PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen Heat 1 2019 starring Anna Bergendahl, Arja Saijonmaa, Nano & Wiktoria

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 2/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE: Gothenburg

Only a fool would predict the outcome of Saturday’s #GreatestShowOnEarth Melodifestivalen Heat 1 on the basis of the snippets available (see below) – but we’re going to have a go.

  • Read on for reasons including our predictions for next month’s final and Andra Chansen

This year’s winner will be Sweden’s 59th entry and if they triumph in the main event (Eurovision, natch) the country will tie with Ireland as the contest’s most successful nation.

We’ve already previewed the four MF returners in this heat and to read more about them go here. Below is where you’ll find the snippets of this year’s entries and our thoughts with predictions about who will finish where on Saturday.

  1. Nano Chasing Rivers (Lise Cabble, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Thomas G:son) PREDICTION: Andra Chansen

Not as instant or as anthemic as 2017 runner-up Hold On but it’s certainly Hozier-like and reminiscent of its Melodifestivalen forerunner. Co-author Cabble has a song in the UK selection and co-wrote 2013 winner for Denmark Only Teardrops. G:son co-wrote 2012 winner Euphoria and Joy Deb 2015’s Heroes. We’re not sure we’re quite yet hearing the quality.

2. High 15 No Drama (Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Kate Tizzard) PREDICTION: 5th

Unusually this combines both old school Rihanna-type ska with Ace Wilder pop vibes and it can’t help but recall Margaret’s fine In My Cabana which made last year’s final. The last group to win Melodifestivalen was The Ark in 2007 though.

3. Wiktoria Not With Me (Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Wiktoria Johansson) PREDICTION: Finalen

It’s a big ballad and the big question is whether she can pull it off? There’ll be a rainfall effect and we really want it to all come together perfectly for 1 of MF’s most under-rated recent stars but there have been question marks raised previously about the strength of Wiktoria’s live vocal.

  • 30 second visual clips here

4. Zeana feat Anis don Démina Mina bränder (My Fires) (Thomas G:son, Jimmy Jansson, Anis Don Demina, Pa Moudou Badjie) PREDICTION: Andra Chansen

This was exactly the sort of uptempo pop fun we were expecting from Mohombi who sings 6th. A strong performance and this could surprise.

5. Arja Saijonmaa Mina fyra årstider (My Four Seasons) (Göran Sparrdal, Arja Saijonmaa) PREDICTION: 6th

It’s always Heat 1 position 5 isn’t it? For the 3rd year in a row this is where a schlager legend shows an alternative side. Charlotte Perrelli wielded a guitar on the day that schlager at MF died in 2017 and Kikki Danielsson went country a year later. Better than both those though.

  • 60 second sound clips here

6. Mohombi Hello (Alexandru Florin Cotoi, Thomas G:son, Mohombi Moupondo, Linnea Deb) PREDICTION: 7th

More understated and downtempo than we were expecting. Mohombi was part of Group Avalon who finished 6th ahead of Arja in 2005’s Melodifestivalen Heat 2. We’re not sure he can repeat the trick this year.

7. Anna Bergendahl Ashes To Ashes (Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Erik Bernholm, Anna Bergendahl) PREDICTION: Finalen

Sweden’s least successful Melodifestivalen winner (pictured above) returns with something more uptempo, fun and melodic than 2010’s This Is My Life, which was perhaps too Ed Sheeran and ahead of its time to reap the rewards. The clip shows real build and potential and we’re super excited to hear the whole thing.

Do you agree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Picture via YouTube courtesy SVT Melodifestivalen. Watch here. Tickets
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