The fourth semi-final of Melodifestivalen took place in Skellefteå tonight with seven artists competing for a place in the Friends Arena final. Tonight the arena played host to four returning artists; Loreen, Wiktoria, Sara Varga and Jon Henrik (ft. Aninia) – and three new artists; Alice, Axel and Les Gordons.
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, Sara och Juha finished in seventh place, Les Gordons came sixth with ‘Bound To Fall’, and Alice finished fifth with ‘Running With Lions’.
Newcomer Axel reached the second chance round as did Loreen – a surprise to many as the favourite to win this year’s contest. Wiktoria and Jon Henrik (ft. Aninia) qualified directly to the final which will take place in Friends Arena, Stockholm, on March 11th.
Prior to tonight’s show, Loreen was the favourite to win Melodifestivalen 2017 with odds peaking at better than 1/1. Tonight, following her qualification to ‘Andra Chansen’ (the second chance round taking place next week), most have been temporarily retracted, while Betfair have altered her odds to worse than 7/1 – putting Nano and Wiktoria as the new favourites to win. Meanwhile, Sweden’s odds to win the Eurovision Song Contest in May have also slipped, with the same bookmakers altering the odds from 4/1 to 9/1 within fifteen minutes of tonight’s semi-final coming to an end.
Linköping: The Second Chance Round
Next week in Linköping, the famous ‘Andra Chansen’, or ‘Second Chance Round’ will take place as eight artists go head to head with one another – one artist from each dual going to the final in Stockholm’s Friends Arena. In each of the four semi-finals that have taken place, two artists have qualified for this round (those that come third and fourth in each respective semi-final show).
The running order and duals are expected to be announced later tonight. Competing in this round are:
När ingen ser
Artist: Axel Schylström
Song: Behshad Ashnai, Axel Schylström, David Strääf
Song: Anton Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Loreen
Kiss You Goodbye
Artist: Anton Hagman
Song: Christian Fast, Tim Schou, Henrik Nordenback
Gotta Thing About You
Artist: The Fooo Conspiracy
Song: Robert John ”Mutt” Lange, Tony Nilsson
Song: Ola Salo, Peter Kvint
I Don’t Give A
Artist: Lisa Ajax
Song: Ola Svensson, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Anton Hård af Segerstad
Artist: Boris René
Song: Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren
Artist: De Vet Du
Song: Johan Gunterberg, Christopher Martland
Introduced as “SVT’s flagship show”, Melodifestivalen enters its 58th year as the selection process used to select Sweden’s Eurovision Song Contest participant. It remains Sweden’s favourite television show and one of the most watched national selection shows in Europe.
Show producer, Christer Björkman has described this year’s series as the “Best Melodifestivalen Ever”, with twenty-eight hit songs being released over four weeks, almost all of which are bound to top the charts in Sweden.
A total of 2,478 songs were submitted to SVT, up by twenty-eight from last year but is still 1,400 short of the 2011 record when 3,832 songs were submitted. This year a total of 362 songs were submitted through the public contest, this was for singers or songwriters who had not released a song commercially before. This figure is the lowest it has been since the public were given a separate round in 2010.