Photo credit: Stina Stjernkvist / SVT

Preparations for the fourth and final semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2021 are well underway ahead of Saturday’s show in Stockholm. And now, we’ve been given our first glimpse of the stage performances that each of the seven acts will bring to the contest, following the release of short rehearsal clips.

Earlier today, Swedish broadcaster SVT released one-minute audio snippets of all the songs competing in semi-final four. But, any Melfest or Eurovision knows that the visual elements can be a deal breaker when it comes to a contestant’s chances of succeeding or flopping.

Throughout today, each of Tess Merkel, Lovad, Efraim Leo, The Mamas, Sannex, Clara Klingenström and Eric Saade have undertaken a full rehearsal on this year’s Melodifestivalen stage. Short 30-second segments of the rehearsal recordings have been released as the latest teaser of what fans can expect from each act on Saturday evening.

Melodifestivalen 2021: Semi-final 4 rehearsal clips

Click on the song titles to watch each of the rehearsal clips:

Full performances will be broadcast live on Saturday night from 20:00 CET on SVT1 and SVT Play.

Since this is the final semi-final, after which all songs in the competition will have been performed, recordings of all the performances will be uploaded to YouTube shortly after the show.

The performance videos of all the songs that have gone direkt till final in the first three semi-finals will also finally be uploaded to digital channels.

What do you think of these Melodifesitvalen 2021 semi-final 4 rehearsal clips? Which performance are you most excited to see in full? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo: SVT / Stina Stjernkvist

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Naomi
Naomi
1 month ago

I’ll be skipping this live. Can’t wait to rank the 28 performances and figure out which entry is technically my ‘favourite’.

CEs
CEs
1 month ago

Are y’all saying that Eric’s outfit is not stylish? It’s sooo good and the stage perfromance looks promising, so a this point I would say Eric or Dotter please.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Disagree. He looks goooood

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

I only love the Mamas….

Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Somehow Eric in dad fashion and a rather mainstream song kind of makes it good haha

OpenUpToKazakhstan
OpenUpToKazakhstan
1 month ago

The rehearsal clip for Eric has won me over. That dark staging is really cool and the I feel the song more now. Love it

nycforever
nycforever
1 month ago

Eric and Mamas will be 99,9% in the final. Feels like we’ll see again the battle between the mamas and dotter. And it’s really exciting because both seem to have the two best songs again.
Just not Tusse…. please…..

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago

Sorry but his face is enough to convey sexiness lol. He doesnt need to show his body off, hes pretty short anyway. That face does all the work

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

Agreed. With a really pretty face, you can get away with anything.

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago

Eric’s face is perfection, damn

Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

The face that launched a thousand…

Yellow
Yellow
1 month ago

This seems as mild as the other semifinals, Eric was the only one I liked, but the lyrics are a bit .. sexual for my tastes.

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
Reply to  Yellow

sorry for your sexual taste…

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 month ago
Reply to  Yellow

his lyrics are sexual in the same way ariana grande’s 34+35 lyrics are. aka they sound like they were written by a 15 year old girl who just found out soft p*rn on tumblr.

Thisisntourlastdance
Thisisntourlastdance
1 month ago

I love queen of light Dotter and I MUCH prefer this song for Mamas than the mediocre Move, but people who dont know Tusse has already won Melfest dont know how it works. That entry is pure jury bait and unfortunalely Dotter and Eric wont appeal to juries as much. Mamas can be a threat for Tusse, but they have a disantantage, its possible that people will go for a new, fresher choice this year, even if Mamas never competed in Eurovision.

Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Still the clip you see is the end of the song, so you have only heard the very beginning and last 30 seconds of the song… the middle is what matters 😉

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

Really excited to see Eric’s full performance now…it *could* end up being my favourite song in the selection, we’ll have to wait and see. The Mamas are just so professional and so good. Even with an average song, they just know how to make it seem like such a big deal.
At the moment, I think Tess might have to settle for AC. She would’ve gone DTF in SF2 and SF3.

blueeyed
blueeyed
1 month ago

I don’t like any single of them. The worst MF in years!

Sale
Sale
1 month ago

Wasn’t it a rule that you can’t perform 3 years in a row at melfest?

sam
sam
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

it wasnt jon lundvik ft the mamas, they were only backing singers so it doesnt apply

GrantK
GrantK
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

Also they were invited back anyway due to 2020 getting cancelled.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  GrantK

No, no one gets invited. Thats not how you take part! Its not charity

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

They do get invited – the producers put the show together.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

No, MF doesnt invite. They didnt have a spot saved for them. The Mamas had to do like the rest. The producers put the show together after they know all the songs

Nick
Nick
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Denis you’re once again pushing your opinnion on others no matter how wrong you’d be!

Sale
Sale
1 month ago
Reply to  GrantK

Okey, thanks guys

PP77
PP77
1 month ago
Reply to  Sale

Shirley Clamp perform 3 years in a row from 2003 to 2005. And Mamas was 3 rd time in row but 2 time as singer and one time as backing singers.

EurofanSF
EurofanSF
1 month ago

The Mama’s song sounds flat and uninspiring in the studio cut but comes alive on stage. Eric Saade is quite disappointing on stage – very Bieberesque. He really has not grown as an artist…manboy indeed.

Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

The Mamas look great! Bright outfits and lighting might work even better for them here than the styling of Move last year. If Europe needs some joy this year more than ever, The Mamas’ case to win is surely even stronger than last year.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 month ago

Oh. Eric Saade’s performance is not what I was expecting or would hope for. The clothes, from the sailing jumper to the walking shoes, aren’t particularly flattering or stylish fits for him. The dance moves also look awkward and and make his body look tired or drunk. I know this will come across as harsh but even the lack of makeup, thinned out hair, and beads of sweat are noticeable–all of which could be avoided. He looks so lonely in that cold black/white grid too. He’s a handsome 30 year old but this staging makes him look like a 40-year-old… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Jimmy Smit
MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago

It seems very clear to me just by looking at him and his song that efraim is going to win melodifestivalen one day.

Berco
Berco
1 month ago

Based on the snippets, I can say Eric and Mamas are going DF. Both of them are OK, but not sounding spectacular. I actually enjoyed song of Tess. This semi has strong songs indeed.

That doggie in the window
That doggie in the window
1 month ago

Eric is a 30 year old man singing about sex in the morning and night. You’re not 15 mate. Next.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

What’s wrong with that?

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago

If anything that would be wrong you little pedo.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Apparently 30 year olds can’t have sex. The more you learn.

That doggie in the window
That doggie in the window
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

English mustn’t be your first language. If it is, you need to improve your comprehension skills. Nowhere is that implied in my original message.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

No, that’s what you sound like.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

And thats wrong because? 30 year olds cant have sex or..

Anna
Anna
1 month ago

I am 30 and have a lot of sex, what is wrong with that?
The fact that you think sex is for 15 year olds is more disturbing haha

RennyWest
RennyWest
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna

Perhaps they meant that he sounds like a horny teen? Idk I’m ace.

justafan
justafan
1 month ago

Aaaah my sweet Mamas are stunning !!! As of Eric, the staging seems creative and original, but the song hasn’t won me over yet.

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

I hope when you say “stunning” you are not talking about their outfits?

AM2PM
AM2PM
1 month ago

They looked like oven ready turkeys

Amy
Amy
1 month ago

Eric Saade deserves to win this year. Not top 5 in Rotterdam but he will do well.

Zsófi
Zsófi
1 month ago

I appreciate Sannex a lot. <3
Eric’s movements are like dude get bones, but in a good way.

John
John
1 month ago

Why have the staging made most of these songs seem worse?

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

ERIC or DOTTER for the win please!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

#Dotric

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago

I order that to be trending on Twitter-Oval Office Executive Order.

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

Use vpn to vote for Eric Saade unless you are from Sweden in which case just vote. Eric Saade is winning melodifestivalen.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 month ago

I like the song from The Mamas very much !! I hope they make the final and win the ticket to Rotterdam.

Albert
Albert
1 month ago

The mamas don’t need a great staging to shine, they’re great singers

The staging of Eric saade seems to be like a video, that’s great, but I don’t like at all the song

I like the preview from Tess & Lovad

The others for me are the NQ

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

I guess dancing in a square void is the new projection mapping!
I been a little underwhelmed by the songs, but the camera work, mapping and staging have been killer with Melfest this year. Simply stunning given the limitations.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

I’d assume camera work and staging would be easier with no audience.

Josh
Josh
1 month ago

My personal hope is that The Mamas and Tess go DTF. Eric’s song is good, but it’s not a Melfest/ESC song. On first listen and at first glance, Move is the stronger of two songs from The Mamas. I don’t know if this song will 100% push them over the finish line and win Melfest again.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago

I’ve had a look at the full rehearsal videos and The Mamas and Eric Saade are the two stand-outs. The Mamas have a really fun surprise in their performance! And I’m glad that Eric is playing to his strengths as a dancer – the staging elevates the song even more. Sannex’s staging wasn’t as spectacular, but I reckon it did a good job of working with the fun vibes of the song!

Domas
Domas
1 month ago

Thank you for sharing! ?

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Your first impressions on DTF candidates seem to be similar as mine. Did you get any vibes for AC?

Josh
Josh
1 month ago

Do you think The Mamas can win Melfest 2021 with this, or is the hype for Tusse too much to overcome?

Jake
Jake
1 month ago
Reply to  Josh

I actually think they might cancel each other out a bit giving a bit of inside way for Dotter to come through. Both Mamas and Tusse are giving us inspirational anthemic pop with some gospel undertones. That’s 2 songs straddling same genres. Could be that they will be splitting votes whereas Dotter seems to have a clear way in the female dance pop genre. Charlotte’s song feels too dated/schlager to be considered a threat to Dotter’s song fanbase.

Josh
Josh
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

I could totally see this as a possibility. Never thought about it. I mean, let’s be honest, Sweden have an embarrassment of riches and many countries in ESC wish they could be in the predicament to pick between many good songs.

Bella
Bella
1 month ago

Where can we find the full rehearsal?

Okt
Okt
1 month ago

I’m intrigued by Eric’s staging as it’s not that obvious in the snippet but his songs is definitely catchy. He sounded a little shaky but hopefully he’ll be on point in the semifinal. Thanks for your thoughts Robyn

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

I don’t think Eric was ever as good a dancer as Danny or Anton – he gets the moves right, but it never feels as natural as with those two.

Alo
Alo
1 month ago

It looks like sometimes in Mello the singers are sounding too good to be true and it seems like the backing track is overshadowed the main vocal.. It might be OK if it’s happen only in melodifestivalen, but I am worry that this is what we gonna get in this year ESC.

Jacob S
Jacob S
1 month ago

i’m concerned for eric…

Last edited 1 month ago by Jacob S
Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jacob S

Why? Because he’s not a sweet pop teen anymore? Let the man move on, jeez.

Red
Red
1 month ago

That was a lotta gold. And interesting shots from the back.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

I understand why many people don’t want a gospel-influenced sound from Sweden for the third time in a row, but I wouldn’t count The Mamas off yet. They really shine (well, with those golden outfits, in more than a way) when they hit the stage and bring those harmonies. Plus Eric’s staging look cool and Melfest loves some cool staging.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Based on the elements of running order, tempo, language, performer’s popularity and song quality all in one, here is my preliminary prediction:

DTF – The Mamas, Eric Saade
AC – Tess Merkel, Efraim Leo
5th – Clara
6th – Sannex
7th – Lovad

Now, that’s not my *wishes*, but rather *predictions*.
As there are (surprisingly) no finals this Saturday, I’ll be watching Melfest live.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Same predictions.
I’d rather Sannex got the AC over Efraim and hope that the Swedish young people all just vote for Eric but I think Efraim will get enough to stay alive.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Ok for this semi of course I would chose the Mamas and Eric, the Mamas because I adore her and her song is good and their vocals are killers, Eric because of the performance the staging the charisma rather than for the song which is average. I do admit that I like Clara’s performance and song so AC would be cool for her, disappointed by Efraim Leo so I don’t know but yes ok Ac for him too. So now for the melfest final and then for Eurovision, Sweden you have four strong options: Dotter, dark pop current modern, it… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Esc addict
Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Eric dresses a bit like a “trendy” geography teacher.

voix
voix
1 month ago

eric’s perfomance seems very impressive but these lyrics…..

Alo
Alo
1 month ago
Reply to  voix

You’re so right..and all of his past entries had a very bad lyrics.. Maybe it’s his thing

Josh
Josh
1 month ago
Reply to  voix

Eric’s lyrics reminded me very much of Alvaro Estrella’s 2014 song in a way.

Mamas
Mamas
1 month ago

Mamas or tusse gonna win. Theres no hype for dotter in sweden this year. The thing with mamas is all ages likes them so i really think they can win again. I like this song more then move and I feel like The swedes will like it also.

Arm
Arm
1 month ago

OMG living for Mamas. The harmonies of these ladies are incredible.
Eric was also pretty good but need to listen it completely.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Eric’s performance… XD

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

XD that’s one way to put it.

Carl Phillips
Carl Phillips
1 month ago

The Mamas look and sound stunning! ? I hope they make the final ??

Achilles
Achilles
1 month ago

so unfair for The mamas… they had such a nice song :/

Athena Manoukian Stan
Athena Manoukian Stan
1 month ago

please the mamas or dotter instead of tusse. there’s nothing enjoyable about his song.

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago

So, is it safe to say that eric has won melodifestivalen again. I think so. I would like to send my congratulations to eric and his songwriting team.

Mariko
Mariko
1 month ago
Reply to  MaelleForFra

uhm

Stef
Stef
1 month ago

Eric is a clear winner….The Mamas are not that great and I prefer Tess DF than them!

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Stef

Depends on the live performance. Eric definitely direct to final. We’ll see about the rest.

Stef
Stef
1 month ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

I totally agree…but having seen the 30sec videos and have listened the 1min snippets it seems to me that Tess is better than The Mamas! In the end it’s gonna be a fight between those two for the DF ticket and the other one will go to Andra Chansen!

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Stef

Honestly, I wasn’t too fond of Tess. I hated her costuming and her voice seemed weaker than the recorded snippet.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago

Okay, my thoughts on the clips. Tess could be a contender for the Barbara dex award (pink and red are not a good combo). Her vocals also sound weak so, Andra Chansen at best Cool effect with the Dancer, but borderline between AC and elmination Pretty Basic and Stiff. Little Charisma Anton has more energy in comparision. Might be out. Although I was first taken aback by the gold sparkly outfits in the still picture, this could be another solid performance by the Mamas. Done well, DTF or AC at worst Tropical and Cheery, but might not go anywhere. Love… Read more »

Jago
Jago
1 month ago

The Mamas look stunning!

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Jago

And that’s about it really

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

I’m happy with having TWO favourites this year. I usually have one. Tusse and Dotter! If any of them wins then I will be so happy! But not The Mamas again!

Emily
Emily
1 month ago

Honestly for a brief second, I thought that Eric looked like he was gonna go play cricket in that jumper XD
The Mamas look and sound fabulous!

Last edited 1 month ago by Emily