Melodifestivalen 2021 Acts _ Performers _ Singers

It’s one of the most anticipated national finals of the season. Now Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the running order of the four semi-finals in Melodifestivalen 2021.

The announcement was made today in a live stream on social media. The Melfest team revealed the positions to an eager online audience, including the regular wall of colour-coded Post-Its.

Contest producer Karin Gunnarsson said the line-up contains at least three songs capable of getting a strong result for Sweden at Eurovision with at least one song they think could be a Eurovision winner.

Openers and closers of the Melodifestivalen 2021 heats

The first act we’ll see on stage in at The Annex in Stockholm in just over three weeks time will be Kadiatou who opens the first semi-final with “One Touch”. Danny Saucedo will close the semi with his song “Dandi dansa”.

The second semi sees Anton Ewald opening with”New Religion”, while 2020 runner-up Dotter will close with her song “Little Tot”.

Taking to the stage first at the third semi-final will be Sweden’s Eurovision queen Charlotte Perrelli and her song “Still Young”. Closing the show will be Tusse with “Voices”.

And opening the last semi-final will be former Alcazar singer Tess Merkel with “Good Life”. The last performer of the semi-finals will be Eurovision 2011 star Eric Saade with “Every Minute”.

The running order for both the andra chasen round and the grand final will be announced ahead of those shows, once the lineup for each show has been confirmed.

Does the running order guarantee Melodifestivalen success?

It’s generally thought that the opening and closing positions in each semi are given to two of the strongest songs, so today’s reveal can offer clues to the songs likely to make the grand final or andra chansen.

While fans have various theories about the power and potential of performing first and last, it is no guarantee of going direkt till final. It usually all comes down to the song.

Last year five of the eight direct qualifiers performed first or last. However, Robin Bengtsson and Dotter qualified after performing third in their semis, while Victor Crone qualified from fourth place.

Conversely, Felix Sandman closed his semi-final but had to detour via the andra chansen round. Klara Hammarström opened her semi-final but failed to make it any further in the contest.

Much effort goes into determining the order of the songs. Each show contains songs in a mix of genres and languages, performed by different types of artists. As well, thought is given to ensuring the overall song order creates an entertaining television show.

Melodifestivalen 2021 – Semi-finals running order

Semi-final 1: 6 February

  1. Kadiatou – “One Touch”
  2. Lillasyster – “Pretender”
  3. Jessica Andersson – “Horizon”
  4. Paul Rey – “The Missing Piece”
  5. Arvingarna – “Tänker inte alls gå hem”
  6. Nathalie Brydolf – “Fingerprints”
  7. Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”

Semi-final 2: 13 February

  1. Anton Ewald – “New Religion”
  2. Julia Alfrida – “Rich”
  3. WAHL feat. SAMI – “90-talet”
  4. Frida Green – “The Silence”
  5. Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – “Rena rama ding dong”
  6. Patrik Jean – “Tears Run Dry”
  7. Dotter – “Little Tot”

Semi-final 3: 20 February

  1. Charlotte Perrelli – “Still Young”
  2. Emil Assergård – “Om allting skiter sig”
  3. Klara Hammarström – “Beat of Broken Hearts”
  4. Mustasch – “Contagious”
  5. Elisa – “Den du är”
  6. Alvaro Estrella – “Baila Baila”
  7. Tusse – “Voices”

Semi-final 4: 20 February

  1. Tess Merkel – “Good Life”
  2. Lovad – “Allting är precis likadant”
  3. Efraim Leo – “Best of Me”
  4. The Mamas – “In the Middle”
  5. Sannex – “All Inclusive”
  6. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”
  7. Eric Saade – “Every Minute”

What do you think of the Melfest 2021 running order? Are you surprised by any of the placings? Will the running order help certain artists? Share your thoughts below!

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Azaad
Azaad
9 days ago

I’m surprised that The Mamas did not get a closing spot. Apart from Robin, don’t all former winners get to close a heat when they return for the first time?

Denis
Denis
8 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

Technically it’s not their first return. And no, they don’t all get to close a heat. It depends on if the returning song is perceived as a winning candidate or not.

Tom
Tom
9 days ago

I am ready to singing – I am not a Little Tot, i am not a Little Tot – hoo hoo …

Azaad
Azaad
9 days ago
Reply to  Tom

Given that Mello last year called Bulletproof a Marinaesque song, I sang that in the notes of I am not a robot!

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
8 days ago
Reply to  Azaad

As if Marina Diamandis? Yeah, thay was not her type of song.

Linus
Linus
9 days ago

After hearing what type of styles they shall sing i think Kadiatou,Charlotte Perelli, Frida Green, Dotter, Anton Ewald, Eric Saade. Efraim Leo, Clara Klingenström and The mamas can win it.

Poju90
Poju90
5 days ago
Reply to  Linus

I Agree. 🙂

Edin
Edin
9 days ago

Wonder if the colours mean something…

Last edited 9 days ago by Edin
Linus
Linus
9 days ago
Reply to  Edin

good question:) i think its what type of song it is 🙂

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
9 days ago
Reply to  Edin

Usually they mean something but this year i do not catch the meaning

Tom
Tom
9 days ago

Differnet sound, label, ….

Colin
Colin
9 days ago

Just for a reference, DTFs last year were: Dtv. 1 – 1st and 3rd Dtv. 2 – 3rd and 7th Dtv. 3 – 1st and 7th Dtv. 4 – 4th and 7th As for the winners, they were primarily featured as: 2020 – 1st in dtv. 1 2019 – 7th in dtv. 4 2018 – 7th in dtv. 1 2017 – 1st in dtv. 3 2016 – 5th in dtv. 4 2015 – 7th in dtv. 4 2014 – 6th in dtv. 2 2013 – 3rd in dtv. 4 2012 – 8th in dtv. 1 2011 – 8th in dtv.… Read more »

Adrian
Adrian
9 days ago

Dotter had my favorite song last year. I hope she can win this time around.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
9 days ago
Reply to  Adrian

Why? She might not have your favourite song this year.

Belle
Belle
9 days ago

Before hearing the songs, Eric and Dotter are my favorites. So excited for this great line-up.

samoylover
samoylover
10 days ago

DOTTERDAM

Tom
Tom
9 days ago
Reply to  samoylover

Hoo Hoo and (hair flips)

Filip Pagot
Filip Pagot
10 days ago

I hope a new artist are going to represent Sweden.

Linus
Linus
9 days ago
Reply to  Filip Pagot

I wait for the songs. If a new artist have the best song, it will win. If not, They wont. Easy:)

Filip Pagot
Filip Pagot
14 hours ago
Reply to  Linus

Yes, but everything can happen.

Yes
Yes
10 days ago

Loving how The Mamas are literally in the middle of their semi

Last edited 10 days ago by Yes
Emkay
Emkay
10 days ago

Unless someone comes through with a song and performance that look like a guaranteed win, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that The Mamas have a 99% chance of winning again.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
10 days ago
Reply to  Emkay

I don’t think so. The swedes vote for what they like. They don’t really think about what they want to see on that eurovision stage because melfest is seen as a thing on it’s own.

Frisian ESC
Frisian ESC
9 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Also the Mamas were not great last year

Kalla
Kalla
10 days ago
Reply to  Emkay

I really cant see the mamas winning again with this years line up

Azaad
Azaad
9 days ago
Reply to  Emkay

For what it’s worth they haven’t been given an opening or closing spot, spots usually given to songs that producers think will do well.

Tom
Tom
10 days ago

I don’t understand why they put Old ladys (Eva and Ewa) in this Melo (older generation should be at home not in the Melodifestivalen) at least for this year

Lolek
Lolek
10 days ago
Reply to  Tom

That comment seems a little ageist though I don’t think you intended it that way. I think that, as long as the Melo team takes the right precautions and being safe, there shouldn’t be any problem with them participating.

And not to go into a Covid debate, but it seems like Sweden’s measures are far less stringent than they are in most of Europe or Canada so I have trouble imagining it being any “less” safe at Melo for them than it is generally at the moment.

Tom
Tom
9 days ago
Reply to  Lolek

Thanks for dislikes 🙁 i was just honest and do not wantet to be rude or something …but i still think older generation should be at home 🙂 just for now …I dont have anything againts older generation in Melo 🙂

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
10 days ago
Reply to  Tom

It’s the last years of their life. As long as you test everybody and take pre-measures let them live ’em.

I could stop visiting my grandmother for a complete year but that’s also not a life worth living for an elderly woman that lives alone.

Last edited 10 days ago by Frisian esc
Erik
Erik
10 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Or you can do like me, sending postcards. Calling her, placing things outside her door and singing outside her house etc. You don’t need to meet her just now

Tom
Tom
10 days ago

I have feeling that the boy Tusse will be Frans (2016) 2.0

CagardiB
CagardiB
10 days ago

I want to believe a song can be strong on itself to be regarded as a potential winner of melfest, but why is it that all the singers in the middle are basically the newcomers? It isn’t news that melfest likes to favour their old sports but can we at least make it so that it doesn’t look as if newcomers get the short end of the stick?

Azaad
Azaad
9 days ago
Reply to  CagardiB

It’s quite rare for someone to win MelFest as a complete newcomer and usually people who’ve done it before can attract stronger songwriters or have become better songwriters themselves through doing it so many times. In recent times, Frans is the only exception I can think of.

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
10 days ago

Eric saade seems to be in the bag.

Lolek
Lolek
10 days ago

Also, the post it note colours used to designate a music genre. Is it fair to assume that is not the case this year?

Lolek
Lolek
10 days ago

That was my impression as well. Thanks Robyn!

Lolek
Lolek
10 days ago

Anyone else get a strange sense of satisfaction seeing the mamas with a song called “in the middle” and are performing in 4th (ie in the middle of their semi)?

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
10 days ago

How many times are they going to send the same names they had in the last few years, or in some cases 10 or 20 years ago? Charlotte Perelli, Anthon Ewald, Jessica Andersson, Arvingarna, Danny Saucedo, Dotter, Eric Saade, Alvaro Estrella, the Mamas? What new does any of them have to offer? An endless loop of names that have been institutionalised and can’t exist outside the SVT circuit.

Serioulsy, this is like a festival on the importance of recycling.

Last edited 10 days ago by vangelis vt
Denali Danesh
Denali Danesh
10 days ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

Oh please! You really are showing your absolute ignorance of what Melodifestivalen is and how it actually works. Of course, they are going to use Swedish names to pad out their incredibly popular Saturday night entertainment show – of course, at least half of these names are not there as a serious contender for Eurovision. That’ because, as everyone knows, Melodifestivalen is so much more than just a Eurovision National Final. So, before posting such nonsense in future – at least have the self-respect to familiarise yourself with the bare bones of the dedicated Wikipedia page – otherwise you’re presenting… Read more »

Erik
Erik
10 days ago
Reply to  Denali Danesh

It’s true. But also the contest will be extremely costly this year. Normally there is a lot of ticket sales etc. that could further explaining why to use “safe” cards, but they’ll probably not turn any profit this year

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
10 days ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

Every single year? That’s how melodifestivalen works. You get a mix from new and veteran artists.

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
6 days ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

OMG your comment!! I don’t know if crying or laughing. You can’t also know how the competence is, maybe the songs that got discarted were pure SH*T.

Also, as said before by others, it is not only the Eurovision selection, but also a way of entretaining the swedes. Also, every year, there are new participants.

Diana
Diana
10 days ago

Danny vs Eric 2.0

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
10 days ago

from their running order it’s always clear as day who svt wants to qualify for the final and who they expect to not make it

Olivia
Olivia
10 days ago

I’m so rooting for Dotter! Bulletproof was my favourite song from last year’s Eurovision season. I hope she brings it as hard this year!

Lolek
Lolek
10 days ago
Reply to  Olivia

Likewise! I truly hope Dotterdam becomes a reality this year!

Jim
Jim
10 days ago

Can’t believe 3rd and 4th semi are on same day. Must be a typo. 4th at 27th February?

Idksmth
Idksmth
10 days ago

I can’t wait for Dotter’s song. I hope she wins this year. I think it’ll be between Dotter and The Mamas again. Maybe Eric as well

Nicky
Nicky
10 days ago

can definitely see Sweden win ESC2021 by the looks of this Melfest line up

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
10 days ago
Reply to  Nicky

and this, students, is a wonderful example of the word “hype”.

Kalla
Kalla
10 days ago

They’ve definitely got a good spread of the big names, I think it’s safe to say who will be in final from looking at this. Hoping for very good things from eric, especially seeing he’s the last to perform. Also have everything crossed for a better result for klara hammerstrom , she was really robbed last year!

Nicky
Nicky
10 days ago

amazing, seems like a very strong edition

Queen Dotter closing her semi <3

contenders are Dotter, Eric, The Mamas

Danny Saucedo won’t even survive the semi lol, he’s just a fake odds hype lol

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 days ago

Can’t wait! This edition seems really strong!

My most anticipated acts: Dotter, Eric, Danny, Anton, Julia Alfrida, Paul Rey, Klara Hammerstorm, Kadiatou, Nathalie Brydolf and also the Mamas..

we’ll see who wins… It’s probably between Dotter and Eric?

Sebastian
Sebastian
10 days ago

For those who did not see the live on instagram. Those who presented the songs and who have also heard them said that “Little Tot” and “Every Minute” were strong contenders for the victory. And also acts such as “One Touch”, “Dandi Dansa” and “Voices” were strong contenders as well. I’m so excited for this!

Tom
Tom
10 days ago
Reply to  Sebastian

Same people thought about Tempo, Universe, Brave or Take a chance on me ..and Boys with an emotions and Cry

Lolek
Lolek
9 days ago
Reply to  Tom

True enough, though I would argue that those songs weren’t bad in of themselves, just that they didn’t translate quite so well live (Tempo, Boys and Cry) or still did decently despite not winning melo (Brave, Chance and Youniverse)… though I thought Take a Chance on Me wasn’t expected to do well originally, no?

Personally those are all songs I still listen to now and again.

Tom
Tom
9 days ago
Reply to  Lolek

Journalist said Take a chance on me is the best song from Melo (last year) ofc.

Grft
Grft
10 days ago
Reply to  Sebastian

Go Little tot!!

Denis
Denis
10 days ago

All I can say is that is a fierce line up. There is going to be carnage!