Hej, Göteborg! Melodifestivalen 2018 touches down in the city that hosted the 1985 Eurovision contest, and a familiar sight on the Melfest tour: Gothenburg. Seven more acts will compete this week, with hopes of going straight to the final in Stockholm – or at least, Andra Chansen.

After last week’s start — seen by some as being slightly underwhelming — will the acts from the second heat cause more excitement?

Returning acts include Samir & Viktor, back for their third Melfest attempt. Mimi Werner is also back, after finishing 5th in her heat in 2016. There’s also the return of Margaret — who switches selections from Poland to Sweden.

Swedish Idol champion LIAMOO makes his Melodifestivalen debut. P4 Nästa 2017 winner, Stiko per Larsson, also takes the traditional spot for that contest’s winner.

The field is rounded off by Melodifestivalen newcomer, Ida Redig, and the show’s host in 2003, Jonas Gardell. But which of the acts excites you most? You can let us know now in our poll. You can find more info on all the songs below, then find our poll:

MELODIFESTIVALEN 2018 DELTÄVLING 2

1. Samir & Viktor — “Shuffla”

Samir & Viktor Shuffla Melodifestivalen 2018 gothenburg

2. Ida Redig — “Allting som vi sa”

ida redig allting som vi sa melodifestivalen 2018

3. Jonas Gardell — “Det finns en väg”

jonas gardell det finns en vag melodifestivalen 2018 gothenburg

4. Margaret — “In My Cabana”

margaret in my cabana melodifestivalen 2018 gothenburg

5. Stiko per Larsson — “Titta vi flyger”

stiko per larsson titta vi flyger melodifestivalen 2018 gothenburg

6. Mimi Werner — “Songburning”

mimi werner songburning melodifestivalen 2018 gothenburg

7. LIAMOO — “Last Breath”

liamoo last breath melodifestivalen 2018 gothenburg

Those are the seven acts — now, the choice is yours. You can vote for as many of the acts as you like. The only rule is you can only vote ONCE. Make sure that vote counts, y’all!

We’ll close the poll on Thursday morning and reveal results then, ahead of the release of the snippets and rehearsal clips. Let us know who you voted for in the comments below as well, and tell us who you think will make it to the final in Stockholm!

Photos: Courtesy SVT/Janne Danielsson

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Ian
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Ian

Well…the fact that Jonas has 0% for everything at least has me curious.
But that probably just means it will be a quiet ballad.

Napaw
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Napaw

Consider what won Eurovision last year xD

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I heard it is totally minimalist. He’s stripping back the music, dancing, singing everything. There is going to be breathing.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Liamoo and Samir&Viktor may get through on name alone…not so sure about Margaret and the others, tbh. Guess we’ll have to wait till the rehearsal clips on Thursday!

Kris
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Kris

Lol Jonas gardell has tempo as 0% so means the song is what? One stretched out long note?

I think positions 1,4,6,7 are fighting for direct to final positions
And places 1,2,4,5,6 are for the ‘Andra Chansen’ spots depending on songs!
So liamoo is already in final!
And Jonas seems to be out.

Kris
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Kris

Lol Jonas gardell has tempo as 0% so means the song is what? One stretched out long note?

I think positions 1,4,6,7 are fighting for direct to final positioms

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

LIAMOO will definitely qualify for the grand finals. I feel like Margaret will be in Andra Chansen. Samir and Viktor might be third time lucky this time if their song entry isn’t novelty.

yava raj
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https://yavanalist.wordpress.com watch this and comment how is it

Héctor
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Héctor

I’m excited for Liamoo. I think I’m going to like it. I’m also looking forward to listen to “In my Cabana” live. I don’t know how Margaret is going to sing it live, as “Cool Me Down” was a huge let down because of her poor vocals.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

They really need this semi-final to be good because the first one was not. This one looks a whole lot more promising but the songwriting needs to be of a much higher standard. Obviously Liamoo has all of the tools…hopefully he has a halfway decent song to go with it.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Marge, of course. What’s so special about the guy with the cow noise name, by the way?

Kris
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Kris

He is a recent talent show winner and people will vote for him even if he sang a song duller than Charlotte perreli last year.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

Margaret has already won.

Constantly 1st in every single poll held so far.

If she somehow flops in Semi, it will be entirely because of her not being Swedish. But I don’t expect the Swedish people to be that narrow-minded to reject an artist for this kind of reasons.

Napaw
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Napaw

Well, winning polls doesn’t guarantee victory, she won every poll in 2016 by far as well xD

Denis
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Denis

Being first in polls means nothing. She was first in polls to win in Poland in 2016 and people expected her to win big. And look what happened.
What might make her flop is a: not being good live, (b) people have already forgotten about her, (C)Cool Me Down wasn’t actually that big of a hit and (D) not having strong songs.

Robyn Gallagher
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At the moment, the polls are on artists names alone. No one has heard Margaret’s song yet! It could be a complete dud that no one wants to vote for. But then, “Patrick Swayze” made it to andra chansen, so there’s no accounting for taste.

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

She only won these polls because most of the voters are ESC fans who watched the Poland NF. In Sweden the hot favorite is LIAMOO because he won Swedish Idol just like Lisa Ajax did(who qualified directly to the finals on her Melfest debut in 2016).

Kris
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Kris

This poll is voted on by less than 5% people who are swedes whereas on Saturday it’s 100% swedes …. so it’s what they think that counts.

Candy
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Candy

Jonas Gardell: 0% tempo, 0% show, 0% humor, 0% show. What’s that going to be? three minutes of total silence?

Napaw
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Napaw

sitting and smiling.

Candy
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Candy

100% creepy

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

Gardell describes his song as follows:
“My song is for real. It’s a story which I don’t think is for everybody, but for those who needs it I think it can change someone’s life. I hope the song can fulfill that purpose. I think of it as a hymn.”

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

Everybody claims their song is true and genuine. I don’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore. 🙁

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Liamoo singing Cool me down in Swedish Idol 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvtG6ONGdz8

AJebo
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AJebo

Margaret is not going to qualify

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

I agree. I sense it. Poor Marge.

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Yah, she may meet the fate of all the foreigners who’ve sung in Sweden in the last few years: Krista and Kamferdrops to name a few! Don’t hold your breath, Marge fans! (You’ve to wonder about her live vocals, too.) 😉

Gobio
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Gobio

This semi-final seem so strong in comparison to the first, it’s ridiculous.

Likko
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Likko

Cabana, ooh na-na
Half of my heart is in my Cabana, ooh-na-na
She took me back to West Westphalia , na-na-na
Oh, but my heart is in Cabana
Oh in my cabana ooh-na-na

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Scrihming. I expect it to sound like CaCa’s song as well for some reason.

Napaw
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Napaw

Ah, I’m so excited for In My Cabana, I’m counting down the days already.

I doubt she’ll win as a non-Swede, but we can still enjoy the performance ??

Milan S.
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Milan S.

Not likely if she sings.

Napaw
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Napaw

you’re like a broken record.

Milan S.
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Milan S.

😉

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

On May 10th, we yearn for the sweet taste of that fabled Polish diaspora. To this end, Malgorzata must prevail!

Natalia
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Natalia

You think that she will qualify thanks to the Polish diaspora? 😛

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

If Sweden selects her, she’ll qualify thanks to her TALENT.

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

I’ll assume your talking about this semi now. There’s a definite possibility that Swedish Poles could sway the result slightly, as long as the song is good. There are about 80k of them living in Sweden, perhaps 20-30k will watch, and sometimes a couple of thousand voters can be the difference between DQ/AC/DTF. In the past Polish-Swedes Rolinski and Saucedo have done fairly well. In fact Danny Saucedo holds the record for number of votes in a semi without app by a huge margin. (Amazing got 223k votes in 2012.) But then again, the 153k large Finnish diaspora in Sweden… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

I thought Kamferdrops will go to ‘Andra Chansen’ ! Solen lever kvar not hos dig’ – for her

SanRemo
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SanRemo

Off the record
Did you listen to Emina Jahovic’s last album Dalje? Its effing amazing! But I don’t understand that Druga song would be an ESC winner easily. But why doesnt she participate for Serbian in contest with a song like Druga? Can somebody from Serbia explain me that?