WHERE?: Annexet, Stockholm
WHEN?: Saturday 6 March 2021
WHERE DO I WATCH?: SVTPlay
One of the genius ideas that makes Melodifestivalen the greatest show on earth is that the quality of the songs is so good that eight of those which narrowly missed out on the finalen deserve a second shot at four places in that final.
- Read on for reasons including which writer of a 2021 final song is the only artist to have won Melodifestivalen after qualifying through Andra Chansen and our duel predictions
Alvaro Estrella Baila Baila (Anders Wrethov, Linnea Deb, Jimmy ‘Joker’ Thörnfeldt) vs Lillasyster Pretender (Isak Hallén, Jakob Redtzer, Martin Westerstrand, Ian Paolo Lira, Palle Hammarlund) PREDICTION:
While our preference would be for Estrella’s simple Latin pop dance number, we think Sweden will want a rock song in the finalen and, given the surprise elimination of Mustasch in Heat 3, will plump for Lillesyster’s inferior effort. There’s almost something melancholic and yearning about Baila Baila which is intensely moving in these Covid times and it’s easy to wish Spain could enter something so accessible for Eurovision.
Frida Green The Silence (Anna Bergendahl, Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias, Joy Deb) vs Paul Rey The Missing Piece (Fredrik Sonefors, Laurell Barker, Paul Rey) PREDICTION:
Both of these songs are growers which benefit from the extra attention Andra Chansen brings. While The Missing Piece is the one likelier to be a radio hit, we think Sweden will go for The Silence which with multiple listens have revealed it to be the more heartfelt. Green performs it well but co-writer Anna Bergendahl would have brought something extra special to the mix.
Eva Rydberg and Ewa Roos Rena rama ding dong (Göran Sparrdahl, Kalle Rydberg, Ari Lehtonen) vs Clara Klingenström Behöver inte dig idag (Do not need you today) (Clara Klingenström, Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias) PREDICTION:
While a comedy song in Swedish was always going to struggle with an international audience, who could fail to be won over by Eva and Ewa’s sheer lust for life? It’s infectious and while we definitely want to see it in the finalen it might have a struggle on its hands with Klingenström’s earnest composition. The background dancers dressed as older people in the Eva and Ewa clip are comedy gold
Klara Hammarström Beat Of Broken Hearts (David Kreuger, Fredrik Kempe, Niklas Carson Mattson, Andreas Wijk) vs Efraim Leo Best Of Me (Efraim Leo, Cornelia Jakobsdotter, Amanda Björkegren, Herman Gardarfve) PREDICTION:
2 very well-matched songs that it’s difficult to part. We’ve gone for Klara because it reminds us of a song from The Greatest Showman but the finalen could equally benefit from some young male blood and Leo’s song is fun.
Check out our reviews of the 8 finalists on monstagigz.com and our predictions for where they would finish at Eurovision. Robin Stjernberg is the only act to have won Melodifestivalen from AC with song You in 2013. This year he has co-written The Mamas’ entry In The Middle which made the finalen on Saturday.