Everything you need to know about Melodifestivalen 2018 so far

Europe’s biggest preselection show is already four weeks underway. Who will represent Sweden in Eurovision Lisbon? Have you had the chance to follow Melodifestivalen 2018 closely? Do not worry, this article will get you up to speed right before Andra Chansen.

Let’s start with the absolute must-knows:

  • There are not too many big names in this year’s Melodifestivalen, but Jessica Andersson, who represented Sweden in Eurovision 2003 as a part of FAME, has qualified for the Grand Final. With her upbeat song “Party Voice” she will compete on March 10th in the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
  • Mariette (3rd in 2015 with “Don’t stop believing” and 4th last year with “A million years”) is also through. She will meet Benjamin Ingrosso in the Grand Final. Sebastian Ingrosso’s younger cousin qualified with ease in SF1.
  • Polish superstar Margaret (famous for the summer hit “Cool me down“) failed to qualify directly from the second semi. She will take part in Andra Chansen this Saturday.
  • In the current betting odds, no clear favorite has emerged. ESCDaily’s Sweden-expert Allie Lindo tips Mariette, Benjamin Ingrosso and John Lundvik for the win.

Andra Chansen: will Margaret reach the final?

These 8 acts will battle this Saturday for the last 4 Grand Final tickets:

The songs will be paired up in duels based on their televote scores in the first round. The winner of each duel reaches the final, so it really is one-on-one. Interesting will be to see whether Polish superstar Margaret can beat her direct opponent and reach the Melodifestivalen 2018 final after all. However, much will depend on the draw and her direct opponent. “In my Cabana”, after all, is a relatively flat entry.

Renaida’s song “All the feels” has a much more modern vibe to it. Despite the flat verses, the chorus really stands out. In a show with several Spanish language entries, Méndez impressed the international community with “Everyday”, but he too will need to beat his direct opponent first in order to reach the Grand Final in Stockholm.

Grand Final: Third time’s a charm for Mariette?

In the same semi final where Margaret did not qualify, Samir & Viktor did make it to the final. The duo participated in Melodifestivalen twice before, just like top favorite Mariette. Jessica Andersson, as mentioned, has already been to Eurovision back in 2003.

However, there are also some interesting new names in the competition.

LIAMOO (2016) and Martin Almgren (2015) both are former Idol-winners. Almgren particularly surprised everyone in the first round with his country song “A bitter lullaby”. John Lundvik was one of the few highlights in a weak first semi final with his classical uplifting ballad “My turn”. Benjamin Ingrosso, last but not least, has a pop dance song with nice moves and strong staging.

Allie Lindo’s thoughts

Mariette has been a favorite from before the beginning of this year’s competition. “For You” is one of the strongest entries this year and stands out among the crowd. The only thing I would change about this song is some of Mariette’s unnecessary and awkward choreography while performing.

“Dance You Off” feels like what Robin Bengtsson was aiming for last year. What Benjamin gets right is the fun and dancey vibe. He has support from the Swedish public, helped by his recognizable name. However it is sometimes painfully obvious that he is using a backing track – something which in Lisbon will not be allowed.

This year’s selection has felt weak from the beginning but “My Turn” and “Dance You Off” were the only songs from semi final 1 strong enough to be true competitors this year. “My Turn” has solid lyrics and Lundvik is a good singer, something I can’t say for most of this year’s competition.

Those three would be the top 3 in my prediction for the final. However, if you ask for my personal opinion, I will use all my votes to get “Every Single Day” through from AC.