The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2021 is almost upon us. And few acts have given fans as much to talk about as the show closer: two-time runner-up Danny Saucedo. Close to the top of the odds, this Swedish star hopes to take his “Dandi Dansa” to Rotterdam.

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Melodifestivalen 2021: Danny Saucedo – “Dandi Dansa”

Danny Saucedo is a staple of the Swedish music industry. The Södermalm-born singer first entered Melfest as part of E.M.D. in 2009. He then went on to secure two solo silver medals back to back in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, he hosted the show with Gina Dirawi. And in 2016 he co-wrote Molly Sandén’s “Youniverse”.

Danny has since established himself as a Swedish-language singer, his “Dandi Dansa” being his first Melfest entry in his mother tongue. He has won several Swedish Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and took part twice in Så mycket bättre (So Much Better).

What do the “Dandi Dansa” lyrics mean?

“Dandi Dansa” is written by Saucedo himself along with Karl-Johan Råsmark, who has collaborated with several big shots, such as Ace of Base and Eurovision winner Lena Meyer-Landrut.

The track is all about letting loose and having fun, with whimsical lyrics that reference the macarena and how his lover makes him go “dumb, dumb, dumb for you”. The song has been compared to the works of Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Benjamin Ingrosso, indicating that a sleek production carries some cheeky and fun lyrics.

Speaking about the song, Danny says: “The last year has sucked, so I felt like I wanted a happy, positive, energetic song. Not just silly, I actually want to say something”. He adds, “the title, is just a pun, a stupid rhyme. We say these kinds of things all the time, the same old tired expressions. And the song is a reflection on that point, and also on the society we live in right now”.

“Dandi Dansa” lyrics — Danny Saucedo (Melfest 2021)

Swedish text

English translation

Står vid sidan och ser på
skådespelet, hur det går
Har du testat alla moves,
alla sätt att spela svår?Du borde byta perspektiv,
foka på nåt positivt,
meditera lite grann
och kanske ändå lite tillBaby, vilket slöseri
när jag vet vi har kemi
Hoppas, hoppas att vi vaknar från den värld vi lever i
För rört är rört och gjort är gjort
Vet jag borde stanna upp
Men DJ spela dina låtar för mig, baby

För jag blir
dum, dum, dum,
dum, dumdi, dum, dum
Dum, dum av dig

Kom hit och
dan, dan, dan,
dan, dandi dansa
Dansa med mig

Jag säger dansa
du vet vad jag menar
jag säger dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

Jag säger dansa
lite macarena
jag säger dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

Allt är lite upp och ner
Livet snurrar, du ska se
på allt du trodde, allt du borde
kanske gjort men bara va för feg

Ta en tugga det är fine
det är livets äppelpaj
men det finns en gräns för allt och vi är way over the line

För jag blir
dum, dum, dum,
dum, dumdi, dum, dum
Dum, dum av dig

Kom hit och
dan, dan, dan,
dan, dandi dansa
Dansa med mig

Jag säger dansa
du vet vad jag menar
jag säger dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

Jag säger dansa
lite macarena
jag säger dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

Vi pumpar skivorna från -75
Jag flyger fram, basen följer mig hem
För en sekund så är jag i himmelen
Baby, baby, baby

För jag blir
dum, dum, dum,
dum, dumdi, dum, dum
Dum, dum av dig

Kom hit och
dan, dan, dan,
dan, dandi dansa
Dansa med mig

Jag säger dansa
du vet vad jag menar
jag säger dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

Jag säger dansa
lite macarena
jag säger dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

Standing at the side and watching
the spectacle, how it goes
Have you tried all the moves?
All the ways to play difficultYou should change perspective
Focus on something positive
Meditate a little
And maybe a little moreBaby, what a waste
When I know we have chemistry
Hope, hope we wake up from the world we live in
For touched is touched and done is done
Know I should stop
But DJ, play your songs for me, baby

Because I’m staying
Dumb, dumb, dumb
Dum, dumb-dee, dumb, dumb
Dumb, dumb for you

Come here and
Dan, dan, dan,
Dan, dandi dance
Dance with me

I say dance
You know what I mean
I say dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

I say dance
Little macarena
I say dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

Everything is a little up and down
Life spins, you should look
at everything you thought, everything you should
have maybe done but were just too cowardly

Take a bite, it’s fine
It’s the apple pie of life
But there is a limit to everything and we are way over the line

Because I’m staying
Dumb, dumb, dumb
Dum, dumb-dee, dumb, dumb
Dumb, dumb for you

Come here and
Dan, dan, dan,
Dan, dandi dance
Dance with me

I say dance
You know what I mean
I say dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

I say dance
Little macarena
I say dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

We pump the discs from ’75
I fly forward, the bass follows me home
For a second, I’m in heaven
Baby, baby, baby

Because I’m staying
Dumb, dumb, dumb
Dum, dumb-dee, dumb, dumb
Dumb, dumb for you

Come here and
Dan, dan, dan,
Dan, dandi dance
Dance with me

I say dance
You know what I mean
I say dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

I say dance
Little macarena
I say dan, dan, dan, dandi, dan

What do you think of the “Dandi Dansa”? Do you think Danny could win it all? Let us know below!

Photo: Stina Stjernkvist, SVT

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Thomas M
Thomas M
4 months ago

Unlike the Dutch ‘blijven’ and German “bleiben”, the Swedish verb blir actually means “to become” and not “to stay”.

On topic: a fun song which is bound to stay stuck on a loop in my head. I was never too partial to Danny but this hits the spot more than any of his other entries. #rootingfordandidansa

Sandra
Sandra
4 months ago

The song is so stupid and smart at the same time! I love it!

Erik
Erik
4 months ago

Standing on the side, watching the spectacle, how it’s going Have you tried all the moves; every way possible to play hard to get? You should change perspectives, focus on something positive, meditate a bit and maybe even further Baby, what a waste when I know we’ve got chemistry Hoping, hoping we wake up from the world we live in Because what’s touched is touched and what’s done is done Know I should pause But DJ, play your songs for me, baby Because you make me dumb, dumb, dumb Dum, dumb-dee, dumb, dumb Dumb, dumb Come here and Dan, dan,… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Erik
Lolek
Lolek
4 months ago

I know there is a lot of disappointment with this song but apparently Danny put on an impressive show during yesterday’s rehearsal (unlike Thursday’s)… so here’s to hoping he brings something great today.

Edu
Edu
4 months ago

Overrated as f… Is so can’t stop the feeling by Timberlake. All because the perfo and not the song.
I only hope for Jessica to get the Grand final ticket. The rest of songs are bland.

Kim
Kim
4 months ago

I love the Swedish language, it sounds so lyrical.