The Acts, Lyrics, First Rehearsals Pics, And Basically Everything You Need To Know Before Sweden’s Melodifestivalen2021 Semi-Final 3

This Saturday, Sweden will continue its road to Rotterdam with the 3d 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 the Swedish rapper Jason Diakité (AKA Timbuktu).

The show will take place on Saturday 2/20 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 2/18 at 13:00CET

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

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Song #1: Charlotte Perrelli – Still Young

Written by: Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren, Erik Bernholm, Charlie Gustavsson

1999 Eurovision winner is back on Melodifestivalen! The Swedish diva earned her title when she won the contest held in Jerusalem with “Take Me To Your Heaven” that is still one of the most popular Eurovision entries of all times. In 2008, On her 2nd attempt at Mellfest, Charlotte won the contest again and was sent to Eurovision with “Hero” and finished 18th in the final. She tried Two more times as an artist but in both she didn’t made it to the show’s final (“The Girl” 2012, “Mitt liv” 2017). Besides singing in the contest, Perrelli also hosted the show Twice in the years 2003-2004.

Behind her 2021 entry “Still Young” stands the Trio Eurovision legends Thomas G:son, Bobby Ljunggren and Erik Bernholm 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

LYRICS:

Times moving on
but it’s never too late
No, it’s not over yet
I still have some bets left to make

And it won’t be easy
I probably make some mistakes
But I’ll do anything
No matter how much it will take

Cause we’re still young
We are invincible
And there’s no protocol
No crystal ball
That knows it all

Cause we’re still young
Nothing’s impossible
You know there ain’t no dream
Too far to reach
For you and me
Cause we’re still young

I’m thinking back,
Back to when we were kids
I could never have figured
We’d ever have something like this

We’re getting older, but
You know I still feel the same
You know I’ll do anything
No matter how much it will take

Cause we’re still young
We are invincible
And there’s no protocol
No crystal ball
That knows it all

And you know we are young
We’re just getting started
And it’s the beginning

All that we wanted
Is still in our hands
And I’ll do whatever it takes

Cause we’re still young
There ain’t no protocol
No crystal ball
That knows it all

Invincible
We can’t be wrong
Cause we are young

Cause we’re still young
We are invincible
And there’s no protocol
No crystal ball
That knows it all

Cause we’re still young
Nothing’s impossible
You know there ain’t no dream
Too far to reach
For you and me
Cause we’re still young

Song #2: Emil Assergård – Om Allting Skiter Sig

Written by: Emil Assergård, Jimmy Jansson, Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt, Anderz Wrethov, Johanna Wrethov

29 year-old Swedish singer Emil Assergård will make his debut performance on the Melodifestivalen stage. Besides being a really popular in the Swedish music industry, Emil is also an artists who is signed on one of the biggest record labels in the world Universal with mega-hits such as “All In” streamed already 34M times on Spotify.

Emil co-wrote “Om Allting Skiter Sig” together with Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt (one of Kadiatou‘s “One Touch” composers), 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 Jansson is not a singer only. his Melfest record is set as a composer when last year (2020) he had 6 (!!) competing entries in one year co-written by him.

LYRICS:

Ja jag vet jag borde stanna
även om allt har blivit svart
Jag kommer inte kunna andas
om jag ska lämna allt vi haft

För du kan ta mig högre
än någon annan kan
och du kan se mitt djup
ner i botten någonstans
där ingen annan nånsin
varit förut, jag lovar dig nu

Om allting skiter sig ikväll
kan vi börja om och om igen
Vi kan göra vad vi vill
så kom och kom och ge mig lite till

Om allting skiter sig ikväll
kan vi börja om och om igen
Vi kan göra vad vi vill
så kom och kom och ge mig lite till

Vi ville bara leva livet
Som om ingenting dåligt fanns
Vi kanske tog allting för givet
och de vi drömde om försvann

För du kan ta mig högre
än någon annan kan
och du kan se mitt djup
ner i botten någonstans
där ingen annan nånsin
varit förut, jag lovar dig nu

Om allting skiter sig ikväll
kan vi börja om och om igen
Vi kan göra vad vi vill
så kom och kom och ge mig lite till

Om allting skiter sig ikväll
kan vi börja om och om igen
Vi kan göra vad vi vill
så kom och kom och ge mig lite till
ja kom och kom och ge mig lite till

Jag lovar dig
Jag har aldrig tvekat
om vi räcker till
För du är drömmen
jag drömmer om
och det här är det jag vill

Om allting skiter sig ikväll
kan vi börja om igen
Vi kan göra vad vi vill
så kom och kom och ge mig lite till

Om allting skiter sig ikväll
kan vi börja om och om igen
Vi kan göra vad vi vill
så kom och kom och ge mig lite till
ja kom och kom och ge mig lite till

Song #3: Klara Hammarström – Beat Of Broken Hearts

Written by: David Kreuger, Fredrik Kempe, Niklas Carson Mattson, Andreas Wijk

Klara Hammarström is a 20-year-old Swedish singer from Stockholm. She debut Melodifestivalen last year when she sang “Nobody” finished 5th in the semi final. Besides being a recording artist with hits such as “You Should Know Me Better” she also appears in SVT’s TV series “Familjen Hammarström” along with her family.

For her 2021 entry “Beat Of Broken Hearts” Klara used the heavy guns and will sing a song that was co-written by David Kreuger and Fredrik Kempe, which is their second entry together for Melfest 2021 followed Jessica Andersson‘s “Horizon“. The Two are responsible for so many Melfest hits along the years, among them Sanna Nielsen “Undo“, Eric Saade “Sting” and “Blame It on the Disco” by Alcazar. Fredrik himself participated twice as a solo artist in 2004 singing “Finally” (second chance round) and the following year when he ranked the 8th place singing “Du och jag mot världen” together with Sanna Nielsen. He is most familiar in the Eurovision fandom as the man behind the Swedish entries of Four (!) Eurovision entries in 2008 (Charlotte Perrelli Hero“), 2009 (Malena ErnmanLa Voix“), 2011 (Eric SaadePopular“), and most recently in 2014 with “Undo“.

LYRICS:

Ignore all sideshows distractions
Look neither right or left
Watch over your heart
That’s where life starts
Forget the rest

Honey there’s no other reason
Don’t care about the silly season
Tell me when your heart’s in pieces

The beat of broken hearts
Gonna gonna make it through
Gonna find a way for you
And heal our broken parts
Never ever fall apart
To the beat of broken hearts

Let nothing ever distract you
Not even highs or lows

Honey there’s no other reason
Don’t care about the silly season
Tell me when your heart’s in pieces

The beat of broken hearts
Gonna gonna make it through
Gonna find a way for you
And heal our broken parts
Never ever fall apart
To the beat of broken hearts

Even when we lose our way
And even if we fade away
To the beat of broken hearts

There’s a beat inside my chest
Can you hear the pieces
Can you hear the beating

And my heart it hurts like hell
Let the heaven clear it
Can you hear the beating

Oh no
Oh yeah

The beat of broken hearts
Gonna gonna make it through
Gonna find a way for you
And heal our broken parts
Never ever fall apart
To the beat of broken hearts

Even when we lose our way
If we lose our way
And even if we fade away
We’ll heal our broken parts
And never ever fall apart

To the beat of broken hearts

Song #4: Mustasch – Contagious

Written by: Ralf Gyllenhammar, David Johannesson

Mustasch is one of Sweden’s biggest hard Rock bands. They were formed in 1998 and had many hits in the local charts through the years taken from the bands 10 studio albums. Ralf Gyllenhammar, the guitarist and lead vocalist of the band, participated in Melodifestivalen 2013 as a solo artist where he came 7th with his unforgettable rock ballad and burning flame piano “Bed on Fire“.

Mustasch debut entry for Melodifestivalen 2021 “Contagious” was written by Ralf together with the ex member of the Swedish metal band Sparzanza who joined Mustasch in 2008. Talking about “Contagious” Ralf was queued ”This is a classic goddamned Hard Rock song, with a very contagious chorus. In 2013, I took part without these costumers [the band]. This year, we have a real Hard Rock song, according to them, and then it was fine for them to take part, of course.”

LYRICS:

No surrender
Defenders of the truth
Nothing last forever
Here’s what we gotta do

When you’re laughing it’s contagious
It’s a little something that’s so painless
These are times that are dangerous
But pray for wonders,
it won’t save us

The life we’re living
Goes up in smoke
Be careful what you’re bringing
It’s not a bloody joke

When you’re laughing it’s contagious
It’s a little something that’s so painless
These are times that are dangerous
But pray for wonders,
it won’t save us

These are times that are dangerous
Pray for wonders,
it won’t save us

When you’re laughing it’s contagious
It’s a little something that’s so painless
These are times that are dangerous
But when you’re laughing it’s contagious

Song #5: Elisa – Den du är

Written by: Bobby Ljunggren, Ingela “Pling” Forsman, Elisa Lindström

29-year-old Elisa Lindström is Swedish singer of country/pop and dansband genres. In her past Elisa was the lead singer for the dansband Elisa’s but she’s going solo these days. Elisa took part in Melodifestivalen 2014 in hopes of representing Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. with the song “Casanova” finished 5th in semi final 1.

Now, Elisa is back also as a songwriter. she joins the same duo that wrote “Casanova” for her Bobby Ljunggren, Ingela “Pling” Forsman and wrote together “Den du är” (Eng: Who You Are). This Dou are also the ones behind Sweden’s entry for Eurovision 1998 (Jill JohnsonKärleken är“) and 1995 (Jan JohansenSe på mig“.)

That’s the second song for Bobby Ljunggren in this semi as he is also co-wrote Charlotte Perrelli‘s entry. Ingela “Pling” Forsman is another huge name in the Melfest composers scene. he is signed for so many Melfest classics through the years amongst them Shirley ClampMin kärlek” (2004), Nanne GrönvallHåll Om Mig” (2005), and Sonya Etymon” (2006).

LYRICS:

Kom lägg dig här bredvid
i gryningstimmans tid
och låt mig säga dig
jag är så tacksam att du finns
i mitt liv

Lägg handen mot min kind,
låt värmen strömma in
Se mig i ögonen
och känn att jag vill vara din,
bara din

Och när vi älskar
svindlar himlarna förbi
Du gör så mina vingar bär
genom din magi,
den du är

Jag lovar och jag svär,
fast jag vet att jag är
så liten på vår jord
kan ingen känsla bli så stor
som den här

Och när vi älskar
svindlar himlarna förbi
Du gör så mina vingar bär
genom din magi,
den du är

Det är för din skull
som jag vågar flyga fri,
så jag vill be dig nu och här
lova att förbli
just den du är

Så jag vill be dig nu och här
lova att förbli
just den du är

Så jag vill be dig nu och här
lova att förbli
just den du är

Song #6: Alvaro Estrella – Baila Baila

Written by: Anderz Wrethov, Linnea Deb, Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt

Chilean origin singer Alvaro Estrella is going for his third attempt in Melodiferstivalen. Preliminary to his singing career Alvaro was a dancer for many entries in the contest such as Danny SaucedoAmazing” in 2012. His debut appearance in the contest as a singer was back in 2014 singing “Bedroom” that didn’t qualify for the final. Last year he won a golden ticket to Melodifestivalen2020 final when he joined forces with Méndez in “Vamos amigos” which came 11th.

For his third performance Alvaro worked with the Swedish songwriter and producer Anderz Wrethov. Wrethov won to represent Sweden with his song ”Too Late for Love” in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, and brought the honor of reaching in the 5th place Joining him in co-writing the song are Jimmy ”Joker” Thörnfeldt who wrote are Love Generation entry in 2011 “Dance Alone” and Linnea Deb who wrote Eurovision 2015 wining song for Måns ZelmerlöwHeroes” and 2013 Melfest winner hit “You” by Robin Stjernberg.

The Trio wrote Four songs together for Melodifestivalen2021. Besides Alvaro’s song, we already heard Kadiatou’s “One Touch” that didn’t qualify for the final, one of the most expected songs of the contest to be revealed next week, “Every Minute” by Eric Saade, and also the next song to perform tonight “Voices” by Tusse.

LYRICS:

Oh na na na
Oh na na na

You and me don’t stop for the red lights
Hear the cops come it’s all right
We be like devils on the floor
Oh na na na
Oh na na na

Baby you’re my one desire
Let’s set the night on fire
Don’t ever stop – come give me more
Oh na na na
Oh na na na

Ma ma ma ma mamasita
Come here come here sweet bonita
Dame dame tu cosita
Shhh

Viva love forever
You and me together
When the sun goes down we keep on baila baila
Viva love forever
You and me together
When the sun goes down we keep on baila baila

And we can dance away away away
Until the break of day
Away away
Yeah we can dance away
Away away
Oh baila baila

Oh na na na
Oh na na na

Drinks on me until the sundown
Til the morning we don’t shut down
We got everything we need
Oh na na na
Oh na na na

Come here and touch me slowly
Like I’m the one and only
I am with you and you’re with me
Oh na na na
Oh na na na

Ma ma ma ma mamasita
Come here come here sweet bonita
Dame dame tu cosita
Shhh

Viva love forever
You and me together
When the sun goes down we keep on baila baila
Viva love forever
You and me together
When the sun goes down we keep on baila baila

And we can dance away away away
Until the break of day
Away away
Yeah we can dance away
Away away
Oh baila baila

We can dance away
We can dance away

Viva love forever
You and me together
When the sun goes down we keep on baila baila
Viva love forever
You and me together
When the sun goes down we keep on baila baila

And we can dance away away away
Until the break of day
Away away
Yeah we can dance away
Away away
Oh baila baila

Song #7: Tusse – Voices

Written by: Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt, Anderz Wrethov

19 years-old Tusse Chiza is a Congolese-Swedish singer and the winner of the “Swedish Idol 2019“. followed the success in the show he had his first single “My Soul Is Calling You” and he continuously releasing new music ever since. Even though Tusse is no stranger to perform on a big stages it must have been super exciting for him debuting Melodifestivalen. Tusse performance on stage will be used with pre-recorded content and Talking about it he was saying: ”My song happened when I was sitting in a session with Joy Deb and Linnea Deb the rest of the group. We were writing music, but nothing felt right, and nothing felt close to the heart. But then it transpired that they had already written such a beautiful song that I got to hear. I just said: ‘That’s the one! That’s the one we should go for.’ The song is about fellowship, freedom and the importance of all voices being heard.”

“Voices” was written by the trio mentioned above Linnea Deb, Jimmy ”Joker” Thörnfeldt och Anderz Wrethov together with their partner in writing Kadiatou’s “One TouchJoy Deb. Deb used to work with huge artists in the music industry such as Fifth Harmony and he is also behind Måns Zelmerlöw Eurovision 2015 winning song “Heroes” and Saara Aalto‘s “Monsters” in 2018. Melodifestivalen fans may also remember him for his entries written to Ulrik Munther (“Soldiers” 2012) Lisa Ajax (“My heart wants me dead” 2016) and, Ace wilder (“Busy Doin Nothin” in 2014 and “Don’t worry” in 2016)

LYRICS:

There’s fire in the rain
But we’ll get up again
We’re thousand miles apart
But we’ll overcome

I’ll never let you down
World is turning us around
But I feel it in my heart
Let’s make a brand new start

Can’t stop us now forget the haters
Get up and live and make it matter
There’s more to life so go ahead and
sing it out

Can you hear
a million voices
Calling out
in the rain
You know we got
a million choices
So go get out
and let it rain

A million voices voices
A million voices voices
A million voices voices
A million voices

There’s fire in the rain
And I can feel your pain
Painting all the scars in
The colors of change

Don’t let them hold you down
Don’t let them hold you down
Go shooting like a star
The star you are

Can’t stop us now forget the haters
Get up and live and make it matter
There’s more to life so go ahead and
sing it out

Can you hear
a million voices
Calling out
in the rain
You know we got
a million choices
So go get out
and let it rain

Can you hear them
A million voices voices
Can you hear them
A million voices voices
Can you hear them
A million voices voices
Can you hear them
A million voices

Can you hear them?
Can you hear them?

Can you hear
a million voices
Calling out
in the rain
You know we got
a million choices
So go get out
and let it rain

Can you hear them
A million voices voices
Can you hear them
A million voices voices
Can you hear them
A million voices voices
Can you hear them
A million voices

Semi final 3 acts have already set foot on the stage for the first time and some photos of the rehearsals has found its way to the social media

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
  • Anton Ewald – New Religion
  • Dotter – Little Tot

Next week the road to Rotterdam will continue with the last group of 7 acts battling for the 2 Golden tickets to the the final.

  1. Tess Merkel – Good Life
  2. Lovad – Allting är precis likadant
  3. Efraim Leo – Best Of Me
  4. The Mamas – In The Middle
  5. Sannex – All Inclusive
  6. Clara Klingenström – Behöver inte dig idag
  7. Eric Saade – Every Minute


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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