PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2020 Heat 1 starring Felix Sandman, The Mamas, Robin Bengtsson and Sonja Aldén

UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect the 10/1/20 running order reveal

The last three winners of Melodifestivalen – Robin Bengtsson, Benjamin Ingrosso and John Lundvik – have been male soloists making their second attempt to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest.

  • Read on for reasons including Felix Sandman (pictured above), Robin Bengtsson, The Mamas and Sonja Aldén who also appear in this debut heat

This year’s favourite is Felix Sandman (pictured above) who was runner up in 2018 with the moving ballad Every Single Day (watch below).

We said then: ‘The best ballad left in the contest is definitely the dark horse to win the whole thing. Baffling decision to have him singing into a hairdryer. Its big problem is that the live vocal sounds a little whiny.’

Felix actually made the finalen a year earlier as part of boyband FO&O and in 2017 we said: ‘Winning Andra Chansen’s battle of the boy bands, sees FO&O as the only group in the final. Gotta Thing About You‘s vocals and choreography are expressed with polish but we would’ve liked them to have more of a song to get stuck into.’

Felix Sandman Boys With Emotions (Tony Ferrari, Parker James, Peter Thomas, Philip Bentley, Nicki Adamsson, Felix Sandman)

Felix has co-written his entry this year and we’ve yet to see running order details but we’d imagine this would come late in this heat as the greatest show on earth returns on 1 February 2020 in Linköping. It has been confirmed that it was compete last.

The Mamas Move (Melanie Wehbe, Patrik Jean, Herman Gardarfve)

We’re rooting for The Mamas who are competing in their own right after bringing a great deal to John Lundvik’s fifth place finish in Tel Aviv last year (see below). The song that we’re most excited for in this heat opens the show.

Robin Bengtsson Take A Chance (Jimmy Jansson, Karl-Frederik Reichhardt, Marcus Winther-John)

Robin Bengtsson competes here – performing third – and also finished fifth in Eurovision for Sweden in Kiev in 2017 (watch below). We said then: ‘We’ve really tired of the swearing in this year’s MF and Robin is wisely removing the offending f words from his entry this year. Not as memorable as last year’s Constellation Prize for us despite the possibility of slip-ups the onstage use of travelators presents.’

 

Sonja Aldén Sluta aldrig gå (Never stop going) (Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias, Sonja Aldén)

It would be fair to say that after selecting male soloists since 2015, we feel that Sweden would be better represented by a woman in 2020 and there are two female former contestants in this heat.

This is Aldén’s 4th Melodifestivalen entry and our favourite is the beautiful and anthemic ballad I din himmel (In your heaven, watch below) she co-wrote with Bobby Ljunggren but failed to progress in 2012.

Ljunggren is also featured here and Aldén’s previous entries were Etymon in 2006 and För att du finns (Because you exist) a year later neither of which made the final. Aldén sings in the penultimate slot and we’re guessing it’s a ballad before a showstopper from the big favourite mentioned above.

4. Malou Prytz Ballerina (Thomas G:son, Peter Boström, Jimmy Jansson)

The last of five returning acts in this heat is Prytz who finished 12th in last year’s final with I Do Me.

We know little of the remaining two entires (see below) and would suggest visiting one of our favourite sites (Scandipop) if you want to know more.

2. Suzi P Moves (Joy Deb, Suzi Pancekov, Aniela Eklund, Malou Ruotsalainen, Chanel Tukia, Kenny Silverdique)

5. OVÖ Inga Problem (Nicholas Frandsen, Lukas Nathanson, Jean-Willy Akofely, Nickie Osenius Kouakou)

Keep an eye out for monstagigz.com as we’ll be previewing all 28 songs after we’ve heard them and predicting how they’ll do in the run-up to their heats. We’ll also predict the qualifiers in each heat in anticipation of Saturday’s show. MF: #GreatestShowOnEarth

Find our Heat 1 predictions on Friday 31 January 2020 at monstagigz.com. Heat 2, Heat 3and Heat 4 previews.

  • Picture via YouTube courtesy SVT Melodifestivalen. Tickets
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