Can y’all believe that we are already at the third stop on the Melodifestivalen 2017 tour? Four finalists in and another four at Andra Chansen — it feels like we’re on fast forward! This week, we move to Växjö for the third deltävling, or, for all us foreigners, Semi-Final 3. What does Sweden have to offer us this week?
Melodifestivalen 2017: Semi-Final 3, Växjö
The third semifinal has more debutants than the first two, with only two artists returning to Melodifestivalen. As it happens, they’re also the first two acts in the show.
Robin Bengtsson starts us off this week. Robin made his big breakthrough last year when he competed with “Constellation Prize”, placing fifth in the final. Before that, he was an ex-Swedish Idol contestant and had a number of releases under the name “B Robin”. Another Robin — Melodifestivalen 2013 winner Robin Stjernberg — has co-written the song, “I Can’t Go On”.
Following Robin is Finnish sensation Krista Siegfrids. Krista represented her home country in 2013 with “Marry Me” and has been the host of UMK — Finland’s Eurovision selection — for past two years.
Last year she took part in Melodifestivalen for the first time with “Faller”, but just failed to qualify to Andra Chansen from her semifinal. She’s back with another Swedish pop banger, “Snurra min jord” (Spin My World).
Then come a whole host of debuting acts. Eighteen-year-old Anton Hagman is best known for his YouTube cover songs. Former lead singer of A Friend in London, Tim Schou, is one of the writers of Anton’s song “Kiss You Goodbye”.
Jasmine Kara also makes her Melodifestivalen debut this year, despite being in the music business since 2010. She has self-penned her song “Gravity” along with Anderz Wrethov, who had three songs in the Melodifestivalen final last year.
Eighty-seven-year-old Owe Thörnqvist is the oldest artist ever to take part in Melodifestivalen. He’s performing “Boogieman Blues”. Bella & Filippa are an upcoming pop duo, known for their covers and original songs on YouTube. Their song “Crucified” is written by a big team, including Filippa’s dad.
The last act on stage is one of the most anticipated acts of this year’s Melfest. Boy band FO&O (Felix, Oscar & Omar) are the group formerly known as The Fooo Conspiracy. They’ve had a name change ahead of Melodifestivalen, as former member Oscar “Olly” Molander recently left the band.
The team behind their song “Gotta Thing About You” is Robert John ”Mutt” Lange and Tony Nilsson. Between them, they have written for Melodifestivalen artists, as well as superstars like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.
Those are the acts, but now it’s time for you to tell us which act you’re most excited about. Who do you think will steal the stage at the Vida Arena? You can vote for as many of your favourites — just remember that you can only vote once. Be sure to select all of your choices before pressing submit. We will go through the results on Thursday, February 16 when we get the first snippets of the songs.
POLL: Which deltävling 3 act are you most excited for?
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