Fans won’t get to have their first taste of Melodifestivalen 2020’s fourth semi until Thursday lunchtime when the first snippets emerge. But accredited media in Malmö were given a first-listen to all seven competing songs on Wednesday evening.
Based on these early reviews — taken from Aftonbladet and Schlager Profilerna — Hanna Ferm and Victor Crone look like the two to beat in deltävling four. Here’s a full round-up of what both publications had to say about each of the acts.
It’s worth noting that these reviews are written based on two listens of each audio track. As we all know, a winning package consists of much more, including staging, live vocals and charisma. Therefore, a lot can change between now and Saturday.
Melodifestivalen 2020: Semi-Final Four Previews
1. “We Are One” – Frida Öhrn
Those disappointed by Anna Bergendahl’s slight shift in genre should be happy. Because, according to Schlager Profilerna, Frida’s song is “the natural continuation” of Anna’s 2019 entry “Ashes To Ashes”. The blog describes it as “arena country” and says it has “broader appeal” than Frida’s band Cookies N Beans. Aftonbladet praises her raspy voice, drawing comparisons to Bonnie Tyler.
2. “Molnljus” – William Stridh
Schlager Profilerna calls this “bland” comparing it to something from Ted Gärdestad — a Swedish singer and Melfest star from the 1970s. Although the writer does concede that it’s better than Anton Hagman’s similar effort from 2019. Aftonbladet also hears Ted while branding the song excessively “sugary”.
3. “Carpool Karaoke” – Nanne Grönvall
Aftonbladet says this comes like an “alarm clock”. While “thrilling” and “filled with playfulness”, it has so many Nanne-isms that it “almost becomes a parody”. Schlager Profilerna describes it as a mixture of her 2005 hit “Håll om mig” and her more recent “crazy text based songs”. Despite struggling to identify a target market for the number, it predicts that no one will have a “boring time watching this on stage”.
4. “Troubled Waters” – Victor Crone
Both outlets compare this to Avicii. Aftonbladet says it starts quieter than Frida’s show opener but picks up nicely during the chorus. Schlager Profilerna boldly declares that the track is “much better” than “Storm”. Victor is said to be the male act to watch in this semi, and possibly in the final too alongside Robin Bengtsson.
5. “Surface” – Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron
Both say that this is Mello 2020’s take on Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s all-conquering “Shallow”. Aftonbladet calls it “atmospheric and nicely produced”. Schlager Profilerna says the duo sound great together and “it is just a really good song”.
6. “Om du tror att jag saknar dig” – Jakob Karlberg
Schlager Profilerna can’t decide whether this is better or worse than William’s entry — “It is OK. More guitar… Falsetto”. Of the two entries, Aftonbladet feels that Jakob has the edge — “a little more poignant and more direct”.
7. “Brave” – Hanna Ferm
Schlager Profilerna is in love! It loves Hanna’s voice, her artistry and “this kind of simple, quirky, pop song”. It draws comparisons to Marina & The Diamonds, Ava Max and Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts. However, it’s by no means a guaranteed winner. It doesn’t have the “in-your-face-schlager” of Anna Bergendahl’s “Kingdom Come” or the “I-recognise-this-from-the-radio vibe” of Dotter’s “Bulletproof”. Also, being song number 28 of the season brings its own pressures. Aftonbladtet is equally impressed — “wonderful fun and unexpected woohoos”. The paper thinks international fans will lap this up.
What do you think of this semi’s line-up? Who are you most excited to see live? Let us know in the comments.