Here we go again! As on every Thursday since Melodifestivalen 2016 kicked off, it’s time for SVT to tantalise us with 30-second clips of the first rehearsals. This week it’s all about Semi-Final 3 in Norrköping. Seven acts will rehearse throughout the afternoon and we will get a small taste of each of their songs — and then the team from wiwibloggs will write down our initial thoughts. Remember to refresh the page through the day to read our comments from all the acts from SaRaha to Oscar Zia!

Melodifestivalen 2016: Deltävling 3, Norrköping

SaRaha with “Kizunguzungu

William: This is giving me major “Waka Waka” vibes — and I love me some Shakira! SaRaha has strong connections to Tanzania, but there’s always a risk that a Swede singing an African-inspired song will come off as gimmicky. But judging from the clip she avoids that, serving up Tanzanian heat wave realness. 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!

Sami: “Kizunguzungu” sounds surprisingly modern, although Shakira already did this in 2010. SaRaha will bring the sun to cold Sweden, but I’m not sure if we will need it that much in May. It still seems like she is taking the dancing a bit too seriously and it looks way over-rehearsed. It’s also extremely weird to think that this is by the same team who wrote “Cool Me Down” — Margaret’s entry in Poland — that made Eurovision fans go crazy yesterday.

Read the full “Kizunguzungu” lyrics

Swingfly feat. Helena Gutarra with “You Carved Your Name”

William: “Me and My Drum” gave us a wall of sound, whereas this seems much more tame and mild. That said, the clip probably comes from an early verse which is only a prequel to the DRAMA the duo will bring later in the song. Swingfly sounds amazing during the spoken-word segments and Helena’s voice fits really well with the electronic sound of the song. The lights and the dancing ensure this will have that dizzying Swingfly feel, which I’m a huge fan of. This has major energy, so much so that Swingfly’s random screaming actually sounds nice. Madness works when delivered with conviction.

Sami: Such a bland effort after his energetic entry “Me and My Drum” from a few years ago. I was never a fan of his rapping, but at least it doesn’t annoy me that much this time around. Helena sounds amazing, but the song doesn’t give her a chance to show off her vocals. I can’t see this going further than the semi-final.

Read the full “You Carved Your Name” lyrics

SMILO with “Weight of the World”

William: These newbies are throwing it down DJ style. Their youth and insouciance come through loud and clear, and that almost makes their awkward dancing and facial expressions endearing. Their song has an amateurish quality that I find quite appealing — and it’s a huge improvement over their number from Svensktoppen Nasta, which I thought was a tad naff. Will they go to the final? Absolutely not. But can they be proud of this effort? Hell yeah!

Sami: Here we can see the biggest problem with EDM songs in Eurovision — they look so clumsy on the stage. 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. The song is a couple of years too late, but it’s still listenable and I’m sure the studio version will be much better.

Read the full “Weight of the World” lyrics

After Dark with “Kom ut som en stjärna”

William: 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. In fact, it makes me think of ageing drag queens performing in empty bars because everyone is at home on Grindr. It actually depresses me a little. But hopefully the remaining 2:30 will give us a bit more life.

Sami: It’s hard to say anything about the performance, as they don’t have their costumes on. The song, however, is very boring. I know there’s always an audienc for schlager, but this is just depressing. The stage is also way too dark, although it fits the mood of the song. Hopefully after dark will give us some light.

Read the full “Kom ut som en stjärna” lyrics

Lisa Ajax with “My Heart Wants Me Dead”

William: Lisa looks great — her make-up game is on-point and the very modern dancing is giving me major feels (and not just because that dancer Edin is exposing his gym-honed abs). That said, there’s a lot of smoke, which to me signals they are trying to hide something. (Possibly all that toilet paper hanging from the sealing). The song itself sounds very Junior Eurovision and it doesn’t really showcase Lisa’s amazing voice. Every day, every day, every day isn’t an enticing hook — especially when it’s repeated every second, every second, every second. I’m really let down by this. She’ll need to rely on her recent win on Swedish Idol to stand any chance of getting through…

Sami: Lisa is very likeable. And 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. So far it’s the best song of this semi-final and should reach the final with no problem.

Read the full “My Heart Wants Me Dead” lyrics

Boris Réne with “Put Your Love on Me”

William: 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. The hook is insanely catchy and easy-to-remember. It sounds a tad repetitive, but assuming the rest of the song has a bit of shape, this could really surprise.

Sami: The chorus sounds extremely annoying, but Boris’ confidence and charisma really elevate this. I like the choreography, though it looks like they took a lot of inspiration from Guy Sebastian’s performance. I really hope the rest of the song is better, as I had high hopes for Boris.

Read the full “Put Your Love On Me” lyrics

Oscar Zia with “Human”

William: 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. He’s in the pimp spot closing the show, so you know the staging is gonna dazzle. The sound is edgy, electro and mysterious, perhaps offering our first “dirty” sound in the vein of Sia. Oscar looks totally comfortable on stage and I have a feeling he’s going direkt till final!

Sami: Oscar sounds much better with this song than he did on his 2014 track “Yes We Can.” Even from this short clip it’s clear than “Human” could do really well at Eurovision. I absolutely ADORE the weird camera angles and quick changes, which are dizzying and give this energy. Oscar is capable of filling the stage even when standing there alone. This should be enough to take Oscar direkt till final — and then somewhere near the top!

Read the full “Human” lyrics

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fikri
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fikri

[email protected] wanting poor unsuspecting europeans to be subjected to raggedy-ass bada nakna in eurovision. gurl have some taste.

lily
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lily

Oscar Zia and Måns Zelmerlöw are very good friends and even live together. I just wonder how come one of them get so much “god attention” and the other one is so hated upon? Can someone please explain this without using “swedish fatigue” “copying” or mentioning Il Volo? It’s not justitified in this case. Why? what’s the difference? I mean both are good (even if one probably is the mentor to the other. .) What’s everybodys problem with Sweden; good changes, Melfest or Måns Zelmerlöws win (9 months later)?? It’s becoming so strange.

MGR
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MGR

Now the most important thing is that “Bada Nakna” is great hit in Sweden and number 1 in charts! Eurovision Song Contest is for hits and that’s why Samir & Viktor must be winners in Sweden!

MGR
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MGR

1. Swingfly. 2. Oscar Zia, 3. Boris Rene, 4. After Dark, 5. Smilo, 6. Lisa Ajax, 7. Saraha.

oooops
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oooops

My prediction:
Final:
SMILO
Lisa Ajax
Andra Chansen:
Oscar Zia
Swingfly & Helena
The rest:
5. After Dark
6. Boris René
7. Saraha

oooops
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oooops

My top 7
1. SaRaHa
2. Boris René
3. Swingfly feat. Helena Gutarra
4. After Dark
5. Oscar Zia
6. Lisa Ajax
7. SMILO

Rhino
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Rhino

Swingfly and Helena surprised me positively! Wish they do well! These are the most likely results:
Final
Oscar Zia
Lisa Ajax

Andra Chansen
Swingfly & Helena Gutarra
Boris Rene

Out
SaraHa
Smilo
After Dark
🙂

Héctor
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Héctor

For now, I would like:
Final
– Oscar Zia, it looks amazing, I hope the rest of the song would be that epic. With this Melodifestivalen level, “Human” maybe could go to Stockholm (he or Robin)
– Lisa/Boris
Andra
– Boris/Lisa
– SMILO

D
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D

Lisa and Oscar will go direct, there’s no doubting that. Andra chansen is where it gets competitive, I can see all the other acts except for After Dark qualifying to andra chansen. SaRaha’s song seems exactly like a 5th place kinda song though.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Oscar Zia direkt til final! Others, more of an open book, but likely Lisa Ajax.

PP
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PP

I think result wili be
1. Oscar Zia
2. Lisa Ajax

3. Boris Rene
4. Swingfly feat. Helena Gutarra

5. Smilo

6. SaRaha
7. After Dark

ESC freak ESC
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ESC freak ESC

no doubt Oscar Zia will get to the final best songs so far IMO but the rest….. bye

Netherlandish
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Netherlandish

Oscar his song is really good compaired to ”yes we can”. I don’t get the hate/dislike of After Dark hahaha will be a great performance hopefully andra chancen. Liked Saraha aswell and Boris Rene. Song 2 and 3 are both enjoyable, but the weakest songs in this semi final. Lisa Ajax is great aswell, but i was thinking about a emotional ballad with amazing lyrics, but no.

Aaran
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Aaran

I’m really looking forward to Oscar!!!
My ranking:

Direct to final:
1. Oscar Zia
2. Boris Rene

Andra chansen:
3. Lisa Ajax
4. After Dark

Out:
5. Smilo
6. Saraha
7. Swingfly

Jacques
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Jacques

Oscar Zia is my personal favourite to win the whole Melodifestivalen 2016, as we heard all the songs recently. This is not a typical Swedish entry – it’s genuine, angry, like a flame in the darkness and still poppy. Sweden could be my Eurovision favourite if they would picked him up. But I hope he’s going andra chansen and they’re releasing the song on iTunes and Spotify immediately. The youngest participants of this edition – Isa and Oscar – are so great. Since Sweden never sent a singer was born after 1991, it would be great for them sending a… Read more »

SpirK
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SpirK

Having had a short hearing of all the Mello songs, my early prediction would be that victory is among Wiktoria, Molly, Oscar and perhaps Ace. I think the very young Wiktoria and Oscar will surprise everyone and be the top 2.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

“Human” would do very well at Eurovision.
Oscar definitely direkt till final. Don’t mess it up again, Sweden.

MTD
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MTD

Just not After Dark. Please no. No. No. No.

MTD
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MTD

This is my favorite Deltavling. 🙂
Love every song out there. Nice.

Nitzan
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Nitzan

Wow I think I might have a new favorite. Oscar’s song is so my type… and so is Oscar 😉

Conor
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Conor

1 Oscar
2/3 Swingfly/Lisa
4 Boris
I actually really like the sound of these four songs and smilo isn’t bad either
I think Oscar might be my favourite to win

MarioMario
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1. Oscar
2. Lisa/Boris
——————–
3. Lisa/Boris
4. AfterDark
——————–
5. Smilo
6. SaRaHa
7. Swingfly

MGR
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MGR

After Dark and Boris Rene most probably will go to Andra Chansen, but they will not qualify to final.

MGR
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MGR

Oscar Zia and Swingfly to final, the rest away of this planet!

YAAAAS
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YAAAAS

So far Boris is the only one who impresses me. The other songs are bad or meh, and wow Lisa is a huge dissapointment, I won’t be surprised if she comes in 5th place.
Hopefully Oscars song is good, otherwise this week is the worst Melfest week in a long time.

MGR
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MGR

At the moment, I really have to change my mind about first two semi-finals. They were not great, but 3rd semi-final will be ultimate crap! Only Oscar Zia will be better probably than rest craps. It will be probably worst semi-final in history of Melodifestivalen! This means that Sweden need to reduce the number of participants.

MGR
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MGR

http://www.the-voice-of-germany.de/video/517-jamie-lee-kriewitz-ghost-clip
“My Heart Wants Me Dead” is even more dull and muddy version of this song.

MGR
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MGR

OMG Lisa Ajax clearly copied “Ghost” from Jamie Lee Kriewitz!

Xeph
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Xeph

Smilo isn’t bad actually, I hope they make it to Andra Chansen atleast. But then I’m a huge fan of EDM and we haven’t had much of that in melfest/eurovision before. 🙂

Freyah
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Freyah

This semi is also quite predictable based off of the acts – Lisa Ajax and Oscar will sail through, though the places in Andra Chansen are a lot more open.

Freyah
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Freyah

I’m sorry but the song and staging for Smilo looks so dull. SaRaha is a nice surprise though, very Waka Waka, but it certainly not playing the familiarity card thats for sure.

No Name
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No Name

As an EDM-producer and lover I’m so happy for Smilo! The song sounds great, can’t wait to hear more!

Nitzan
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Nitzan

“Kizunguzungo”? Seriously?

Smilo looks nice.

MGR
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MGR

Results of Melodifestivalen every year show that Swedes are proud of their pretty boys. Smilo are pretty boys and that’s why they are definitely NOT outsiders.

MGR
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MGR

After Dark will be disgusting for sure. Saraha is very weak.

MGR
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MGR

Smilo will go most probably to Andra Chansen and probably Swingfly or Boris Rene. It’s so easy.

MGR
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MGR

This is most predictable semi final. It’s super clear for everyone, that Oscar Zia and Lisa Ajax will go direct to final!

PP
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PP

SaRaha is to cold for this kind of song.

William Lee Adams
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That was my bad — I was in a rush and put in the wrong title. Fixed! Thank you!

Jerome
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Jerome

@Sami
“Cool Me Down” is Margaret’s entry, not Edyta’s.