Fans won’t get to have their first taste of Melodifestivalen 2020’s second semi until Thursday lunchtime when the first snippets emerge. But accredited media in Göteborg were given a first-listen to all seven competing songs on Wednesday evening.
Based on these early reviews — taken from Aftonbladet and Schlager Profilerna — Anna Bergendahl and Paul Rey 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.
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Which semi-final two act from Melodifestivalen 2020 are you most excited for? The entries are: Klara Hammarström "Nobody" Jan Johansen "Miraklernas tid" Dotter "Bulletproof" Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella "Vamos amigos" Linda Bengtzing "Alla mina sorger" Paul Rey "Talking in My Sleep" Anna Bergendahl "Kingdom Come" Pictures via SVT #melfest #mello #melodifestivalen #melfest2020 #mello2020 #melodifestivalen2020 #eurovision #esc2020 #openup
Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final Two Previews
1. “Nobody” – Klara Hammarström
Klara’s entry is compared to a quartet of female artists. Aftonbladet hears “nice Shakira and J Lo pop”. By contrast, Schlagerprofilerna describes the number as an “I don’t need you I’m better off by myself” song from “Camila Cabello land”, suggesting that Margaret fans should like it. The track also has a “latin touch mixed with heavy horn beats”. Aftonbladet considers it “a little too generic”.
2. “Miraklernas tid” – Jan Johansen
The entry was originally attached to Thorsten Flinck before he was sensationally disqualified last weekend. However, given the short notice, the media were played his version rather than Jan’s. It reminds Schlagerprofilerna of Björn Kjellman’s “Älskar du livet” from Melfest 2006. The blog describes it as “Theatrical. But not over dramatic”. Aftonbladet is a fan of the refrain. However, ultimately, this is obviously the biggest unknown among the seven. Schlagerprofilerna says it would be “without a chance” if Thorsten was still singing it, but wonders if Jan “can give this some schlager life”.
3. “Bulletproof” – Dotter
After Malou last week, the Sia comparisons are back! Schlagerprofilerna predicts listeners will be surprised by “how much Sia a song can sound”. This is coupled with some “Marina & The Diamonds-weirdness”. The writer concludes that the entry is probably “easier to access” than her 2018 effort. Aftonbladet reaches a different verdict. The paper says it is “significantly less direct” than “Cry” and the verses don’t “grab”.
4. “Vamos Amigos” – Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella
The publications also disagree somewhat on the merits of “Vamos Amigos”. Aftonbladet praises it for finally kicking off the party while expressing surprise that so much of the verse is in Spanish. On the other hand, Schlagerprofilerna is “underwhelmed”. The song is “not as schlager” as Mendez’ previous efforts and “not as happy/party”. Instead it “looks more towards the current reggaeton trend”.
5. “Alla mina sorger” – Linda Bengtzing
After a slew of non-qualifications in recent years, Linda will surely be thrilled to read that she “can definitely move on this week”. So says Aftonbladet. The author admits to missing the beat in his stomach, commenting that the track takes time to grow — starting off “mournfully” before picking up in the chorus. Schlagerprofilerna tells us that it’s “more of a regular Swedish popsong than a classic schlager”. However, the lyrics are “classic Linda”. It reminds the website of Krista Siegfrids’ Mello entries, “but better”.
6. “Talking in My Sleep” – Paul Rey
Whatever about talking in your sleep, Aftonbladet feels that Rey’s Melfest debut “is the song you want to listen to when you cry alone in bed”. But it’s also one you want to sing along to when taking a “drive in the inner city” The chorus is strong and “this can definitely be his big breakthrough”. Schlagerprofilerna brings in yet another Ed Sheeran comparison — “midtempo, arena pop with a great rock voice”.
7. “Kingdom Come” – Anna Bergendahl
And, for once, it seems like producers have saved the best for last. While acknowledging that Anna’s comeback isn’t as “delicate” as “Ashes To Ashes” Schlagerprofilerna calls it a “bonafide hit” that’s “more of an upbeat country dance hit”. The blog boldly predicts that this is “probably the most certain qualifier this week. It has all the ingredients for a finalist”. Aftonbladet is just as gushing. “I don’t think anyone will be disappointed”, writes the paper’s Mello expert Tobbe Ek. ABBA pianos, country guitars and Anna’s voice are a “perfect trio”.
What do you think of this semi’s line-up? Who are you most excited to see live? Let us know in the comments.