Pagan Fury – “Stormbringer” – Predict 5th Place
Clearly this is to make up with the mistake of passing on Rasmussen’s Higher Ground in last year’s Melfest but Pagan Fury has that Evanescence style with a touch of tribal drama. The staging with the dramatic digital pillars that creates a urban forest. Pair that with a jet black feather ensemble makes this one to remember. I think is a great addition to the contest as it is something different. Fingers crossed that Sweden agrees.
Anton Hagman – “Känner Dig” (Know You) – Predict 6th Place
The man known as the Loreen killer is back. This time around we are getting a Swedish tune but still is his modern pop rock sound. This doesn’t have the appeal that Kiss You Goodbye had. Anton performs in front of a neon screen with many copies of himself with a band which sounds kind of boring and unfortunately it is. Anton’s charm is the only thing redeeming about this but that might just enough to carry him though but we will have to see.
Lisa Ajax – “Torn” – Predict Direkt to Final
The little pocket rocket that is Lisa Ajax is back. After two other successful final appearances with My Hearts Want Me Dead and I Don’t Give A but this time its with an emotional ballad. Everything about this is simple the staging the performance and the song. Is it all too simple? The spotlights amongst a dark stage with a very little Lisa does what it is meant to, lets her voice be the star. Will this new style have her back on top?
Arvingarna – “I Do” – Predict Andra Chansen
Now we have former Melfest winners from 1993 with Eloise, with their 5th attempt at Melfest with I Do. The dance band style is typically Swedish and is a favourite amongst the over 30s. It will be interesting how the new voting will change the result. The staging is using some interesting lighting floor special effects which is different for a dance band entry, the most they normally ever do is a bit of a pyro. This may to try and capture some of the younger voters. The song itself is fairly typical dance band so should be a cert for andra chansen.
Bishara – “On My Own” – Predict Andra Chansen
So onto the young boy who doesn’t seem old enough to even be here. Don’t worry he is 16 and he only released his first single recently. He rose to fame via Instagram singing cover versions but he has some important people backing him including last year’s winner, Benjamin Ingrosso. The staging of his entry includes green laser lights with two different camera angles on screen which is really effective. My only issue with him is that his voice is still very boyish and the song he is singing doesn’t really suit his age really.
Ann-Louise Hanson – “Kärleken Finns Kvar” (Love Remains) – Predict 7th Place
Back to another veteran of the contest, Ann-Louise is back with her 14th entry for Melfest, the most of any other artist. She also has the worst track record with her best finish was 4th in 1966, 1969 and 1973. Unfortunately her fate isn’t going to change with this entry. Charming as it may be, it isn’t strong enough to do anything. I assume she just wanted to extend her Melfest entry record.
John Lundvik – “Too Late For Love” – Predict Direkt to Final
After achieving third place last year and co writing the UK entry this year, John Lundvik is back with a gospel fueled mid tempo ballad. Although is this just another cheesy ballad like his entry last year, My Turn? This isn’t my favourite by any means but this is that X Factor style winner’s song that everyone seems to love. This is certainly going to go straight for the final.