Fans won’t get to have their first taste of Melodifestivalen 2020 until Thursday lunchtime when the first snippets emerge for semi-final one of Sweden’s Eurovision selection. But accredited media in Linköping were given a first-listen to all seven competing songs on Wednesday evening.
Based on these early reviews — taken from Aftonbladet and Schlager Profilerna — Robin Bengtsson and FELIX SANDMAN look like the two to beat in deltävling one. Here’s a full round-up of what both publications had to say about each of the acts.
Note, our Dayana will be providing on the ground coverage from Thursday through to Saturday.
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Which semi-final one act from Melodifestivalen 2020 are you most excited for? The entries are: The Mamas — “Move” Suzi P — “Moves” Robin Bengtsson — “Take a Chance” Malou Prytz — “Ballerina” OVÖ — “Inga problem” Sonja Aldén — “Sluta aldrig gå” Felix Sandman — “Boys with Emotions” Pictures via SVT #melfest #mello #melodifestivalen #melfest2020 #mello2020 #melodifestivalen2020 #eurovision #esc2020 #openup
Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final One Previews
1. “Move” – The Mamas
Aftonbladet’s Tobbe Ek describes the sound as “warm and soulful”, remarking that it’s not impossible to imagine the “smart and carefully thought out” number in the final. Schlager Profilerna is even more emphatic, branding it “a great opening and obvious top 4 material”. While gospel in flavour, it’s “more midtempo dance pop” than the Melfest 2019 winner “Too Late For Love”.
2. “Moves” – Suzi P
Aftonbladet notes the attitude in Suzi’s voice. Staging will be key and the entry may surprise if she can get “an Ace Wilder wow effect”. Schlager Profilerna describes it as “urban dance pop… with a great beat”. Very Spotify-friendly. We’re told to think of “Mina bränder” from last year’s contest, “but less Mello-ish”.
3. “Take A Chance” – Robin Bengtsson
Wow! Schlager Profilerna is extremely excited by Robin Bengtsson’s comeback song. It asks “Can someone really win again this close to another win?” It’s simply a “great fun pop-song with enough… fun little twists to stand out as something really special”. The blog adds that it’s better than his two previous efforts and has “a huge Ed Sheeran-vibe”. Meanwhile, Aftonbladet commends the first verse’s drive into a jaw-dropping chorus. In conclusion, “it feels like Robin is breathing in some nitrous oxide and just letting everything go in all directions”.
4. “Ballerina” – Malou Prytz
She was a surprise breakout star of Melfest 2019. But despite recruiting ISA and Ace Widler, Malou Prytz leaves both outlets slightly underwhelmed. Schlager Profilerna draws comparisons to Billie Eilish, but if Billie was singing a Sia song. It says it’s far from “I Do Me” and wonders how Malou will carry if off. Aftonbladet also hears Sia along with some Rihanna. While it has a nice chorus, it “sounds just like lots of hits we have heard before”.
5. “Inga problem” – OVÖ
Aftonbladet suggests that OVÖ’s fate will depend very much on their stage performance. It’s “easily accessible rap” designed for a broad TV audience. Schlager Profilerna says it’s closer to Panetoz than Einár. It’s “Spotify-friendly party music from the suburbs”.
6. “Sluta aldrig gå” – Sonja Aldén
Neither publication holds out much hope for Sonja Aldén. Although, Aftonbladet concedes that she sings this “classic schlager ballad” amazingly. Schlage Profilerna says it’s “exactly what you expect. Nothing more. Nothing less.” Adding that it’s weaker than her sixth-in-the-semis effort from 2012. But there is one note of optimism — “no one died of a bit of retroschlagerballad from the late 2000s”.
7. “Boys With Emotions” – Felix Sandman
After an almost all-conquering solo debut in 2018, FELIX SANDMAN arrives to Mello 2020 with a lot of expectation on his shoulders. And the hype seems to be completely justified. Aftonbladet carefully compares the entry to Ed Sheeran, saying it’s a grower that could benefit from going to the final via Andra Chansen. Schlager Profilerna, on the other hand, has no such reservations. “A great modern pop song… a midtempo version of (Justin Bieber’s) “Sorry” for the 2020s”. It’s confident that it will definitely go direct to the final on Saturday. Also, the writer cheekily adds that “Sweden hating ESC fans will explode”. Apparently, it is everything such fans hate — “A young boy. Midtempo with dance beat. No chorus. And a huge hit”.
The first song snippets will be published at 13:30 CET on Thursday. Rehearsal clips will follow at 21:00 CET.
What do you think of the reviews? Which act are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.