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FO & O – act in the 3rd semi final in Sweden

FO&O is one of the acts in tonight’s third semi final in the Swedish selection for the 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kyiv.
FO&O is short for Felix, Oscar & Omar, the three members of the group. The group was known as The Fooo Conspiracy until recently, but changed their name to a shorter form after former member Oscar “Olly” Molander left the band. Now there is one less O since this O went to look for greener pastures as someone put it.
The group is debuting at Melodifestivalen 2017 with a song called “Gotta Thing About You”. Robert John “Mutt” Lange (originally from South Africa) and Tony Nilsson have written the song. Mutt has written and produced songs for superstars such as Maroon 5, Lady Gaga and Backstreet Boys as well as for this ex wife Shania Twain and Bryan Adams. Tony Nilsson has had over ten songs at Melodifestivalen over the past years, so he seems to be a veteran.

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CHARLOTTE’S FAILURE IN THE SWEDISH SELECTION 2017

Charlotte has been an extremely successful Swedish singer, having won the Swedish selection twice – in 1999 with “Take me to your heaven” and in 2008 with “Hero”. “Take me to your heaven” even went on to won the 1999 Eurovision selection. Now she took part in the 2017 Swedish selection and failed with “Mitt liv”. Why do you think this happened?

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Melodifestivalen 2015 Semi-Final 3 Results

On Saturday, Sweden selected another two acts to go direct to the final and two to go to the second chance round (Andra Chasen).  Östersund was on fire with arguably the best run of songs so far in the Swedish selection but it was Isa and Jon Henrik Fjällgren that advanced to the Friends Arena for the final on the 14 March 2015.

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Ellen Benediktson – Insomnia – Eliminated (5th Place)

Benediktson was a finalist in last year’s final with “Songbird” placing 7th.  This year’s entry is very different and has a new-look Benediktson performing the number.  With dramatic lighting, fairly good building beat and lots of rubber “Insomnia” should of qualified easily.  The issue is that the song builds but doesn’t really climax at any point.  It is missing that dramatic diva moment that this song needs.  With such stiff competition this song just wasn’t enough to go through.

Kalle Johansson – För din skull – Eliminated (6th Place)

This young male singer doesn’t seem old enough to carry off a number at a national selection.  Johansson seemed awkward on stage and he failed to lift what was a boring performance.  The song was ok but nothing special.  Definitely not something you would remember in five minutes time.

Andreas Weise – Bring Out the Fire – Advances to the second chance

Weise comes across as a bit of an arrogant performer who has scantly clad women all over him.  This former Pop Idol finalist, I believe lacks the charisma that this type of performance really needs.  The song is fairly mediocre but is easily hummable after the first chorus.  Saying that, I needed the recap to remember this one as well.

Andreas Johnson – Living To Die – Eliminated (7th Place)

Arguably the most disappointing song of the evening, Johnson’s sixth attempt at the Melodifestivalen crown was his weakest.  The song starts like it will build into a dramatic rock power ballad but it just falls flat.  Johnson’s performance of the song also left the audience feeling cold.  There was simply no engagement or passion from Johnson, maybe he didn’t like the song himself.

Isa – Don’t Stop – Advances direct to the final

This isn’t Isa’s first attempt at Eurovision in 2010 she tried to represent Sweden in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.  As a co-writer this bubble-gum pop entry is a instantly catchy number.  Reminiscent of early Britney or Christina Aguilera, is also a professional dancer and uses this ability to give this song a boost.  Along with her gold-winged trainers, Isa manages something that most performers dream of achieving a finalist place on her first attempt at the crown.

Kristin Amparo – I See You – Advances to the second chance

This Swedish X Factor participant has in my opinion the best song of the night.  Very much in Adele-like style, Amparo delivers the track the way it should be with real passion.  The staging and production are flawless and creates a truly atmospheric performance.  Her voice is a little shaky in places which is possibly why she doesn’t advance directly to the final but I believe she a real shot at winning a place during the second chance round.  I could easily see this song covered in Afrikaans and many other languages.

Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Jag är fri (Manne Liem Frije) – Advances direct to the final

Grab your tissues!  This performer and song has a story and who doesn’t like a story.  Last year’s winner of Sweden’s Got Talent, Fjällgren won the hearts of Sweden by singing his traditional Joik music for the masses.  The Sami or Laplander people are known for this type of simple style chanting style music.  Adding to the fact that Fjällgren is a Columbian orphan adopted by a Sami family who was bullied as a child because of the colour of his skin is also a reindeer herder which is very typical of the Sami people.  The performance and staging of his song is enchanting and exceedingly difficult not to feel something for this number.  If you pair all this along with the message of his song “I am Free” I believe that we might not of just heard the winner to Melodifestivalen but to the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Melodifestivalen 2015 Semi-final 3

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Tonight the third semi-final of Sweden in Östersund, Sweden starts at 20:00 CET in on SVT Play.

Watch it here!

For today only! You can also listen to 2:30 second studio snippets here!

Which 2 songs will proceed to the final?  Which 2 songs will have a second chance and which 3 songs will be eliminated?  You decide.

  1. Ellen Benediktson Insomnia
  2. Kalle JohanssonFör din skull (For Your Sake)
  3. Andreas WeiseBring out the fire
  4. Andreas Johnson Living to die
  5. IsaDon’t stop
  6. Kristin Amparo I see you
  7. Jon Henrik FjällgrenJag är fri (Manne leam frijje) (I am Free)

 

NEW BLOOD AT ESC COVERS

As of today, Fred Medeiros joins us as an editor and he will concentrate on Melodifestivalen which starts this Saturday. He will report jointly for us and for ESC UNITED. During the semi finals he will report from home, but he and camera man Liam will be physically present at Andra chancen and the Stockholm final. We look forward to a lot of news. I have also more or less finished the library index for the SA covers of the Swedish selection songs and should have it 100% finished by Saturday.