Preview: Melodifestivalen Final
Well, after weeks of buildup, the Grande Dame of Eurovision National Finals is just about ready to make her pick. Sweden’s Melodifestivalen often draws bigger ratings than the ESC itself, and this Saturday’s Final, to be held in Stockholm’s Globen Arena, is shaping up to be a fantastic culmination. We’ve had a few surprises so far (including the crash-and-burn result of former Eurovision champion Charlotte Perrelli in the Semifinals)…what will the Finals bring?
In running order, the ten songs in the running to represent Sweden in Baku (with their Semifinal performances) are:
- David Lindgren – “Shout It Out“
- Thorsten Flinck och Revolutionsorkestern – “Jag reser mig igen“
- Dead by April – “Mystery“
- Lisa Miskovsky – “Why Start a Fire?“
- Top Cats – “Baby Doll“
- Loreen – “Euphoria“
- Ulrik Munther – “Soldiers“
- Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li – “Mirakel“
- Molly Sandén – “Why Am I Crying?“
- Danny Saucedo – “Amazing“
Out of these ten songs, “Jag reser mig igen” and “Baby Doll” qualified through the Andra Chansen (Second Chance) round. Some of these names are familiar to Melodifestivalen and Eurovision fans. Loreen’s song for last year’s MF, “My Heart is Refusing Me“, was a fan favorite that fell at the Andra Chansen level. Danny Saucedo took last year’s silver medal with “In the Club“. Molly Sandén is an alum of Junior Eurovison, having represented Sweden in 2006 with “Det finaste någon kan få“. (Interestingly, Molly’s little sisters Frida and Mimmi also represented Sweden in JESC…and some might remember Molly’s ex-boyfriend from his participation in Eurovision last year).