Tonight eight acts had their second — and final — chance to make it to the Melodifestivalen 2017 final. And from the swirl of smoke, pyro and shooting flames of Andra Chansen four acts have lived to sing another day.
Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen is NOT among them, as she was bested by up-and-coming YouTube star Anton Hagman. Let’s review this duel by duel.
Andra Chansen 2017: We review the results
Duel 1: FO&O beat De Vet Du
Ahead of tonight’s show they told wiwibloggs that they’d be ditching their elevator to the sky in order to focus more on their faces (rather than gimmicks and technology). The boys were as confident as ever, nailing their boyband choreography. The camera angles focused on them far more this time, including some cheesy hand choreography to match their lyrics about wearing a ring. During the bridge they worked some fierce back-lighting that showed off their silhouettes. But overall the stage felt somehow empty and the performance a little monotonous — especially when compared to the frenetic cuts and quick pace of De Vet Du. Sweden obviously thought differently!
De Vet Du
Their song has been streamed more than any other song in the competition and it’s easy to see why. It has a youthful, feel-good factor. They’re the guys every guy wants to be — and who every woman wants to be with (well, of a certain age, anyway). This was largely the same — same colourful costumes, same silly facial expressions, same shirtless DJ HUNK. Among the small tweaks were a greater focus on the massive drag race flags and a spot of green light on the DJ spinning with his gym-honed arms.
Duel 2: Lisa Ajax beats Axel Schylström
He ditched the dated white jacket, replacing it with one in a nice shade of pink, and wore ankle-exposing trousers — both of which pulled him into 2017 as he served metrosexual realness. And while he changed the wardrobe he brought the same swagger. Axel, who we’re pretty sure isn’t a natural dancer, seemed to be living every moment of this performance and his moves were surprisingly on point. Vocally he was as sound as in the semi-final and this performance seemed to have extra soul. He can be proud.
— polya #AMillionYears (@landruts) March 4, 2017
She still doesn’t give a f*ck, but she does give off girl-next-door with attitude. Once again Lisa wore a questionable see-through shawl and a glittering sports bra which made for a decidedly racy outfit. The LED still featured her fresh face and endearing smile, and she was as vocally there as you’d expect. Many have suggested this was less monotonous, perhaps because the camera angles showed off a more playful side of Lisa, as she winked and pouted at the camera. Subtle changes, big difference!
Duel 3: Boris René beats Dismissed
The “Her Kiss” singer made it to the final last year owing to his voice and charisma. And once again he proved that he could charm the panties off of a nun as he danced, smiled and hit all his camera cues. Same energy, same vintage sound, even more confidence and charm.
This avant-garde pop-rock band turned the stage into a runway all their own, voguing and showing off their original look, which contrasted their mainstream sound. This time around it seemed even more obvious that some of the members are just their for visual effect — they barely sing or play instruments— but that’s fine. This version of a band works very well indeed. But it seems that Sweden was less awed by their originality this time as they couldn’t overtake the former footballer.
Duel 4: Anton Hagman beats Loreen
Loreen described him as “drop dead gorgeous” in her intro, and she isn’t wrong. Once again the singer-songwriter, who found fame on YouTube, brought those puppy dogs eyes and his quiet charm. His number seems somehow simpler and more pure than many entries in the contest. Compared to the very dramatic number from Loreen, this is more accessible and easier to come to terms with. Perhaps that helped him sway the day? That and the presence of a clear melody.
— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) March 4, 2017
Last week the purple heart on the screen didn’t come to life until the third minute. But tonight it was pumping from the start, suggesting that more Swedes had come to terms with the tune. The performance was still dark, dramatic and mysterious. But for me, at least, it felt less hell-like — perhaps because I was less shocked by it this time. Vocally on point and expressing gratitude every time she put her hands on her heart, this performance meant a lot to her — and not just because this is Melfest. She lives her music and it’s delightful to see. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to top Anton and the Eurovision winner goes home empty-handed. As one user tweeted at us, “politics and music don’t go together.” Certainly not in Sweden it seems!
Did all of your favourites go through? Who didn’t make the cut that you wanted to? Do any of these acts have a chance to win Melodifestivalen? Let us know in the comments box below.
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