Here we go again and let's see if Sweden can provide any competition to their neighbours Norway, Finland and Denmark in Moscow as all three are very good! The chances are getting slim.... Anyways, have to start once again saying Petra mede is fantastic!
Agnes opened the show with a 70's disconumber I quite enjoyed. For some reason it made me think of Diana Ross - must be the golden bodysuit and huge hair! Catchy feel good music.
Starpilots followed with a performance that was so gay it was almost painful but I like the song. Catchy with a great beat to 40somethings like me, pretty good vocals. I would be very curious to see how this kind of song would do in Eurovision as national finals here and there always have these but they never win....
Susanne next on stage making her Melodifestivalen debut with a ballad that is propably the best ballad på svenska this year. Well done. Deserves a place in final and I wouldn't be surprised if she makes it.
Sahlene and Maria. Oh well. A lot of noise for nothing I'm afraid. The song is not going anywhere and how come Maria managed to look so slim? And how come her boombs didn't bop out? Tape? Clue?
Thorleifs. No comment. But I guess we need to have this kind of stuff in to be politically correct?
Sarah. I hope she wins and shows Chiara how to deliver a power ballad. Fantastic vocally. Beautiful melody and very American in arrangement with a hint of Eurovision thrown in.
Next3. Do some people really listen this kind of music because they want to? I have heard a lot worse in this genre but I don't care if I never hear this one again. Gives me nothing.
Malena. Now, what to make of Malena? It was better than I expected and the staging really fitting. But was it great? Not really. She struggled with the non-opera parts and looked weird most of the time. Maybe Swedes are desperate enough to send her to Moscow hasn't this card played already? (Ask Slovenians...)
If it was up to me Sarah and Starpilots to Globen, Susanne and Agnes or Malena to 2nd chance.
Ok, Sarah, Starpilots, Agnes and Malena made it to top-5 with Thorleifs (why am I not surprised?)... and Next3 came 6th, Sahlene & Maria 7th (ha!) and Susanne was left last. :-(
While waiting for the duels Darin (possible Melodifestivalen artist in the near future?) singing Se på mig from the era when Sweden was still ruling the Eurovision....
The first duel is Starpilots vs Agnes! And the winner is.... Agnes. So, second chance for Starpilots (where they join Lili & Susie with their Finnish leader while the third Finn, Markoolio is out definately).
The second duel is Sarah vs Malena. Thorleifs is out (phew). And the winner is..... Malena. Sigh. Ok, Swedes took the wrong direction.... but Sarah was the international jury's choise....