EDITORIAL – Nyköping, a sleepy, tiny Swedish town, is now the third time hosts of the second chance round. It’s not a big city but the lovely castle and the picturesque landscapes are worth the trip.
The Andra Chansen round is always an interesting week as you don’t know what is going to happen. We eagerly await for the results of the four semifinals but then it’s down to SVT to decide who will duel who. In my opinion, I do think SVT has a bit too much control over this, as you end up with potentially poor songs in the final based on the duel selections. This year is no exception, as SVT put the two strongest songs against each other.
THE DUELS (Highlighted songs are our predicted result)
Duel 1 – Andreas Johnson “Army of Us” Vs. Anna Bergendahl “Ashes to Ashes”
Duel 2 – Vlad Reiser “Nakna i Regnet” Vs. Nano “Chasing Rivers”
Duel 3 – Martin Stenmarck “Låt Skiten Brinna” Vs. Lisa Ajax “Torn”
Duel 4 – Rebecka Karlsson “Who I Am” Vs. Arvingarna “I Do”
The first duel is actually a good match up between 2 Melfest veterans. It is rock versus schlager. Although I think this is Andreas’ best entry for ages he hasn’t exactly been mainstream popular for awhile. Not that Anna has a fan base to shout about. Since her Melfest win and her non-qualifying at Eurovision her music has done recently either. She has had a change in style and this country-pop schlager seems to be gaining her a few fans. I predict she will take this one easily as she will tick more of the different age profiles then Andrea will.
In the second duel, Vlad Reiser is trying to win us over with his non-song against one of the best vocalists in the competition, Nano. Vlad is only here due to his Instagram fame, his lack of talent and the poorly written song should of gone out in his semi. Last year a lot of people thought he would win actually. Although Chasing Rivers isn’t Hold On it is still the better song in this duel by a mile.
The third duel is almost a repeat scenario of the first. Rock versus mainstream pop ballad. Again this is one of the best songs that Martin has done for Melfest this is also the most authentic song that Lisa Ajax has done. Her dramatic performance of the song should surely have her in the final without question. Martin’s song has grown on me but it just doesn’t have the emotion that Lisa’s does.
The last duel was the duel that shouldn’t of happened. They are both strong songs that deserve to be in the final. Rebecka delivers a heartfelt story of her life and shows she means business. Arvingarna will completely steal the show with their camp dansband number complete with stage floor animations. I think this will be the duel of the evening but it still will end in Arvingarna’s favour.