Semi-Final 3 of Melodifestivalen 2021 has now come on gone. After a night filled with strobes and smoke, runways and some gorgeous lights, two acts advanced direkt till final: Tusse (“Voices”) and Charlotte Perrelli (“Still Young”). Alvaro Estrella and Klara Hammarström finished third and fourth, securing the two spots in the Second Chance round Andra Chansen.
Melodifestivalen 2021: Semi-Final 3 Winners (direkt till final)
Charlotte Perrelli “Still Young”
“Still Young” is composed by some very familiar Mello names. Thomas G:son is best known as the co-writer of “Euphoria”. Bobby Ljunggren co-wrote former Swedish hits “Invincible” (with G:son) and “Hero”. Erik Bernholm co-wrote “In a Moment Like This”, “Quédate contigo” and “Waterfall”, all with G:son. The three have also been behind Anna Bergendahl’s recent offerings “Ashes to Ashes” and “Kingdom Come”.
Part folk and very schlager, it’s a simple and uplifting song about the excitement of life despite growing older. “Times moving on, but it’s never too late”. Charlotte continues by referring to how life grows no less unpredictable with time. “And it won’t be easy, I probably make some mistakes, But I’ll do anything, no matter how much it will take.” Charlotte also makes us want to remember how far each of us come in our lives. “I’m thinking back, back to when we were kids, I could never have figured we’d ever have something like this”.
Did anyone else flashback to the opening of the Eurovision 2016 grand final with that white, illuminated runway and those avant-garde dancers?
“Voices” is an electro-pop song, with a slightly dark feel to it. The chorus frequently mentions the lyrics “a million voices” — a phrase that did especially well for Russian singer Polina Gagarina at Eurovision 2015. The “Voices” lyrics are about unity, hope, perseverance and freedom.
”My song happened when I was sitting in a session with Joy Deb and Linnea Deb and the rest of the group”, Tusse tells SVT. “We were writing music, but nothing felt right, and nothing felt close to the heart. But then it transpired that they had already written such a beautiful song that I got to hear. I just said: ‘That’s the one! That’s the one we should go for.’ The song is about fellowship, freedom and the importance of all voices being heard.”
Melodifestivalen 2021: Semi-Final 3 Andra Chansen
Alvaro Estrella “Baila Baila”
“Baila Baila” or “Dance Dance” in English, is a reggaetón party song sung mostly in English with a few Spanish lyrics thrown in for good measure. The lyrics are about dancing like devils with your one desire, even when the sun goes down. You can see it now. In the Ibiza heat with a cool cocktail in hand with beautiful sweaty bodies getting it on to “Baila Baila” on the beach. Who needs central heating when you have Alvaro warming up a cold Annexet studio and bringing the party to Stockholm?
Klara Hammarström “Beat of Broken Hearts”
“It’s a song that a lot of people can relate to with a lovely message, and I would say that it’s a very beautiful song that could almost have been taken out of a Disney movie,” Klara says when asked about “Beat Of Broken Hearts”. But what exactly is that message? This upbeat pop number is about how can you find the motivation to keep going on even after you face something as deterring as a heartbreak. “The beat of broken hearts / Gonna gonna make it through / Gonna find a way for you / And heal our broken parts / Never ever fall apart”, sings Klara. The songstress is direct. She’s not here for people keeping their emotions buried and putting up a strong front. “Ignore all sideshows distractions”, she commands. There’s nothing foolish about sharing your feelings — “Don’t care about the silly season”. But Klara admits that the process is tough. We might lose our way or fade away, but in time all our hearts will heal. The staging was beautiful — she dressed like a high-fashion extra from a Game of Thrones set in the future and worked a beautiful lightscape.
Eliminated Acts in SF3
Emil Assergård “Om allting skiter sig”
“If everything screws up tonight / We can start over and over again.” So sing Emil, albeit in Swedish, in this song that is all about being resilient, a message that can apply as much to the pandemic era as to personal relationships. The song has a rousing chorus and brings a kind of sea shanty vibe (but not in a cheesy way). There’s really good energy here, though the staging was perhaps a tad underwhelming in comparison to what followed.
This was very loud. But SVT is excellent at staging rock songs, so this will have had its fans with its spinning turbines and flashing strobes. For me, the constant electo-guitar riff and cymbal crash was just a tad too grating.
Elisa “Den du är”
This was an elegant synth ballad, in Swedish, performed by a very talented singer. It builds a little, but generally keeps a restrained feeling. Elisa’s vocals are clear and expressive, but the song never turns the drama up to 11. It’s also not super memorable — even with all those bodies suddenly emerging from all that fog.
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