Tonight at Andra Chansen eight acts sought to make the most of their Second Chance and continue in Melodifestivalen 2015. But only four survived a night filled with wind machines and confetti to advance to the grand final in Friends Arena next week. Here’s how things went down…
DUEL 1: LINUS SVENNING VS. ANDREAS WEISE
Winner: Linus Svenning with “Forever Starts Today”
Fire and tattoos triumphed over schmaltz and pyrotechnics. Yes, Linus Svenning has advanced to the final from Andra Chansen for the second year in a row. He seemed more subdued tonight but that actually helped him stand out against the exuberant Andreas, who seemed to be relishing his moment in the spotlight. He’s a relative newcomer to primetime, but he held his own. We’re hoping to see him again next year (but maybe with less cheese).
DUEL 2: HASSE ANDERSSON VS. KRISTIN AMPARO
Winner: Hasse Andersson with “Guld och gröna skogar”
Swedes didn’t just go retro, they went 1890s barnyard. Hasse defied the bookies and slayed with his dansband sound. He’s been growing in our estimation since last week and tonight he proved he can throw down with the youngins.
My heart is bleeding for Kristin. She cast aside the Adele karaoke cover act and came into her own this evening. Her voice has a lovely smokey quality, and she reached new highs with her falsetto. At the end of her song she giggled, suggesting a heady mix of excitement, giddiness and relief that the pressure is now off. Let’s hope those bedazzled shoulder pads are next…
Look, it’s Loreen SLAYING during the interval!
DUEL 3: DOLLY STYLE VS. DINAH NAH
Winner: Dinah Nah
Dinah Nah just killed three dolls — the teens will never forgive her! But they should understand. Dinah may be twice as old as the Dollies, but she brought youth, vigour and major sass to the stage tonight. Even though she did next to nothing during the dance interludes — was that the running man?! — she had some thrilling gangsta edge.
Dolly Style are totes adorbs, but tonight’s performance felt a little flat. It didn’t help that Dinah Nah appeared to have had a double-shot of something before taking the stage. They’ve earned a huge teen following in recent weeks and we are pretty sure #melfest2015 won’t be their final stop. Watch out for them in a toy store near you!
DUEL 4: BEHRANG MIRI FEAT. VICTOR CRONE VS. SAMIR & VIKTOR
Winner: Samir & Viktor
Behring Miri and Victor Crone had passion in their belly — and Eurovision 2009 contestant Malena Ernman belching out high notes in the background. Dragging out Malena may seem like a desperate measure, but it worked really well. But that could not help them overcome the (fleshy) appeal of Samir & Viktor — one part Paradise Hotel star, one part fashion blogger.
In recent weeks Viktor has looked as if he swallowed a few too many spacecakes, but today he finally pulled it together. He seemed less bewildered by the cameras and even managed to stay in synch with Samir (most of the time anyway).
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