Sweden will kick off its national selection for Eurovision 2021 this week with the first semi final of final “Melodifestivalen 2021” !
The Swedish festival will have the same mechanism as in the past few years. 28 artists, already announced will compete in 4 semi-finals and the Top 4 from each semi will continue for the next round. the top 2 will go directly to the final and places 3-4 will continue for the second chance will take place a week before the final (March 6th, 2021)
Sweden’s representative for Rotterdam will be decided on the show’s grand final that will take place on March 13th, 2021. as for COVID-19 restrictions the show wont tour across Sweden’s cities and will be aired from the capital of Stockholm only. another restriction added to the 2021 is the 6 person limitation to perform at once and giving a specials attention for keeping the social distancing on stage. the show will be hosted by Christer Björkman followed by Sweden’s singers and TV icons to join him every week, this week the even will be co-host with Eurovision 2004 act Lena Philipsson
So, without further dew. let’s get dipper on this weeks acts:
(once the songs will be released they will be added to our playlist HERE)
Song #1: Kadiatou – One Touch
Written by: Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Jimmy ‘Joker’ Thörnfeldt, Anderz Wrethov
Swedish singer Kadiatou was one of the finalists in Idol 2018 where she came 2nd. this is her first attempt at the Melfest stage.
Song #2: Lillasyster – Pretender
Written by: Isak Hallén, Jakob Redtzer, Martin Westerstrand, Ian Paolo Lira, Palle Hammarlund
Lillasyster is a Swedish rock band formed in Gothenburg in 2006. Lillasyster mean “little sister” and consist of lead vocalist Martin Westerstrand, Max Flövik, Daniel Cordero, and Ian-Paolo Lira. the band will have their debut performance in Melodifestivalen and they are promising to hit the stage with a “Real Rock” entry.
Song #3: Jessica Andersson – Horizon
Written by: David Kreuger, Fredrik Kempe, Marcus Lidén, Christian Holmström
Jessica Andersson was part of the duo FAME that represented Sweden in Eurovision Song Contest 2003 held in Riga and came 5th with the song “Give Me Your Love”
After the the success at Eurovision and one album and one album together, Jessica continues as a solo artists and performed 5 more times in the Swedish festival: 2006 “Kalla nätter” (5th in the semi final), 2007 “Kom” (second chance), 2010 “I Did It for Love” (8th place), 2015 “Can’t Hurt Me Now” (11th place), and the last time in 2018 with the song “Party Voice” finishing in 11th place in the final and became a huge hit among the fans worldwide.
Behind her 2020 entry “Horizon” is again the due David Kreuger, Fredrik Kempe she worked with before on “Party Voice”. these are are responsible for so many Melfest hits among the years, among them Sanna Nielsen “Undo“, Eric Saade “Sting” and “Blame It on the Disco” by Alcazar.
Song #4: Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
Written by: Fredrik Sonefors, Laurell Barker, Paul Rey
Paul Rey is a Recording artist based in Sweden. he has started to make music as a teenager and his talent even brought him an American record deal. We first met Paul Rey in last year Melodifestivalen when he sang “Talking in My Sleep” and finished 6th in the final.
Now, after he just released his new EP “Note to Her” he’s ready to return in the Melfest stage for his second attempt with a song he co-written with Dansk songwriter Fredrik Sonefors (known for Simone Emilie and Jasmin Gabay entries for DMGP 2019 ), and Laurell Barker who is also behind’s Germany entry for ESC2019 by S!sters.
Song #5: Arvingarna– Tänker Inte Alls Gå Hem
Written by: Stefan Brunzell, Nanne Grönvall, Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren
Casper Janebrink, Kim Carlsson, Tommy Carlsson, and Lars “Lasseman” Larsson founded as Arvingarna and have a long history of more than 30 years in the Swedish music industry. The first time the band debut Melodifestivalen was in 1993. that was also the year they womn the contest and went to represent Sweden in the Eurovision song contest held in Millstreet, Ireland and ranked 7th singing “Eloïse”.
The band tried to do it again and participated in the festival Four more times: 1995 with “Bo Diddley”, 1999 “Det svär jag på” (3rd place), 2002 “Ingenting är större än vi” (6th in the semi final) and the last time was two years ago in 2019 with the song “I Do” ranked 7th in the grand final.
The same as for “I Do”, their entry to Melfest 2021 “Tänker Inte Alls Gå Hem” is co-written by the Diva Nanne Grönvall. Nanne was part of the due One More Time represented Sweden in Eurovision 1996 with the song “Den Vilda” finished 3rd. joining Grönvall in writing the song is Stefan Brunzell and Eurovision legends Thomas G:son, and Bobby Ljunggren who wrote so many entries together through the years such as Anna Bergendahl “Ashes to Ashes” and “Kingdom Come“. G:son has also won the Eurovision once as he is the composer behind Loreen’s 2012 winning song “Euphoria“
Song #6: Nathalie Brydolf – Fingerprints
Written by: Andreas Stone Johansson, Etta Zelmani, Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin
Nathalie Brydolf is a 26 year old Swedish singer. she is well known for her participation in the fourteenth season of Swedish Idol in 2018 where she finished 6th. this will be her 1st performance on the Melodifestivalen stage. talking about her Melfest entry to the music blog scandipop she was quoted “Fingerprints’ is a beautiful song that I hope hits the hearts of the audience. It’s strong but vulnerable. Soft but powerful. There will be very few dance moves but a lot of emotion. The song deserves the attention without too much distraction around it.”
One of the songwriters Laurell Barker was the first females strikes with 3 songs she wrote competing in the ESC final. that happed in 2019 when she was behind Germany (Sister – S!sters) Switzerland (Luca Hänni – She Got Me) and the UK (Michael Rice – Bigger than Us) entries. Laurell already secured her spot in 2021 celebrations as she stands behind the co-writers of Elena Tsagrinou‘s “El diablo” that will represent Cyprus this year.
Song #7: Danny Saucedo – Dandi Dansa
Written by: Danny Saucedo, Karl-Johan Råsmark
Danny Saucedo is one of the most familiar faces of this semi final. He started his musical career when he participated in the Swedish reality show “Idol 2006”. Danny debut Melodifestivalen in 2009 as he came 3rd singing “Baby Goodbye” as a part from the pop trio E.M.D
After the band broke-up, Danny didn’t gave up his dream to reach Eurovision and participated twice in Melodifestivalen as a solo artist. In 2011 he took us right “In the Club” and finished 2nd. he kept the second place title also for the following year where he entry “Amazing” was one of the favorite to win the whole show but loses the crown in the last minute to one almost anonymous lady named Lereen.
For his 4th participation, exactly 10 years since he performed solo, Danny returns not only as a singer but as a songwriter as well. he co-wrote “Dandi Dansa” with the music producer known Karl-Johan Råsmark previously worked with Danny for his 2015 album “Jag hör vad du säger men glömt vad du sa” and with artists such as Ulrik Munther, and FO&O.
Semi final 1 acts have already set foot on the stage for the 1st time and Photographer Stina Stjernkvist shared some frames with SVT followers from the first day of rehearsals
Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT
next week the road to Rotterdam will continue with the next group of 7 acts batteling for the Golden ticket.
- Anton Ewald – New Religion
- Julia Alfrida – Rich
- WAHL feat. SAMI – 90-talet
- Frida Green – The silence
- Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – Rena Rama Ding Dong
- Patrik Jean – Tears Run Dry
- Dotter – Little Tot
Sweden is allocated to perform on the 2nd half of semi final 1 that will take place on May 18th, 2021
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