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Melodifestivalen 2020 Semi-Final 1 takes place this weekend in Linköping.

Seven acts will take to the stage. Two will advance direct to the final in Stockholm. Two will live to fight another day in the duels at Andra Chansen. And three acts will advance no further than the stage of the Saab Arena.

SVT has now released 1-minute snippets of all the songs that you can listen to.

Melodifestivalen 2020 Semi-Final One

Song Snippets

Click on each act to hear their entry.

  1. The Mamas – “Move”
  2. Suzi P – “Moves”
  3. Robin Bengtsson – “Take a Chance”
  4. Malou Prytz – “Ballerina”
  5. OVÖ – “Inga problem”
  6. Sonja Aldén – “Sluta aldrig gå”
  7. Felix Sandman – “Boys with Emotions”

Clips from rehearsals will follow tonight at 21:00 CET. They’ll give a first impression of the staging for Saturday night’s semi-final. The full songs will be revealed during the performances.

Semi-Final 1 running order

The Mamas will kick off the competition with “Move”. They’re followed by upcoming star Suzi P with “Moves” in second and Eurovision veteran Robin Bengtsson with “Take a Chance” in third.

Fourth on stage is Malou Prytz. She’s back for her second attempt with her entry “Ballerina”. OVÖ are on fifth with “Inga problem”.  Melfest veteran Sonja Aldén follows in sixth with “Sluta aldrig gå”.

And closing the semi-final is Felix Sandman. He placed runner-up in 2018 and ends Semi-Final 1 with “Boys with Emotions”.

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This year’s stage aims to provide “freedom” for the artists. It is the largest stage in Melodifestivalen history and can be transformed into almost 40 different looks. Stage designer Viktor Brattström believes the flexibility the stage offers could become the norm for future editions. Although there are LED pillars, there is no LED wall this year. Instead the striped fabric wall from 2019 returns. This may be designed to return realism to the competition. The cloth strips measure 35 metres wide by 6 metres tall. Brattström says: “This year we’re doing live numbers. They should not make a video of what they stand for.” #melfest #melodifestivalen #melfest2020 #eurovision #mello #mello2020

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Saturday night will also be the first road test for this year’s stage. It is the biggest in the history of Melodifestivalen and boasts innovative lighting technology. In a change from recent years, there is no LED wall, and instead there will be projections on a huge fabric backdrop.

International fans will be able to watch the show live through SVT Play. The show starts at 8pm CET.

Who are you most excited for in Melodifestivalen 2020 Semi-Final 1? Let us know in the comments below!

Get more Sweden Eurovision 2020 news here.

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Thomas
Thomas
2 years ago

Sweden…. 93 points! ???

Iris
Iris
2 years ago

Felix look like caillou

Lolek
Lolek
2 years ago

deleted and moving my comment to other post.

Milla
Milla
2 years ago

Felix performance is awesome!

Hillbra
Hillbra
2 years ago

Gut feel is Malou and Robyn will be direct to final, Felix and the Mamas Andra Chanson….

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

Sweden again shows it is an ESC powerhouse!

Ioa Ioa
Ioa Ioa
2 years ago

Ballerina is somewhat promising but the overall semi is extremely boring.
Sweden, you will definitely take a spot in the final. At least send a good song so the qualification won’t be undeserved.

Marcom
Marcom
2 years ago

Vanessa Amorosi – “Lessons of Love” and Malou Prytz – “Ballerina” are my two favorites nowadays.

Shaunie
Shaunie
2 years ago

I never really comment, but my personal ranking from the snippets:

1) The Mamas
2) Malou Prytz
3) Felix Sandman
4) OVÖ
5) Suzi P
6) Robin Bengtsson
7) Sonja Aldén

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago

I have read that some people call ALL Swedens,Norways,Denmarks,Estonias,Latvias,Finlands,Australias,Lithuanias,Icelands songs generic and commercial. Im really tired of these people now. Cant you comment on other sites instead? All songs cant be generic and commercial. Its impossible! Should we all have african drums? or middle eastern singing ? I dont get it.

Megxit over
Megxit over
2 years ago

Felix Sandman – “Boys with Emotions” is sizzlingly erotic in my view

Richard Hochuli
Richard Hochuli
2 years ago

Robin has this one in the bag it’s a good song can see this going well into the final it could be the Swedish winner it’s cool

Thorbeta
Thorbeta
2 years ago

Typical MF stuff. Nothing terrible, but nothing standing out either. I’m skipping this one on Saturday.

Davve
Davve
2 years ago
Reply to  Thorbeta

Who asked?

not davve
not davve
2 years ago
Reply to  Davve

“Who are you most excited for in Melodifestivalen 2020 Semi-Final 1? Let us know in the comments below!”

Angus asked. It’s literally the last line of the article. You’re just sour that not everybody agrees with you. You look foolish, Davve.

Geo
Geo
2 years ago

Nothing spectacular or memorable, the yearly generic Pop songs from Sweden. Basically… Spotify music

Davve
Davve
2 years ago
Reply to  Geo

Same brainless comments

not davve
not davve
2 years ago
Reply to  Davve

You just post the same brainless comment to everyone who doesn’t like what they hear.

ESC LOU
ESC LOU
2 years ago

My first opinion: (Not prediction)
DTF: Felix and Suzi P
AC: Mamas and OVO or Malou (can’t rlly choose)

Lola
Lola
2 years ago

Pretty decent songs! I’d love Malou directly to be in the final and the Mama’s or Felix as well. And maybe even OVÖ in andra chansen, it’s something different from what I’d expect Sweden to send. I was underwhelmed by Robin, but I didn’t like ”I Can’t Go On” either, so that’s not big loss for me

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

As usual with MF we have to wait until staging to really get it. Sometimes songs sounds Good from snippets but disappoints in staging and vice versa.
I can hear the potential for great stuff in four entries, and thats more than the first semi usually gets: Mamas, Malou, Sandman and Bengtsson. If staging is on point these 4 will make it through somehow..
But again, wait until staging!

Einur
Einur
2 years ago

they’re all garbage

MTD
MTD
2 years ago
Reply to  Einur

If any of these were part of other NFs, they will be slaughtered

Over here, they r praised.

Hipocrisy in its finest.

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago
Reply to  MTD

haha dont watch is my tip

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago
Reply to  Einur

Then you are in good garbage company

Emma
Emma
2 years ago

I actually have 3 people I want to qualify I don’t hate any of those song s but I have to say that Robin his song disappointed me the most. Suzy P, Malou & Felix are my favs here. The Mamas would be the safest choice to send.

dusi23
dusi23
2 years ago

The song of Felix Sandman sounds like Billie Eilish (at least the chorus does). And Robin Bengtson’s sounds like every Shawn Mendes song ever.

Katariina
Katariina
2 years ago

Malou’s song is the best, not into the others. I hope the other semis are better. I don’t know what those journalists were thinking saying Robin was a potential winner and Malou was weak.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Melfest is that you need to wait and see how it will look in TV before picking favorites. That said, snippets can be deceiving, but I appreciate what Felix is trying to do. The “non-chorus” will be divisive, but will also separate him from the pack. Curious to see how it will play along the 3 minutes.

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
2 years ago

Decent, well-polished songs. However none of these made me hit that play button again. So replay, replay, replay… No.

Beth
Beth
2 years ago

Sweden seems to be off to a good start! About 4 songs disappointed me but the rest I was pretty much fine with. Robin, Malou, The Mamas and Suzi P are my top 4~! Since Felix was the most hyped, I might just say what I thought. What was that “chorus”? It’s so bad… everything else before it was pretty good. I was enjoying the song until that “chorus” started. I really hope it doesn’t qualify to the finals or the second chance round. Unless the full version is somehow a masterpiece despite that “chorus”, I don’t want it to… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 years ago

Well, obviously, most of the songs sound as expected in terms of the over-production and generally familiar sound etc. If you can accept that, some of these actually do it quite well. Malou’s seems strong and Robin’s seems interesting. I think, aside from Suzi’s, there’s nothing here I actually dislike.
I don’t think any of these songs would get into the top five of what we’ve heard from Norway so far but it’s a good start.

keith mawson
keith mawson
2 years ago

Felix Sand man. Malou and The mamas

Pasadena
Pasadena
2 years ago

I was never a big fan of Felix, but here he stands out. Love his ‘non-chorus’!

ESC Ukraine
ESC Ukraine
2 years ago

The 4 I want in the final that I know isn’t going to happen:
Malou Prytz
Felix Sandman
Suzi P
OVO or The Mamas

Sale
Sale
2 years ago

I had high hopes for Felix but his song sounds like a Troye Sivan reject… Anyways Malou and Suzy stand out of the rest even though I couldn’t remember any song nor melody after the first and second listen, only that those 2 stood out.. I’ll wait for the full songs I guess..

Madrid
Madrid
2 years ago

Going ti the final to see suzi p so vote her!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

1) Felix
2) Sonja

3) Robin
4) The Mamas

5) no thx to the rest

‘Boys with Emotions’ actually sounds like something I prefer to every Eurovision winner since 2008. I am so pleasantly surprised. I love Felix and Sonja’s songs. I like Robin and The Mamas’ songs. How ironic, Sweden is my saving grace in this year’s NF season. I’ll gladly take it.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

Sweden, please get Sonja at least to AC. It would be (will be lol) rather painful if someone like Malou got through and an actual musician like Sonja had no chance.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

Sonja I dont take has Any chance. Third time with the same entry and sound. Plus her fanbase( if she has one) doesn’t vote..
She’s Good but okd fashioned schlager isn’t really a thing any more

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago
Reply to  Denis

Lina made it to the final so ints not true:)

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Wasn¨t it different though?Lina had a different sound,and while it was schalger it was pretty modern. This is just Sonja sounding the same again. I’m not even sure she has a fanbase outside those who have her songs as wedding songs:)

Malin
Malin
2 years ago

I think it could be difficult for Sonja to go to AC … unless she is really emotional. Like Sanna whith Empty rooms and Felix last year.

Nice
Nice
2 years ago

LOVE suzi p from Spain

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

Felix’s song is meh but so was ‘If I Were Sorry’ so it will probably still win

Andrew
Andrew
2 years ago

Really hard to decide my winner of this semi with these clips but I wanna say I did not like Robins song in 2017 at all. I like this years entry much more. But I still don’t know how to feel about it. My top 3 are Malou, Robin and Felix in no specific order

Jjjhgf
Jjjhgf
2 years ago

Suzi p direkt till final!

RoboESC
RoboESC
2 years ago

Wow the Mamassss

friedenau
friedenau
2 years ago

People complaining about how unoriginal Spain’s song is… and now this. Everything sounds like someof the bestselling singers today, 0% genuine. I won’t bother listening to the whole songs. Well, the mammas are great at least.

srulik
srulik
2 years ago

This is a very strong semi….i think malou and robin to the final.

JeyDelRey
JeyDelRey
2 years ago

I guess it’s just me then but I’m honestly quite happy with the snippets. I like Felix and Robin, but my direct qualifiers would be Malou & The Mamas. Sweden is off to a great start in my opinion. 🙂

Lolek
Lolek
2 years ago
Reply to  JeyDelRey

agreed, for now, we have the same dtf and ac songs.

Mia
Mia
2 years ago

My favorite is Suzi P.
Felix is so overrated, nothing special.
Robin sounds ok.

PTLS
2 years ago

Malou and The Mama’s straight to the final, Robin & Felix to andra chansen.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago

Mamas direkt till final! I’m a sucker for gospel entries and oh boy, do they deliver. No winner alerts, but this is a solid semi. I’m a bit let down by Felix’s and Malou’s songs, but maybe I’ll change my mind after the live performances. Also, am I the only one getting Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” vibes from Sonja’s number?

RomaniaWillWinEurovision2020
RomaniaWillWinEurovision2020
2 years ago

My top 7 after first listen :
7.Sanja
6.OVO
5.Robin
4.Suzi
3.Felix
2.The Mamas
1.Malou

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago

Most of them are so generic and boring!
Having that kind of pop song is fine, but all of them together makes it so boring to listen to…
Doesn’t make me emotional, doesn’t make me wanna dance, they all exist
I don’t know why Robin and Felix are favourites now
My biggest disappointment is Felix, whose 2018 entry made me cry and now I don’t feel anything
In my opinion, The Mamas should win this semi final
Then I don’t actually care which one of these songs qualify as well

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

All songs in every selection is generic because it has been done before. So whats your point with that? Spains song have been done before, Albanias song have been done before etc.

calorro
calorro
2 years ago
Reply to  Rasmus

generic does not mean what you think it means lmao.

Mariko
Mariko
2 years ago

Based on that previous article I really expected more of Robin Bengtsson. I thought that was really boring, but I’ve never understood why people like Ed Sheeran either so I might just have bad taste. Malou Prydz was better than I thought, there’s a slight Margaret feel to it, especially in the way she pronounces things. I don’t feel like it’s a winner though. The Mama’s were great but it sounds like what I as a European think ‘American music’ sounds like. Not that that’s bad, but… Felix Sandman… On one hand I feel like it’s underwhelming, on the other… Read more »

emeej
emeej
2 years ago

Malou has the song with the biggest impact with the first listen, not surprisingly she and Felix are my finalists

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Robin’s snippet is fine but it is a total let down compared to the current #1 Hit in Sweden, “Svag” by Victor Leskell. Both kinda acoustic pop but the difference is notorious to me and Svag is doing over 500k streams daily in Sweden so Idk.
I really like Felix’ snippet but need to hear more.
Also pleased to see some Urban/Trap in Swedish.

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Victor Leksell was 13th in Idol and is not a great live artist. He is a better studio singer. And Melfest is for live singers so i dont get your point.

Lolek
Lolek
2 years ago
Reply to  Rasmus

I think Alex means that Svag is a better song than Take a Chance. Not so much that one artist is better than the other in terms of singing talent. Personally, I haven’t heard Svag (yet) so cant speak on that.

Stian F
Stian F
2 years ago

Oh wow…. Based on hypes this is the most disappointing thing ever, based on the 1 minute clips. But hopefully they are much better live… I cannot understand from that one minute why Felix Sandman is the big favorite!! Are the rest of the semifinals that bad?!?

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago
Reply to  Stian F

yes all 28 songs are bad and they are all a last place material in a semifinal.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 years ago
Reply to  Stian F

And yet you bark at everyone who dares to not be impressed by the Norwegian selection.

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago

I will not look at the comments on saturday. I want to have smile on my face before i watch 🙂

Stian F
Stian F
2 years ago

Oh the first semi of Norway was way better than this. 3 good songs and 1 okish song. 2nd semi was horrible though. Out of these clips there are only a couple of ok’ish songs. That said…. I need to hear the full versions of these songs because the 1 minute clips didn’t do anything. I might change my mind afterwards. For now only the Mamas sounded like something catchy, pleasent and fun…eventhough it still sounds like they have a gospel choir of a 100 people behind them. Oh and Robin Bengtsson is so far okish as well… But so… Read more »

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

Gotta listen to the full songs, but I think Sweden is off to a good start. In fact, their first semi will be the first NF I’m gonna watch this season. I’ve always been completely indifferent to Felix and I still couldn’t care less, so I think I’m qualified to say this: this could potentially turn out to be a very good song! If it’s the best one, he absolutely should win. Robin ain’t bad, need to hear it in full. Sonja has a style that just speaks to me so much, I still adore it, so it pains me… Read more »

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago

We have age categories who votes so i feel Sonja get more points from the over 40s then under.

Milla
Milla
2 years ago

I think Robin is the best. But winning Melodifestivalen with that song? I don’t know. The snippet is too short and I need to see it live. The same goes for Felix. Bold song. I’s modern, I give Felix credit for that. Perhaps too modern for bringing to Esc . The Mama’s are screaming too much. I like Malou’s song but it sounds like Sia and that is not very smart.