Live: First Semi-Final Melodifestivalen

Tonight, Melodifestivalen 2015 begins with the 1st Heat also noting the start of the Swedish National Final. Seven artists will compete with the top two advancing to the Final and the following two competing within Andra Chasen (Second Chance round).

NOTE: Reload page every 5 minutes to view changes.
All timestamps given in CET.
SVT Webcast

[19:50] Return at 20:00 CET for the start of Melodifestivalen 2015: Heat 1.

██████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████

Tonight, Melodifestivalen 2015 begins with the 1st Heat also noting the start of the Swedish National Final. Seven artists will compete with the top two advancing straight to the Final and the following two competing within Andra Chasen (Second Chance round).

Running Order for Tonight:

  1. Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be Fine
  2. Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa (Dad)
  3. Rickard Söderberg & Elize Ryd – One By One
  4. Dolly Style – Hello Hi
  5. Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone – Det rår vi inte för (We don’t control it)
  6. Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now
  7. Eric Saade – Sting

Tonight’s first heat is held in the Scandinavium venue in Gothenburg. Tonight’s hosts are Sanna Nielsen (last year’s Swedish representative who came 3rd) and comedian, Robin Paulsson.

Jessica Andersson represent Sweden in 2003 as the group “Fame” with their 5th-placing song “Give Me Your Love”. Eric Saade also won Melodifestivalen previously in 2011 with his entry “Popular” which came 3rd overall.

***

Did your favourites qualify tonight? Have your say in the comments down below!

TACK for following us on ESCDaily tonight. GOD NATT!

***

Jessica Anderson is the second finalist…which means that we’ll see her and Eric Saade in Stockholm.

***

Dolly Style and Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone get a second chance: welcome to “andra chansen”.

***

Eric Saade is tonight’s first finalist!

***

Next round of televoting starts: 5 songs are still in the race!

***

first pair of results are in:

7th place for Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa (Dad)

6th place for  Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be Fine

No surprises so far!

***

The artists are waiting for the results in the green room, which is on stage.

***

All 7 Songs have been performed.

Eric Saade will qulaify for sure (we all know it!)…my second finalist is Rickard Söderberg & Elize Ryd.

Who’s your favourite?

***

7. Eric Saade – Sting

…and finally on stage: “Popular manboy” who came 3rd at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2011 in Düsseldorf. This time Eric Saade does not bring any rain or glas boxes with him…but some sort of ufo that lets Eric fly over the audience for the finale of his funky pop song. The song is definitely Eric Saade (mixed with some jazzy elements à la Robin Thicke). Most entertaining performance and choreography, which is a bit reminiscent of Anton Ewald’s “Begging” performance though. Sweden has its first Finalist…no doubt, we all know it already!

***

6. Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now

Jessica Looks like a Sweish Goddess in her golden dress. It is really nice and entertaining to watch her but herballad is Kind of old-fashioned and not really stuff for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016. Her song is definitely a grower though.

***

5. Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone – Det rår vi inte för (We don’t control it)

Second song in Swedish for tonight. It’s a rap song combined with a smooth pop-rockish chorus sung by Victor Crone. Not a bad song at all as it also gives a hopeful atmosphere…but on the other Hand – let’s face it – this song is unfortunately not really outstanding and  nothing new.

***

4. Dolly Style – Hello Hi

Yohio back to Melodifestivalen? Ah no, ist “Holly”, “Molly” and “Polly”…3 Swedish  Girls imitating the Japanese dolly style (in a quite pathetic and exagerated way if you ask me). I fear this is just too much and won’t work…especially if you consider that it is nothing new at all at Melodifestivalen. On the contrary: it’s a Yohio rip-off….But then again: They might be the kids’ favourites (next to Eric Saade of course).

 

***

3. Rickard Söderberg & Elize Ryd – One By One

A dark and foggy stage, a dramatic and operatic ballad with a powerful finale..and wind machines….welcome to Melodifestivalen. Although this song and Performance is such a Melodifestivalen-cliché it is the best one so far. A sure qualifier if you ask me.

***

2. Daniel Gildenlöw – Pappa (Dad)

We Change languages as it is time for the first song in Swedish tonight. A very emotional and simple ballad…just like Daniel’s staging, which consits mainly of close-ups. The melody definitely stucks in your head and…this could surprise us tonight!

***

1. Molly Pettersson Hammar – I’ll Be Fine

Powerful start by Molly with her funky and energetic song “I’ll be fine”. Molly definitely owns the stage and her vocal abilities are nearly flawless tonight. She wears a red dress and at the end of the song she is accompanied by 5 backing vocalists, which adds to the Drama of a song. All in all, a very powerful performance, which spreads a lot of good mood.

***

Tonight’s presenters Sanna Nielsen (with longer hair again) and Robin Paulsson open the show with a Melodifestivalen Version of “Undo”.