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Melodifestivalen 2016 – Final Tonight – Sweden Decides



Well we made it to the final at last.  Here we are at Friends Arena in Stockholm to decide which of these 12 acts will represent Sweden in the 61st year of the Eurovision Song Contest which will also be hosted here in Stockholm but in the cozier Globen Arena.  Tonight 28,000 people will attend Sweden’s most watched event, Melodifestivalen.

There is lots of speculation around who will win tonight but I still think it is anyone’s game.  The bookies favourite originally was Molly Sandén but after the fourth semi-final all of the attention shifted to Frans and has remained there.  The rankings amongst the pack below him has drastically changed almost daily.  So it is anyone’s guess who will actually win.  So here is my prediction for this evening’s result.

  1. Panetoz – “Håll Om Mig Hart” (Hold My Heart Hard) – Predict 10th place
  2. Lisa Ajax – “My Heart Wants Me Dead” – Predict 9th Place
  3. David Lindgren – “We Are Your Tomorrow” – Predict 12th Place
  4. SaRaha – “Kizunguzungu” (Dizziness) – Predict 6th Place
  5. Oscar Zia – “Humans” – Predict 7th Place
  6. Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry” – Predict 8th Place
  7. Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Prize” – Predict 5th Place
  8. Molly Sandén – “Youniverse” – Predict 4th Place
  9. Boris René – “Put Your Love On Me” – Predict 11 Place
  10. Frans  – “If I Were Sorry” – Predict 2nd Place
  11. Wiktoria – “Save Me” – Predict Winner
  12. Samir & Viktor – “Bada Nakna” (Bathe Naked) – Predict 3rd Place

This year has been very difficult to predict as there are so many songs that could ultimately win.  So what do you think?

Melodifestivalen 2016 – Andra Chasen (Second Chance) Tonight



Welcome to the penultimate show of the Swedish selection, Andra Chansen (Second Chance).  This week we visit the Halmstad Arena in Halmstad to decide which four songs will join the eight direct qualifiers for the final on the 12 March.  Gina Dirawi will be joined by Peter Jöback and Ola Salo this week for hosting duties.  As the Second Chance is all about duels the opening theme is Bond styled including a performance of Skyfall of the hosts.

Duel 1 – Panetoz “Håll Om Mig hart” (Hold Me Tight) Versus Molly Pettersson Hammar “Hunger” – Predict “Hunger”

The urban dance group versus the larger than life diva.  The upbeat dance number is growing on me and full use of the stage and audience area is impressive but I don’t think they will be no match for the overly dramatic ballad and pyrotechnics of Hunger.  With Molly’s snub last year and the showy performance this year, Molly should progress easily to the final.

Duel 2 – Albin & Mattias “Rik” (Rich) Versus Boris René “Put Your Love on Me” – Predict “Put Your Love on Me”

This combo puts the seasoned performing brother against the footballer.  I’m still surprised that Rik made it this far.  The song lacks the singability factor whereas Boris’ song is instantly catchy.  The only issue with both of these acts is that their vocal performances have been patchy.  The happy bright performance of Boris does give him the advantage.

Duel 3 – ISA “I Will Wait” Versus SaRaha “Kizunguzungu” (Dizziness) – Predict “I Will Wait”

Will the pocket sized pop princess beat the feel good Swahili number?  This battle is the most difficult to predict as both songs are good enough to be in the final.  ISA’s song is great but is it too big for her?  Will the Swedish public vote for a song in Swahili?  I think ISA’s popularity will win out over the fun dance number.

Duel 4 – Dolly Style “Rollercoaster” Versus Samir & Viktor “Bada Nakna” (Bathe Naked) – Predict “Bada Nakna”

The Barbies against the Kens.  I love the energy and performance of Dolly Style and the song is pure fun.  Samir & Viktor’s performance is really focused on the water features and the shirtless finish but their song is still fun.  I think Samir & Viktor’s popularity will win out over Dolly Style’s unfortunately.


Yes, we are really into the groove of showcasing just how many songs have been covered in South Africa and this compilation has been done on the request of some SWEDISH composers – this is to once again remind Eurovision fans that it is a SONG CONTEST and a good song can be sung by any artist in any language. This compilation also highlight just how success Swedish composers are as it feature Eurovision songs they have written for countries other than Sweden. Gerry from the USA once again created a special cover design.