Barbi Escobar served Swedish swagger as her backing dancers performed squats. The bookies’ once favourite Dotter struck shapes before a single spotlight. And Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän led a folk revival, replete with ageing gents on violins and traditional dance. And in the end none of them survived Semi-Final 3 of Melodifestivalen 2018 in Malmö.

Instead Martin Almgren (“Bittersweet Lullaby”) and Jessica Andersson (“Party Voice”) advanced direct to the final, while Moncho (“Cuba Libre”) and Méndez (“Everyday”) live to sing another day…in Andra Chansen.

Direkt till final

Martin Almgren with “A Bitter Lullaby”

The Swedish Idol winner has a husky voice that’s somehow filled with light. This evening he was once again note perfect with his guitar-led number, which, despite its dark title, is somehow uplifting and moving. Visually he kept things simple, slipping into a flowing green kaftan which he concealed beneath a grey duster coat. Golden lights flashed amid white strobes, and his deep, resonant voice worked rather well with the largely female backing. At times I felt like I was at a Christian music festival — and that’s not where I want to be on a Saturday evening — but you can’t fault the man’s conviction or voice.

Jessica Andersson with “Party Voice”

Jessica looked great, served attitude and embodied schlager queen….of yesteryear. Despite the decent attempt to give a modern take on the genre, this felt a bit more vintage than I would have liked. And while she sang of us hearing her party voice, all I really heard was a lot of backing. No matter. The woman can sing and the number was fun, even if a tad predictable.

Andra Chansen qualifiers

Moncho “Cuba Libre”

The title is Cuba Libre, but he could have been drinking pina coladas or Long Island Ice Teas as well. This was a blast of tropical sunshine, replete with (questionable) flowers in the backing dancers’ hair, messy conga lines and bold, bright colours. And while the performance was frenzied and chaotic, it was also a lot of fun — waking me up after the two acts that came before. Moncho’s voice and style worked well and his track deserves to be on a few summer playlists.

Méndez with “Everyday”

This started off slightly cringe, with Méndez playing the role of your best friend’s drunk dad at a BBQ. He seemed to slur his words and his invitations to dance seemed a bit much. But then the chorus hits and you realise that Méndez really does want you to have fun. A series of dancers with bright and billowing garments make an appearance and the fiesta properly begins. It’s more than a bit cliché — he uses the phrase mi corazon. But ultimately this is a proper ear worm that makes you want to move and, indeed, “live your life.” Well done!

Eliminated acts

5. Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän with “Min dröm”

A folk rocker accompanied by a trio of elderly men on violins, this was sweet, authentic and totally out of place. Perhaps reaching for the farmyard demographic, this was meant to celebrate Swedish tradition, but felt so forced that it almost seemed to mock it (see the low-grade B&Q floral arches). Wedding entertainment at best, this managed to bring the energy down another notch, something I didn’t think was possible.

6. Dotter with “Cry”

Perhaps the most artistic of any act this evening, Dotter brought stirring vocals with a piercing quality and a unique timbre. Her stage was dark and minimalist, featuring her silhouette against a largely black backdrop and a spotlight. She made shapes with her body, but also her voice – conveying some of the most sincere emotion of the evening. And boy did she work that hair! A quality entry deserving of more viewings — and a spot in another Melfest show. Alas, Sweden, alas…

7. Barbi Escobar with “Stark”

Barbi kept it casual for her performance, rocking up in what appeared to be her street clothes. Her all-black outfit contrasted with the all-red backing, creating a sultry, urban and somewhat mysterious vibe. Her army of dancers did plenty of squats — it looked a bit peculiar — and at times she seemed really out-of tune, like a cat in heat. The speaky-speaky sections came across as weak rap and the act, more generally, a hot mess.

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Belle
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Belle

I hope MARIETTE has a great song and that she will save Sweden.

Boy
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NeXT week we have the Winner. MARIETTE

OnlyMello
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OnlyMello

John, Benjamin, Liamoo, Samir/Viktor, Jessica and Martin… if this was the final I would vote for Liamoo (right now he will win), Andra chansen looks much stronger than the actual final which is a shame… …oh also the eliminated acts have stronger songs than the final xD Renaida is my fav still

Mvaneijk97
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Lol Dotter deserves last. She covered Issues by Julia Micheals. Vocally she made a few big slippers so a deserved DNQ. I think I am the only one that actually likes more than 2 Melfest songs this year

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I know it’s difficult because almost everyone are fangirling over Sweden every year, but this year NONE of the Songs so far is a top 5. Benjamin could be in top 10 if he wins ONLY because of the staging. Let’s see the semi final 4 but i am afraid that Sweden will forget the top 5 This year…

PP
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PP

One of worst MF in last 15 years in quality of songs , we had 3 semi with 21 and maybe 2 to 3 good song so far.

Denis
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Denis

As much as I liked Cry I can’t even remember how it goes. But I remember Party Voice even though it is a lesser song . That can perhaps explain why Jessica made it through. It is an immediate song with a catchy hook. People generally vote for something they remember than a song that needs several listenings to stuck. Immediate songs have always made MF and ESC

Alex
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Alex

My hypothesis with Dotter is that she reminded the public of Loreen, but with less deep vocals. I mean, she sang well and had her own showstopping vocal style, but the staging was very much familiar. And she was unknown, which didn’t help. Either way, it is a real shame that songs 2 and 6 finished in 7th and 6th. Those were absolutely the best two performances and songs on the night. The rest were just mediocre and won’t go anywhere if they make it to ESC. Well, Song 1 was a bit above mediocre but the enunciation needs improvement.

RealMusicLover
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RealMusicLover

For all Swedish real artists and especially for Dotter. Stay away from Melfest! It is not good for you! It will never value your artistic value unless you start producing some fast food music to make a quick buck. But if you want to have the ESC experience then apply to the National Finals of Estonia, Portugal or the SanRemo if you know how to sing in italian.

Milla
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Milla

The Swedes are not happy with this years MF. The whole show is not what it used to be. Big loss of viewers and voters. So it’s not only you guys..

Blaziker from SG
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Blaziker from SG

See, this is the reason why app voting is ruining Melfest itself.
Also, song quality for the 3 semi-finals are average I guess?

Is it me or is David Lindgren’s hosting making Melfest laughable in a good way?

Colin
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Colin

Oh, yeah! I love David! He manages to be respectable, hilarious and insanely magnetic at the same time. Songs are mostly average, but the whole show is worth seeing for David.

heidi
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heidi

In 2018, Sweden and Russia deserve to stay in the semifinal, and let San Marino in the final.

Colin
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Colin

… because we’ve heard the Russian song, right? 😉

Swedish entries thus far are mostly so-so, but we still have one semi to go.

Sanmarinese finals is a mixed bag too. They have good songs, but we don’t know which will win.

Marios
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Marios

They rejected their best thing in the whole MF this year, Cry, and in a bad wad, in order to promote all that typical and boring material. Something is very wrong with the MF in these days (I suspect that stupid app for the voting).

Mark
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Mark

Sweden really doesn’t want to win Eurovision this year.

SHIjie
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SHIjie

MONCHO is my favorite by far. Why don’t you guys like this song???

KYLLITO
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KYLLITO

The studio versions of these semi final songs sounded better than the first two semifinals, but the live versions sounded horrid. None of them should have qualified. All were bad. Sweden’s selections this year are very disappointing.

Adrian
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Adrian

When people are saying this semi final is better than the 2 before, their live performance was total disappointment, and I think semi 2 is better, maybe just my own opinion. Only Martin sounded good live, all others are either backing vocals or really weak vocals. And the quality of this semi is so bad that the heart during the song rarely beats.

Rhy
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Rhy

I agree, SF2 was the best so far.

SpirK
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SpirK

Don’t know if Swedes just want to have a good time, but I believe “Cry” was the best song in this year’s contest yet. I won’t rage over it, cause I was actually expecting Swedes to vote weirdly. It took me two semifinals to disagree with them. I can’t get over how “Cuba Libre” made AC. I really liked “Min Drom” and preferred it to AC. Jessica got the final spot deservingly, her song was a guilty pleasure. Happier to see Martin in the final than Mendez, his song is really mainstream and his performance was mediocre. My top of… Read more »

Eduardo Fernandes
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Eduardo Fernandes

Awful year for Sweden. Jessica’s song is enjoyable, but everythings sound and look cheap.

Lazarevfan95
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Lazarevfan95

I personally feel UMK, Eesti Laul, Vidblr and now Destination Eurovision are better then Melfest as they a good mix of different songs and pop doesn’t always win. Dotter was amazing and robbed but Sweden would have never appreciated it. Hopefully Mariette brings it but I am still rooting for All The Feels

Lolek
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Lolek

Though her song isn’t my number 1 favourite so far from sweden, she probably has the best voice among the pop and dance entries in AC (her voice is leagues ahead of Mendez and way better than Sigrid, Margaret and even Mimi).

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Watching this Melodifestivalen I can understand why Christer Björkman tried so hard to harm Madame Monsieur’s chances on Destination Eurovision… If it was a different country, I would fear that this is the selection of a country who could struggle to qualify to the final. But who am I kidding? They will make even if they send “Cuba Libre” or “Everyday” (please don’t!). William described perfectly: watching Martin made me feel in a Christian music festival. One thing is for sure: there are so many weak singers on this contest, that’s good to see someone with a big voice and… Read more »

up!
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up!

Why do you think that he tried to downvote Madame Monsieur?
My first comment before he voted in the French NF was “MM can’t expect anything, he will vote for Lisandro and Max Cinnamon, because he always prefers young cute boys”, but then again, I was a little bitchy that evening because I thought the international juries would ruin the chances of my favourite… So I would be interested in what you meant with your comment…:-)

Jo
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Jo

I think he just has bad taste.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Well, it can goes different ways. I’ve always seem Christer as a very competitive guy and that’s one of the reasons Sweden has been so successful on Eurovision. So harming a song that he personally doesn’t like that much (based on his music taste overall) but he could see as a strong opponent would make sense. I think the use of an international jury can get very tricky when you invite someone who’s the boss on other country’s selection. Even if he wasn’t exactly doing that because he thought “Mercy” was a strong song, maybe he could had done that… Read more »

kitty
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kitty

No, it wouldnt make sense because melfest doesnt have a powerful ballad. MM is more of a sad ballad than a generic pop song. It’d be way more risky if lisandro won.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I don’t see “Mercy” as a ballad. For me, it’s something like electropop with an almost midtempo beat. But yes, there’s no song like this in Melodifestivalen. So you have a point, Lisandro’s song is on the same lane as most of what we see on Melodifestivalen. On the other hand, for a pop song, sometimes it’s easier to thrive between similar songs than fighting songs that are completely different. Because someone who’s inclined to vote to something like “Mercy”, “Amar pelos Dois” or “1944” won’t change their votes to “I Can’t Go On” no matter how good it performs.… Read more »

kitty
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kitty

Nothing eletropop about it. It just has an uptempo beat, which delules you into thinking it’s ‘pop’. And i wouldnt be so sure about that. People that vote for 1944 or APD, have a very different taste. In fact, most people that voted were eurofans, people like William who listen to pop but can appreciate such musical beauty are proof of it. He could be being tactical, i dont agree, but who isnt? MM are also being tactical by talking about something they KNOW will move the hearts of people and make everyone feel sorry for them. Dont be naive,… Read more »

kitty
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kitty

And btw, if he was really being tactical he would have changed his points from 2 to 8 in the final.

kitty
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kitty

wouldn’t*

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Well, let’s then agree to disagree on MM’s song genre and Björkman’s intentions. But I’m not naive at all and I agree that being tactical is a important thing in a competition. And that’s why I think France made a big mistake by inviting one of the big players of this game to intervene on their national selection. If someone was naive, then it was the french broadcaster.

up!
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up!

Thank you for your reply. I get what you mean and I think you do have a few points here.
I’d like to add that I appreciate your comments here a lot.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Thank you for the compliment, up!! 🙂 It’s always nice to interact here and exchange opinions and points of view.

Stephanie
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Christer saw a massive threat to his country’s own chances in “Mercy” and gave it only 2 points in the Destination Eurovision final (despite giving it 8 in the semi) while handing Lisandro 12 (I never got the hype over that song “Eva” anyway) – that seems to be his M.O. whenever he’s asked to be on an international jury for another country. Thus why the people in the audience booed when that score came up

kitty
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kitty

do you realise how ridiculous you sound? he gave them 2 in the semi, and 8 in the final. If he felt they were a threat, his 2 points would have remained.

Kris
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Kris

Read properly before you reply

Milla
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Milla

Stupid

Marko
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Marko

Sweden, what the hell…

AngieP
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AngieP

Wow! I didn’t expect that!
Moncho is a surprise, I like Martin but I wasn’t sure he would qualify. Happy for Mendes sad for Dotte.

Kris
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Kris

This has literally been the weakest semi in melodifestivalen since 2015 at least!
None of the qualifying acts except Martin would have even made it to Andra Chansen in any other semi!!

The app vote rankings of the artists as of now:
1) Benjamin Ingrosso
Substantial gap
2)Liamoo
3)Samir and Viktor
4)John lundvik
5)Renaida

Big gap

6)Margaret
Substantial gap
7/8)/Martin Almgren/Sigrid Bernson
9)Edward Blom
10) Mimi Werner
11)Jessica Anderson
Small gap
12) Ida redig
13) Mendez

Enormous gap

14) Moncho
Substantial gap
15) Kalle and Orsa

Colin
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Colin

Not to sound negative, but I can see where you are coming from. I mean, everyone was decent tonight, but there were no outstands. I mean, Nika or Laura Rizzoto would knock them out of the park in comparison. Maybe we just have unrealistically high standards for Sweden? Anyway, I am still rooting for Samir & Viktor.

bella
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bella

Well after tonight we can say that swedes usually vote for the songs we found most entertaining or great at that moment; maybe that’s why dotter flopped.

Remember Frans? All of y’all hated his song and predicted it to flop. It still came 5th on home sole. I think we’re gonna be alright this year :))

Jo
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Jo

The hate comes from people who wanted someone else to win. They just don’t accept the winner, even though it’s not their country. Typical teenage behaviour.

Wheatley
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Wheatley

Thing with frans was that Melo 2016 had at least 5 more acts that could’ve done just as well or even better. So people got upset another favourite didn’t win. Mr Björkman should look at that year as a reference of what a successful national selection should look like. This year apart from “Dance you off” there isn’t a single proposition as polished as any of the 2016 finalists.

Rhy
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Rhy

Melfest 2016 was amazing, so many strong acts in the final ?

Alex
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Alex

Melfest- the most cringiest, the most overhyped show ever shown to the earth
Just my opinion

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Im from Sweden and I agree

kitty
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kitty

Why is it overhyped? or cringiest? they put a lot of work into it. It’s the only one that looks like a real show.

Mar
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Mar

Every Saturday I think “Well, it’s not like the melfest semifinals can get any worse, right? The quality has got to pick up at some point, right?” But it doesn’t, it’s just been a downward spiral nonstop. I actually can’t even complain about the results, bizarre as they are, because I think the Swedish audience must have been too dizzied and confused by what they were hearing to even attempt to vote coherently. Those two sorry attempts at pseudo Latin music will fill my nightmares for the week. Deltavig 4 better be overflowing with all the talent and quality missing… Read more »

spyros
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spyros

sweden go drunk you’re home

blueeyed
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blueeyed

WTH Sweden!? Are you totally crazy?

Mufasa
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Mufasa

Cry 6 place ??? Iam so happy that the voters recognise that is enough with sending copy and paste songs to Eurovision. Martin was a very good choice

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Which Eurovision song does Dotter’s Cry sound like? I’m sure I’ve heard Martin’s entry 30 times at the contest already.

aaron
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aaron

It’s not a copy paste of a eurovision song, its a copy paste of issue by Julie Michaels and that was dull enough the first time

Cocooo
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Cocooo

As for the selection, this years Melodifestival has been a catastrophy, I feel that there are too many songs that are too alike some famous songs, like the drop in Renaida’s song, or Margaret’s song as well as Mendez which reminded a lot of Despacito. The majority of the songs aren’t genre based but based on mainstream pop, which I think is boring, just compare the line up from 2012 to this year shows a massive difference in songs and variation. Not a single song has stood out, that I’ve felt is going to make well in Eurovision. (With the… Read more »

Milla
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Milla

I think Liamoo would stand out.

Cocooo
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Cocooo

Oh, I forgot, they should also DITCH the app-voting all together and put a limitation to it. With a maximum amount of 20 votes or something like Eurovision. The televoting in the final the last two years have been too even and it’s not weird since lots of people, like young children who has access to phones and tablets, gives five votes to every song as if it’s a toy or something.

Jairo
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Jairo
Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Well I’m watching Estonia anyhow.
I’m happy for Jessica Andersson. 🙂

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Called it about Martin going through. Really didn’t like the rest. Mendez will probably be going up against Margaret at AC seeing as how they’ve both got Latin flavoured songs.

Milkyy
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Milkyy

Thought the same thing about AC

Lolek
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Lolek

Margaret reminds me just a tad bit of Lisa Ajax.

And Moncho had Axel on his team.

Since Lisa and Axel were against each other in last years AC, it would funny seeing Margaret against Moncho (though I strongly think Margaret would win by a landslide there).

So perhaps Margaret in Mendez are a tad better matched.

Rhy
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Rhy

Well these results are interesting ? Martin Almgren – great voice but I don’t think he will achieve a notable result in the Final Jessica Andersson – YASS QUEENN, first woman to step into the Grand Final, such a catchy entry, good luck to her in the Final Mendez – the song grew on me but his performance tonight was.. meh Moncho – this was a guilty pleasure, good vocals, good performance Dotter – everything was good except the unoriginal song, I can’t get past that fact, and the heart was barely even beating here.. She is not a big… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

They won’t put two third place finishers against each other!

So Renaida vs. Mendez can’t happen!

If Christer wants to send Mimi or Sigrid through to final they’ll be pitted against Mendez!! Both of them got more votes than did Mendez but they finished 4th!

Milla
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Milla

I gave Dotter 5 hearts because I wanted something different. But being objective about her performance I understand why she didn’t even make it to the AC. It was not as good as I expected. Jessica rocked but her song is dated. And Martin is still boring even though the message of the song is good. I thought Mendez would reach the final instead of Jessica. But OMG he sings bad. So far I don’t even know who will win this year because I haven’t found my winner yet with a big W. But if I must choose it’s Liamoo,… Read more »

Xeph
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Xeph

I mean… you can’t really say Dotter – Cry isn’t generic though, it’s a carbon copy of Julia Michaels – Issues.

Opinions are fine and all that but why do you feel the need to present yours in such a negative way?

Eve
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Eve

Wtf, that guy Mendez can’t even sing, Aleksejev is opera singer for him, lol. Martin only deserved qualifier.

esc freak
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esc freak

Haha so butthurt. Jessica was the best. In your face 😀

Denis
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Denis

Lol Jessica got the old people vote. She ends up last.

Lolek
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Lolek

I guess Jessica is this years Uwe.

Still, I was happy when Uwe made it and I’m good with Jessica in the finals.

Thats not to say the results were a bit of a shocker tonight.

Xeph
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Xeph

She got my vote and I’m 24. 🙂 Do I want her to win? Nope. Do I think her song is amazing? Nope. Do I expect her to end up in the top 5 in the final? Absolutely not.

I just don’t think there was a winner in this heat at all, and thus I voted for my personal guilty pleasure, it’s catchy and fun!

esc freak
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esc freak

Wow Denis you’re ageist.

allexo
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allexo

I’M SAYING THE TRUTH

Napaw
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Napaw

Dotter…

AndersP
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AndersP

SVT has completely lost the plot this year. By far the worst selection in a decade, and David Lindgren is dreadful. Praying that Mariette has an ace up her sleeve. Melfest needs a rocket up its backside next year.

Rhy
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Rhy

Yep, I remember Christer Bjorkman saying there are “few eurovision winning songs in the bunch”.. don’t think so..

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

When did he say that?
When Kevin asked him “do we have a Eurovision winner this year?” he responded “… yes … we might have one, but you never know”. Hardly encouraging.

Tony
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Tony

I can’t wait to see Sweden crash out of the semis this year, Anna Bergandahl will not be now the only non-qualifier for Sweden; and if Sweden fails to qualify I hope this helps to reshape Melodifestivalen because this year has been a disaster, bad host, bad songs, awful sound, really disappointing.

D
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D

To all the people that think Wiwibloggs was overhyping Dotter, you do know that she was the bookies’ favourite to win Melodifestivalen for a couple of days right…? She wasn’t just being hyped here, she was being hyped everywhere and was the predicted winner so her non-qualification was super shocking.

As a Swede, I’m telling you it’s because the song was slow, avant-garde, and Dotter is not a known name, three recipes for disaster in Melodifestivalen.

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Appallingly bland results for this mehlloware

Marc
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Marc

I can’t remember a Semi-final with such dead heart. And some people were saying this one was the best XD

Martin lead the heartbeats with 1’05”
And 3 songs had 0 beats. And Cuba Libra only 10 seconds I think.
I mean Margaret would have won this semifinal based on her heartbeats lol

Lolek
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Lolek

I legit think that any one of the other AC competitors from previous semi finals would have made it direkt till final in this heat.

oli
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oli

Every other country would KILL to have Jessica as its entry in Eurovision, including my country Germany. I love Sweden, I love their songs but this year’s selection is just poor and Jessica is the only act that stands out to me , it reminds me of Helene Fischer, a big star in my country. Please share your comments on my opnion withouth mentioning Spain, pleasseeeeee.gruß und kuss

Chaos
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Chaos

Erm… no, sorry 😀 I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t kill for her. Most people who watch the ESC don’t like Helene Fischer and vice versa, so she wouldn’t win

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Lol, Everybody hates Helene Fischer, where are you living? 😀

oli
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oli

i Live in Berlin, Germany, Spittelmark and I do LOVE helen fishcer, all my gay friends love her. I hope I listen to her tonight at SCHWUZ, we berliner ain’t embarased about our divas. keet it real grrrl.

oli
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oli

we berliners are not afraid of showing love to our diva Helene fischer. Kylie is giving a show at berghain next month! Berghain is our temple. where are you from grllll? Some small city in germany? grrl that IS great, nothing to be ashamed of <3

Eve
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Eve

Lol, no, thank you, you can have Jessica.

oli
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oli

Great, thanks . I have Jessica and you have the rest (Mendez and co.) have fun!

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

A song about “dancing like a mother”? erhmm no thanks. Maybe her stage production is something to die for but not the song…

Tony
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Tony

Excuse me? Her song is trash, really disappointed she made it over Kalle or Mendez who in my opinion had better songs

LjupchoMKD
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LjupchoMKD

Haven’t you guys learned nothing from Loreen’s situation last year? Swedes are not into dark themed entries (staging, music, lyrics…). I really did not think Dotter would flop that badly, but she is not a strong finalist, especially for Melodifestivalen.
When it comes to the finalists, true, their songs seem outdated, but I’d rather have Martin’s inspirational anthem and Jessica’s ABBA-esque number in the final, than bad Swedish attempts for recreations of “Under the Sea” (Moncho) or “Despacito” (Mendez).

Marcelo
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Marcelo

True, we shouldn’t be destroying our brains trying to find out why Dotter got last. Just move on, and look what’s next for Melodifestivalen.

P.S. Swedes don’t enjoy any dark themed entries? Really? I’m curious since they gave their 12 televote points to Belgium and Blanche’s indie and dark themed modern pop (which was my favorite). Is it really like that in Sweden?

Xeph
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Xeph

Melfest and ESC draw different audiences I’d say. Melfest has A LOT of younger fans who probably don’t understand the darker more serious entries and rather vote for something fun, hence why Moncho went to the second chance and Dotter came 6th.

Cocooo
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Cocooo

I can’t speak for all Swedes, but most Swedes voted for Blanche because the song had been played a lot on Swedish radio stations, so naturally lots of people recognized it. Also it was quite a likeable pop song with lyrics you could remember easily, which probably made a lot of people vote for it. In Eurovision it’s easier for a country to get a high position in voting if you have a song that people are able to like and remember first time you listen to it, rather than a song that needs to “grow” before you like it… Read more »

Mattias Sollerman
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Mattias Sollerman

LOL This night was peak Melfest. No words… ^^
*Swedish chef kiss*

PAul
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PAul

Martin’s was a great song and Jessica reminded me of Hero by Charlotte Pirelli so I’m happy!

Bit gutted for Dotter

Lolek
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Lolek

Yeah, Martin deserved it on his vocals alone. His song was okay, but the guys an amazing singer, so props to him.

Kuna
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Kuna

Ok
This semi is bad
I mean the only people who ended up where I wanted them to were K&O and Martin
Jessica is a little bit overrated, but it’s okay
Barbi was way too underrated. I mean her staging was good except for… her, but the song deserved at least AC
Dotter didn’t sing that good, but after what Belarus did, they could just choose her internally and buy sim cards to cover the whole Europe and win esc
I just hope people will forget Mendez and Moncho tomorrow

Xeph
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Xeph

Wow, calm down people, I take it most of you here aren’t Swedish and thus don’t really know a lot about melfest. Let me just put it like this, people who watch this contest do NOT watch and vote with the thought that ”oh this will do well in ESC I’m gonna vote for this!” Heck, more people watch Melfest than ESC in Sweden. There wasn’t a melfest winner in this semi final anyways, the people voted for what they thought was fun and upbeat instead of something artsy and boring, this isn’t really anything new, see Loreen last year,… Read more »

allexo
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allexo

Melfest- the most cringiest, the most generic, the most overhyped show ever shown to man
Just my opinion

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Im so happy for Jessica, I think she is my fav so far actually.. I gave her and Martin Almgren (who won me over tonight) 5 votes. I didnt enjoy Mendez and Dotter that much.. Everyday is a good song but Mendez cant sing at all..
My biggest chock was Moncho to AC, he should have been last..