Martin Almgren – “A Bitter Lullaby” – Predict Direct to the Final
The winner of the 11th season of Idol in 2015, has decided to throw his hat in the ring after a rocky performance within the charts. Surprisingly Martin’s singer/songwriter style isn’t winning over the Swedish public since his Idol win but his new sound is a breath of fresh air. Still singer/songwriter but with a modern country/folk feel give his song real heart. His husky voice really suits this style of music and the song is a strong one. I think he could win the public back with this one.
Barbi Escobar – “Stark” (Strong) – Predict 7th Place
Originally from Chile, Barbi has been trying to become a successful singer for years. She has struggled to get her voice heard so she turned her hand to songwriting. She has written “Stark” about her father and his struggle with cancer. I really enjoy the song but it is an odd combination of meaningful lyrics with a club beat. Barbi has the same staging coordinator that Loreen did for “Euphoria” but I’m not sure that will be enough to progress in the competition I hope she continues her music quest as I’m interested in her journey but I think “Stark” will leave most views cold.
Moncho – “Cuba Libre” – Predict 6th Place
Moncho is a rapper and reggae band singer wrote actually spent some of his childhood in Cuba. “Cuba Libra,” which means free Cuba, is a popular cocktail of rum, cola and lime. That actually explains the party latino vibe to the song pretty well. Saying that this is a nothing song. It feels like it was written yesterday after a bottle of rum. Far too novelty for my likely and the latino love will probably swing in another direction.
Jessica Andersson – “Party Voice” – Predict Andra Chansen
This will be Jessica’s 7th appearance at Melfest, of course winning as a part of Fame in 2003. As a solo artist, she hasn’t been as successful with her top solo finish being 8th in 2010 with “I Did It For Love.” This time around she has a modern schlager, THANK YOU!, song that is about getting over a love by partying. I’m a big fan of Jessica but this song seems like it’s the equivalent of “dad dancing,” that uncomfortable feeling when your relatives try and be current. Saying that Jessica is a queen of Melfest in her own right and that should get her at least a ticket to Andra Chansen or will it be her lucky seven?
Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – “Min Dröm” (My Dream) – Predict 5th Place
The fiddle returns… Kalle competed back in 2010 with “Underbart” and made it to second chance but lost out to Jessica Andersson, SVT creating more drama? His traditional folk music is popular with the older generation but will it work now. Well the stage performance looks like it was inspired by Hasse Andersson’s “Guld Och Gröna Skogar” which was very popular despite it being extremely old fashioned. The question here is it too much of a copy?
Dotter – “Cry” – Predict Andra Chansen
Dotter is the Swedish for daughter and Dotter has grown up with music ever since she was very young. She has been recording professionally since 2015 and has had several singles but has yet to find an audience. One thing for sure is that she won’t be a name you’ll soon forget. Dotter’s voice is not one you come across everyday as it is a combination of classic 70’s female singers and the more modern alternative pop sounds. “Cry” is modern dramatic mid tempo ballad that is in another league from a songwriter perspective. Her only reservation is that no one really knows her. If she nails the performance she could steal Martin’s place in the final.
Méndez – “Everyday” – Predict Direct to the Final
After a 15 year break, Méndez is back to compete for his 3rd attempt at the crown. Another artist originally from Chile, who has been a Latin star in Sweden and abroad for years, actually ran for mayor in 2016 in Chile but came in third. Everyday is another Latin inspired song that is partly sang in Spanish and the rest in English. What sets this song apart is that it isn’t a novelty song and it actually a good song. I’m not a big fan of Méndez but he is well loved in Sweden and should easily win over the Swedish public once again.