After a long and uncertain evening in Halmstad, the Andra Chansen duels have come to an end. And from the dust Panetoz, Boris René, SaRaha and Samir & Viktor have lived to see another day as the final finalists of Melodifestivalen 2016!
As they read out the winners of each duel, Christer Björkman and Gina Dirawi simultaneously revealed the running order for next week’s final.
Panetoz will open the show with their feel-good number “Håll om mig hårt,” while Samir & Viktor will close the show with “Bada nakna”. Given the millions of YouTube views they’ve racked up, the group should keep audiences waiting and watching for the entirety of the show. Teen dreams Frans and Wiktoria sing 10th and 11th, giving us a very strong ending indeed.
Melodifestivalen 2016: FINAL Running Order
DUEL 1: PANETOZ SLAY MOLLY PETTERSSON HAMMAR WITH “HÅLL OM MIG HÅRT”
What we said: This is the best performance in all of Melodifestivalen 2016 for me. Note that I said performance there and not song, though. “Håll om mig hårt” is miles better than “Efter solsken” was at least and it’s very catchy. For me, this is the best legitimate effort out of all of Andra Chansen.
DUEL 2: BORIS RENÉ BEATS ALBIN WITH “PUT YOUR LOVE ON ME”
What we said: This is my jam. I love the updated take on early ’90s Belgian techno-pop, beefed up with Boris’ substantial R&B vocals. He’s a supremely charismatic performer, and brings delicious double entendre to the line “If I go down, are you down with me?” (Oh, stop it!) Yeah, it’s just a dance track and doesn’t have the deep meaning of other Melfest entries, but what a dance track it is!
DUEL 3: SARAHA BEATS ISA
What we said: I genuinely exploded when I first heard this. It just has everything I love – colourful costumes, catchy nonsense lyrics, a killer dance beat, African chanting, a key change, confetti, etc, etc, etc!!! Just because something is cheesy doesn’t mean it’s a bad song – that’s just something that society has (annoyingly) decided. This is pure fun, and what is life without fun? My favourite song of the national final season. BY FAR.
DUEL 4: SAMIR & VIKTOR BEAT DOLLY STYLE
What we said: There’s whistling, there’s an EDM post-chorus, and watered down six-packs – it’s heaven. The fun that they have on stage brings me joy – and I think it’s about time Sweden sent something fun. And could you get more Swedish than a blonde and an Arab guy singing about skinny dipping? If they can whip off those trousers, too, when they get to the final, I honestly think this could win the whole thing!