REVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2017: Heat 1 afterparty

Välkomna to our review of Melodifestivalen heat 1 and our own exclusive Mello afterparty curated especially for you, dear reader.

What did you think of tonight’s opening show?

  • Read on for our thoughts on tonight’s Gothenburg show, the results and a preview of next week’s heat


SPOILER ALERT: Congratulations to Nano and Ace Wilder who made the final. Boris René and De Vet Du go to second chance.

To Malmo’s Malmo Arena next week and we’re loving the Manic Street Preachers-go-hipster look of heat 2’s Dismissed, certainly more than their song Pridewave (below). At least we know what The Office star Mackenzie Crook (fourth from left) has been up to lately.


Colour us super excited however at the news that their entry is penned by Peter Kvint and Ola Solo, the latter lead singer with 2007 Mello winners The Ark (see below). Not only did we see The Ark romp home live to victory in the Globen that year but also storm to 18th in the Eurovision final in Helsinki’s Hartwall Areena. Did someone whisper: ’70s David Bowie?’:

Speaking of returning MF winners, this heat also includes 2000 victor Roger Pontare with a Thomas G:son (author of Loreen’s 2012 triumphant Euphoria) song:

If this has all gone a tad alpha male, also returning are Mariette (3rd in 2015 with non-Glee cover Don’t Stop Believing) and Lisa Ajax (My Heart Wants Me Dead finished 7th last year). We weren’t terribly fond of either of them but hear the smart money’s on Lisa this year.

One of the authors of the latter’s song this year won the whole thing with a writing credit on Heroes in 2015 but here’s how we prefer to remember him with this video reputedly shot on Gosport’s ferry:

  • Screen grab via YouTube courtesy Dismissed. We’ll be passing judgement on the 1m audio clips from heat 2 around 6pm Thursday. Check us out on
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