Andra Chansen took place in Nyköping to determine the final qualifiers for next week’s Melodifestivalen 2019 final. Eight acts participated in four duels to fight for the last four tickets to the Friends Arena.
In our Andra Chansen polls, our readers picked Anna Bergendahl, Nano, Lisa Ajax and Rebecka Karlsson to advance. Our readers thought it would all be straightforward, with all four of these acts amassing more than double the amount of votes as their respective opponents.
The Wiwi Jury were thinking along the same lines. They picked the same four winners but suggested it might not be quite so straightforward. For instance, Andreas Johnson placed third out of all eight acts but finished behind his opponent Anna Bergendahl.
However, the decision was all in the hands of the Swedish public. History tells us that they can often vote very differently (“Statements”, anybody?).
The show also included a surprise guest performance by Johnny Logan. Eurovision’s only two-time winner dazzled the audience in Nyköping with a performance of “Hold Me Now”. He wasn’t the only Eurovision winner to perform though — Måns Zelmerlöw performed his new duet “Walk with Me” with Melfest 2018 contestant Dotter.
Duel 1: Andreas Johnson vs Anna Bergendahl
Andreas Johnson brought a simple but effective stage show. His charisma sold “Army of Us”. Some fireworks at the end of the performance gave it that extra pop. On the other hand, Anna Bergendahl was a tiger pacing her way through a forest. Keeping things much the same as her semi-final performance, Anna elevated the song with strong vocals. Ultimately, Anna Bergendahl prevailed and booked her spot in the final.
Duel 2: Vlad Reiser vs Nano
In the only duel between two performers of the same gender, the songs could not be any more different. Vlad Reiser brought slick choreography and set the pace with his upbeat number. His opponent Nano moved with renewed swagger, improving on his semi-final performance while still setting the same atmosphere. This one was hard to call but Nano made it through to his second Melfest final.
Duel 3: Martin Stenmarck vs Lisa Ajax
Martin Stenmarck didn’t change much from his semi-final performance, once again performing with great energy. Lisa Ajax also changed little other than her hairdo. Injecting her heart and soul into “Torn”, Lisa Ajax took the song to greater heights and commandingly secured her place in the grand final.
Duel 4: Rebecka Karlsson vs Arvingarna
Rebecka Karlsson kept things similar but refined her staging. There was less going on around her without losing the key characters supporting her staging. Her outfit also was more fitting and she looked sharp and classy, allowing this future star to shine. Arvingarna gained a member and upped their game as well, utilising the same staging themes. The additional performer enabled the harmonies to come together better than in the semi-final. In the only upset of the night according to our polls, Arvingarna prevailed to make it through to the final.
Melodifestivalen 2019 grand final running order
The running order for the grand final is also made clear at the end of Andra Chansen. Recent history dictates that the winner can come from anywhere in the running order. Last year, Benjamin Ingrosso won from eleventh in the running order. Robin Bengtsson won from fourth, Frans was tenth and Måns Zelmerlöw sang sixth.
- John Henrik Flällgren — “Norrsken”
- Lisa Ajax — “Torn”
- Mohombi — “Hello”
- Lina Hedlund — “Victorious”
- Bishara — “On My Own”
- Anna Bergendahl — “Ashes to Ashes”
- Nano — “Chasing Rivers”
- Hanna Ferm & Liamoo — “Hold You”
- Malou Prytz — “I Do Me”
- John Lundvik — “Too Late for Love”
- Wiktoria — “Not with Me”
- Arvingarna — “I Do”
Melodifestivalen 2019 international jury
This year’s international jury features only eight countries. This is shortened down from the ten used last year. The jury includes the Top 3 countries of Eurovision 2018 — Israel, Cyprus and Austria. They are also joined by 2018 host country Portugal, Australia, Finland, France and the United Kingdom.
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