WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 18/2 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)
WHERE: Vida Arena, Växjö
We think there could be a few shocks in this heat with some surprise contenders outperforming themselves.
- Read on for reasons including our Saturday night predictions for each of the songs
We’ll be updating our predictions after the 2m 30s clips of each entry are released at 1pm UK time Saturday. Join us here to see how they’ll change.
- Robin Bengtsson I Can’t Go On PREDICTION: andra chansen
This is more uptempo than Constellation Prize which came 5th in last year’s Melodifestivalen final. Contains another f-word after Lisa Ajax’s sweary I Don’t Give A went to andra chansen last week. Makes more sense in its longer form but we’re still not appreciating it as much as last year. A request: no more MF swearing next week, pur-lease.
2. Krista Siegfrids Snurra Min Jord PREDICTION: 7th (down from 5th)
Krista failed to qualify for the 2016 Melodifestivalen final and finished 24th for Finland in the 2013 final. She’s performing in the dreaded runner-up slot here and this song’s got a lot of work to do in its final two minutes. 2m 30s verdict?: more of an album track than a MF entry.
3. Anton Hagman Kiss You Goodbye PREDICTION: final
Co-written By A Friend In London’s Tim Schou (5th for Denmark in 2011’s Eurovision) and we absolutely love the simplicity of how this leaps from acoustic to full pelt chorus. We’ve described this as ‘the Proclaimers’ 500 Miles sung by Michael Buble’ to friends. That’s the verses. The chorus is old school One Direction. These are all extremely welcome things. Would have to be performed very well to be straight to Stockholm but that’s our tip.
4. Jasmine Kara Gravity PREDICTION: final (up from Thursday’s andra chansen)
Builds from a ballad to a Rihanna-esque banger in the all-too-brief clip. Big potential. A surprise finalist in the dress rehearsal audience vote on Friday note and we’re getting Titanium chills from this fuller clip and so are upping our tip.
5. Owe Thörnqvist Boogie Man Blues PREDICTION: 6th (up from 7th)
Does exactly what it says on the Boogieman Blues tin. Which we’re not averse to. Very Jools Holland for UK readers. MF’s oldest ever contestant at 87 years young provides its harmless fun and the first opportunity for a toilet break.
6. Bella and Filippa Crucified PREDICTION: 5th (up from 6th)
Pleasant enough Country’n’Western pop but not really our thing at all. Illness appears to have struck down one of this pair, a shame because this is growing on us and there’s a whiff of The Smiths’ Bigmouth Strikes Again about the intro. Reverts to predictable if tuneful politeness after that.
7. FO&O Gotta Thing About You PREDICTION: andra chansen (from final)
Co-written by former Mr Shania Twain Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange and it’s a little underwhelming from the clip. They’re quality performers and there’s room for this to grow, so we’re still expecting great things. The word from Sweden is that illness is also dogging either ‘O’ or singular ‘F’. Surprisingly, they’ve not bagged the best song here on the basis of the fuller clip and their performance will have to be on point to see them even go straight to the final.
- Pictures via Facebook courtesy SVT Melodifestivalen. Clips via YouTube courtesy SVT. Melodifestivalen tickets
- The 2m 30s clips of these songs are available here from 1pm UK time Saturday. We’ll be refreshing our predictions ahead of the 7pm heat on monstagigz.com and join us for our 8.30pm (UK time) afterparty when we preview next week’s heat.
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