Melodifestivalen 2020 is heating up and tonight the third semi-final took place in Luleå.

Two acts advanced direkt til final. They were Mohombi with “Winners” and Mariette with “Shout It Out.”

Two further acts made it the duels of Andra Chansen. They were Drängarna — “Piga och dräng” and Anis Don Demina — “Vem är som oss”.

Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final 3 winners

Mohombi with “Winners”

He made a splash during Melodifestivalen 2019. And tonight Mohombi was back in action with “Winners”. With a title like that you might accuse a person of counting eggs before they hatch. But tonight, aided by a disco stone circle, Mohombi proved he can deliver on the song’s ambitious title. At times this performance did feel hemmed in, but there’s two weeks to sort it before the final at Friends.

Mariette with “Shout It Out”

She’s had singers on bungie chors and dementor backing dancers. But tonight Mariette switched things up and put her artistry centre stage. “Shout It Out” is anthemic arena rock and it came alive with a stunning light show. Mariette also seemed more relaxed than in past technical innovation driven performances. Comparisons to Coldplay seem well made, but Mariette is her own woman, and on stage tonight she shone.

Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi Final 3 Andra Chansen Advancers

Drängarna with “Piga och dräng”

The generational bridge between Timoteij and Hasse Andersson. Drängarna advancing felt likely when we heard the snippets and it became inevitable once they performed tonight. This is heaps of fun. Because among the stylish pop offerings, bombastic arena anthems and technologically advanced stageshows sometimes you just need an Irish jig. At this stage you’d think they’ll be in with a fighting chance at Andra Chansen.

Anis Don Demina

This felt like (Mackle)more of what we’ve seen and heard before. Thumping party beats. Quick speed Swedish rapping. And dubious group choreography. That said, as the result shows, these Swedish party songs have an audience, and no doubt this will storm the Spotify Top 50 overnight. As for overall further success in the competition, it depends on the duel.

Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final 3 eliminated acts

Three acts however missed out.

They are Faith Kakembo, Amanda Aasa and Albin Johnsén.

Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final 3 running order

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If it was up to you, Mariette and Mohombi would go direkt to the final. Meanwhile, Faith Kakembo and Drängarna would have to battle it out in Andra Chansen. After counting a total of 809 votes, Mariette came out on top of the poll. Her song “Shout It Out” received 261 votes, which is 32.26% of the total. If Mariette does secure one of the top two places in the semi-final, she would become the first Melfest participant to ever go straight to the final with all of their first four entries. Mohombi is your other winner of the semi-final, picking up 218 votes (26.95%). After finishing second in his semi-final last year, it seems you’re hoping he can do a similar thing this year. The “Winners” singer also topped last night’s Melodifestivalklubben audience poll. #melfest #melodifestivalen #melfest2020 #eurovision #esc2020

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  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”

What do you think of the results? Did the right songs proceed direkt till final? Let us know in the comments below.

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Colin
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Colin

I just watched it today and I mean… Whaaat? Faith Kakembo was shoulder above the rest and she was eliminated! Do Swedes have ears? Mariette was okay and Mohombi was average at best. Faith’s vocals and song dance circles around them. I mean, this is certainly the biggest disappointment in Sweden thus far.

MartyMcCu
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MartyMcCu

One of the best songs in the whole Melodifestivalen 2020 was kicked out into 5th place . Beautiful song, Shame it didn’t go anywhere, this would have done very well in the final. Faith Kakembo — “Crying Rivers”.

Helene
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Helene

Dotter will win. I am sure. It is the most memorable song, the artist is going through as sincere and sings well and the staging fits the song. Anna’s song is dated. The rest is great. But the song is weak. I especially dislike the instrumental part. It is so bland.

MartyMcCu
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MartyMcCu

All the songs are good in audio, SVT made a big mistake this year, not realising the live versions don’t actually match up the songs you would hear on the radio. Perhaps its the 10 year jinx for Sweden, 10 years ago they didn’t qualify. At this rate they might not again. The best songs so far are Anna , Mariette and the Mamas. If they send Anna i do hope she qualifies.

Davve
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Davve

Delusions run high

WannaEatMySpaghetti
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WannaEatMySpaghetti

Let’s hope that if Sweden doesn’t qualify it won’t be with Anna again… but I don’t think Sweden will stay in semi final. They can definitely fail out of the top 10 but they should go through.

MartyMcCu
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MartyMcCu

I don’t know why the critics are negative with Mariette’s song. It is actually very good. Mahombi was a tad weak in my opinion. This will go nowhere at Eurovision.

Lila
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Lila

I feel like i’m the only one who thinks Drängarna was the best act of this semi.

Linda Bengtzing
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Linda Bengtzing

I agree with you!

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

Oh, I’m quite disappointed with Melodifestivalen this year. Anyway it’s still Anna Bergendahl vs. Dotter apparently, waiting for Hanna Ferm next Saturday. In any case it seems very likely that a female artist will be finally representing Sweden again, first time since 2014!

Daniel
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Daniel

Soo does it mean that Dotter Is going to Rotterdam?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I watched this one back very late, due to the other finals that were on. My goodness, why did Faith finish 5th? Nice song from Mohombi, and Mariette was okay. Strange Andra Chansen selection, however.
Generally SF3 is usually the weak link at Melfest anyhow. When the host Lina Hedlund produces a pitch-perfect performance in 1930s musical theatre style and blows the real competition out of the water, I start to be concerned.

Erik
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Erik

At the contray, I want a ton better interval acts. Everything should be on top and the show should be filled with surprises. It’s entertainment. The competition is just one element of the show.

Grafton
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Grafton

Lmao at the journalists who said that Crying Rivers was « probably the song of this edition of Melodifestivalen »… In any case this SF was bad. But I really enjoyed the staging for the beginning of Mariette’s song, until the first chorus. Superb.

Whisker
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Whisker

I hope Mariette gets rid of that guitar.

Marionette
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Marionette

I have lost Faith tonight *cries a river over her*
This song sounds like a Eurovision winner but Swedes once again proved they are in for soulless, blatantly insincere plastic.
I hope I die tonight.

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Seems like the Swedes got bored of this semi-final so they AC’d two novelty acts over Crying Rivers smh. If we go by music only, Mariette had the best track. People complaining about her staging being empty..well look at John last year it was just lighting and the Mamas but he finished 5th at ESC so anything is possible!

Milla
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Milla

Now people like Faith?? Then why did Mariette and Mohombi win the poll? Just because of a not rememberable semifinal then everything about Melodifestivalen is bad this year! Hypocrites! Nothing will ever change, will it..

Dawid
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Dawid

Is it hard to realise these aren’t same people?

Anton
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Anton

Anis should get dq:ed, he took faiths AC position with a stolen song!

Jake
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Jake

SVT ran ouf ot money before their 7th victory and it shows. The riduculous set is curtains and light columns, mariete was basically going across the stage and probably they revamped the props of Armenia 2018 for Mohombi. Nah, thank god for Dotter and her lights.

BleuKnaveXD236
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BleuKnaveXD236

I’m okay with these results… not really in love with any of the songs(even my favs) hoping there’s a song coming up in the other semis that I’ll love but as of now… Anna and Dotter are still my overall faves?(though I’m not in love with them as I can’t recall what they sound like). Anyways congratulations and good luck to the final qualifiers as well as congratulations and good luck to the Andra Chansen qualifiers.

Denis
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Denis

I honestly can’t remember any of the songs from tonight.. But it’s not like we Swedes expect any of them to win.
I also don’t get what you saw in Faith. She was decent at best with an average song! Mariette only got through because of name, no way is that standard Laleh rip off the best one..

PuppetOnAString
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Crying Rivers lacked a climax

Angelika
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Angelika

ATTENTION!
Also Ulrikke is the winner!

Angelika
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Angelika

The Roop won…

Johan
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Johan

Predictable results, but in a bad week who would have guessed otherwise. Everyone is so sad and angry over Faith, but I sure as h*** don´t get it. Nice song, but to sing it well she needed to hit the big notes more clearly. And those fell flat. In a song that is more of a sway along those flat notes both take you out of the zone and the chance for some big notes are lost too. Any other week people would just shruged their shoulders over Faith, but now when there are other artists some feel are weak… Read more »

jack
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jack

Whoever wrote in the reviews that Mohombi’s song is similar to Sertabs vibe needs to change job. Or be fired.

Elina
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Elina

He never said itnwas like sertab! He said it reminded him of a typical turkish eurovision song from the 00s

jack
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jack

how??? the only similarity is that they are both in English. Nothing more

Anton
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Anton

They did not mean sertab specifically… sigh…smh

Whisker
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Whisker

The dancers were great, the entries were so diverse and they showed so much energy, well done! I enjoyed tonight’s semi, tho I wish Albin qualified. My favourites were Mariette and Anis Don Demina.

PP77
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PP77

1.Dotter
2.Robin
3.Anna
4.The Mamas

Till now only Dotter can give 7 th victory for Sweden

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

She can… but not this year… 😛
“Cry” was far more better…

But she has best staging so far so at least that…

Erik4blowjobs
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Erik4blowjobs

Dotter is awful. Truly terrible and just not good.

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

I doubt Dotter will even be top 3 in the MF final.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I don’t know about you guys but until now there isn’t one song that I truly can say ‘I like it’ sorry to say this but they’re all just crap… Hopefully next week better…

vox
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vox

I really love and follow melodifestivalen. This semi has to be the weakest since the revamp of the contest. What on earth was that? Mariette songs is even worse than her previous ones and mohombi had a dated song with the staging of Armenia in 2018. Lets pretend this semi never happened

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

I can’t believe it but after SF3 I’m still up for The Mammas… like Whaaaaaaat (!?)
But true.

emeej
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emeej

Im sorry to say that swedish voters only voted for the names tonight.. awful result. Very dissapointed..

3ree
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3ree

Do you think Amanda or Albin should’ve qualified? I can understand people here liking Faith (even though i thought her song was average at best). But i think the results make sense.

West
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West

I think Mariette was the best tonight and deffinitely deserved a spot in a final. Mohombi… like I said – I’m not fan of his live vocals. The two that went to second chance were ok, but I liked Amanda more.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

“Crying Rivers” might have been my favourite song of this year’s Mello so far, it was delicate, melancholic, soothing, almost dream-like and Faith’s vocal interpretation was just astonishing. But you can’t always get want you want, after all. Congratulations to the qualifiers.

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

Boring… boring… boring…
Maybe it is really time to go mr Bjorkman…
And please bring back hosts like Gina Dirawi or Sarah Dawn Finner or Petra Mede… They would at least make it fun to watch…

diana
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diana

same but petra mede and gina dirawi moved to the rival tv network, TV4 🙁

Niya
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Niya

Ehmm.. Björkman has already stepped down, but surely people on here will continue to curse his name for the next couple of years.

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

Ehmmmm.. wasn’t he responsible for choosing songs this year?
Bjorkman “to go” means Bjorkman not to make any decisions on song choice…

I think he is a master of production and he should be doing this…. but song choice should be out of his duties.

Niya
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Niya

No Björkman is not the one who chooses all of the songs. All submissions go through SVT and they’ll pick a certain amount of songs to go through to a jury of several people (from within the industry) who then decide on 14 acts they prefer. Then a jury from Melodifestivalen’s editorial staff gets to choose 14 more songs – either songs from the general submissions that are left or a few other songs that have been sent in from songwriters for a specific artists. I swear people on here thinks Björkman has more power than he actually does –… Read more »

emeej
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emeej

Please no, I dont want any of those hosts back.. At least we have one good host this year in David. Id rather bring back Rickard and Marie from 2011 or Kristian and Björn Gustafsson from 2008. Back then the there were actually some decent interval acts

Linda Bengtzing
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Linda Bengtzing

Petra Mede is the best they have ever had and will not be surpassed anytime soon I think. Christer Björkman for goood or bad has been there too long and whether he has stepped down or not will continue to cast a shadow and unfair influence over the contest for years to come. His legacy is to make the contest less and less about the songs and more about the personalities and thus it ever was.

emeej
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emeej

Disagree, heavily overrated by the eurovision fandom. I dont like Christer Björkman so I dont understand why you are trying to start an argument over that

Erik4Blowjobs
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Erik4Blowjobs

Not overrated. Just professional and hilarious. I’ll agree to disagree. The Björkman comment was addressing the previous comments in this thread.

emeej
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emeej

We have not had good hosts for Melodifestivalen in at least 8 years or so, I can understand why you would find her professional and hilarious when you dont have anything to compare with. Even the swedish people give low ratings judging the hosts almost every year. But its alright, nothing wrong with different opinions.
Ive wanted Björkman gone for so many years and im happy he will be gone soon. Unfortunately his replacement seems like a copy of him and helps him pick the acts etc so not much will change when he leaves :/

Linda Bengtzing
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Linda Bengtzing

But she is/was very good. As was Sarah Dawn Finer. But there have been massive failures – effing awful freddy. Abysmal

emeej
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emeej

Agree to disagree, didnt find either of them good enough compared to what we had 10 years ago. We can at least agree on fab freddie, that guy was just a meme lmao there is no logical explanation to why he got the job. Except he was pulling that whole overly gay stereotype act and you gotta have some of that in the contest to make people suffer

Polegend Godgarina
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they just need less outdated songs, new faces, and more diversity, that’s it.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I said previously that all of these songs were of a pretty similar standard. I guess, in such cases, you go with what you know.

Niinaa
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Niinaa

Justice for Faith!

Anthony
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Anthony

no difference for me

Sale
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Sale

Every year the same faces qualifying for the final wtf?

wojtekpankok
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wojtekpankok

When I saw the final squads for each of semifinals, I could easily point out the top four.
I thought that MELLO 2017 was bad, but 2020 is the worst one!

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Its what makes Melfest exciting though. Fresh acts debut and get popular then comeback next year better and potentially win. Some that don’t win take 1+ year break and return again..

Johan
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Johan

we are 9 million people . not 100 milion

Amanda
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Amanda

Actually we are 10 million people :p

Loin dici
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What the faaaaaaa- these results

diana
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diana

Faith not qualifying is the biggest robbery of all time. Mariette didn’t deserve the finale, she had the worst song in this semi.
Mohombi, drängarna and Anis deserved what they got. Too bad Albin didn’t qualify too

ESCJudge
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ESCJudge

Owww come on… “of all time” ? -No it’s not. 🙂
Anyway I would see her in Andra rather than that Dragarna-something ;-P

diana
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diana

Yes it is. go argue with a wall

Stephanie
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Stephanie

So true… Faith was by far the best

Chromium
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Chromium

I wouldn’t say the *biggest*, but still a robbery. I quite liked the song + staging + her performance. 🙂

Mariette’s song weirdly reminds me of “Victorious” from last year.

Linda Bengtzing
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Linda Bengtzing

Worst songs win at the worst Melodifestivalen yet. Many sexual favours must have occurred for that pile of crap to get through. The farmers and Faith kekambo were easily the best plus the rapper guy who was at least upbeat. The two that went through tot he final were boring and predictable. So a fix.

Erik
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Erik

Sex is never used as a favour. If it’s not an act of consent, it becomes rape. Sex comes always from consent

Linda Bengtzing
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Linda Bengtzing

Melodifestivalen has been trading on sex for years. You can consent to sex in return for favours. It’s the oldest job in the world. Sex has been used as a favour for millenia. Wake up.

Erik
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Erik

Nope. That’s not how it works.
It takes two to tango so to speak.
If you really need something and let someone abuse you, well then you get raped.

If you wanted to do it in the first place, then you wouldn’t need a favour for it.

Nothing “works” like this except sexual abuse and rape.

Linda Bengtzing
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Linda Bengtzing

Is it abuse (sic) if you have fun and get what you want too? Well done, you’ve turned a joke into a sad treatise of human behaviour

Erik
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Erik

If you have fun from it, well then you’re already getting something out of it. You don’t sacrifice anything and you just do it out of consent.

If you DON’T get something out of, but need to trade your consent with some favour. Well, that act is now your “payment”.

And rape and sexual abuse is no joke to me. Maybe it is to you. I’m sorry if your rape joke got ruined.

Erik4Blowjobs
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Erik4Blowjobs

you are right

CRISTIANO MESSI
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Her name is Faith Kakalmabo not Kekambo!

Linda Bengtzing
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Linda Bengtzing

My mistake. Apologies.

wojtekpankok
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wojtekpankok

Melodifestivalen is predictable… still the same names in the finale. Faith’s song was good and should have gone!
I really loved the festival in 2016, but now it’s soooo boring!

Aaron
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Aaron

Agree with everything you have said. You could predict the top 4 from just the names

wojtekpankok
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wojtekpankok

I don’t appreciate with it since Loreen, my queen was eliminated in andra chansen.