The third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2019 has taken place in the Tegera Arena in Leksand. Halfway through the six week marathon, we are one step closer to determining who will represent Sweden in Tel Aviv.
Jon Henrik Fjällgren with “Norrsken” and Lina Hedlund with “Victorious” will proceed direkt till final, while Martin Stenmarck with “Låt skiten brinna” and Rebecka Karlsson with “Who I Am” are moving through to Andra Chansen. They will have to fight another day for a spot in the grand final.
Melodifestivalen 2019: Semi-Final 3 qualifiers
Jon Henrik Fjällgren — “Norrsken”
Simple but never boring, Jon Henrik specialises in atmosphere and that’s what he brought today. Fire and ice collide on stage, leaving us with “Norrsken”. There was little doubt this was going direkt till final and Jon Henrik will be a huge contender on March 9. After all, the Eurovision lineup would be incomplete without a man singing to a reindeer, right?
Lina Hedlund — “Victorious”
Alcazar may not be in Melfest 2019 but Lina Hedlund ventured out on her own and slayed. Surrounded by a circle of light, Lina owned the stage and came out “Victorious”. Joined by four dancers over the bridge, this builds to an epic climax. Congratulations, Lina!
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Martin Stenmarck — “Låt skiten brinna”
Martin Stenmarck brought a much needed dose of Swedish to Leksand. There were no big gimmicks on stage but the experienced singer brought flawless vocals and lots of charisma. “Låt skiten brinna” certainly resonated with Swedish fans and Martin lives on to fight another day in Andra Chansen.
Rebecka Karlsson — “Who I Am”
A ballerina, boxer and rhythmic gymnast walk into a bar… and out comes a Melodifestivalen entry. “Who I Am” combines some interesting characters around Rebecka Karlsson, who shines with a composed performance and excellent vocals. Rebecka showed maturity beyond her years and earned a spot in Andra Chansen.
Melodifestivalen 2019: Semi-Final 3 eliminated acts
5th place: Dolly Style — “Habibi”
Robbed, I say! Dolly Style brought epic choreography and Middle Eastern realness. You can’t listen to “Habibi” without having the tune stuck in your head and Dolly Style worked their signature brand and image on stage. Dolly Style made it through the first round of voting but were unable to secure a spot in Andra Chansen or beyond.
6th place: Omar — “Om om och om igen”
A perfect blend of Nordic and Latin realness, Omar served attitude for days. Staged with a clever use of green screens, there was plenty of energy on stage. Unfortunately, Sweden wasn’t quite feeling it in this strong semi-final. Omar suffered the same fate as the other O in FO&O. He won’t progress any further in this year’s Melfest.
7th place: The Lovers of Valdaro — “Somebody Wants”
The Lovers of Valdaro certainly had staging going for them. With the lead singer swathed in pink over a sea of whites, this really pops on screen. Unfortunately, they got lost in a sea of stronger upbeat numbers after opening the show. Nevertheless, this was a respectable effort.
Melodifestivalen 2019: Semi-Final 3 running order
- The Lovers of Valdaro — “Somebody Wants”
- Dolly Style — “Habibi”
- Martin Stenmarck —”Låt skiten brinna”
- Lina Hedlund — “Victorious”
- Omar — “Om om och om igen”
- Rebecka Karlsson — “Who I Am”
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren — “Norrsken”
What do you think of the results? Did your favourite advance direkt till final? Who was robbed? Let us know in the comments below.