The second semi-final of Melodifestivalen took place in Malmö tonight with seven artists competing for a place in the Friends Arena final. Tonight, Malmö arena played host to three returning artists; Roger Pontare, Lisa Ajax and Mariette – and four new artists; Etzia, Annywan, Dismissed and Lila Melodifestivalen’s Benjamin Ingrosso.
In each Melodifestivalen semi-final, two artists qualify directly to the final, two to the famous ‘Andra Chansen’, ‘or ‘Second Chance Round’, while three end their Melodifestivalen journey in each show. Tonight, Allyawan (a newcomer to the contest) finished in seventh place with ‘Vart Har Du Vart’. Etzia came sixth with ‘Up’, while Roger Pontare finished fifth with ‘Himmel Och Hav’.
Lisa Ajax and newcomers Dismissed reached the second chance round. Benjamin Ingrosso and Mariette qualified directly to the final which will take place in Friends Arena, Stockholm, on March 11th.
Vjaxö: Semi-Final Three
Next week’s semi-final in Vjaxö consists of mostly debuting artists with the likes of The Foo Conspiracy (or, ‘The FO&O as they’re now called) participating for the first time. Krista Siegfrids returns to the contest just weeks after hosting another Finnish national selection, and Robin Bengtsson returns (also for the second consecutive year) with a song penned by 2013 winner Robin Stjernberg and another Melodifestivalen’s most successful songwriter duos; David Kreuger and Hammed K Wonder. A particularly notable entry in this semi-final is Anton Hagman who will perform a song written by Denmark’s 2011 Eurovision entrant, Tim Schou (formerly of A Friend in London).
1. I Can’t Go On
Artist: Robin Bengtsson
Song: David Kreuger, Hamed ”K-One” Pirouzpanah, Robin Stjernberg
2. Snurra min jord
Artist: Krista Siegfrids
Song: Krista Siegfrids, Gustaf Svenungsson, Magnus Wallin, Gabriel Alares
3. Kiss You Goodbye
Artist: Anton Hagman
Song: Christian Fast, Tim Schou, Henrik Nordenback
Artist: Jasmine Kara
Song: Anderz Wrethov, Jasmine Kara
5. Boogieman Blues
Artist: Owe Thörnqvist
Song: Owe Thörnqvist
Artist: Bella & Filippa
Song: Peter Hägerås, Mats Frisell, Jakob Stadell, Filippa Frisell, Isabella Snihs
7. Gotta Thing About You
Artist: The Fooo Conspiracy
Song: Robert John ”Mutt” Lange, Tony Nilsson