Earlier today the final seven acts participating in Melodifestivalen 2015 gathered in Örebro for their first rehearsals for the fourth semi-final. Midnight Boy showed off his chest hair, Dinah Nah went “La La La” and Caroline Wennergren dropped some major soul. It all led up to superstar Måns Zelmerlöw’s performance of “Heroes”. Wanna know who soard and who flopped? Check out the 30-second snippets for the fourth semi below!
Deltävling 4, Örebro 28/2
1. “Don’t Say No” – Midnight Boy
In Midnight Boy’s world “you don’t have to be cool” — and apparently you don’t have to wear clothes either. This act is filled with flesh, including shirtless dancers in hot pants and a bare-chested Midnight Boy. This is male burlesque with a hint of 70s sleaze. Some may call it cheap. But I think the overtly sexual imagery works well with a song that, in some circles, may serve as an aphrodesiac. Will Sweden be aroused? We’ll have to wait and see.
Read our interview with Midnight Boy.
2. “Black Swan” – Caroline Wennergren
This black swan is bringing some major soul. When she sings you hear Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Josephine Baker and Diana Ross all rolled into one. The song melds jazz, R&B and blues, and I want more, more, and more! Natalie Portman may have had a bloody ending in the film “Black Swan”, but this bird Caroline is gonna fly!
3. “Building It Up” – JTR
They spent too much time applying hair product and not enough time thinking about their song. This is generic, disposable, and, despite the catchy chorus, somewhat irritating. There is too much going on vocally, and yet I’m most interested in the red confetti. Not a good sign. Their voices don’t blend, but I don’t actually think they’re trying to. #disaster.
4. “Guld och gröna skogar” – Hasse Andersson
This man is old enough to be Sanna Nielsen’s grandfather. And it kind of shows. This feels like it would have been hip in the 1950s in a barnyard somewhere outside of Vaxjö. Papa has a good voice, but the song is just dull, dull, dull. Not even the violinist, who appears to have taken a few too many happy drugs, gives this appeal. That said, it will have a monopoly on the over-50 vote. I fear it will make it to Andra Chansen.
5. “Make Me (La La La)” – Dinah Nah
“Like a plane in the sky you make me high” — did her daughter write that? This is cheap and tacky. I came expecting some Ivi Adamou realness. Instead I get a low-budget version of Isa from semi-final three. A song like this needs a killer chorus, but sadly this one just feels flat. I give her props for the pink hair — but nothing more.
6. “Ett andetag” – Annika Herlitz
This is a classy and classic Melfest ballad. Well sung, well performed….but kind of boring. We’ve heard this nearly every year since 1959, and I struggle to separate it from the likes of Sonja Aldén, Jessica Andersson, Håkan Almqvist and the army of other Swedish women whose names evade me. That said, these camera angles are amazing.
7. “Heroes” – Måns Zelmerlöw
It looks like they saved the most expensive staging for last! The stage looks great, but I’m just not feeling the song. The sound is very now, but the lyrics are beyond cheesy. “We are the heroes of our time, we wrestle with demons in our mind”? A song with this electro-anthemic feel needs stronger words than that. I’m getting Charlotte Perrelli 2012 vibes from this. Expensive staging that crashed and burned.