The semi-finals are over.
But four spots in the Melodifestivalen 2020 final lineup remain open.
And they’ll be decided by the four duels of Andra Chansen next weekend in Eskilstuna.
Broadcaster SVT has just announced the pairings for the duels.
They are as follows:
Andra Chansen 2020 Duels
Anis don Demina – “Vem e som oss”
Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron – “Surface”
Malou Prytz – “Ballerina”
Paul Rey – “Talking In My Sleep”
Felix Sandman – “Boys with Emotions”
Frida Öhrn – “We Are One”
Mendez feat. Alvaro Estrella – “Vamos amigos”
Drängarna – “Piga och dräng”
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The duels are direct head-to-heads and the winner will advance to the final.
Who will win each duel?
Producers pair acts for the duels using two rules.
The first is that acts from the same semi-final do not compete against one another. The second is that an act that placed third in a semi-final is paired against an act that came fourth in another.
With the pairings, you can infer who is likely to win each duel.
For starters Anis don Demina looks set to top Duel 1. He’s wracked up over 700k streams since his song was released and hit the Top 5 on Sweden’s Spotify chart.
Upbeat Swedish party songs such have also typically performed well at the Andra Chansen stage. Acts like Samir &a Viktor and Panetoz have advanced from the duels with songs in a similar style to Anis. By contrast “Surface” is a more subdued number. Ellen and Simon have great chemistry, but the staging was quite dark and moody, which may compare unfavourably against “Vem e Som Oss”.
Duel 2 may be a more even pairing. That’s because Paul and Malou are neck-and-neck in terms of Spotify streams. Their songs are also different styles: Paul has a subdued but modern ballad, Malou a Sia-style foot-stomper. Keeping in mind the fact third and fourth placed acts are put together, things may slightly be in Paul’s favour, as it seems more likely he is the third-placer of the two acts. But this is not a foregone conclusion.
There’s little doubt however, that Felix Sandman will win Duel 3. He has wracked up over a million streams and is one of the biggest names in the competition. Frida Öhrn has a profile too, but her staging is almost non-existent, and she’s unfortunate enough to find herself up against one of this year’s slickest stage shows.
The final duel is difficult to read. Méndez advanced from this stage of the competition in 2018, but he had a far stronger song then too. Drängarna have a marginal lead on Spotify – around 40k streams – but are also singing in Swedish which can provoke different reactions at Andra Chansen. It has been four years since a Swedish-language song advanced from this stage of the competition.
Acts will also make tweaks to performances before they take the stage. In particular acts that have had longer since their semi-finals have had more time to innovate on their original performances.
What do you make of the Andra Chansen 2020 duels? Let us know in the comments below