Luleå calling!

This week Melodifestivalen 2020 travels to the far north for Semi-Final 3 in Luleå.

On stage seven acts will go head-to-head for two places at the final and failing that two places in Andra Chansen.

Three acts face the less desirable outcome of crashing out of the competition during the Semi-Final. Now we have our first indication for how things will play out on Saturday night.

That’s because broadcaster SVT has just released one minute snippets of each song in Semi-Final 3.

Melodifestivalen Semi-Final 3

Song Snippets

You can listen to the Melodifestivalen Semi-Final 3 song snippets by clicking here.

  1. Mariette – “Shout It Out”
  2. Albin Johnsén – “Livet börjar nu”
  3. Drängarna – “Piga och dräng”
  4. Amanda Aasa – “Late”
  5. Anis don Demina – “Vem är som oss”
  6. Faith Kakembo – “Crying Rivers”
  7. Mohombi – “Winners”

Rehearsal clips for each act will be released through SVTPlay at 9pm CET. These offers fans a first indication of how the acts’ performances will look on Saturday night.

Melodifestivalen 2020 Semi-Final 3 Running Order

Three-time finalist Mariette opens the show with “Shout It Out”. Mariette’s fourth Melodifestivalen entry has drawn comparisons to Coldplay, but also been labelled her “weakest” so far. Semi-Final 2 finalist Dotter drew a similarly lukewarm response last week, so Mariette fans need not despair yet.

Albin Johnsén is on second and last competed in 2016. The songwriting team for his entry “Livet börjar nu” includes Melfest 2013 winner Robin Stjernberg.

Dansband Drängarna have drawn comparisons to 2018 finalists Rolandz. Their entry “Piga and dräng” has led one critic to dub them, “The Dads of Timoteij”.

P4 Nästa wildcard winner Amanda Aasa follows in fourth. The prognosis for her entry “Late” does not look good. One critic even called the song “unnecessary”.

Anis Don Demina is back for another attempt at Mello glory. He’ll hope his party song “Vem e som oss” can clear the semi-finals after his failed attempt in 2019.

An act that has won praise from the media is Faith Kakembo. She’ll sing “Crying Rivers” in sixth position.

Mohombi – who placed fifth in the final of Melodifestivalen 2019 – closes the show. His entry “Winners” is seen by the press as the most probable qualifier from this Semi-Final.

What do you think of the song snippets? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Oy oy
Oy oy
7 months ago

Amansa Aasa is the best amogst these. But I guesa Dränarna will go all the way among the main-stream workingclass-Svenssons in Sweden tomorrow..

Malin
Malin
7 months ago

Håller på Amanda Aasa även om jag tror det blir svårt för henne. Lite Mello version av Veronika Maggio och tror inte de som gillar den typen av musik kollar på mello och röstar knappast. Tror fler röstar på drängarna.,Tyvärr.

lasse braun
lasse braun
7 months ago

semi 2 was weak (only anna & dotter deliever).
semi 1 was weaker.
semi 3 new highscore in weakness.
not the best sign for semi 4.

Carlos A Dominguez
Carlos A Dominguez
7 months ago

I deff like Amanda’s song it’s interesting Faith is my next pick or Mohombi! this is deff the weaker of the Semi’s lets hope Hanna Ferm lives up.. if not just send Anna or Dotter to Rotterdam

Pierre
Pierre
7 months ago

What a jerkish statement.

BleuKnaveXD236
BleuKnaveXD236
7 months ago

Not bad… I rather like most songs in this semi and even the ones I don’t rightly care for aren’t bad. My favs are Mariette and Drangarna… Faith’s song is alright but I don’t feel any real emotion but sometimes ballads are just better performed live so we shall see I suppose. Mohombi’s song was supposed to sound like something from Turkey from the 00’s? well I don’t hear that but maybe the snippet didn’t showcase that, all I got was a nice but generic male pop song but nothing special. I still like Anna and Dotter’s songs better for… Read more »

123
123
7 months ago

delusional much?

Lolek
Lolek
7 months ago

I keep thinking things over and looking at last weeks semi, I would not only go so far to say that Klara would go DtF in this semi, but also that Linda Bengtzing would have potentially even gone to AC.. in a way I feel like the latter is the biggest shame because she was one elimination I saw coming but wish hadn’t happen.

Johan
Johan
7 months ago

Long live schlager! If we erase all swedish schlager songs just beacuse someone thinks they are dated. Then we loose all of our swedish ID. Then we could just be a boring pop festival like everyone else. No i want to keep as much swedish in a swedish Melfest. ps schlager is not dated. Its a song with a strong chorus that you remember. There are many diffrent schlager approaches. not just ONE

Una
Una
7 months ago
Reply to  Johan

I agree with this. If Schlager is part of the essence of what is in fact a Swedish song festival, *let the Schlager be*.

Milla
Milla
7 months ago

Excuse me.. most of the songs in this heat are better than Lithuania’s songs in the final, imo of course 😀 I’m sure they will be performed better as well.. I’m just being objective.

Una
Una
7 months ago

I liked Mariette’s and Albin’s songs. Pleasant surprise. I had heard about Mariette and I think one of her songs two or three years ago as Wiwibloggs had covered her quite a lot. Mohombi’s was a huge disappointment – his song was the only one I was curious about. Who was talking about Turkish sound? I am pretty familiar with sounds from the Balkans and Mediterranean but the snippet didn’t highlight that Turkish factor at all. Modern Turkish maybe? I don’t know. Faith’s sounded good but very, very American market oriented. Mohombi is a DTF qualifier for sure. I don’t… Read more »

Kungfrederik90
Kungfrederik90
7 months ago

Mohombi and Mariette could easily win on this semi-final.

Belle
Belle
7 months ago

I like the snippets of Faith and Drängarna. But nothing in this heat will beat the amazing ANNA and DOTTER.

Gunilla
Gunilla
7 months ago
Reply to  Belle

Drängarna, ……. : o ….. are you from Sweden.

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago

Faith will make it to the final. Mark my words

Gunilla
Gunilla
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

No, a great ballad… but were are the emotions and empathy in her voices?

filipko54
filipko54
7 months ago

well this week I won’t regret watching final of MGP instead of Melodifestivalen

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago
Reply to  filipko54

No one cares honey

Dawid
Dawid
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

You cared enough to make this comment though

La la love
La la love
7 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

Thomas,

OOF

Esc1234
Esc1234
7 months ago

The “brand” of Mariette is bigger than her chances of ever going to eurovision. This song is a filler. Still Dotter and Anna are the one to beat

Aaron
Aaron
7 months ago

My top 7 and prediction in brackets before rehearsals:

1. Mohombi (2nd)
2. Amanda Aasa (7th)
3. Mariette (1st)
4. Faith Kakembo (3rd)
5. Albin Johnsén (6th)
6. Anis Don Demina (5th)
7. Drängarna (4th)

Thoroughly disappointed with Mariette and Faith’s song to be honest. Pleasantly surprised with Mohombi’s song and Amanda’s was as great as I anticipated.

Miguel
Miguel
7 months ago
Reply to  Aaron

Just a question: why do you put Amanda last if you liked it?

Malmklang
Malmklang
7 months ago
Reply to  Miguel

He likes it, but predicts it to end up last.
I know the feeling all too well:-)

BREXIT CAREER WOMAN
BREXIT CAREER WOMAN
7 months ago

lousy efforts

Denis
Denis
7 months ago

Don’t know why people are complaining. The third semi is always the weakest one. None of them will do well in the final, but someone has to end up 11th too! Though this lot is better than what usually is offered in the third one.. Mohombi is the only DF qualifier here. Rest is up to grabs. I actually would say Drängarna takes it. It is that Rolandz/ Hasse Andersson effect with people just voting for the name ! Though it probably will be Mariette again, even though it’s her most bland entry. And that means a lot seeing how… Read more »

Gunilla
Gunilla
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

From this short snippets I think Mahombi and Drängarna. I agree But I think Mariett Will have difficult if the staging is’nt fantastic. She will be compared whith her former entries and we the swedes Often don’t care if we like the artist if we don’t like the song. I think actually Mariett or Faith will go to Sandra chanson together whith Anis Don Demina. My daughter has talked a lot about him and I think he will get the Samir och viktor votes. My prediction, obs not what I want though Final: Drängarna and Mohombi Andra chansen: Anis Don… Read more »

John
John
7 months ago

One minute doesn´t say much, but Faith and Mohombi sounds promising.
Still….Anna, Dotter and The Mamas would easily beat any of those 7.

La la love
La la love
7 months ago

Qualify:
Mohombi
Amanda Aasa

Andra Chansen:
Mariette
Faith Kakembo

~Drangarna~
~Anis don demina~
~Albin Johnsen~

La la love
La la love
7 months ago
Reply to  La la love

And out of Andra Chansen I would pic Mariette

Kat
Kat
7 months ago

1. Drängarna – This is EXACTLY the kind of song I love and listen to normally! Oh, it’s such a delight. They sound like they’re having so much fun 😀 Jaunty and happy! 2. Anis don Demina – This also sounds like it’ll be a blast on stage!! 3. Mohombi – Not sure where the Turkey-00s comparison comes in, unless it picks up a lot in the other 2/3rds? But hey, it’s still sounding pretty good and I’m sure he’ll deliver really well on stage!! The other songs .. kind of miss me. Though they could surprise, and I hope… Read more »

La la love
La la love
7 months ago

Faith has amazing vocals but the song is not for me. My favourites would actually have to be Amanda Aasa (ik in a previous comment I didn’t like her music but this one is good) and Mohombi. But semifinal 3 I have to say is pretty disappointing

Marios
Marios
7 months ago

*patiently waiting for Hanna ferm’s song*

Johan
Johan
7 months ago

I love Faiths song:) the most important is her in the final. Many classic comments here like always Like: Sweden have no emotions. Sweden have lost their way etc. We have your intrest beacuse you manage to fill the comment section with 100 comments every time Sweden is up. I never watch a show i hate. Why cant you try that sometime? less complaints then. Try it.

Colin
Colin
7 months ago

It’s hard to tell from one minute snippets, but none of the songs really say ”winner”. I’d give my vote to Faith in this bunch, but I’m still unsure. I’ll wait for the full versions, as one of the songs may develop more. I guess this is great news for Malou Prytz and Paul Rey if they’ll have to duel with acts from this semi.

Una
Una
7 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Hi Colin!! How about the duels? I can’t remember how the duels work in Mello. Are the duels for acts from the same semi or is there a paring like one each 1-2 and 3-4 or another combination? Thanks 🙂

Colin
Colin
7 months ago
Reply to  Una

Hi, Una! AC duels are formed between 3rd from one semi and 4th from another one, criss-cross. 😉

Una
Una
7 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Thanks. Colin! 🙂

Antonio
Antonio
7 months ago

I don’t get the hype about Faith K., it’s just an OK song… and maybe Mariette will be saved by the bell and go to Andra Chansen, ’cause I think Anis, Albin and Amanda will not have a strong support to make it through, but her song is definitely the weakest she has entered. Drängarna is the biggest surprise for me in this semifinal and it will go DTF even before Mohombi… swedish people tend to like this kind of songs. So, my prediction is: DTF: – Drängarna – Mohombi AC: – Faith Kakembo – Mariette 5. Anis Don Demina… Read more »

GLBhmn
GLBhmn
7 months ago

Yeah this is not working out for me. This might have worked last decade but things change. I feel like MF needs to change their game, more interesting sounds, something else than bland pop or folk schlager. I’m worried for Sweden

Also most of these sound a bit too familiar, uhum Macklemore.

GLBhmn
GLBhmn
7 months ago
Reply to  GLBhmn

Wait, I forgot my only positive note: I like Amanda’s ‘Late’.

Johan
Johan
7 months ago
Reply to  GLBhmn

thats the worst one. your taste is diffrent so i feel you cant judge Melfest if you like the one who going to be last.

Johan
Johan
7 months ago
Reply to  GLBhmn

haha. dont watch then. We manage. I LOVE Faiths song.

Denis
Denis
7 months ago
Reply to  GLBhmn

The thing is SVT wants schlager in the contest, even though no one really votes for it.
As for pop that is how Swedish music sounds like at the moment and they want the contest to be that. They want tracks you can stream, listen to. And really isn’t that good that MF isn’t only longer a place for schlager songs?

Alex
Alex
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

But why Swedes don’t love schlagger in Melodifestivalen but when it comes to Eurovision we see Swedes voting massively for “Higher Ground” or “Spirit in the sky” and winning televoting there (probably in a landslide I guess).
I’m also thinking Finland will probably win televote in Sweden with Cicciolina this year.
It’s interesting to see how different is the view idk :s

Johan
Johan
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I want all styles. Why should we keep all styles and erase just schlager? I want all in. Schlager is swedish so why erase ALL swedish. dont make any sense

Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago
Reply to  GLBhmn

i feel like they’ve been on a crisis since swedish type of pop stopped being cool (circa 2016) and ppl started consuming urban or more indie-oriented music. the swedish music industry has adapted to that, but not melfest, that’s the problem.

La la love
La la love
7 months ago

I do actually prefer pre 2016 Sweden to the ones after that
My faves being Loreen, mans, sanna Nielsen, Eric Saade (guilty pleasure!), la voix, etc

Marco
Marco
7 months ago

For me Faith is by far the best entry in this Semi final. Don’t know why, but it’s in my head…. Good luck for her!

Musimakeup
Musimakeup
7 months ago

Nothing is standing out really, but I like Mohombi.

Colin
Colin
7 months ago

4 songs in Swedish language, only 3 NQs per semi. Voters are now cornered into letting one of the Swedish songs go through.

Sami
Sami
7 months ago

Mohombi has won Grammy and Billboard awards for songs he has written in recent years but for Mello he chooses these rather dated and “Eurovision sounding” songs. It’s literally writing a track just for Eurovision, which I don’t see as a good strategy these days. Might have worked 10 years ago but it’s 2020’s now. He will still be in the final but is it more down to the song or to the competition that’s the question.

Grafton
Grafton
7 months ago

This is so bad lmao. Klara would have gone DTF in this semi. Dotter and Anna stay unbothered ! (I don’t understand the hype of the reviews yesterday about Faith, the song is super bland and a bit dated?) Also the Don Demina song is literally Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore wtf. Mohombi is the only obvious DTF here even if it is not a bop. Then I don’t know. Probably Don Demina, Kakembo and that boring Mariette song. The most entertaining song is the folk celtic group one though, i would put it in the finals just to add… Read more »

Lolek
Lolek
7 months ago

I enjoy the songs in this semi, and I feel like there is a fair bit of diversity here (That a lot of people find is often lacking from Melo) but I do wonder if a bop from a previous semi (ex: Klara) would have performed really well here? Anyway here are my PERSONAL and TEMPORARY rankings. DtF: Drangarna – oh man this type of folk music is lowkey my guilty pleasure! Totally my jam, and I don’t expect many in the euro bubble to ‘get’ this, but I think this is worthy of going far, at least for musical… Read more »

Lolek
Lolek
7 months ago
Reply to  Lolek

Even after having posted this, I keep going back and thinking Faith deserves a DtF spot over Mariette potentially. Even Amanda maybe I should have put her in 5th, lol. Ah, I’m going to wait until the preview clips before I toy with my current placings.

E!ntertainment
E!ntertainment
7 months ago

Meh times 7

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

And again like every year the semifinal 3 is the worst.

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago

Let the usual ”oh Sweden is so weal bashing” start… you all need to take some anti depressants.. especially come May when Sweden will be in the Top5 again!

Banan
Banan
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

As a swede I would say this semi is really weak. It really is..

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago
Reply to  Banan

Said the Turk

La la love
La la love
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

What are you implying

Monika
Monika
7 months ago

Boring, generic, repetitive songs…. Nothing to stand out, very disappointing…year by year the quality of Mellfest songs is getting worse! – Mariette – Isn’t she tired of competing, year after year with basically the same type of songs? BORING! – Albin Johnsén – Each and every year they put some artists singing in Swedish, with NO chance or qualifying, they just want to fill the space of the semifinals with this kind of boring, dated songs… NEXT! – Drängarna – Rednex in a bad day? No thank you, 90’s are not coming back… – Amanda Aasa – I don’t even… Read more »

Johan
Johan
7 months ago
Reply to  Monika

your opinions is like poison: you only read them once then never again

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
7 months ago
Reply to  Johan

wtf is that analogy, try again sweetie

Emil
Emil
7 months ago

Is it just me or does Faith Kakembo – “Crying Rivers” sound like it’s song over the twin Peaks intro?!

Micha? P
Micha? P
7 months ago
Reply to  Emil

And yet Angelo Badalamenti isn’t credited. Way to go, Sweden 😉

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago

Faiths song is amazing

Laburnum
Laburnum
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

@Thomas – exactly…so be quiet please and let people share their opinions

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago
Reply to  Laburnum

Go to bed bug

Johan
Johan
7 months ago

This feels like an even heat, simply because all the songs are just too middle of the road/bad. But non the less here is what I think will happen without having seen their on stage performances: DTF 1. Mohombi- Bland, good but once again it has been heard soooooo many times before (and way earlier). Effective maybe, but also a bit boring if it doesn´t explode later in the song. 2. Mariette- This is right up my alley, but i´m not convinced the rest of Sweden will agree with me. It is once again simplistic and it has been done… Read more »

Yannis
Yannis
7 months ago

very disappointed and repeated songs for Melodifestivalen this year

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

Moaning is unattractive

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

rasmus is that u

Thomas
Thomas
7 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

No its your mom actually

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
7 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

wow how incredibly mature of you, I’m so floored by the level of intelligence you just wrecked me with, im shaking

Christopher
Christopher
7 months ago

Mariette is my favorite to win the semi

bryn collins
bryn collins
7 months ago
Reply to  Christopher

same her song is one of the best this year

diana
diana
7 months ago

This must be the worst semifinal yet. Mariette just keeps getting worse and worse each entry she has, idk what Drängarna does and Amanda? damn

My predicition is Faith and Mohombi DTF, Drängarna and Mariette to AC

Tyuk
Tyuk
7 months ago

Honestly, Klara Hammarström would have won this weak semi.

handsome
handsome
7 months ago
Reply to  Tyuk

by far

Jakub
Jakub
7 months ago

My prediction (and faves as well):
DTF – Mohombi and Faith Kakembo
AC – Mariette and Drängarna
5th – Anis don Demina
6th – Amanda Aasa
7th – Albin Johnsén

The weakest semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2020 so far.

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Guarantee Drängarna go DTF – although in reality absolutely nothing deserves to be in the final!

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

I want some Swedish in the final and folk so Drangarna for me.

Sale
Sale
7 months ago

I must say this is the worst semifinal in the history of Melfest..

Isa
Isa
7 months ago
Reply to  Sale

I personally disagree. There have worse in the past. There was even one year when they were all grim!

NatashaWAYTOESC
7 months ago

Anis Don Demina is SO PLAGIARISM! Can’t hold us.
How can this song take part in a competition?