The Melodifestivalen 2020 circus has come to town — and more specifically to Semi-Final 1 in Linköping. On February 1 seven acts competed to advance direkt till final in Stockholm. Sonja Aldén brought beautiful balladry, while Suzy P and OVÖ leaned more party. But in the end it was Robin Bengtsson (“Take a Chance”) and The Mamas (“Move”) who won the day. Malou Prytz (“Ballerina”) and Felix Sandman (“Boys with Emotions”) will live to sing another day in the Second Chance round Andra Chansen.
Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final 1 Winners (direkt till final)
Robin Bengtsson – “Take A Chance”
Robin Bengtsson rode a wave of hype coming into the semi-final and the public felt it was deserved. Standing in front of a projection wall, he told the story of falling in love with someone on the London Underground. The song was breezy and light and showcased Robin in lovely, jaunty form. It felt pure.
The Mamas – “Move”
The ladies brought us light alongside John Lundvik at Eurovision 2019. And tonight they turned those lights up even more. This was uplifting and joyous — three minutes of non-stop happiness. They didn’t just move mountains, they blew them up and caused an avalanche! This was endearing and the song will no doubt prove enduring this Mello season.
Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final 1 Andra Chansen
Felix Sandman – “Boys With Emotions”
Felix, who finished second back in 2018, lets guys know that it’s OK to let it all out. He encourages men to forget what their emotionally unavailable fathers said and to embrace their emotions, good and bad. He brought the song to life with thoroughly contemporary staging that included the projection of words onto his white clothing. This was polished but quirky, mainstream but in some ways “out there”.
Malou Prytz – “Ballerina”
This teen queen has grown up a lot in the past year. She’s left the teeny bopper sound behind and arrived with something much more mature. She danced on stage with her alter ego, using simple moves to great effect in her dark pop ballad.