Tonight’s second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2018 looked to up the game in Gothenburg. In the end, it was Samir & Viktor who “Shuffla”‘d their way to the final, along with LIAMOO and his “Last Breath”.
It was Andra Chansen for Margaret (“In My Cabana”) and Mimi Werner (“Songburning”). And it was a sad goodbye for Ida Redig, Jonas Gardell and Stiko Per Larsson.
Melodifestivalen 2018: Semi-Final 2 Qualifiers
Samir & Viktor — “Shuffla”
From old school black and white by the piano, to a full on dance routine. This was most definitely a Samir & Viktor performance from start to finish. With the clever use of the LED screens to create even more dancers, this made the stage look even bigger. With the traditional humour — including Viktor’s “out of breath” moment — mixed with arguably their best song, this kicked the show off in great style.
LIAMOO — “Last Breath”
By himself and bearing his soul, LIAMOO looked every piece the star on the Melodifestivalen stage tonight. Without any need for any complex show or choreography, this was all about him. Thankfully, he rose to the challenge and no doubt won over many doubters, especially after the initial snippets seemed to leave some underwhelmed. Any kind of rap might not be to some people’s taste, but LIAMOO made a point with it tonight.
Andra Chasen Qualifiers
Margaret — “In My Cabana”
After Renaida rocked orange last week, Margaret went to one-up her with a two-piece look that showed off just enough skin. And in the heat of Margaret’s cabana, we don’t blame her. The Polish star sold herself to a new audience tonight with a routine where she barely seemed to stay still at all. With a long camera tracking shot moving throughout the stage — making it appear much larger and complex — Margaret withstood the test. We want to go ape in this cabana again!
Mimi Werner — “Songburning”
Is orange in this season? Mimi’s orange jacket — with plenty of fringe — didn’t quite match Margaret’s fashion, but it was certainly a fitting outfit for “Songburning”. Mimi’s vocal didn’t seem all quite on point in parts of the song, either, particularly in some of the high notes. But the staging of the song definitely played in her favour. The sparking “Songburning” on the LED, leading to the pyro going off, is definitely a nice touch. It’d be hard to see this getting much further, but Mimi hasn’t done herself any harm here.
5th: Ida Redig — “Allting som vi sa”
6th: Stiko Per Larsson — “Titta vi flyger”
7th: Jonas Gardell — “Det finns en vag”
Samir & Viktor and LIAMOO join Benjamin Ingrosso and John Lundvik in an all-male final lineup so far. Margaret & Mimi, meanwhile, join Renaida and Sigrid Bernson in Andra Chansen.
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