The long awaited Melodifestivalen 2021 kicks off this Saturday.
Seven artists will take the stage, attempting to secure two spots direkt till final. Two other artists will head to Andra Chansen for a second chance to reach the final.
Now, we get our first look at this year’s Eurovision hopefuls in the form of snippets of their songs.
Melodifestivalen 2021 Semi-Final 1
Click on each act to hear their snippet:
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”
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Clips from each act’s stage rehearsals follow later tonight. These give us our first impression of how the acts will look on Saturday night. We’ll only see the full performance and hear the full songs during the live show. In the meantime, you can also read our first thoughts of the entries.
Melodifestivalen 2021 Semi-Final 1 Running Order
Kadiatou has the honour of opening this year’s edition of Melfest. The Mamas famously won last year’s edition of the contest from this position in the running order.
Lillasyster were formed in 2007 but are Melodifestivalen newcomers. They are up second with their song “Pretender”.
Veteran Jessica Andersson is bringing her party voice to Melfest 2021. Her song “Horizon” marks her eighth Melfest appearance.
Paul Rey is up next with “The Missing Piece”. He made it to the final last year with “Talking in My Sleep” but had to go through Andra Chansen to get there.
Arvingarna return to Melfest after a one year absence. They made the final in 2019 with “I Do”, also via Andra Chansen. The group won Melodifestivalen in 1993, representing Sweden at Eurovision and finishing seventh. They were also inducted into the Melfest Hall of Fame in 2020.
Nathalie Brydolf participated on Swedish Idol in 2018 and makes her Melodifestivalen debut in 2021. She is the penultimate act of the night with her song “Fingerprints”.
Danny Saucedo hasn’t competed at Melodifestivalen since 2012. He has finished in the top three on all three previous attempts, including finishing second behind eventual Eurovision winner Loreen in 2012. He closes out the first semi-final.
What do you think of the snippets? Are there any potential winners among them? Let us know in the comments below.