The performances in the jury final of Melodifestivalen 2018 have come to a close, with twelve artists just 24 hours away from finding out whether they’ll be off to Lisbon.
Checkout the thoughts from our writer who was at the Friends Arena this evening for the jury final;
Mendez – “Everyday” – Mendez’s vocals have significantly improved, the whole performance is so much more slick and goes down so well.
Renaida– “All The Feels”, so slick, her outfit is now a yellow jumpsuit. Her performance does not go down as well as Mendez with the audience.
Martin Almgren – “A Bitter Lullaby” – The song went down well, but unnoticed. It felt to go by, the vocals weren’t perfect. Nothing’s changed here apart from the fact he no longer has a cold
John Lundvik – “My Turn” – Brought people to tears, the whole audience was invested and honestly it shot up from last to top four in that. The jury will have given him a great score. The staging is almost identical. The audience lit their phones, blue stage lighting.
Jessica Andersson – “Party Voice” – The performance is completely flawless. But nothing has changed at all. This one’s all down to taste.
LIAMOO – “Last Breath” – Identical performance to what we saw in earlier performances aside from a wink down the camera at the end.
Samir and Viktor – “Shuffla” – Aren’t doing as well with the jury on that performance. The audience just weren’t as excited as they should’ve been. The dancers have switched positions, the pyros are stronger. The audience didn’t get going until the final chorus. The message in the gap changes every time, this time it was “can we make it to Lisbon”.
Mariette – “For You” – Mariette has changed completely. She’s now in a white outfit that’s so clean she walks on stage in a plastic bag. The setup’s much faster but still requires an extra clip to get finished in time. More purple lights. The choreography has altered ever so slightly. She’s added strobes to the performance. The camera angles have also changed, everything’s further away back, higher shots It’s the only one where the audience have really got behind it so far.
Felix Sandman – “Every Single Day” – He’s on stage and it’s dead, everyone’s talking through it and there are 5% of the number of lights there were in John’s. It’s still no.1 on Spotify though, but no changes were made to the performance.
Margaret – “In My Cabana” – Margaret’s in a yellow tracksuit dress now. The camera work has been perfected. The dancers have moved about a bit. Vocals are better. However, no-one’s got behind her.
Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off” – Benjamin’s lights are fixed after yesterdays issues. His postcard is strong, Benjamin’s kept the outfit but has tried out about three alternatives. Same camera shots have been kept as in previous performances, the panels aren’t in line though. The audience are singing along but not fully getting behind it.
Rolandz – “Fuldans” The song will almost certainly be in English if it wins. People seem to be liking this, no singing, much more bopping, by the end the audience is going mad for the disco ball.
You can follow the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 live from 20:00 CET tomorrow evening. The Eurovoix team will be guiding you through the show via @EurovoixMoments.
The winner will follow in the footsteps of Robin Bengtsson who represented Sweden in 2017 and finished in 5th place in Kyiv with I Can’t Go On.
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.