PREDICTIONS: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 4 starring Bishara, Anton Hagman & Lisa Ajax

WHEN?: 7pm (UK time) 23/2/19 on SVT (link at the bottom of the page below)

WHERE:  Lidköping

Last week’s Heat 3 was a real return to form with a song we really love in Lina Hedlund’s Victorious winning through to the final and so we enter Heat 4 with a spring in our step and well-placed hope in our heart.

  • Read on for reasons including who we think will be joining Lina in the 9 March final from this heat

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 predictions about who will finish where on Saturday.

  1. Pagan Fury Stormbringer (Tobias Gustavsson, Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström, Mia Stegmar) PREDICTION: 5th

A bit Timoteij-let-loose-in-the-West-End and not the token heavy rock entry we were expecting. An epic tune that suggests it will be a bold, visual show opener. Could sneak in to Andra Chansen but this is a quality heat that more than makes up for a lacklustre Heat 2.

2. Anton Hagman Känner dig (Know You) (Gusten Dahlqvist, Oliver Forsmark, Anton Hagman, Jakob Hjulström) PREDICTION: 6th

He ended Loreen’s MF comeback hopes in 2017 with a catchy bop that we rated highly but this is far less memorable.

3. Lisa Ajax Torn (Isa Molin) PREDICTION: Finalen

A finalist in 2016 and 2017, this is a big ballad that confounds expectations and certainly appears to rival our Heat 1 favourite Wiktoria. Always difficult to be sure from the 1-minute clip but this sounds like a contender for the win.

  • 30 second visual clips here

4. Arvingarna I Do  (Nanne Grönvall, Mikael Karlsson, Casper Jarnebrink, Thomas “Plec” Johansson) PREDICTION: Andra Chansen

This week’s former MF winners (they finished 7th in Ireland 26 years ago) with a much more upbeat, jollier and straightforward-sounding schlager entry than we were expecting. They certainly aren’t just here to make up the numbers and we would expect them to reach the final via Andra Chansen.

5. Bishara On My Own (Markus Sepehrmanesh, Benjamin Ingrosso, Robert Habolin) PREDICTION: Finalen

He sounds very Jackson 5-era Michael Jackson and the tune tips a nod to both that and current touchstone Justin Timberlake. Co-writer Ingrosso won MF last year and, depending on the performance by the youngster (pictured above), this could well be in the running for this year’s win also.

6. Ann-Louise Hanson Kärleken finns kvar (Love Remains) (David Lindgren Zacharias, Josefin Glenmark, Olof “Ollie” Olsen) PREDICTION: 7th

C’est La Vie is 1 of our favourite old school schlager numbers and this deserves better than the result the legendary act 5th in the running order in the opening heat usually earns. It’s gentle and melodic country’n’western that wouldn’t be out of place on the Swedish version of Kylie’s recent Golden album. Might beat Hagman to 6th place and, although we’d love for it to do better, we can’t see it.

  • 60 second sound clips here

7. John Lundvik Too Late For Love (John Lundvik, Anderz Wrethov, Andreas “Stone” Johansson) PREDICTION: Andra Chansen

Lundvik co-penned Bigger Than Us which Michael Rice will sing for the UK in Eurovision this year and so if he wins Melodifestivalen he will have 2 songs in competition. We’re enjoying that this has gospel elements but were expecting more from a turn who finished 3rd last year and has 2019’s plum spot in the running order. LOVE the backing singers.

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