1. Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna” (Score: 8/10)
Samir & Viktor only cater to a niche audience. Their fun loving college frat party brand of pop is really off putting to anyone who is honestly a stick in the mud. Who would want to be BFF’s with a grump who didn’t smile while listening to this? It’s fun, catchy and cute. Aside from that, it has a really good big room electronic house bass drop, unexpected considering this is a Fredrik Kempe production. Good on him though.
2. Pernilla Andersson – “Himmel för två” (Score: 1/10)
Everything about this is forgettable. I appreciate she wanted to release a song about her kid, but honestly this 3:00 long song feels 300 years long.
3. Mimi Werner – “Ain’t No Good” (Score: 9/10)
Before this week I had no idea who this woman was nor did I care. Her song was said to be a country song written in Nashville, and that isn’t exactly a recipe for an iconic Melfest moment. The song however is really catchy and modern. It is more Avicii doing folk than your typical country song. It’s really catchy, very well preformed and very commercial. She honestly deserved to advance over a few of the other acts that went through.
4. Albin Johnsén & Mattias Andréasson – “Rik” (Score: 6/10)
I really expected to not like this at all, as I don’t particularly care for Albin’s style of music. Nearly every song he has released has sounded exactly the same, and none have been my cup of tea. His big smash hit “Din Soldat” wasn’t really my thing, and every song he’s released since has been a blander version of that song. The entry he penned last year with Måns Zelmerlöw, Behrang Miri & Victor Crone’s “Det Rår Vi Inte För,” was duller than dishwater and totally forgettable. “Rik” is surprisingly way better than any of his previous songs. While it’s not perfect, it’s still energetic and enjoyable. The live performance is pretty darn cute too.
5. Anna Book – “Himmel för två”(Score: 4/10)
6. Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Price” (Score: 5/10)
Staging-wise, the performance is really boring. He just stands there while a couple of star-like lights blink in the background. No spectacle, no showmanship. In a sense I understand why he entered this particular song, as it’s the safe type of song the general public will eat up, but it’s such a big step down from his previous work that I can’t help but feel a little empty listening to it.
The staging is even more life changing. This is 12 points from the jury level staging. This is “Heroes” level staging. While the song may not be as palatable to the generic radio hit loving ESC fan, the overall visual presentation is clearly the best from this entire semi final. How is Molly going to top this stage performance?