Jörgen Elofsson has written songs for pop titans including Celine Dion, Agnetha Fältskog, Britney Spears and Geri Halliwell and this year his sole Melodifestivalen credit is for Faith Kakembo (pictured above).
- Read on for reasons including Mariette, Mohombi and Anis Don Demina who also appear in this third heat
We’ve heard her fine debut single Through Fire And Rain (watch below) and, given its penultimate slot in the running order for this heat, we would suggest this is either a big ballad or rousing gospel-type effort.
6. Faith Kakembo Crying Rivers (Jörgen Elofsson, Liz Rodrigues)
This year’s 3rd heat of Melodifestivalen comes from the Coop Noorbotten Arena in Luleå and features just three former contestants, the fewest of any of this year’s semis.
Arguably the most successful has been show-opener Mariette who finished 3rd in 2015 with Don’t Stop Believing (watch below), 4th in 2017 with A Million Years and 5th a year later with For You.
We said of For You: ‘After Liamoo and Dotter underwhelmed, the stage was set for Mariette to deliver but it’s all a little underwhelming. Finland’s Saara Aalto does the ‘monsters under the bed’ shtick better and the performance is curiously static. Far from third time lucky for Mariette.’
This year’s entry features Thomas G:son who co-wrote A Million Years as well as 2012 winner for Sweden Euphoria by Loreen.
- Mariette Shout It Out (Thomas G:son, Cassandra Ströberg, Alex Shield, Mariette Hansson)
We said of A Million Years: ‘A gorgeous piano motif to open and impressive build but the chorus is a little too laid-back for our liking. We prefer it to Mariette’s last MF success Don’t Stop Believing and the elastic gymnastics is memorable but on the whole this is underwhelming.’
7. Mohombi Winners (Jimmy Jansson, Mohombi Moupondo, Palle Hammarlund)
Mohombi closes the show with a song that has a very Melodifestivalen title (we’re thinking Måns Zelmerlöw’s 2015, erm, winner for Sweden) and follows his 5th place in 2019.
We said of 2019’s Hello: ‘Once again SVT has excelled itself with the presentation of a song which is more understated and downtempo than we were expecting. Mohombi was part of Group Avalon who finished 6th in 2005’s Melodifestivalen Heat 2. Well performed but we’re surprised he’s made it this far.’
5. Anis don Demina Vem är som oss (Who is like us) (Anderz Wrethov, Johanna Elkesdotter Wrethov, Anis Don Demina, Robin Svensk)
Anis participated in last year’s MF with the song Mina bränder (My Fires) along with singer Zeana. The pair finished 5th in their heat and we said: ‘This was exactly the sort of uptempo pop fun we were expecting from Mohombi who sings 6th. A strong performance and this could surprise.’
Three other new entrants also feature in this heat and for more details about these artists we’d recommend one of our favourite sites (Scandipop) if you want to know more.
2. Albin Johnsén Livet börjar nu (Life begins now) (Robin Stjernberg, Albin Johnsén, Gino Yonan)
3. Drängarna Pisa och dräng (Pisa and boy) (Anders Wigelius, Robert Norberg, Jimmy Jansson)
4. Amanda Aasa Late (Amanda Aasa, Siri Jansson, Erik Grahn, Alex Shield)
Keep an eye out for monstagigz.com as we’ll be previewing all 28 songs 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 3 predictions on Friday 14 February 2020 at monstagigz.com.
Our next preview, for Heat 4, will appear at monstagigz.com on Friday 24 January 2020.