The Acts, Lyrics, First Rehearsals Pics, And Basically Everything You Need To Know Before Sweden’s Melodifestivalen2021 Semi-Final 2

This Saturday, Sweden will continue its road to Rotterdam with the 2nd semi final of “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 and two Melfest all-stars: the Swedish singer Oscar Zia and Anis Don Demina. Zia is well remembered for his 2 finalist entries in the last decade “Yes We Can” reached the 8th place in 2014 and “Human” almost made it to Eurovision in 2016 finished 2nd behind Frans. Anis Don Demina also participated twice in the competition. his song “Mina bränder” along with singer Zeana came 5th in the 1st semi final of 2019. the year after in 2020 he was back in the competition, this time solo, and made it to the 5th place in the final with “Vem e som oss“. in case you’ll think you remember him from another place than the answer is yes. Anis was the the saxophone guy on Samir & Viktor 2018 entry “Shuffla“.

The show will take place on Saturday 2/13 at 20:00 CET and can be watched live HERE

So, without further dew. let’s get dipper on this weeks acts:

**First 1Min snippets of SF2 song will be updated on Thursday 2/11 at 13:00CET

(once the songs will be released they will be added to our playlist HERE)

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Song #1: Anton Ewald – New Religion

Written by: Jonas Wallin, Joe Killington, Anton Ewald, Maja Strömstedt

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Despite his young age, 27 year-old Swedish singer and dancer Anton Kim Ewald is not a stranger when it comes to Melodifestivalen. Anton had his first move on the Melfest stage when he was only 16 as one of the dancers of “The QueenVelvet in 2009, and following Danny Saucedo‘s “Amazing” the year after. Anton moved to the front of the stage in 2013 when he 1st participate as a solo artist. his entry “Begging” finished 4th in the final. the following year on his second attempt, he reached to the final once again where he came 10th singing “Natural“. For his 3rd entry, Anton gains another title, this time “a songwriter” as he was one of writers behind his 2021 entry “New Religion”

LYRICS:

Here all alone in the darkness
Won’t you come play on my weakness
You know I’m here and I feel it
Come on

When we collide like a car crash
You’re my condition, my whiplash
Coming alive when we’re in distortion

When the lights are low
Oh, it’s calling
I can hear your

Distorted heartbeat play with mine
Baby don’t kill the rhythm
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

Do what you want to I don’t mind
We found a New Religion
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

You kick me down like four to the floor
I come alive every time your

Distorted heartbeat play with mine
We found a New Religion
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

Ain’t got no time for no silence
The sound of your voice is my guidance
You’re always there when I need it
Come on

You now that you’re my addiction
You got me loving this friction
Coming alive when we’re in distortion

When the lights are low
Oh, it’s calling
I can hear your

Distorted heartbeat play with mine
Baby don’t kill the rhythm
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

Do what you want to I don’t mind
We found a New Religion
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

You kick me down like four to the floor
I come alive every time your

Distorted heartbeat play with mine
We found a New Religion
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

We found a New Religion

Baby don’t kill the rhythm

We found a New Religion

Baby don’t kill the rhythm
I can hear your

Distorted heartbeat play with mine
Baby don’t kill the rhythm
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

Do what you want to I don’t mind
We found a New Religion
Baby don’t kill the rhythm

You kick me down like four to the floor
I come alive every time your

Distorted heartbeat play with mine
We found a New Religion
Baby don’t
kill the rhythm

Song #2: Julia Alfrida – Rich

Written by: Julia Alfrida, Jimmy Jansson, Melanie Wehbe

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Julia Alfrida was the first known artist to be selected for Melfet 2021. earlier this year, the 25-year old girl has won the golden ticket for “Melodifestivalen 2021” trough the radio show “P4 Nästa 2020” toured across Sweden’s cities looking for the next big talent. Her song “Dark Room” was very loveable on the fans worldwide, but as the competition rules format, Julia was sent back to the studio in order to record a brand new song to be used as her Melfest debut entry.

“Rich” was co-written by Julia together with Melanie Wehbe and one of Sweden’s most talented composers Jimmy Jansson. As an artist Jansson was participated on Melodifestivalen Three times singing: ”What Difference Does It Make?” as a part of the band “Poets” in 2002, ”Vi kan gunga” in 2005, and “Amanda” in 2007. but besides being a singer, Jansson Melfest record is set as a composer and last year (2020) the talented guy had 6 (!!) competing entries in one year co-written by him.

LYRICS:

Sway with me
Let’s move so free
Wanna be a royal
Let me show you what’s royal

Feel the heat
We’re an empire out in the sea
But we’re bigger than the ocean
Much greater than the ocean

Heading to our dreamland
We’ve been through the quicksand
Can you see the treasure
Around the bend

We could be rich like that
We could be rich like that
They can take our money
They can have it all
Ya ya
Cause we’re rich like that

Rich like that
We could be rich like that
They can take our money
But never steal our heart
No No
Cause we’re rich like that

In your eyes
There’s something that diamonds can’t buy
Baby you’re royal
Let me show you what’s royal

Hold me tight
Through the stormy night
We’re bigger than the ocean
Much greater than the ocean

Heading to our dreamland
We’ve been through the quicksand
Can you see the treasure
Around the bend

We could be rich like that
We could be rich like that
They can take our money
They can have it all
Ya ya
Cause we’re rich like that

Rich like that
We could be rich like that
They can take our money
But never steal our heart
No No
Cause we’re rich like that

We will always beat the riots
Even how hard they try us
They can take our money
But never steal our heart
No No
Cause we’re rich like that

Rich like that
We could be rich like that
They can take our money
They can have it all
Ya ya
Cause we’re rich like that

Rich like that
We could be rich like that
They can take our money
But never steal our heart
No No
Cause we’re rich like that

We will always beat the riots
Even how hard they try us
They can take our money
But never steal our heart
No No
Cause we’re rich like that

Song #3: WAHL feat. SAMI – 90-talet

Written by: Sami Rekik, Christopher Wahlberg, Josefin Glenmark, Jesper Welander, Andreas Larsson

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This entry is a collaboration between two Swedish rappers. Sami Rekik better known as “Sam-E”, and his part on the band “Medina”. his Melodifestivalen experience so far was as a composer being one of writers of Melfest 2018 entry “Mitt Paradis” by Elias Abbas. For his 2021 act as a performing artist Sami will join Christopher Wahlberg A.K.A “Wahl”. Wahlberg was half of the of the dou “SödraSidan”. the guys joins in co-writing “90-talet” with Andreas Larsson, Josefin Glenmark who also was behind Ann-Louise Hanson entry in 2019 “Kärleken finns kvar“, and Jesper Welander who co-wrote the Melfest entries “Alla Mina Sorger” for Linda Bengtzing in 2019 and “Allting som vi sa” for Ida Redig 2018.

LYRICS:

Ge mig tillbaks 90-talet

Jag ville flytta till Miami
Stora drömmar liten grabb
du tog hand om mig
Alltid nån som man va kär i
O vi båda sjöng med till November Rain

Jag känner hur jag svävar
Även om det va ”skilda världar” så va vi safe
Oh jag fota dig i närbild
Men du måste varit där för att förstå mig

Stylish
det va hårspray
Bläddra i tidningen
det va Okej
Cabriolet
åker du med
Snälla ta mig dit

Ja jag vet det låter galet
Ge mig tillbaks 90-talet
För jag minns när vi dansa natten lång
Jag frågade chans i din trappuppgång

O jag vet det låter galet
Ge mig tillbaks 90-talet
Då grävde vi guld i USA
O vi va så unga du o jag
Mitt 90-tal

Jag ville flytta till LA då
Jag ville va som Fresh Prince där i mitt kvarter
Glida runt på min skateboard
Även om det är långt bort kan jag minnas det

Hänger affischer på mitt rum nu det va punk
MC Hammer Bob Hund jag va ung
Brukar berätta massa sagor för barnen om dig
Nu tar jag dom tillbaks på min memory lane right away

Stylish
det va hårspray
Bläddra i tidningen
det va Okej
Cabriolet
åker du med
Snälla ta mig dit

Ja jag vet det låter galet
Ge mig tillbaks 90-talet
För jag minns när vi dansa natten lång
Jag frågade chans i din trappuppgång

O jag vet det låter galet
Ge mig tillbaks 90 talet
Då grävde vi guld i USA
O vi va så unga du o jag
Mitt 90-tal

Jag lever kvar i mitt 90-tal
Minns det som igår
Trasiga jeans och Prince va min idol
Jag sitter här och väntar bredvid min telefon
För jag ska ingenstans

Ja jag vet det låter galet
Ge mig tillbaks 90-talet
För jag minns när vi dansa natten lång
Jag frågade chans i din trappuppgång

O jag vet det låter galet
Ge mig tillbaks 90-talet
Då grävde vi guld i USA
O vi va så unga du o jag

O jag vet det låter galet
Ge mig tillbaks 90-talet
Då grävde vi guld i USA
O vi va så unga du o jag

O jag drömmer mig tillbaks då
Vi va så unga du och jag
mitt 90-tal

Song #4: Frida Green – The silence

Written by: Anna Bergendahl, Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias, Joy Deb

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Frida Green rose to glory in 2018 when she was one of the finalist in the show in “Talang“. later on, In 2020, she participated in “The Swedish Idol” but didn’t make it to the live shows. Frida will debut Melodifestivalen with a song co-written with one of the shows biggest icons and the Swedish representative for Eurovision 2010 Anna Bergendahl. joining Anna on writing this song are the iconic composer Bobby Ljunggren which is his 2nd song (out of 5) in 2021 competition. he is also behind many Eurovision hits such as Carola‘s “Evighet” (2006), Jan Johansen‘s “Se på mig” (1995) Charlotte Perrelli‘s “Hero” (2008), and all Anna’s song to Melfest (“This Is My Life” 2010, “Ashes to Ashes” 2019. and “Kingdom Come” 2020)

LYRICS:

I can’t promise I won’t let you down
I can’t say that it’ll all be fine

But little by little, time will work its magic
And when the light shines through,
it shines just for you

In the silence
There’s a guidance
When you can’t take no more
A whisper in the wind – it’s calling

In the silence
Dust make diamonds
When you can’t take no more
A whisper in the wind – it’s calling now
A whisper in the wind – it’s calling

And this feeling that you’re never good enough
Won’t go away if you give up

But little by little, life will work its magic
And when the clouds finally part,
they part just for you

In the silence
There’s a guidance
When you can’t take no more
A whisper in the wind – it’s calling

In the silence
Dust make diamonds
When you can’t take no more
A whisper in the wind – it’s calling

Just when you let it go
That’s when you know what it was worth to you
Just when you let it go,
only then
So, don’t let it go

In the silence
There’s a guidance
When you can’t take no more
A whisper in the wind – it’s calling

In the silence
Dust make diamonds
When you can’t take no more
A whisper in the wind – it’s calling now

A whisper in the wind – it’s calling
now

Song #5: Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – Rena Rama Ding Dong

Written by: Göran Sparrdahl, Kalle Rydberg, Ari Lehtonen

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Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos are very famous entertainers in Sweden who have shared the stage many times together usually on TV Comedies such as the Swedish remake of “British Television“. But this will be defiantly the 1st time the duo will share the Melfest together. as a solo act one of them has already made it before. Eva Rydberg competed in 1977 where she sang “Charlie Chaplin” and reached the 7th place. 2021 entry “Rena Rama Ding Dong” was co-written by Eva’s son Kalle Rydberg while the choreography on stage belongs to her dotter Birgitta. another stars behind their 2021 entry are Göran Sparrdal who wrote with Arja Saijonmaa her song to Melfest 2019 “Mina fyra årstider” (5th in the SF), and Ari Lehtonen who is behind the song production of Melodifestivalen 1999 famous 2nd place “Stjärna på himmelen” by Drömhus.

LYRICS:

Kom och vicka din fot
Knäna kommer efter
Kom och vicka din höft
Nu känns det lite bättre

Kom och klappa din hand
Så alla nu kan höra
Kom och skaka din kropp
Taket lyfter, låt oss köra

Ja, vi ska sjunga och dansa
Ja, vi ska sjunga och dansa

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding-dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Kom och ge mig en ton
Sjung den lite högre
Kom och vissla en låt
Som bofinken i trädet

Kom och joddla en gång
Vilken härlig dag med glädje
Kom och sjung våran sång
Nu sjunger alla: Yeah Yeah

Ja, vi ska sjunga och dansa
Ja, vi ska sjunga och dansa

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Dansa loss, sing-a-long,
Rena rama ding dong

Kom allihopa nicke-docka med oss.
Man går fram och tillbaks
Rena rama ding dong

Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong
Ding dong ding dong ding dong
Rena rama ding dong

Song #6: Patrik Jean – Tears Run Dry

Written by: Herman Gardarfve, Patrik Jean, Melanie Wehbe

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Patrik Jean will debut the Melodifestivalen as a singer for the first time. actually, he already won the show in 2020 where he was one of the song writers behind the Mama’s song “MOVE” together with Melanie Wehbe, and Herman Gardarfve (one of IVAN‘s “Help You Fly” backing vocalists for Belarus in 2016. Now, the trio is back and they worked together for a song that Patrik will preform as well. for Melanie Wehbe it is a double battle this evening as she is also stands behind Julia Alfrida‘s “Rich”. Will “Tears Run Dry” move us again all the way to Rotterdam? we will know the answer soon.

LYRICS:

Another drink in the bar
Before you order a car
We start falling apart
I’m not ready, that’s all

No, we don’t need to talk
Let me stay in your arms
Before you break my heart

Forgetting time and space
Whenever I see your face
So if you’d like to stay,
that’s okay

We’re gonna dance ’til our tears run dry
Wanna forget for a little while
Maybe we’re bad at goodbye
or just in denial
We’re gonna dance ’til our tears run dry

Tears run dry,
tears run dry,
one last time
We’re gonna dance ’til our tears run dry

Wipe my eyes, keep them closed
I’m not watching you go
When we move we go slow
In the end we both know

This is how it’s gotta be
Cheers to all the memories
One more before you leave

Forgetting time and space
Whenever I see your face
So if you’d like to stay,
that’s okay

We’re gonna dance ’til our tears run dry
Wanna forget for a little while
Maybe we’re bad at goodbye
or just in denial
We’re gonna dance ’til our tears run dry

Tears run dry,
’til our tears run dry
just one last time
We’re gonna dance ’til our tears run dry

Baby I don’t mind
If it takes all night
Maybe we’re bad at goodbye or just in denial
Gonna dance ’til our tears run dry

’Til our tears run dry,
just one last time
We’re gonna dance ’til our tears run dry

Song #7: Dotter – Little Tot

Written by: Johanna Jansson, Dino Medanhodzic

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It feels like it is almost unnecessary to represent Dotter to Eurovision fans. that is thanks to her unforgettable performance in last year competition singing “Bulletproof” that came 2nd with only 1 point behind the winning song “MOVE” and with 15M streams on Spotify a year after!. Johanna Maria Jansson (A.K.A Dotter) returns in Melodifestivalen for the 3rd time since she debut the contest in 2018 with “Cry“. So far in her musical career she is well remembered for collaborating with the Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw to sing “Walk With Me”. both performed the song as the interval act of Melodifestivalen 2019 Andra chansen.

As a composer Dotter was also responsible for these beautiful Melfest hits: “A Million Years” for Mariette in 2017 and 2020 host Lina Hedlund‘s “Victorious” in 2019. About her 2021 entry
Little Tot” she was quoted “My song is about getting aware of one’s ego. This might be even more fun than last year. When the viewers will get to see my act, they will probably think that it’s pretty maxed out.”. The same as in “Bulletproof, the song was written by Dotter with her fiancé Dino Medanhodzic

LYRICS:

when you grow up
sort out what’s right
You don’t wanna be like us

We’re gonna run
from each other
cause we need to find the answers in our lives
We’re gonna run
like no other
and we seek for a new chapter of our lives

I never ever said that we
Shouldn’t go on
you never know
oh you never know

Little tot when you grow up
sort out what’s right
You don’t wanna be like us
When the pride surrounds our minds
we’ll hit and run
You don’t wanna be like us

You don’t, you don’t, you don’t
You don’t wanna be like us
You don’t, you don’t, you don’t,
You don’t wanna be like us

We’re gonna find
a new future
though we think we’re being protective of our lives
We’re gonna hide
like we’re losers
cause we’ve lost another second of our lives

I never ever said that we
Shouldn’t go on
you never know
oh you never know

Little tot when you grow up
sort out what’s right
You don’t wanna be like us
When the pride surrounds our minds
we’ll hit and run
You don’t wanna be like us

You don’t, you don’t, you don’t
You don’t wanna be like us
You don’t, you don’t, you don’t,
You don’t wanna be like us

Little tot when you grow up
You don’t, you don’t, you don’t
You don’t wanna be like us

Little tot when you grow up
sort out what’s right
You don’t wanna be like us
When the pride surrounds our minds
we’ll hit and run
You don’t wanna be like us

You don’t, you don’t, you don’t
You don’t wanna be like us

Little tot when you grow up
sort out what’s right
You don’t wanna be like us
When the pride surrounds our minds
we’ll hit and run
You don’t wanna be like us

Semi final 2 acts have already set foot on the stage for the 1st time and some photos of the rehearsals has found its way to the social media

Photos Credit: Ori Rosenberg

To the finale night will qualify the Top2 ranked song of the evening. there they will finst SF1 winners:

  • Arvingarna– Tänker Inte Alls Gå Hem
  • Danny Saucedo – Dandi Dansa

Next week the road to Rotterdam will continue with the next group of 7 acts batteling for the Golden ticket.

  1. Charlotte Perrelli – Still Young
  2. Emil Assergård – Om Allting Skiter Sig
  3. Klara Hammarström – Beat Of Broken Hearts
  4. Mustasch – Contagious
  5. Elisa – Den du är
  6. Alvaro Estrella – Baila Baila
  7. Tusse – Voices


Sweden is allocated to perform on the 2nd half of semi final 1 that will take place on May 18th, 2021
You can find all the relevant information at our Eurovision 2021 homepage:

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