 🙂

zupa
zupa
5 years ago

This semi sucks so far 🙂

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

Linus Svenning will not represent Sweden in Vienna, but he will qualify to final of Melodifestivalen and will be more popular, and he will have of course better chance in future to represent Sweden in Eurovision for this reason. He is only 24 years old. Sanna Nielsen was 30 years old when she achieved great success in Copenhagen. Roger Pontare, Carola or Charlotte Perrelli were even older when was the last time they took part in the ESC.

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

Linnus has the best song so far. There’s still three that aren’t up there, but so far most of these MF songs have been weak and the only strong ones NQFd. The rock song will probably go to Andra Chansen

bavarson
bavarson
5 years ago

2nd semi final will be worse than 1st and this is absolutely no surprise for me. Linus Svennig is most popular from all participants and he should qualify to final, because rivals do not make threat.

SteKay
SteKay
5 years ago

It makes me feel bad that such amazing songs NQd in semi 1 -_- I think the rock song will be good when we get a full edition

Elainovision
Elainovision
5 years ago

I guess that explains why Luminita Anghel isn’t being joined for Sistem this year – they’re in Sweden with Linus Svenning instead! Also the only good song out of the 4 revealed so far.

PP
PP
5 years ago

After 3 snippet from this semifinal, I m afraid that this seminal not have good song like first semifinal in first we have for me 6 good song and 1 not good Pappa. In this from 3 snippet so far only Linus have good song, but I think song Broder is far much better than this year Linus song.

SteKay
SteKay
5 years ago

Groupie is awful. Last one should be translated it sounds good. I actually heard someone say this semi was stronger than semi 1? *laughs*

a.
a.
5 years ago

I really like the 1st song, it’s catchy and the staging is memorable too, hope it does well kicking off the semifinal