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.
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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
- Kadiatou – “One Touch”
- Lillasyster – “Pretender”
- Jessica Andersson – “Horizon”
- Paul Rey – “The Missing Piece”
- Arvingarna – “Tänker inte alls gå hem”
- Nathalie Brydolf – “Fingerprints”
- Danny Saucedo – “Dandi dansa”
Semi-final 2: 13 February
- Anton Ewald – “New Religion”
- Julia Alfrida – “Rich”
- WAHL feat. SAMI – “90-talet”
- Frida Green – “The Silence”
- Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – “Rena rama ding dong”
- Patrik Jean – “Tears Run Dry”
- Dotter – “Little Tot”
Semi-final 3: 20 February
- Charlotte Perrelli – “Still Young”
- Emil Assergård – “Om allting skiter sig”
- Klara Hammarström – “Beat of Broken Hearts”
- Mustasch – “Contagious”
- Elisa – “Den du är”
- Alvaro Estrella – “Baila Baila”
- Tusse – “Voices”
Semi-final 4: 20 February
- Tess Merkel – “Good Life”
- Lovad – “Allting är precis likadant”
- Efraim Leo – “Best of Me”
- The Mamas – “In the Middle”
- Sannex – “All Inclusive”
- Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag”
- Eric Saade – “Every Minute”
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