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.
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
Dolly Style – Rollercoaster
Martin Stenmarck – Du tar mig tillbaks
Linda Bengtzing – Killer Girl
Frans – If I Were Sorry
Panetoz – Hold me tight
Molly Sanden – YOUniverse