Sweden 2018 🇸🇪 review of the first Melodifestivalen semi final
Sigrid Bernson – “Patrick Swayze” – Predict Andra Chansen
Sigrid is the ex-pro from Dancing With The Stars, who actually won with Benjamin Ingrosso. She turned her talents to singing and released “This Summer”, a modern schlager smash, as her first single. She now is back with her tribute to the Dirty Dancing star including the iconic lift. Overall the song is fun and boarding on the silly side but it has a catchy earwig effect that should have it moving on to Andra Chansen.
John Ludvik – “My Turn” – Predict Direct to the Final
This former medal-winning national athlete starting writing music back in 2007. John has written songs for Björn Svifs, Agnes, Anton Ewald and Sanna Nielsen. With one of the best voices in the competition this year John Ludvik brings us his “My Turn”. Beautifully delivered ballad even though it is a bit outdated will win over the public instantly with his talent. The staging is not dissimilar to Sanna’s Undo with the choreographed spotlights giving extra drama.
Renaida – “All The Feels” – Predict 5th Place
The sixth place finisher in 2016 Idol who currently performs in the musical, Aladdin, is trying her hand at #Melfest. The tribal pop song is not bad and the bright orange outfits and slick choreography lift its quality. The problem here is Renaida’s live vocal which is a bit sketchy at times. Being in musical theatre should’ve prepared her for live performing but it is clear that her nerves are getting the best of her. If Renaida manages to sort out her vocals she could steal Sigrid’s place in the Andra Chansen.
Edward Blom – “Livet På En Pinne” (Life on a Stick) – Predict 6th Place
Well then we have the weird, Edward Blom is a TV chef who is widely known and respected. SVT have given him a musical-like number with dancing, signing food ala Be Our Guest from Beauty & The Beast. This feels more like an interval act than a competing entry. Oddly the song will do well due to its kitsch nature and will be the anti-Melfest favourite but I don’t think that will be enough to keep it in the competition.
Kikki Danielsson – “Osby Tennessee” – Predict 7th Place
The Legend that is Kikki Danielsson, who has won #Melfest twice, is back with an autobiographical song about her journey from Osby to Tennessee. I have a lot of respect for country music from traditional to the modern but Osby Tennessee is the equivalent of watching paint dry. The song is missing something and ends up falling flat. Very similar to Charlotte Perrelli’s attempt last year this is only going to end badly.
Kamferdrops – “Solen Lever Kvar Hos Dig” (The Sun Stays With You) – Predict Andra Chansen
If you thought Edward Blom was weird, just wait until you see the Norwegian DJ act Kamferdrops. The physical representation of Kamferdrops is a pink cladded and masked unicorn, yep you heard me right. The act became known from a cover of the Kikki Danielsson classic, “Jag trodde änglarna fanns.” The stage presentation is weird but is an absolutely amazing and visually stunning. The song takes what Kamferdrops do best, which is take retro styles and turn them into current modern tracks. The saxophone makes a glorious comeback and really gives the song a infectious edge.
Benjamin Ingrosso – “Dance You Off” – Predict Direct to the Final
Well Benjamin is back and he could of entered anything and would of continued in the competition after his fifth place entry last year “Good Lovin’.” His song this year actually is in another league compared to the other six in this semi-final. The visuals take the song to another level as well. You feel like you are watching the music video for the song rather than a stage performance of it. This will win the evening without even trying and we are all glad to see Benjamin back in Melfest.