LIVE: The 4th Semi-Final of MF 2014

Once again: Good evening Europe! The 4th and ast regular heat of Melodifestivalen 2014 is about to begin in 15′ minutes. We have some promising names in the line-up tonight, with Alcazar, Janet Leon, Linda Bengtzing and last years number four, Anton Ewald. In the city of Örnsköldsvik, the last 8 candidates will compete for the two spots that lead straight to the grand Final of Stockholm in 8th of March. Stay tuned in to ESC Daily find out first, who will be the lucky stars of the night! You can watch the show live HERE.
The participants are:

1.) ALCAZAR – “Blame It On The Disco”
2.) I.D.A. – “Fight Me If You Dare”
3.) JANET LEON – “Hollow”
4.) AMMOTRACK – “Raise Your Hands”
5.) JOSEF JOHANSSON– “Hela Natten”
6.) LINDA BENGTZING – “Ta Mig”
7.) ELLINORE HOLMER – “En Himmelsk Sång”
8.) ANTON EWALD – “Natural”

The show in Örnsköldsvik has started with a lot of fireworks and Olympic allure. Icehockey, handball, fencing and the Eurovision Song Contest, what’s not to love about that? I’m excited about tonights line-up, high expectations of this last semifinal in Sweden.

It’s time for the songs !

The participants are:

1.) ALCAZAR – “Blame It On The Disco”

Alcazar tried to win Melodifestival many times before with their famous disco sound. And they try it again in the way we know so well, and that might be the problem. Isn’t this outdated? But they have an act that could easily be copied on stage in Copenhagen. Will they finally make it to Eurovision? I say they have a decent chance this year! Alcazar have set the bar high for the other contestants tonight.

2.) I.D.A. – “Fight Me If You Dare”
This group has a charismatic leadsinger. The behaviour of her band and the smoke and lights on screen makes this a strong rock-entry, blending with a touch of schlager. Two genres that the people in Scandinavia seem to adore. I can see the Swedish people diggin’ this one.

3.) JANET LEON – “Hollow”
Last year Janet Leon couldn’t make it to the finals of Melodifestivalen with her uptempo song ‘Lovestrings’. With a ballad by Jimmy Jansson she hopes to do better. Some weak vocals though, that might do her harm in this tough semifinal. I’m afraid that this performance was not good enough for a place in the finals or Andra Chansen.

4.) AMMOTRACK – “Raise Your Hands”
O yeah, some good old fashioned rock ‘n roll in Melodifestivalen. The act may be lacking something extra-ordinary, but this song is good in its genre and would make Sweden stand out of the pact of songs in the ine-up in Denmark this year. However, I doubt if Ammotrack will win that golden ticket. I wouldn’t mind to see them in the final in two weeks however.

5.) JOSEF JOHANSSON– “Hela Natten”
A nice set-up by the producers of Melodifestivalen, because this is something completely different. Josef Johansson is using camerashots in which he is being duplicated. Some backing-singer join in on a smaller stage at the other end of the arena. A strong Swedish song, written by Thomas ‘Euphoria’ G:son!

6.) LINDA BENGTZING – “Ta Mig”
And there we have it, the first real schlager of the night! And you can leave it to Linda Bengtzing to deliver. A couple of guys are hitting the small drums behind Linda, who is energetically singing her electro-pop song. In the intermezzo she is being joined by four backing singers towards the climax of the song.

7.) ELLINORE HOLMER – “En Himmelsk Sång”
The biggest problem for Ellinore is the fact that we had ‘Songbird’ by Ellen Benediktson earlier in the competition. And that song was vocally better and more Original. That does not mean that ‘En Himmelsk Sång’ has zero chance tonight, but I can’t see it go far in an eventual next round.

8.) ANTON EWALD – “Natural”
After being robbed the victory last year with his Euroclub-classic ‘Begging’, Anton Ewald strikes back in Örnsköldsvik. He still has the same dance moves, he still has a big fanbase in Sweden and he is big favourite in the exit-polls before this semifinal took place. We’ll see if we get a surprise tonight or not.

The recap is necessary tonight. A big diversity of songs, makes it hard to compare. Something about apples and oranges, you know. Anyway; curious to see the results !

Hosts Anders Jansson and Nour El Refai are singing a song in the interval act themselves. They will make it to the final, but not because of this performance…

Time for the first results… Janet Leon was last, Josef Johansson was 7th and I.D.A. ended on 6th place.

The last 5 songs battle it out, people get a recap they can keep on voting. From these five songs, one will be eliminated, two will have to qualify through Andra Chansen next week and two will get a direct place in the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen.

The second interval act is a song by Thomas Ledin, who is showing that he still got it. Took part in Eurovision 1980 in The Hague. Maybe in Melodifestivalen 2015? Yes Please?

The first direct finalist is…. Anton Ewald with “Natural”

The acts to go to Andra Chansen are AMMOTRACK and Ellinore Holmer!

And Linda Bengtzing has been eliminated, because Alcazar with “Blame It On The Disco” has made it directly to the final !

Thank you for joining us tonight in Sweden. Next week we will follow Andra Chansen, and in two weeks we will blog the Grand Final of Melodifestivalen for you as well.