For Melodifestivalen fans, every leak has a silver lining! Following last night’s early release of a portion of Molly Sandén’s Melodifestivalen 2016 track “YOUniverse”, SVT has decided to release 30-second clips of all seven songs competing in Semi-Final 4 in Gävle. It’s a move meant to “neutralise any advantage” given to Miss Sandén in the contest. The clips went online at 17:00 CET on Tuesday and will be available for 24 hours. So turn up the volume and start listening…

As you’ll recall, a 30-second clip of “YOUniverse” was published on Amazon Italy last night, sending the Eurosphere into a frenzy as fans debated whether the song should be pulled from the competition. The rules strictly forbid any portion of the competing songs from being revealed before SVT publishes brief clips in the days leading to the semi-final.

Molly Sanden Youniverse Lyrics Melodifestivalen 2016

But Christer Björkman, the executive producer of Melodifestivalen, says Molly and her team did nothing wrong — and that the incident does not merit disqualification. “There was not any intent by the artist or the record company and in all communication they have been clear that the release date is February 28,” he said in a statement. The error, it seems, came with the online platforms who published the clip.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the error has occurred and we strongly recommend that record companies are exceedingly clear in all communications with all of its sales channels in the future.”

Melodifestivalen 2016 in Gävle: 30-s clips

Eclipse – Runaways

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1fik_sp_mE

Dolly Style – Rollercoaster

https://youtu.be/YYJp20zezzk

Martin Stenmarck – Du tar mig tillbaks

https://youtu.be/cmfnXQXTkfU

Linda Bengtzing – Killer Girl

https://youtu.be/tdL7Hs-E1Bg

Frans – If I Were Sorry

https://youtu.be/5v_58OQ9rzc

Panetoz – Hold me tight

https://youtu.be/6dt7HhImJiE

Molly Sanden – YOUniverse

https://youtu.be/J9WUI-mOw0E

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Nitzan
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Nitzan

I share the exact same top3 as Padraig. You guys make me feel optimistic about Wiktoria’s chances!

Mitchelvaneijk
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Hahaha omg pls stop this. Don’t complain about a title called Youniverse. Dont look for depth in a Esc song

Nicky91
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Nicky91

Molly is the best, luv her from holland

crazylama
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crazylama

just send isa this melfest sucks and Björkman knows it to win on home soil you need an outstanding song! howevervthe juries may overate Sweden this year sweden will get a top 3 in the jury votes imho.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Based on these snippets, my faves so far are “Killer Girl” and “Youniverse”, closely
followed by “Rollercoaster”, then “Runaways”. The others are too boring or too hyper for my taste. But, hey, we must have the full song and staging to make a realistic decision! 😀

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Tempted as I may be, I have not listened to a single SECOND of these segments. When it comes to MF, I make it a point not to listen to anything until AFTER I have seen their performances on the show, especially since they try their best to keep the audios under lock and key until after each round is done.

Robyn Gallagher
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I totally forgot to mention: “Killer Girl” also looks like a good one. Trust Linda effing Bengtzing to deliver the goods! Both my faves are in Swedish!

@EugeneESCUK
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This is what I get from 30 seconds of these songs for what it is worth? :- Frans, Linda and Dolly Style :- All songs are just awful. For Thomas G:son and Peter Boström (“Euphoria”) to be associated with Dolly Style’s “Rollercoaster” is just astonishing. They have lost the plot!! They are just going downhill rapidly. Truly awful. Martin :- This is just the 2016 version of Procol Harums’ “Whiter shade of pale”. Eclipse :- Just another rock song of no standing at all Panetoz :- Will get through on their name no doubt, song is very average. Molly :-… Read more »

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

When I say “they”, I mean the record label with which Molly S. is affiliated.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

With reference to Björkman’s last statement, the music industry is dying; its longtime business model now outmoded because of their refusal to change with the times. Sales are no longer enough to sustain an artist (touring does that), and therefore, not enough to sustain the major labels. So, I imagine they got careless in not enforcing the rules with regard to release of this material. Either that, or Amazon Italy was way too eager to get the jump on everyone else, rules be damned.

silvester
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silvester

These 30-second clips don’t sound impressive.

Anouska
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Anouska

Of the snippets, ‘Youniverse’ is still my fave. Really looking forward to hearing ‘Killer Girl’ and ‘Runaways’ in full too. I also don’t mind ‘Du tar mig tillbaks’.

I don’t think I will ever understand people’s love for Dolly Style.

Antranig Shokayan
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Dolly Style is incredible.

Keith
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Keith

Hard to tell from small clips but Molly sounds great … nothing else worthy is this semi based on the 30 seconds. #TeamMolly

Robyn Gallagher
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This seems like a disappointing semi. The only song that grabs me is the Panetoz tune, because it’s so full of energy. They’ll deliver a great performance too. There’s been a lot of hype around “Youniverse”, but most of that is coming from ESC fans. SVT are, as a public broadcaster, very even-handed with their coverage of all the Melfest contestants. But even still, the song is nowhere near as good as what I was expecting from a Molly Sandén song that will be closing the final semi. The worst bit about the song: it really drives home the awful… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
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MGR: The problem was the song title “Saxof*ckingfon”, which you put in full. Our comments system holds comments containing English swear words. So next time, put an asterisk or similar in there.

For anyone who’s interested, that doesn’t mean it’s ok to swear at someone if you alter a curse word. We’re watching 🙂

Thiefo
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I guess is a fair move, but if they wanted to make things really fair shouldn’t they have released all the remaining clips, also for semi 3?

Bryce
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Bryce

Based on these clips alone, these are my predictions for placing

1.Youniverse
2.Killer Girl
3.Hall Om Mig Hart
4.Rollercoaster
5.Runaways
6.Du Tar Mig Tillbaks
7.If I Were Sorry

Leaf
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Leaf

Wiktoria, Molly Sanden or Robin Bengtsson for the win !!!!!

T
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T

Youniverse sounds really good. Really modern!

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

Gosh, its all terrible.

WIktoria or Robin to win at this point.

Transmermaid
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Transmermaid

1-Molly Sanden
2-DollyStyle
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3-Frans
4-Linda Bengtzing
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5-Eclipse
6-Panetoz
7-Martin

Shijie Yu
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Shijie Yu

Dollies please use fancy LED effect since this is a staging design contest

oli
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oli

Weakest semifinal so far, I don’t really like any of these snippets

Netherlandish
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Netherlandish

The only song that i don’t like is the one from Martin, i almost felt asleep and it was only 30 secs……. god i dont wanna hear a 3 minute boring song, but i think they want for the very first time in 2 years, that song 2 (running spot) qualify’s.

based on the snippet
1. Molly
2. Dolly Style
3. Panetoz
4. Frans
5. Linda
6. Eclipse (its rlly good but not my style)
7. Martin zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

MarioMario
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Based on snippets:

1. Molly Sanden (even though she doesn’t sound like a winner)
2. Martin Stenmarck
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3. Panetoz
4. Eclipse
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5. Linda Bengtzing
6. Franz
7. Dolly Style

Héctor
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Héctor

Frans and his “If I were sorry” all the way, along with Robin Bengston. They are the best in this Melodifestivalen. My prediction on what it will be:

Final:
– MOLLY SANDEN – YOUNIVERSE (Don’t get the hype, but as Ice Wilder she has many fans)
– DOLLY STYLE – ROLLERCOASTER
Andra:
– PANETOZ – HOLD ME TIGHT
– FRANS – IF I WERE SORRY (the best in this semi, but he is relatively unknown and his song isn’t untempo so if he goes to the Andra he will be lucky)

Milla
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Milla

Omg. Don’t say that this is a weak semi and that Dolly Style is a bang at the same time. They are for kids and not ESC! Last year MF was the worst as well. Look what happend! I don’t think we will win this year but I can say that the best songs that has come out from this years MF such as Robin, Wiktoria, Ace, ISA.. are MUCH better than the songs chosen for ESC so far. Well that’s my opinion. 2013 was a really weak year in my memory. This year holds a higher level. Or maybe… Read more »

dd
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dd

1. Martin Stenmarck – Du Tar Mig Tillbaks
2. Molly – Youniverse
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3. Eclipse – Runaways
4.Panetoz – Hold Me Tight

Xeph
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Xeph

Weak semi, all the songs are pretty bad except for Molly. I like her song a lot and she has a great voice, but the lyrics are kinda cringey.. She’ll probably end up winning anyways.

Freyah
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Freyah

‘Youniverse’ was not as good as made out in my opinion. It’s alright, but if I had to rank them it would go to Andra Chansen.

Dolly Style however…. I liked last year, and their songs recently have been so good (‘Cherry Gum’ is a banger) and this year they’ve pulled this out of the bag. DAMN! It sounds awesome, more fun than the other songs in this semi, plus we know they’ll put on a good show.

PP
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PP

This MF wili be one of worst MF in last 10 to 15 years . Not many good songs this year. Last year we had in first semifinal 5 good songsm , last year I didn t t like only song from Daniel and duet Miri and Victor from I semi , this year in 2 semifinal we have only 4 good songs till now Wiktoria, Isa, Robin and Ace. After snippet My TOP 4 are 1. Martin Stenmarck – Du tar mig tillbaks much better song he had in 2014 2. Molly Sanden – YOUniverse For second chance for… Read more »

MGR
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MGR

If the link is not the problem and if the word “dumber” is not problem, so what’s the problem? Maybe “Nakna” is too vulgar for you?

MGR
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MGR

dumber

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

Oooh love that linda bengtzing song!

PP
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PP

SVT want to Molly win the MF 2016 , instead to disqulified her and her song from semi final 4, they realase snippet of all songs from her semifinal.

MGR
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MGR

At this moment Samir & Viktor are clear favorites of televoting. They have now 4 songs in top 100 iTunes charts in Sweden!
1. Bada Nakna
23. Success
82. Groupie
85. Saxof*ckingfon
This shows how great is now the hype about them. Only the jury can be a problem. They are getting dumber every year. The last two Eurovisions were easy to evaluate, therefore they not evaluated tragically. But this year they began again to show their true face.

@EugeneESCUK
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Well they took their time, but they have probably come to the right decision. Björkman seems to be putting the blame fully on Amazon. If that is the case, they should not disqualify Molly and releasing the other snippets is the right thing to do as I suggested earlier. Some hardliners might say that Molly is getting the benefit of yesterday and a further 24 hours, but I don’t think it really matters to be honest. They were never going to disqualify her really. So what’s going to happen next then? You cannot really make much of an assessment based… Read more »

MGR
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MGR

This will be most probably the best semi final of Melodifestivalen 2016. Finally, something begins to improve.

Amerivision
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Amerivision

Based on the clips (eek this heat is so weak):
1. Molly
2. Panetoz (2014 was better)
3. Dollies (not as catchy as last year)
4. Eclipse (only because the bottom 3 were bad)
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5. Martin (2014 was WAY BETTER)
6. some guy with the meh song
7. Linda (JUST. NO.)

MPH, S&V (even though I can’t stand them) and Isa are going to have an easy time at AC.

Conor
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Conor

I’m just so impressed dolly style aren’t the one trick pony I’d thought this song sounds like a banger why did they get such a terrible slot in the running order

Milla
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Milla

I think Mollys song first sounded not so good. But I think the full song will be great. I like the sound now. This little snippet doesn’t reveal much though.. Don’t forget that the hype has been around Molly and not the song itself. Next week we’ll see her on stage and hear the full song.

ESC freak ESC
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ESC freak ESC

@Toby . most people here are sadly to hyped about our national selection and if the songs aren’t that good in the snippets make them believe they know the whole song… remember last year how disappointing it was when they’ve heard all songs… we won 🙂 as a swede I wouldn’t mind if we got a lower rank this year ( we ended up on place 14th last time it was in sweden) we have won 6 times and holds some records in eurovision 🙂 not many can say that… I don’t care what others think of our songs we… Read more »

Conor
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Conor

woah dolly style actually have the best song in this semi. the final needs something high energy in it

John
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John

DOLLY STYLE FTW THEY’RE THE BEST

oooops
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oooops

1. Frans
2. Dolly Style(I didn’t like their song from last year)
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3. Linda Bengtzing
4. Molly Sandén
5. Panetoz
6. Eclipse
7. Martin Stenmarck

DiamonDollar97xx
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DiamonDollar97xx

Im impressed how some of u can judge the song by 30 seconds

YAAAAS
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YAAAAS

Top 4:
1. Youniverse
2. If I were sorry
3. Rollercoaster
4. Runaways

Mar
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Mar

I’m thinking Panetoz or Linda and Molly DtF and Dolly Style and Frans to Andra Chansen.

Toby
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Toby

I love “Youniverse”, I dont get why people suddenly feel so bad about it. It is well produced and I feel like this could be a huge hit everywhere.