After last week’s super technical show in Malmö, this week’s Melodifestivalen semifinal in Norrköping is a more stripped down affair. Seven artists will sing but only four of them will stay alive in the competition. Today we saw the first snippets of the performances and we had our eyes and ears open and had a lot to say. You can read our reviews here.
But what do you think? Which of the seven acts had the best first rehearsal? Vote in our poll! Choose your favourites, check the box next to their names in the poll and then click submit. You can vote for as many of your favourites as you wish, but you can only press submit one time. We will go through the results before Saturday’s third semifinal.
Melodifestivalen 2016: Deltävling 3, Norrköping
SaRaha with “Kizunguzungu”
What we said: “The costumes are gorgeous and really pop against the simple background that flicks between pink, blue and yellow. Best of all the melody is catchy, memorable and feel-good — the perfect antidote to the Swedish winter. SaRaha slays!”
Swingfly feat. Helena Gutarra with “You Carved Your Name”
What we said: “This has major energy, so much so that Swingfly’s random screaming actually sounds nice. Madness works when delivered with conviction.”
SMILO with “Weight of the World”
What we said: “The visuals are nice and the DJ booth is a good idea, but they just don’t fill the stage enough to make this believable. This could, of course, change when the audience is there cheering and dancing, but I can’t see them jumping up and down for SMILO.”
After Dark with “Kom ut som en stjärna”
What we said: “Every week we can expect a bit of schlager and this week it comes from drag act After Dark. Sadly this is more Anna Book than Krista Siegfrids, and it feels horribly dated. The references to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga are amusing, but this drag queen seems to drag — it’s not making me move or dance.”
Lisa Ajax with “My Heart Wants Me Dead”
What we said: “Even if her voice has a slightly whiny, annoying sound, she is still a great singer. The song is catchy, without being too repetitive, and has the feel of a typical radio hit from 2016. I also like the performance, even if it looks a bit too cheap for a song that sounds so expensive.”
Boris Réne with “Put Your Love on Me”
What we said: “I’m not a fan of this genre, but today Boris delivered one of the more energetic and memorable acts. For a professional footballer, he’s not a bad performer either! The staging is insanely simple — there are lights and little else — and this performance relies heavily on the dancers to make it pop.“
Oscar Zia with “Human”
What we said: “The clip doesn’t give much away, but I can tell this is going to be EPIC. The dark clouds and frenetic camera cuts set the scene for a seriously dramatic performance. Oscar looks tot ally comfortable on stage and I have a feeling he’s going direkt till final!”
Which Semi-Final 3 act had the best first rehearsal?
Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT