The fourth semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2019 took place in the Sparbanken Lidköping Arena in Lidköping. We now know the last of the songs proceeding direkt till final. The line-up is also complete for next week’s Andra Chansen.
John Lundvik with “Too Late for Love” and Bishara with “On My Own” will proceed direkt till final, while Lisa Ajax with “Torn” and Arvingarna with “I Do” have secured their spots in Andra Chansen.
Melodifestivalen 2019: Semi-Final 4 qualifiers
John Lundvik — “Too Late for Love”
John Lundvik cried “hear me” and Sweden obliged. Dancing across a variety of tempos and rhythms, a slow build-up turns into a catchy chorus. John’s charisma lights up the stage. The performance was very soulful and John Lundvik cemented his place in the final for the second year running.
Bishara — “On My Own”
Safe in a circle of green light, Bishara delivered a strong performance alone on stage. He captured Swedish hearts with “On My Own”, performing with confidence beyond his years. Bishara becomes the final act to qualify direkt till final.
Lisa Ajax — “Torn”
She may be on her knees but Lisa Ajax ain’t staying down. Lisa Ajax expertly conveyed all of the emotion of “Torn”. With minimalistic staging, there wasn’t much going on other than Lisa’s powerful vocals and the atmosphere created by this dark ballad. Much like 2017, Lisa will have to battle her way through Andra Chansen to reach the final.
Arvingarna — “I Do”
I do, I do, I do! Arvingarna brought a performance befitting any Melfest semi-final. There was energy and fun to be had as Arvingarna delivered one of the catchiest hooks of the year. Whether or not they progress any further is unclear but this makes a wholesome addition to Andra Chansen.
Melodifestivalen 2019: Semi-Final 4 eliminated acts
5th place: Ann-Louise Hanson — “Kärleken finns kvar”
Ann-Louise Hanson brought experience and composure to the stage. This was easy listening and enjoyable for the three minutes but never a threat to qualify amid a sea of stronger entries. However, Ann-Louise held her own and made it through to the second round of voting, beating out Anton Hagman and Pagan Fury.
6th place: Anton Hagman — “Känner dig”
Anton Hagman brought an army of Anton Hagmans to his stage show over a bright pink background. Unfortunately, more Anton Hagmans didn’t translate into more votes. “Känner dig” had a much more mature sound for Anton and was a respectable effort but will go no further in Melfest 2019.
7th place: Pagan Fury — “Stormbringer”
Video game realness! Pagan Fury brought the storm to Melfest 2019. The lead singer was surrounded by a group of dancers who put the fury in Pagan Fury. This was a quality performance but seemed to be forgotten by the end of the night.
Andra Chansen duels
The duels for Andra Chansen have also been announced. The two acts from semi-finals 1 and 2 have been drawn to face each other. Similarly, the acts from semi-finals 3 and 4 will battle against each other.
- Andreas Johnson — “Army of Us” vs Anna Bergendahl — “Ashes to Ashes”
- Vlad Reiser — “Nakna i regnet” vs Nano — “Chasing Rivers”
- Martin Stenmarck — “Låt skiten brinna” vs Lisa Ajax — “Torn”
- Rebecka Karlsson — “Who I Am” vs Arvingarna — “I Do”
Melodifestivalen 2019: Semi-Final 4 running order
- Pagan Fury — “Stormbringer”
- Anton Hagman — “Känner dig”
- Lisa Ajax — “Torn”
- Arvingarna — “I Do”
- Bishara — “On My Own”
- Ann-Louise Hanson — “Kärleken finns kvar”
- John Lundvik — “Too Late for Love”
What do you think of the results? Did the right songs proceed direkt till final? What do you think of the Andra Chansen duels? Let us know in the comments below.
Pleace, all fantasic escfans. <3 Don’t forget Bishara only is 16 years old. If you don’t like the song or his voice. Write about that in a respecfull tone. Think that many have mange to do that. Thank you for that. <3
I don’t mean that you shouldn’t have opinions. But be extra carefull when you choose your worlds when you write about all the young artists from diffrent countries.
I hope he dosen’t win. I don’t want him to face the same hate that Frans received 2016.
Bishara for victory! He could win Eurovision and oozes of star quality. John Lundvik can never win since he´ll be competing against himself and without a doubt Sweden and the UK will steal votes from each other. It´s the same vibe and same kind of song, artist and performance.
Ehmm.. “Too late for love” is miles better than “Bigger than us”! He’s bookies favourite to Mello. And I agree. Glad that Björkman and co. wanted him to compete with Too late for love instead of UK’s song.
I agree. Too late for love is better and John is better than the british guy. Don’t get me wrong! The british guy is great! A huge talent! But, John is more ready for this. The british guy looks a bit uncomfortable on stage, waving his arms around and it is obvious that he hasn’t been an artist for very long. John is a pro. He’s comfortable on stage, his voice sounds amazing and he knows who he is as an artist and that shows on stage. And I believe that Bigger than us would be better if John would… Read more »
John Lundvik has the best song I heard during this NF season. I hope it wins. It’s better than “Nobody but You” at least on the virtue of those backing vocalists and more touching lyrics.
I find the song very basic whereas Nobody But You was kind of modern
Bishara sounds a bit like Justin Bieber
I would rather listen to “Baby” for 10 hours than 1 minute of Bisharas song lol
1. John Lundvvik
2. Hanna Ferm & Liamoo
3. Lina Hedlund
The thing is, if you are 16 you can get a lot of hate but once people hear your vocals they’ll drop the number e.g. Belgium 2015, Bulgaria 2017 and Belgium 2017 but Bishara’s voice is just so childish especially for a song like that.
Based on audience reaction I’m worried Bishara could actually win 😐 Could be between him and Jon Henrik, but I think it may be Jon’s year
For me my top 2 are Hanna & LIAMOO and Lisa Ajax
The audience reacted like that because he comes from the host city
He’s not. The host city was Lidköping and he is from Linköping. Very similar names but two different places
Send John Lundvik to TA already. It’s awesome!!!! Winner vibes. He’s got the total package. Please dont send that kid Bishara, yuck
Bishara is to young in my opinion. Think it’s not ok to sent kids that are yonger than 18. It’ to much pressure.
True ,he’s too young. And I feel like he needs to grow. Gain more experience. Someone over 18(an adult). Sure there is exceptions like Carola in 1983. But even she was more experienced.
These semifinals are unpredictable at best. It’s now harder to predict what will happen at AC or even the final.
Did Benjamin Ingrosso take something to look 10 years younger or what?
Am I the only one to find John’s song quite bland and forgettable? To me it really sounds (and looks) like an attempt to reproduce Austria’s success with nobody but you. But at least nobody but you was good.
Yes, you’re the only one
i feel you!
John Lundvik was great but can’t help to think that it’s Christer’s attempt to copy Cesar Sampson and Austria and ensure he gets the jury vote again….I find Nobody But You much more modern and radio-friendly than Too Late for Love…I didn’t love Bishara’s performance, but listened to the song on iTunes and got a bit of the goosebumps, its just odd seeing a 16 year old talking about waking up in bed without anyone next to him especially when the 16 year old looks 12
Look at it like this, if Bisharas voice had already changed and he had a more masculine , darker voice would you think the same then? I mean he gets hate for being talented that poor kid. Everyone praise Malou for her talent and young age but when talking about Bishara (they are exactly the same age) the tone change and people say he belongs to JESC, that he is disgusting, too childish etc…i mean come on guys….really?
haha yes its creepy… but omg… i could see Bashara winning the whole she-bang!
I just watched MelFest back properly. Pagan Fury was amazing – that was so unlucky not to qualify! John Lundvik won the night for me, and Lisa Ajax was stunning as usual. Arvingarna are great fun – what a wonderful surprise! 🙂
Bishara – I’m sorry; the song is not settling well with me, because of what has already been mentioned. Not much I can do but wish the performer well, and ask that the Swedish audience to reconsider its decision in the final.
Bishara has great talent! But he’s not mature enough as an artist yet. He has no idea who he is as an artist and they have given him a mediocre song with lyrics that doesn’t suit him at all. I hope he places well (to give him confidence) and comes back in a couple of years with a song that is more him and that suits him better.
Sad that Lisa didn’t make it direkt, but I think she will make it to the final. I think I hope Wiktoria is gonna win, but I ain’t sure yet. This year is close. I like Wiktoria, Lisa, Rebecka, Jon Henrik and John.
I hope Liamoo and Hanna Ferm gonna win. John Lundviks song its the same that Austria have last year, but Austrias song was SOOO mutch better
I wanted Hanna and Lamioo to win before I hears Too late for love. I love Hold you! I love their chemistry! They are great and the song is too. But the staging isn’t ESC-quality. Too late for love is the whole package with artist, song, vocals and staging.
Bishara had that fresh vibe that pulled voters in. So now he’ll be the only other debutant apart from Malou to qualify directly this year ?. The Andra Chanssen duel pairs seems interesting, the artists’ styles are different from each other. Looking forward to it.
You people who trash talk Sweden need to tell us what other countries are going to be top 10 if Sweden’s not….
Since it is not as if Eurovision is (not yet) filled with super great songs. It is deluded to think that Sweden is going to flop with all the mediocre songs in Eurovision this year.
Italy and Ukraine are already 2 countries. When all songs are announced, I will inform you. Good luck trying to come top 10. It’s not gonna happen.
With the mediocre songs the other countries are sending Sweden will easily reach top 10
I think John has this. Cracking song, stunning performance.
Anna Bergendahl is still #1 on iTunes…
Really?! In Sweden?
Yeah But all 8 final songs and all semi final 4 songs Did release tonight…
In Sweden it means nothing because no one uses it! Spotify is way more accurate
that’s like 10 sales in a day but congrats, pure sales queen
för mig, personligen jag föredrager Lisa Ajax i stället för bishara
Bra låt. Men oerhört tråkig
Think we need a female winner of Melodifestivalen this year. The last 4 winners and runner ups have all been male. Time has to change or the jury needs to change. There are not enough women winning! Wiktoria, Lisa and Liamoo and Hanna will all be underrated because they are female. Come on ladies! Btw I’m a male.
Not big into Liamoo & Hanna’s song but I’m down for Wiktoria, Lisa and Anna to win melo!
We in Sweden dont vote by gender. The best song this year is not a woman. Its a man.
Well I didn’t know Lisa Ajax was a man
or malou prytz
That’s not true. It helps to be a pretty young man.
I’m all for girl power. Am one myself. But I must be honest with you. And I’m hoping that you’re not angry with me. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But people usually vote for the song they like the best. Not what gender, sexuality etcetera. Since this is a song competition. On who’s song that can get the most votes. Win and go to Tel Aviv.
Yep. It’s been an undeserved male dominance in the latest years, starting with Frans. I was quite embarrassed tbh during the final in 2016 seeing all outstanding performances and we bring this little boy. I hope we’ll vote better.
So Glad Anton is out!
Well, Loreen and Anton knew eachoter before melfest, and Lorren are not the kind that need revenge.
If you think he was trying to advance/win with that song you are wrong lol most likely just taking part to promote his music
Get over it. Loreen was supportive of Anton in the past and you know it.
It would be If Loreen would sing Lisa Ajax’s song and won MF 😉
Bishara going through is a tragedy and I have not yet recovered from it.. Voted for Lisa but it was not enough.. 🙁
Is it really true that one member of Arvingarna was missing due to a family vacation? That seems a little odd.
It was booked long before.
Yes, it’s true. Acording to an article and one of the other guys he will come home on monday. And we’ll see him next week in AC.
Bishara will win Swedish televote in the final right? He has the charm and genuine factor that Frans had in 2016 . Or even Jon 2015 and Nano in 2017. All they were fresh at their first entry. It makes sense
I really hope not. Maybe if all the syrians here vote for him. They are really a lot living here.
is this a joke ? the juries better do their job in two weeks.
watch the juries vote for Bishara, considering how they have voted the previous two years I would not be surprised
MR/MRS postive feedback is back. We in Sweden thank you as usual for all your positive feedback 🙂
Oh the pressure.
Was hoping for league of light but not a bad choice either.
Filter got my msg comparing the AC duels. Could a mod potentially unblock it? 🙂
Edit: Thanks so much!!! <3
The filter got my message, but I just want to say that John did an amazing job and his backing vocals are fantastic.
You really seem to be on the filter’s enemies list. 🙂 Seriously, though, I wonder why it happens and is there anything we can do to prevent it…does it depend on the device we’re using, or if we refresh the page, or what? It happens to me too.
Well, I comment a lot, I guess it increases my chances of getting caught. I tried to figure out for so long. It’s not about the words we use, it’s not about the size of the comments, it’s not about how often you do it. So I started to think it’s just random. Maybe it’s not the right answer, but it’s an easier one to accept.
Amazing performance by John Lundvik and his fantastic backing vocals. Lisa did a very good job and would be my other qualifier. Bishara did much better than I was expecting, he has a bright future ahead of him. So I get why Sweden fell in love with him, but I think it’s too soon for him to be competing against fully formed singers.
the thing is…Bishara is a fully formed singer already, why do you think swedes fell in love with him?! LOL
He sings better than the majority of the people in the final.
I guess you took the “fully formed” as a negative statement towards Bishara, but it wasn’t. He’s very impressive for his age in a lot of aspects. The way he interacts with the camera for example, there are people that won’t get to that point in a lifetime. But some things don’t depend on his talent or his effort. For example, I feel his voice is still changing. Puberty sucks, it happens to everyone. But it affects even the best singers and he’s not an exception.
Yes, I don’t like when this young artist win. It’s not ok. They get to much hate that they can’t handle
Though I agree teenagers need more protection than adults in this scenario, I think the amount of pressure and hate every artist feel when they join a competition must be tough to handle no matter what’s their age. The worst thing is that I bet sometimes the pressure start from those around the artists when they were the ones supposed to take care of them.
Bishara is gonna win this, isn’t he? Ugh. Who wants to hear a 16yo whining that he’s waking up alone in his bed? How about some age-appropriate lyrics?
Indeed. I can see both sides though:
On the one hand, this is appealing to those committing illegal crimes; and that is disgusting.
On the other hand, teenagers do have sex with each other – that is a reality, and shouldn’t be censored.
It is a debate.
Illegal crimes? Presumably, the song is about Bishara and some partner who is also a teenager. Nothing illegal about that. I don’t have a problem with teenagers exploring their sexuality. But the song should reflect a life experience that its teenaged singer might have had. Instead, the lyrics apply a very adult notion of some guy whose girlfriend sleeps over every night. I’m no prude, but I certainly never knew any couples when I was a teenager who had an arrangement like that. This is clearly a song sung by a teenager but written by an adult with adult relationships… Read more »
Yep. The song was written by: Benjamin Ingrosso (21), Markus Sepehrmanesh (41) and Robert Habolin (who has also written for Måns Zemerlow and Zara Larsson).
There is no shortage of songwriting talent here, or responsibility to the meaning of the song. So what is the reason that this song was given to a 16-year-old boy who arguably looks younger?… Up for debate.
The song has a creepy factor, i dont think the average european can connect with this perfomance and actually vote him….
Do you think the international juries will vote for Bishara?
I, for example, would have to really wrestle with my morals beforehand. If I got an “off” creepy vibe, then no way. But if I didn’t feel creeped out, then maybe yes. It is not an easy position.
Many thought the International Juries would save us from Frans back in 2016. But half of then put him at the top of their ballot, either first of second.
I didn’t even pay attention to the lyrics, I just found his singing really annoying.
i don’t think the juries will vote for that
Well, in sweden the legal age for sex is 15, so that is not an issue here. Other countries may disagree though
It’s just that he looks about 12 still.
See my response to Purple Mask above, but my problem is not at all with the notion of teenagers having sex with one another, just the discrepancy between actual teenage relationships and the phony, over-romanticized, and very adult way the relationship is depicted in the song.
He could win the tele-voting, not sure about juries. If he ends up top 5 with juries and wins tele-voting then he could win.
But I don’t think he will win.
Congratulations to Bishara. Well done kid.
Though I think we saw and heard the winner tonight. And his name is John Lundvik. I’m in love with this song. Can’t stop singing it. It’s such a Hallelujah-moment!!! Congratulations to Lisa Ajax and Arvingarna for surrviving to AC. Rest and prepare yourselves for next week. Which won’t be easy. Sad that Pagan Fury didn’t make it. Cool consept. Also thank you Sarah and Eric for such a beautiful performance. Will defently add the song to my playlist. And all the other ones I liked.
You know – this Eurovision national finals show me that whenever I pick someone as my winner of that particular nf, they won’t win. There’s one exception, but as we know – exceptions only confirm the rule.
That being said – I am very sorry to inform everyone that John Lundvik is my Melfest winner. I’m sorry, John.
Damn it West!
Great qualifiers for final! john l was amazing!
A prediction two weeks in advance – Mohombi will win the jury vote. I don’t know if that will determine the actual winner, but it very well might.
I hope not!! His vocals weren’t good enough.
Almost forgot to share my thoughts on AC. Andreas Johnson — “Army of Us” vs Anna Bergendahl — “Ashes to Ashes” – Should be an easy win for Anna here. Vlad Reiser — “Nakna i regnet” vs Nano — “Chasing Rivers” – Likewise I think Nano should easily get to the finals with a stronger song. Martin Stenmarck — “Låt skiten brinna” vs Lisa Ajax — “Torn” – Again, should be an easy victory for Lisa. She defs deserved the finals. Rebecka Karlsson — “Who I Am” vs Arvingarna — “I Do” – Slightly less predictable since it’s a pretty… Read more »
For the first time this year, I love how we voted! John Lundvik was so amazing and the gospel choir just made the song a masterpiece! Love that we get to see black representation in the biggest TV show here! Bishara is such a cutie and he is insanely talented. I loved his song and think he will become a huge artist! Just weird to think that 2 of the DTF artists, Malou and Bishara are only 15, both born in 2003! This really is the youngters year I think the final will be between Jon Henrik and John Lundvik… Read more »
Lisa Ajax deserves to win it all.
Finally one of my favourites has stayed in the competition. Told you there was something endearing about Arvingarna’s song.
I found the Swedish daddies very hot, tbh
Who’s idea was it to save Bishara’s and Ann-Louise’s result for last. It was pretty obvous it was Bishara DTF lol.
It was either that or Ann-Louise against John, which would have been equally obvious. Of the two qualifers, I think John’s was the more expected, so it makes sense to announce him first. Also that would have meant Bishara awkwardly coming on at the end of John’s song, instead of the other way round.
I found that a little sad, like youth against old
I thought it was touching, especially when they hugged.
Yes it was, if you look at it that way 🙂
The moment when you realise Andra Chansen is way better than the final lol
Not at all!
It is like that every year lmao that is the reason they made it four qualifiers instead of two
First, Bishara is super cute, holy wow!
Second, not the best song, obviously a good one though and amazing vocals!
Very confident despite his age 🙂
His song sounds very 90s for me which is not a compliment. :p
Well, Amar Pelos Dois sounds 50s and it won xD
So happy John Lundvik made it to the final! I have a strong feeling he can win the entire thing and I would love for him to represent us in Eurovision. His voice is incredible and so is his choir. It’s great that he didn’t use pre-recorded backing vocals (except for maybe that small part before the final chorus) which means it can translate well for Eurovision where everything has to be live.
It’s so much better than his song from last year! If he came 3rd with that…
He has the best voice in the final by a mile, and the song is really catchy. He was my winner last year, and might be this year too. If not then I hope Mohombi takes it. I dont like Wictorias lack of variation in tone (to me it sounds like she is screaming her lungs out for three minutes), and Hanna and Liamoo is just not good enough of a song imo. (They sound pretty great together though, I admit). And Jon Henriks song is much weaker than his previous two.
Also in better news, Maruv won for Ukraine!!
Slayage is Real!
My favorite chosen song this year so far!!! 😀
I am so sure Mohombi will win
It’s the best choice, by far
I really like his song as well! I’d be happy if sweden sent him!
I wouldn’t bet on any of those things..
I liked Lisa Ajax more than Bishara but I’m okay with this. I hope John Lundvik wins the whole thing. Would be really bad for the UK though…
That would be really intresting if that happens. I wonder if something like that has happened before in ESC.
Bishara was sooo good!
Deserved the final for sure!
I liked John Lundvik, but Bishara’s singing was really annoying. Still hope Jon Henrik will win, though I doubt it.
ok jokes aside, that was it? Thats all the entries? If those songs were on another national selection everyone would be mad with the quality but of course everything sweden does is perfect….
downvote me as much as you want bitter eurofangirls, in May you will cry for your countries result (hello benjamins televote)
Didn’t downvote (imo its just better to state why onee disagrees). In this case, I think practically all DtF songs this year are more appealing than Benjamin’s last year, so I don’t expect Sweden to do that bad in the popular vote.
Jon-Herik’s song is far worse than his previous entries…And I can’t see Sweden in top 10 this year with these chosen songs…So many generic pop songs with good vocals and that’s it.