Melodifestivalen 2019 is on! Semi-Final 1 kicked things off in style from the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg. Amid all the explosions and choreographed dance numbers two acts — Wiktoria with “Not with Me” and Mohombi with “Hello” — emerged victorious, qualifying direkt till final. Two others — Nano with “Chasing Rivers” and Anna Bergendahl with “Ashes to Ashes” — live to sing another day, as they have qualified for Andra Chansen.

Melodifestivalen 2019: Semi-Final 1 Qualifiers

Wiktoria – Not with Me

Queen Wiktoria is back! The best song on the night in my eyes, “Not With Me” is an emotional, elegant ballad backed by power and control. Wearing a beautiful black dress that echoed Wiktoria’s emotions throughout the song, she brought pain, longing and more. Perhaps nodding to Ruth Lorenzo, rain fell hard and worked well with her diamonds. The latter reinforced that our girl is worth way more than her pained lyrics. Recently Wiktoria told Wiwibloggs that she wasn’t aware of the other artist’s performances. Instead she’s focusing on what she’s got. “I really believe in what we are going to do and hopefully people will like that,” she said. “I really want to make it to the final”. Well you are in that final in Stockholm Queen W! Congratulations!

Mohombi – Hello

Goodbye Semi-Final 1 and HELLO Stockholm! Mohombi has qualified tonight with his catchy number “Hello”. A Grammy Award winner, Mohombi has infectious energy on stage and his dancing is on point. Working a projector that concealed a dancer, he had some of the best and most contemporary staging of the evening. The song really comes to life in the second chorus — even if his voice was a tad squeaky at times. “Saying hi — that’s where the love starts by just acknowledging each other as human beings,” he tells wiwibloggs. “That’s where the inspiration comes from.”

Andra Chansen (Second Chance)

Nano – Chasing Rivers

Nano is still chasing his Eurovision dream with Melodifestivalen. His vocal performance could have been better, but the song itself was very powerful — all reinforced by the staging. It saw a younger Nano, played by his son, interspersed with shots of the singer himself. It was a heart-warming moment to see Nano share his passion for music — and that top-knot — with his boy. “I know my son, he is really inner and shy like I was when I was 8,” he tells wiwibloggs.

Anna Bergendahl – Ashes to Ashes

The 2010 Melfest winner is back with the folk-pop song “Ashes to Ashes”. It’s an instantly likeable song with a memorable performance. The dark forest staging eventually gives way to a bold, bright landscape, perhaps hinting at an environmental theme. Despite all the beauty around her, Anna definitely held her own in front of the camera and delivered a flawless vocal performance filled with strength and vulnerability. You can’t help but admire the hint of Irish singer-songwriter in her voice as she sings. When asked about why she wanted to return to Melfest, Anna said it was all about the song. As she told wiwibloggs: “To me it’s unstoppable. I couldn’t say no.”

Eliminated acts

This year SVT is releasing the voting figures for acts that have been eliminated immediately after the show. They will not reveal the voting results for the acts who are still alive in the competition, as this might bias people to their relative strength and weakness, thereby impacting voting in the final and Andra Chansen.

5th: Zeana feat. Anis don Demina – Mina Brander (My Fires)

Let’s party! “Mina Brander” burned up the stage: it’s definitely among the better songs in recent years to be sung in Swedish. There was great chemistry on stage between Zeana and Anis dom Demina — it totally justified all the pyro, as they were properly explosive. Along with the golden staging it really made the arena feel like a fiesta on the Costa del Sverige. The chorus is addictive — a great hook for Eurovision!

6th: High 15 – No Drama

Their performance was bright and energetic. Sporting neon clothes — very high-fashion construction worker — they’re now a permanent stain on our minds….for better or worse. The lyrics are fun, vibrant and very adolescent — the reason they sing it so well is because of their youth. High 15 certainly brought a lot of energy to the stage this evening. Their vocals sounded like a cross between a young Little Mix and fellow Melfest contestant Margaret.

7th: Arja Saijonmaa – Mina frya arstider (My free times)

Nothing to lose – Arja Saijonmaa worked her magical voice and simple staging with the confidence of a legend. This folky little number caught our attention by pulling the heart string. While the angelic outfit was a tad too bedsheet for many, it captured her sweet nature. At 74 she’s a proper inspiration to many and rightly so.

What do you think of tonight’s results? Do you think the right acts qualified? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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AngieP
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AngieP

Generally I’m ok with the results. I like both Wiktoria and Mohombi. I also enjoyed Nano. The rest of the songs were far behind.

SpirK
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SpirK

Generally agreed with the results, except for Nano’s andra chansen qualification. I think Zeana deserved that place. Dont get me wrong, “Hold on” was my favorite in 2017, but “Chasing rivers” does nothing to me. I also would’ve liked to see Arja in the top 5. Happy to see Wiktoria making it, she was the best of the night. She lifts that song up very much and makes it interesting. Mohombi has a catchy song, not a bop but something that is pleasant listening to. Anna was nice but kinda came off as too anxious and awkward. Hope she fixes… Read more »

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Slytherin's Horcrux

Mohombi’s song is so boring and generic, and he was so off! Anna should have qualified directly to the final instead!

shuffla
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shuffla

Gave you my heart
Can’t believe you just tore it apart
They keep telling me “Girl, you’ll be fine”
But how can I be
When you’re not with me
Answer me m*therf*ckers!!
He literally f*cked up my life and left me as nothing ever happened!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

A cold shower should do the trick.
Oh, sorry, you just did that. Ah well.
Chocolates? 😀

ESCJudge2019
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ESCJudge2019

My TOP 5 was (shuffled order): Nano, Anna Bergendahl, Wiktoria, Mohombi and sweet Arja Saijonmaa(!)
To the final: Wiktoria and Mohombi,
To the Andra: Anna and Nano

The other ones… High 15 (sounds like Margaret’s dropped song), and Zeana feat. Anis don Demina (sounds like… Samir and Victor’s dropped song)
WHY DO YOU EVEN ALLOW THAT COPYCATS to perform in the competition (?!) (plagiarism ALERT)

Alon I srael
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Alon I srael

no surprises in this show.. no drama… the best 2 songs went to final…
“hello” is very nice but a bit too repetitive in the refrain, if they just could change it…
and thank you, sweden, for the great interval act!

Malin
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Malin

You think people from Israel likes it? Hope they see it as a tribute whith love and a bit humor. : )

lol
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lol

melo where is the talent???? lol top 5 they say…. hahahah lol lol lol lol

Brexitny Spears
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Brexitny Spears

Mohombi listened to Beyonce’s Hello

winnertakesitall
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winnertakesitall

Zeana s lips made me enormous hard. thinking of her blows me off till i cover them with my white fluid jesus

SwedeFan
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SwedeFan

Same here

eurovision6
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eurovision6

lmaoo is this wiwibloggs or pornhub?

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Arja did not sang my free times ;). She sang My four seasons 🙂

Que
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Que

Please Wiwibloggs. Make it right. It’s “MY FOUR SEASONS”. Respect the Legend!

Bumblebee
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Bumblebee

Wiktoria was great. My favorite! Hope she goes to Eurovision. Loved her passion and song too.

serena
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serena

I like Anna and Nano. Wiktoria is so boring, are you so impressed by water? In 2017 in Kyiv, Demy had water on led floor, and she had a carpet to protect the led. All in all, I don’t think Sweden will make the right choice this year either.

Héctor
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Héctor

I was right in my prediction. I also agree with the qualifiers.

Darren
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Darren

I think the Melfest standard is already much better than the last 2 years, last year was especially more disappointing for me. It’s also great to see Anna Bergendahl back in the game after her disaster in Oslo in 2010. Imagine Sweden actually was an NQ that year? Couldn’t imagine that now.

Lolek
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Lolek

Agreed. Last years first sf had some decent songs to download but none screamed Eurovision worthy (neither did the other three sf tbh). Already this first sf and I think both finalist choices would be great choices for Eurovision!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Having slept once after this, I now feel that Anna Bergendahl’s song “Ashes to Ashes” is very strong. Perhaps the reason she didn’t make it direct to the final was down to her own restrained performance. Anyhow, this song is an early stand-out for me.

a guy named gary
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a guy named gary

The only reason Wiktoria won over Anna is because people want this year to be Wiktoria’s turn. Is just Wiktoria’s turn, and what a disaster that will be.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I always kept going back and forth on this song. It’s not a good sign for Eurovision though, when you have to sleep on it, is it?

David F
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David F

Lol, yeah I agree with Vanilla, she won’t be winning if everyone is sleeping on it and deciding to vote for Anna on the Sunday after ESC GF.

I agree with you Purple about her performance, she just needed to believe in herself as much as we all did. I hope she takes her chance at Andra Chansen.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks all. I feel pretty much the same.
I hope that Anna makes it through Andra Chansen.

Malin
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Malin

Agree!

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Im a swede and i get a little irritated that fans are so jealous of us that they only say bad things when they now that almost every song we have in Mello would win in their own country. You know thats true. Be happy for Sweden instead 🙂

Jo.
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Jo.

Meh.

Floprina
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Floprina

And I get irritated with the ongoing throwaway pop songs Sweden sends nearly every year.

Malin
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Malin

Not all swedes have this attitude Floprina. My favorie has not been from Sweden since Loreen 2013. As you maby know melfest is bigger than esc in Sweden and many vote not for esc but their best song.

Álex
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Álex

You can’t be a Swede if you don’t follow the Jantelagen rule! ;D

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Thats not correct either. We have pop, schlager, rap, dance, house,ballads, etno in Mello. If we were Montenegro, Slovenia or Serbia for exampe. You would not say that. Its only BECAUSE we are Sweden and love ESC and send quality you say that.

John
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John

Rasmus, the more you write about it, the more you wind them up. Don´t feed those devils – the haters gonna hate, whatever the rest of us think…!! 🙂
I actually feel the opposite way – many in here think Melfest 2019 is stronger than usual. Which I agree on!
With that said, I don´t think we have heard the winner just yet. 🙂

Petersu
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Petersu

I’m happy for you. If some poor countries had a lineup of yours, people would be ecstatic, saying how strong the national selection is. You guys are so good at making mainstrean songs and I’m fine by that.

Lolek
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Lolek

While I don’t quite like your characterisation that all songs in MF would win in other national finals – not a fair assesment imo, I do agree that the MF bashing is rather annoying and it is probably the best national contest hands down. I love watching it every year!
I felt France was coming up to be a decent/close second but after this years let down I think they still need to work on it a bit – and I say that as a francophone.

a guy named gary
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a guy named gary

Sanremo says Hello!

Davve
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Davve

Rasmus, yes I agree. Most ESC fans are jealous of Swedens success.

Alon I srael
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Alon I srael

melodifestivalen is the most enjoyable preselection.. Yes its a bit kitsch but so is eurovision..its a real celebration of 6 weeks with much humour and suspense..i never miss it!
in the israeli news they showed the interval act( tribute to the israeli winners) and said that the swedish melodifestivalen is the favorite preselection among eurovision fans…
so, Rasmus, those are some good words for you ..:)

Malin
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Malin

Thank you for not beeing angry when one swede write things that easily could make you write whith hate. <3
Don’t agree whith him, but I am proud of melfest althoug I often dissagree whith the finale result and I think many other countries have better songs than us in ESC. But I think that we usaly have a song that is one of my top ten songs, and that is fantasic after all.

David F
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David F

That doesn’t really make sense though. On the one hand, you’re saying Sweden has high standards. On the other hand, you’re suggesting that Sweden should not be judged on the basis of Sweden’s own high standards but only in comparison to the relatively low standards other countries.

Sounds a bit daft.

David F
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David F

You can be happy for and supportive of something while being critical at the same time.

If someone is taking their time to give you their critique or feedback (I mean something thoughtful, not insults or derision), it’s more than likely because they care and want the best. I.e., most people here clearly respect Sweden.

Malin
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Malin

I am also a swede and don’t agree whith Rasmus at all!

Rasmus, med den kaxiga attityden så göder du bara irritation mot Sverige, vilket sedan slår tillbaka på artisterna. Om du vill hjälpa fram Sveriges bidrag. Visa en trevlig ödmjuk sida.
Håller inte med dina åsikter heller, men även om jag gjorde det så väldigt onödigt att lägga krokben för våra chanser.

Tim
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Like the ladt 3 years winner, Sweden must have a political song, if they gonna win this year ?

Denis
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Denis

What was so political with Salvador?

Claudie
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Claudie

He wore t-shirt S.O.S REFUGEES

Mr. Abbott
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Mr. Abbott

I remember when Ruth Lorenzo wasn’t allowed to use rain during her performance at Copenhagen… will Ola do the same with Wiktoria at Tel Aviv if she gets the melfest triumph?

PP77
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PP77

No. Sweden,Australia and Malta are EBU babies, overrated every year with juries point, draw in semi final, final…in last few year The Netherlands, Belgium joints in that privage EBU Eurovision group.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Fans like you i get so tired of every year

Goal
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Goal

Jealous

Petersu
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Petersu

Where do you come from? Judging by your tone, Spain? After you guys sent a crap in 2017, I really don’t have soemthing good to say about you.

Jo.
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Jo.

She can perform in one of those plastic pools for children, so it won’t spill water. Or in a bathtub with shower.

Meckie
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Meckie

Or Like jedward in 2012 or Greece 2017?

Alon I srael
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Alon I srael

in may we will need some rain in Israel…

Malin
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Malin

Ha, ha… no! Vi fix it by sending a a green forest in sted.

a guy named gary
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a guy named gary

I’m appalled how a country can still be so deluded after the televote tragedy that was Dance you off. Sweden is losing touch with reality. Downvote away, but 21 televote points last year should be a clue. You keep thinking you have the perfect recipe. You are making all the bad choices. Ireland record is still safe. Sweden is going down.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

They haven’t selected an entry yet, heck they haven’t even released all their song for this year, and you already know that they will flop in the televote again. And I honest to God don’t know what you think Sweden is doing wrong now.

PP77
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PP77

Sweden 2018, Australia 2017,2018 paid price from televoters, because overrated points from juries.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

We came 7th. For 90% of the countries in ESC they would be happy about it. We are. so why arent you?

Jo.
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Jo.

I guess your fave didn’t go straight to the final…Am I wrong? ^^

Davve
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Davve

Wow you are bitter Gary

Diana
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Diana

Damn why are you so salty? We’re gonna choose who the hell we want to represent us and there is nothing you can do about it

DobDob
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DobDob

Surprisingly I love Nano’s song (I didn’t like his 2017 entry), I think it’s the best song of this semi-final, however he didn’t seel it at all. He seemed very nervous, and his vocals were weak – that was the main reason the whole performance was flat. If he improves to the level of the studio cut, and put some emotion into his performance he can be a serious threat in the Final. My another surprise is Wiktoria, she slayed her performance! I found her voice slightly irritating in 2016 and 2017, but this time she managed to move me… Read more »

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Does someone know what the reasoning behind withholding the songs of the direct qualifiers is? I have no interest in them BUT I don’t get it. The two songs going to Andra Chansen are also still in the competition and could theoretically also win, yet they got released. (Of course, I would argue that releasing all 28 songs at once before the competition is the fairest and audience-friendliest way to do it, but that’s a different story.)

Robyn Gallagher
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It’s basically to make sure that all final qualifiers get the same amount of exposure before the grand final. If last night’s qualifiers were released now, they could get over a month of radio play and become huge hits before the final, compared to the songs in semi 4, which would only have two weeks exposure. This could be seen as giving the songs in the earlier semis an unfair advantage. It also recreates the same scenario as Eurovision, where most viewers only hear the songs for the first time at the grand final. It’s only fans who have tracked… Read more »

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Ah okay. I do get the reasoning, albeit I find it quite flawed, as theoretically those Andra Chansen songs could now “get over a month of radio play and become huge hits before the final”. But yeah, that’s not gonna happen here, so the point is probably irrelevant. But in 2013, an Andra Chansen song won (I think) and last year came close to winning (I think), so it could matter, I suppose.

PP77
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PP77

In 2013 song from AC won MF. Song from AC 2004,2018 finished second in MF final.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

we have done it since 2002 so why is this new to you still?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Is Melodifestivalen actively advertised in all other countries? No. I found out about it through a fellow Eurovision fan in 2014 while I was living in Canada. I can tell you with certainty that a large portion of the UK population, for example, would have never heard of Melodifestivalen until relatively recently. The show is not “everywhere” yet. Look forward to a boom in the 2020s though.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

You are very annoying.

V?king99
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V?king99

I see you are having trouble in understanding what you read. Vanilla says it is unfair that releasing Andra chansen songs and not direct qualifiers. Getting exposure for a month to an Andra chansen song will favor it unfairly to a direct qualifier.

VAIKI
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VAIKI

Nano was super nervous for some reasson. I dont understand why his staging was so poor.

PP77
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PP77

For me staging is good, but he was so nervous and vocal live didnt sound great

Bahog Bilal Hassani
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Bahog Bilal Hassani

Because he was the first one to perform in the first semi.

Milla
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Milla

Yes. It was dark dark dark.. And before you knew it the performance was over. That’s how it felt for me.

Sovyke
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Sovyke

My 2 favs got through Mohomi and Wiktória, can anyone tell me when is semi final 2?

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

It airs every saturday at 20:00 cet for the next few weeks.

Mans And Ruth Lorenzo here
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Mans And Ruth Lorenzo here

Two bad copies with terrífic vocals to the final ,melo’s quality even worse than last year.. what a mess

ESCBEE
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ESCBEE

Indeed… 🙁

Rasmus
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Rasmus

My tip: DONT WATCH:) We would be happy if you dont 🙂

Argievote
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Argievote

Zeana feat. Anis Don Deminar, The guilty pleasure of the night. They have a spot on my playlist. Too bad her vocals were bad live…and the chair shouldnt even be there

escbi
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escbi

So excited to hear jon henrik….bring it on

Maxim
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Maxim

I really liked the hosts! Good choice SVT!

escbi
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escbi

Unfortunately Wiktoria was trying too hard to do vocal growling and it didnt work. In fact It was annoying at some point. It’s like the song was not made for her limited vocal range. All this hype is because of that damn water falling down.

Petersu
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Petersu

That damn water staging has been used so many times. Nothing special.

Dfgg
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Dfgg

I guess it worked. She qualified directly. Stop saying bad things.

Yellowman96
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Is it just me or does Anna bergandahl’s song remind me of Carrie Underwood’s song Blown Away??

escbi
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escbi

because it’s country?

Yellowman96
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If you listen closely it has the same melody

Petersu
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Petersu

She’d wish she could sing like Carrie and the song is just okay.

esc stan
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esc stan

I haven’t seen any snippets before watching the live show and I agree. I immediately thought the chorus was literally the same as Blown Away.

Saynotor
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Saynotor

Eric Saad with diva was the best part of the night xDDD

PP77
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PP77

Song Hello would be better with him, instead Mohombi.

escbi
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escbi

um no

AndersP
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AndersP

It’s never a good sign when the hosts do a better job with the singing than the contestants.

Saynotor
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Saynotor

Glad to have MELODI back….the hosts were very funny and entertaining, the energy was great!!

Abei
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Abei

wiktoria’s performance was a cheap copy of Ruth Lorenzo and Stormzy “Blinded by your grace”. A performance full of screaming and exaggerated gestures, too theatrical, honey, you’re not on Broadway!

Miracle romania
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Miracle romania

Cheap copy of Ruth Lorenzo? At least Wiktoria stood in real rain which Ruth didnt…

ESCBEE
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ESCBEE

Exactlyyy

Petersu
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Petersu

Eurovision is more leaning to Broadway now though…

ESCalator
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ESCalator

Mohombi was hideous, pitchy vocals throughout, especially in the falsetto!

And that animation was a rip-off of Måns’ winning performance.

escbi
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escbi

Lmao if we follow that logic Wiktorias performance was a rip off of Ruth Lozero’s performance Singing in the rain.

ESCalator
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ESCalator

Vocally, she is copying Christina Aguilera…

escbi
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escbi

Well, that’s also true and it’s a fail.

West
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West

When I saw that animation I was thinking different song.
~Taaaaaake ooooooon meeeeeee! Taaaaake meeeeee oooooooon~

Alexander
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Alexander

We made a litte public viewing down here in germany and nobody liked mohombis entry. Bad vocals, bad entry and the refrain is very annoying. Sorry 🙁

Milla
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Milla

Well.. not everyone can like it..

maine
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maine

you dont even know his name, are you sure you know who he is, honey?

Saynotor
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Saynotor

bad vocals? not even close. Seems like you’re just scared because it’s a strong entry.

schna
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schna

Im german and thats not true, sorry but you dont speak for me. I loved it

PP77
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PP77

Agree for voice, but song is good and refrain is best. Thanks to memorable refrain some countries won, epecialy Spain 1968, Yugoslavia 1989, so many la,la,la..or rock me baby. Afer Mohobi performance,everyone emembe hello,hello

West
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West

I agree – I wasn’t enjoying his song. I think he had the worst vocals that night. Song itself isn’t bad, but not great either.

maine
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maine

Well, Overall i think the finalists deserved to go through. Felt sorryfor anna she’s a lovely girl.

Sandra
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Sandra

Arja’s song is translated to “My four seasons”

Brexitny Spears
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Brexitny Spears

Arja has gone back to her graveyard.

maine
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maine

pathetic that we have to wait 4 weeks to hear the full songs

Rasmus
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Rasmus

We in Sweden like to be suprised. We LOVE IT:). Its great:)

foreal
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foreal

Oh nano! what the hell happened. His song lost power live

Azuro
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Azuro

Really liked Anna Bergendahls song to listen to but just read her song has a political message so it’s a no from me.
I loved Wiktoria’s other entries but this is dull.
Mohombi was the best of tonight.
Nano was alright, not as good as his previous attempt.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

What is the political message of her song? Where did you read it? Would like to know about it too 🙂

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Its about her personal journey haha. get the facts right next time because i live in Sweden so i know thats WRONG!

Azuro
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Azuro

@Rasmus not speaking Swedish I’ll have to take your word for it, but earlier it was said its about blaming western countries for causing climate change or something?

Happy if that’s not correct.

Miracle romania
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Miracle romania

ARJA was the one singing about climate change, not ANNA

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Typos happen

Rasmus
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Rasmus

And she is not blaming a special country either haha. JESUS, the fans are not good att doing reserach this year

Bahog Bilal Hassani
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Bahog Bilal Hassani

Get your facts straight

David F
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David F

Oh Mello, it’s good to have you back 🙂

David F
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David F

I’m sorry though, SF1 was great but I don’t think it contains the winner for ESC or MF 2019. Wiktoria – flawless performance. She couldn’t do any more to make this song shine, it was really polished. I just don’t see this song as a winner. Wiktoria is so memorable, but I l’m struggling to recall the song. Mohombi – the performance was entertaining, with a nice twist at the end, but the song was more one note than I expected, and was it just me who thought this or was he nervous? Anna – she had the best staging… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

These results pretty much kill the notion of the “pimp slot” – the idea that performing first or last in a Melfest semi virtually guarantees direct qualification.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

we like that:) Actually in ESC to if you have a nice song in the middle you can win or qualify:)

Joe
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Joe

Somebody pointed out that only one of the semi openers have made it to the final for most years (last year, for instance, Azerbaijan didn’t and Norway did, and the year before Sweden did but Serbia didn’t).

Lolek
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Lolek

True enough! Granted AC isn’t necessarily a bad option either.

Brian m
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Brian m

damnn mohombi is like an american superstar, a mixture of chris brown and ne yo, he radiates star quality. i need the studio version now

Elin
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Elin

Hmm. I am from Sweden and I don:t understand at all this dong. Well, if other like him, it’s just to accept.

John
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John

Totally agree with you, he´s great!!

Lolek
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Lolek

I remember jamming to Bumpy ride some 8-9 years ago when he released that song! It was a hit here in north america. Happy this song was equally good!

florinho
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florinho

i want hello on spotify or youtube .. really we must wait 4 weeks? what the hell

John
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John

Wish it was a simple way to get connected via email, chat etc here, I could have helped you mate.
Think I have listened to the song 10 times the recent hour… It´s captivating!! 😀

florinho
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florinho

do you have the studio version?

John
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John

Only the live version before it was deleted. Can´t wait to get hold of the studio version later on.

foreal
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foreal

it’s pathetic!! worse than spain

Evan
Guest
Evan

So basically… everyone the Swedish public already knew has advanced and all the new faces haven’t?

Ew.

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Arja Saijonmaa was last and she’s anything but a new face. Arja has a 40-year career, including placing second in Melfest 1987.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

We didnt knew Frans and he won so your wrong. Actually we didnt know about Mohombi either here in Sweden and we have only known Nano for 2 years. so Thats wrong.

Evan
Guest
Evan

I’m talking about tonight, Rasmus. (And wasn’t Mohombi in Melfest 2005 as part of a group?)

I wasn’t aware that Arja had been in the competition 30 years ago, Robyn.

Still, it seems curious to me that recent fan favorites Bergendahl, Wiktoria, and Nano all advance over something pop-py, fun, and Swedish like “Mina bränder”…

Miracle romania
Guest
Miracle romania

Arja was also in melodifestivalen 2005, the very same semi final that mohombi last took part in if Im not incorrect. When it comes to anis don demina he was a part of Samir ans Viktors performance last year – so a completly new face he is not 😉 i think it all came down to the fact that the four other songs were better than theirs.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

thats 100% correct 🙂 Arja came last then and last now. Quite sad 🙁

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

I only vote for songs. I cant vote on a extra famous artist with a bad song. its not my thing

Diana
Guest
Diana

Wiktoria should not have qualified in my eyes. This is a generic song that has been on the radio for the past 5 years. Will not even be top 5 in the final. Mohombi really deserves his spot.

I hope we vote better next week lol

Malin
Guest
Malin

I think the presentation made a big impact. If you don’t know swedish you miss when she talkes about the song. Agree that it is a song we have heared on the radio … but she talkes about her emotions before she start to sing, and althou I had desided not to vote for her becaise I wanted Anna and Nano to go to the finale… when I sat there. I just had to give her some votes.
Well, Well… It was a nice song.

Diana
Guest
Diana

I am from Sweden so I understood what she said. Her breakup might be sad and I am not taking anything away feom her but she is way more talented for a song I like this. Låten var väldigt ”mellanmjölk” i mina ögon

Abei
Guest
Abei

It was not even due to the song, she was so exaggerated and theatrical. So annoying. I coudlnt feel nothing, it left me cold.

Suzy
Guest
Suzy

Wiktoria your voice is mesmerizing i could feel your passion from the screen

willchrisiam
Guest
willchrisiam

It’s shocking to see that the same team who gave Benji that staging masterpiece could drop the ball so hard with Anna. Also, the refrain is not the strongest and it’s quite repetitive, she’d better add some ad libs a la Dami Im if she wants to reach the final. Nano looked lost and sounded as if he was running uphill and the dude barely moved. Mediocre song, awful staging.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

7.000.000 million votes we had. So to all the Sweden haters: You dont understand that Mello and ESC is important to us.

MTD
Guest
MTD

If it is so important, you should at least be presenting good music, not plastic tunes. EVERY. F. YEAR.

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

If that was true why did we win 6 times then? And came top 10 the last 5 years. We cant have a song from the stoneages here like Portugal have. In Sweden we see the future. We dont like the 70s anymore

MTD
Guest
MTD

LOL.

In 1999 you won with a cheap ABBA copy.
In 2015 you won with a cheap David Guetta copy.

LOL again.

Davve
Guest
Davve

MTD, stop hating on countries that do great.

Malin
Guest
Malin

Ikväll kan vi strunta I hatarna. Tjohoooo… nu är det mello …. : )
Vad glad jag är. Tycker det var bra låtar allihop, tom Arja , men blev besviken att Anna som var min favorit inte gick vidare. Vem, vilka hade du då som favorit? : )

Rasmus
Guest
Rasmus

sant men de irriiterar mig ibland haha

Minlein
Guest
Minlein

And pleaseee hurry up SVT. I wanna put HELLO on my playlist

Minlein
Guest
Minlein

For now, both Wiktoria or Mohombi are the best entries for ESC. Pleased with the results.