SONG OF THE WEEK: Good Life by Tess Merkel (week beginning 28/2/2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 27 February 2021

Heat 4 of Melodifestivalen didn’t disappoint in the quality of its songs but we would have loved for our favourite – the debut solo single by a third of Alcazar – to have done better than 5th.

  • Read on for reasons including who is our favourite of the 28 Melodifestivalen entries this year
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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2021 Heat 4 starring Tess Merkel, The Mamas & Eric Saade

WHEN?: Saturday 27 February 2020

WHERE?: Annexet, Stockholm

Tess Merkel (3rd from left above) is the 4th member of supergroup Alcazar to compete in Melodifestivalen individually with Magnus Carlsson (2nd from left above performing Alcastar) making the final in 2006 and 2015 and Lina Hedlund doing so in 2019.

  • Read on for reasons including the return of former winners The Mamas and Eric Saade
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SONG OF THE WEEK: My Freedom by Magnus Carlsson (week beginning 14/6/20)

WORTH A LISTEN?: ****

OUT: now

Former Alcazar frontman Carlsson references two of his biggest Melodifestivalen hits in this positive, high-energy tale of coming out and finding happiness which is, appropriately, this year’s Stockholm Pride anthem.

  • Read on for reasons including a chance to listen to My Freedom and hear which former hits he namechecks

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PREVIEW: Melodifestivalen 2019 Heat 3 starring Lina Hedlund from Alcazar, Dolly Style, Martin Stenmarck & Omar

We’ve described Alcazar as ‘the greatest act never to represent Sweden in Eurovision’ and 1 of its current members, Lina Hedlund (pictured far left above), competes in Heat 3 in Leksand on 16 February.

  • Read on for reasons including which Alcastar-beating former MF winner competes here also

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for January

  1. Magnus Carlsson plays the RVT

This solo star and former member of bands Alcazar and Barbados has tried, and failed, to represent Sweden eight times in the Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurofest club night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has boasted Melodifestivalen stars including Linda Bengtzing and Shirley Clamp. On 13/1 it throws open its doors to Carlsson. Tickets

  • Picture via Live Forever video. Read on for reasons including Eurovision: Your Decision, Alison Steadman & The Glass Menagerie

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REVIEW: Melodifestivalen heat 4: afterparty

Välkomna to our review of Melodifestivalen heat 4 and our own exclusive Mello afterparty curated especially for you, dear reader. Were you Molly Style or Dolly Style? Did your favourites get through? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Read on for our thoughts on Saturday night’s Gävle show, the results and some best of Melodifestivalen clips

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