mariette million melodifestivalen 2017

For the third year in a row, Melodifestivalen 2017 returns to Malmö for its second heat. We’ve already seen Ace Wilder and Nano make it straight to the final, but who will join them this week? Once again, SVT will publish 30 second rehearsal clips throughout the day, as well as a minute of each song.

Unlike last week, the newcomers outnumber the returning stars in Malmö. Roger Pontare makes his return to competing at Melodifestivalen for the first time in 11 years. Also returning are former finalists, Mariette and Lisa Ajaxwho pushes the boundaries with the lyrics to her song, “I Don’t Give A”.

For scheduling reasons, Etzia rehearsed first this morning, despite being third in the running order. The rest of the rehearsals were done in the correct order.

Melodifestivalen 2017: Deltävling 2 Malmö

1. Mariette – “A Million Years”

Chris: Her dancers may be on bungee cords, but Mariette isn’t in free fall. “A Million Years” builds throughout the minute we’ve heard, guided as ever by Mariette’s vocal. She might not have competed in 2016, but the year out clearly hasn’t done her any harm. It’s very early to call her an overall contender, but there’s reason enough to believe this could be a hit.

William: She’ll never give up, she’ll never back down — and this song is proof of that. The snippet sounds expensive and sleek, qualities that give edgy Mariette a decidedly mainstream appeal. Her voice has a vulnerable quality and the light instrumentation and contemporary electronic sounds give it extra strength while retaining its fragility. The chorus is anthemic and inspiring. Assuming it builds to an even higher pay-off, this is a real contender. This is how you open a show.

Check out the “A Million Years” lyrics

2. Roger Pontare – “Himmel och hav”

Chris: This feels considerably more atmospheric than I’d expect from Pontare. The power of “Spirits Are Calling My Name” and “Silverland” has passed in to something much more gentle. Maybe the song will build to something more impactful, because at the moment I feel this one may just pass me by on Saturday night.

William: The opening channels Enya or one of those sexy sirens from Greek mythology, and Roger keeps the drama coming with his stirring voice and a very heavy drum. The tribal, larger-than-life sound wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to Pocahontas or Thor — and it would definitely be enough to keep the audience enraptured. Assuming he builds upward rather than nodding to the horrific pop-drop trend of 2016, this could be a huge surprise. This is an older artist schooling the young ones on how to be epic.

Check out the “Himmel och hav” lyrics

3. Etzia — “Up”

Chris: It feels like I could have predicted Etzia performing a song in this ilk from miles off. Rollerbladers on stage doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence — they would often be seen as a sign of doom for any act on X Factor. That being said, Etzia sounds good and I think Andra Chansen isn’t out of reach.

William: I love it when a beautiful woman sounds like a man — especially when she serves feel-good Calypso drum realness! “Up” is instantly likeable, warm and inviting and the tropical flair makes it stand out instantly. Songs like this can breeze by — but they can also get old very quickly. Etzia’s delivery will make all the difference.

Check out the “Up” lyrics

4. Allyawan — “Vart haru varit”

Chris: Oh. Swedish hip-hop…again. At least Allyawan’s staging doesn’t seem as bizarre as Adrijana’s was last weekend. Unfortunately, the song doesn’t work for me anywhere near as much as “Amare” did, which was a low baseline anyway. Allyawan seems destined to be out this week, especially with his competition stepping up.

William: Understanding the lyrics is a pre-requisite for enjoying hip-hop — so much of the entertainment comes from clever word play and meaning. That may explain why I connect with exactly nothing in this song, which also lacks a compelling melody, any kind of shape and interesting instrumentation. I know it’s just a snippet, but as for now it’s a big no from me.

Check out the “Vart haru varit” lyrics

5. Dismissed — “Hearts Align”

Chris: Dismissed own who they are and with “Hearts Align” really are proving that looks can be deceiving. It does feel like a very early 00’s rock track — perhaps not too unsurprising with Ola Salo behind it — but at least it’s a good throwback. Sweden have reacted well to songs like this before, so I’m not putting anything past this.

William: Their look is totally outré. But these androgynous glam rockers prove they have plenty of mainstream tricks up their sleeve, as this pop-rock entry is giving me life! It’s instantly catchy, falls on the ears easily, and sounds decidedly vintage rather than dated. One request: Please avoid the stereotypical red lights Melfest reserves for rock entries.

Check out the “Hearts Align” lyrics

6. Lisa Ajax — “I Don’t Give A”

Chris: This just confuses me. Lisa’s voice is great and the “I Don’t Give A” hook works by itself. But then the unnecessary f-bomb gets dropped (and will be throughout the song, too). It feels like a Disney star who’s trying to branch out from her previous work. Just such an odd choice and I don’t know why they’ve gone down this route. It doesn’t ruin the song in the moment, but on repeat I feel it’ll be lacking.

William: Glam girl goes gospel! Lisa is serving power and musicality with this piano-heavy love song that shows off her range, soul and grit. When she drops the F-bomb she drops it with style — it’s somehow soft and beautiful. F*ck what the haters say — you slay!
Check out the “I Don’t Give A” lyrics

7. Benjamin Ingrosso — “Good Lovin'”

Chris: It’s nothing new or out of this world, but “Good Lovin'” is a well produced pop song by a charismatic, likeable singer. For many reasons, that should tick quite a few boxes of a Melodifestivalen finalist. Perhaps the lack of originality may hurt Benjamin a little bit, but I’d be shocked already at this stage if he wasn’t at the Friends Arena.

William: That voice is pure sex — sign me up! Going by the studio snippet alone, this could go one of two ways: It’s either going to take us higher and make my head explode or it’s going to slip into schmaltz and sleaze, resulting in a rather cheap trainwreck. Judging by the clip, I’m worried it’s the latter.

Check out the “Good Lovin'” lyrics

(Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT)

What are your thoughts on each song? Do you think there’s a real standout amongst them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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James
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James

Lisa Ajax is giving me some sharpay realness with that hella big screen

Rydell
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Rydell

This is a much better semi-final than the first one. First off I’d like to comment on how bad the running order is, considering the fact that the last 2 songs are mediocre (at best) pop songs that stand no chance of doing well in the Contest. 1. Mariette I did not see that coming. First and only MF contender. Great upbeat chorus with darker verses. A very well composed and producted pop song and she has great charisma. She lights up the stage! 2. Dismissed Amazing throwback song. This would rock the charts 10 years ago and i can’t… Read more »

Hayley
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Hayley

I’m honestly so disappointed with Lisa Ajax she was my winner last year by a country mile and all her follow up singles were great and this just doesn’t seem to match up to any of them personally. Still better than a few songs in this heat though and I’ll take it over Boris Rene’s effort any day, and judging that THAT made Andra Chansen there’s no doubt in my mind she’ll at least make it that far.

Top 7 –
DIREKT TILL FINAL
Mariette
Benjamin Ingrosso
ANDRA CHANSEN
Dismissed
Lisa Ajax
OUT
Etzia
Allyawan
Roger Pontare

Jumper
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Jumper

Only Mariette that i want to hear, but then, i don’t find a favorite one from SF 1 dan SF 2 yet

blondboybc
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blondboybc

My first take is that this semi is not as strong as the first. Second, it’s quite clear Mariette is going through, and possibly Benjamin. I think Lisa, Dismissed and Roger will fight it out for the andra chansen. Really have to hear more, which will come tomorrow with longer rehearsal.

Archie
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Archie

The Mariette song sounds like diamonds from Rihanna to me

Poet
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Poet

Wow! Mariette just stole my breath.

SpirK
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SpirK

Not very impressed, I liked the semi final 1 songs more, but here is my ranking based on snippets and rehearsals:
1. Mariette (by far)
2. Dismissed
3. Roger Pontare
4. Etzia
5. Lisa Ajax
6. Benjamin Ingrosso
7. Allyawan
Though this will change with the full songs.
My prediction:
Final:
1. Mariette (easily)
2. Benjamin Ingrosso
Second Chance:
3. Lisa Ajax
4. Dismissed
Out:
5. Roger Pontare
6. Etzia
7. Allyawan

Xeph
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Xeph

Mariette + Lisa Ajax/Benjamin Ingrosso directly to the final
Lisa Ajax/Benjamin Ingrosso + Dismissed to the second chance.

I freaking love Mariette tho 😀

Trans Mermaid
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Trans Mermaid

1-Mariette
2-Dismissed
————————–
3-Benjamin Ingrosso
4-Lisa Ajax
————————–
5-Allyyawan
6-Etzia
7-Roger Pontare

Calum Macleod
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Calum Macleod

My prediction:

Final: Mariette, Lisa Ajax
Second chance: Benjamin Ingrosso, Dismissed
Out: Roger Pontare, Allyawan, Etzia

Aaran
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Aaran

My ranking for this semi-final is:
1. Mariette (LOVE IT!)
2. Benjamin Ingrosso

3. Lisa Ajax
4. Etzia

5. Dismissed
6. Allyawan
7. Roger Pontare

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Ola & @Denis: The really funny thing is that Polegend apparently owns a lot of Swedish music at home! 😀 Hehehe, the irony. x

Kungen
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Kungen

Lisa Ajax Rehearsal youtube .com/watch?v=-wx90eiZLvw
Benjamin Ingrosso Rehersal youtube .com/watch?v=XUjFlue3p2A

Kungen
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Kungen
Gornitzka
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Gornitzka

This semifinal is dull… some songs are ok, others are just meh. I’m pretty certain the winner is not among these 7, and certainly this does not equal the powerful song Nano had last week. (Yea, I’m rooting for him in the final.)

Rich
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Rich

My top 4 are
1. Mariette
2 .Lisa Ajax
3. Benjamin Ingrosso
4. Dismissed

in that order

Ruud
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Ruud

Weak deltävling if you ask me. Only Mariette gets me turned uuppppp girll. She slays

Mark
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Mark

The Problem with Lisa Ajax’s song is not the curse word, it’s the repetitiveness.

MTD
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MTD

Mariette & Dismissed.

Everything else, please go back home. This year’s Melfest instead of being cool, it’s full with bland songs with 0 soul.

AngieP
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AngieP

“A million years” is AMAZING! Mariette slays! Love it! We don’t listen a build up but I’m sure the whole song will be great! While listening to Roger Pontare, I was thinking of Vikings. It’s in Swedish, it creates mystery and it’s different from the other songs. I imagine a great live performance. I don’t like Etzia’s song that much. It sounds like a mess. I also don’t like Allyawan’s song. I’m not a fan of RNB music in general. Dismissed have an interesting rock song. If I didn’t know it was a MelFest song, I would believe it’s a… Read more »

Charlotte
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Charlotte

Is William in a need of something? He is continually talking like “That voice is pure sex”, “he’s voice is so sexy”, “have you seen her abs”? I’m sorry, but it’s driving me crazy.

LightvsDarkness
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LightvsDarkness

Mariette has the best song out of these, but this semi will be a close one.
Don’t wanna be rude already, but i think Etzia with up is the only song that will 100% sure not go to andra chansen n’or the final.

Valeryn
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Valeryn

ROGER PONTARE <3333333

esc1234
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esc1234

lisa ajax song is a mess. nostalgic vibes and the f world? Nooo gurl

Ola
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Ola

@Denis: Just get used to it, nations that dominates for some reason or have succeeded a lot, are always hated by some people. Haters are always gonna hate. True and very tragic.

Denis
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Denis

Oh look. Polegend Godgarina once again bashing Sweden and everything about it. How nice..

Mariette is the best. I’m disappointed with Lisa Ajax, and the writers. So repetitive.

chromium
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chromium

Yaasss Lisa! This is so much better than her previous Melo entry, and at par with her singles! This will slay and she needs to go direkt till finalen! 😀

This heat is definitely a lot better than the last. I’m also looking forward to Roger Pontare’s song. Sounds quite magical.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

i’m already liking this more than the first semi!

Tom V
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Tom V

Only Mariette is standing out for me here as a song I know I could really like!
Roger Pontare’s song sounds really interesting so I’m holding out hope for him too.
Loved Lisa so much last year, she had my favourite song along with Isa and Robin.. however I’m not overly impressed from this snippet. Sounds like a good earworm, but not strong enough 🙁

esc now
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esc now

Mariette has the best song.
Im dissapointed of Lisa

Amor Amankwah
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Amor Amankwah

@Chris No worries, it’s cool. 🙂 I just wanted to make sure that was corrected. I am very excited to see some dancehall vibes in Mel-fest and I want to make sure people knew exactly what it was. Good article by the way!

fikri
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fikri

can someone do something with mariette’s hair tho?

fikri
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fikri

mariette’s song is pretty good. lisa’s too.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

The swearing in Lisa Ajax’s song is so unnecessary and forced!

Belle
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Belle

Mariette is amazing. Her song sounds fantastic. She is a potential winner of MF 2017.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

Mariette and Lisa to the final!

ESC Lover
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ESC Lover

I think this semi is better than the 1st!
It’s my top:
1.Benjamin Ingrosso
2.Mariette
3.Lisa Ajax
4.Etzia
5.Roger Pontare
6.Dismissed
7.Allyawan

Vanessa
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Vanessa

Benjamin is the best so far, Mariette is okay

Bastian
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Bastian

My top 7:
1.Mariette
2.Benjamin Ingrosso
3.Roger Pontare
4.Etzia

5.Dismissed
6.Lisa Ajax
7.Allyawan

MarioMario
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MarioMario

Based solely on snippets.

1. Roger Pontare
2. Lisa Ajax/ Mariette
3. Mariette/ Lisa Ajax
4. Benjamin Ingrosso
5. Dismissed
6. Etzia
7. Alyawann

Ola
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Ola

@Purple Mask Thanks for reminding me, we both have girls and ‘girls’…I forgot that :p Which makes it even more likely for Benji to win.

Lisa
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Lisa

Honestly, the only song I’m feeling is Benjamin Ingrosso. Dissmissed are okay as well, but from what I have heard I don’t like any of the other songs.

Ola
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Ola

God, I was sweaty there for a while – Polegend saying something positive about Sweden. It felt…out of place.
But now we´re back to normal, thank heavens. 🙂

Andreas
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Andreas

Roger Pantare’s song is the best for me

Jak
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Benjamin is so damn hot.

D
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D

Wow, this is the first semi-final I’ve seen where I actually LOVE every song. Don’t understand these negative reactions, these snippets are amazing. I’d do a prediction along with my personal opinion, but I think this is gonna be a hard semi-final to call. 1) Lisa Ajax – “I Don’t Give A” – Final 2) Benjamin Ingrosso – “Good Lovin'” – Final 3) Mariette – “A Million Years” – Andra chansen 4) Etzia – “Up” – Andra chansen 5) Allyawan – “Vart har du vart” – Out 6) Roger Pontare – “Himmel och hav” – Out 7) Dismissed – “Hearts… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I can already predict Mariette’s song has one of those uninspired post-chorus drops that will make it feel so 2016.

T
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T

Lisa Ajax song is giving me goosebumps. It sounds so modern and fresh! Definitely one of the potential winners.