We’re into the last week of the semifinals in Sweden and tonight we’re heading to Sweden’s thirteenth most populated city, Gävle!

Gina Dirawi is our host and tonight, she’s joined by one of the greatest Melodifestivalen presenters ever. In fact, this is the return of the Dream Team from Melodifestivalen 2012. Yes, tonight we will witness the return of Sarah Dawn Finer to the Melodifestivalen hosting role.

Remember that two more songs will go direkt till Friends Arena and another two will go to next week’s Andra chansen.

If you think the previous weeks have been hard to call, tonight’s show features four former finalists, of which one has previously won the whole competition, an experienced rock group, the return of an artist eliminated in last year’s Andra chansen and a very well known young man who’s reinventing his music career.

The show begins at 20:00 and the blog will be live from 19:55.

Tonight’s running order is as follows:

  1. Eclipse: “Runaways”
  2. Dolly Style: “Rollercoaster”
  3. Martin Stenmarck: “Du tar mig tillbaks”
  4. Linda Bengtzing: “Killer Girl”
  5. Frans: “If I Were Sorry”
  6. Panetoz: “Håll om mig hårt”
  7. Molly Sandén: “Youniverse”

Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20166:56 pm

Are you nervous? I’m nervous… Linda Bengtzing’s back but, by ‘eck, is it a tough semifinal… You’re here with Nathan and shortly Matteo for tonight’s final semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2016 and it’s an absolute cracker this week!


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:00 pm

Hello from me. I will be switching to Norway at a certain point, but hey, it’s going to be fun. No cod cakes for now, I’ll have dinner after Molly takes home the semifinal.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20167:01 pm

My choice for dinner is utterly dependent on the results tonight, I have to say.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:02 pm

Nu kör vi. I am a bit anxious about managing tonight, but it’s fine, I’ll just go to sleep early afterwards.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:04 pm

I was surprised because I knew the song, but couldn’t understand where I heard it. It is the Australian entry for 2015. The lyrics are about “Du och jag igen”, so Gina and Sarah hosting again together.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:07 pm

Gävle has given us Thomas di Leva and Regina Lund. What have we given Gävle back? Think about that.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20167:07 pm

I have to say, I really did like that opening act Matteo! I’ve asked SVT if we can get that in a studio version asap.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:08 pm

I’m dancing on my chair while they present who’s presenting. I think I have problems.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:09 pm

Då kör vi.

I am in love with the Dirawi/Finer couple.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:10 pm

Eclipse are the first one on stage. Erik Mårtensson is the author behind the song. I don’t know whether we are going quick with the songs because at 20.55 a lot of people will switch to Norway, but hey. Good for me.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:15 pm

1. Eclipse – Runaways

I will probably listen to this song a lot, but as I saw it now it’s rather boring. They just stood on the stage and sang. He was very good, but he kept moving his hands randomly and it was rather off-putting. Oh well.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:15 pm

Dolly Style are now on. secondhandshame


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:18 pm

2. Dolly Style – Rollercoaster

They achieved to make a very Swedish song and tried to Japan-ise it a bit with a few “ah” and “oh”. One of the three was way off key trying to sound kawaii. Sweden if you vote for this I’ll never pardon you. This is amateur level.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20167:18 pm

Changing 2/3 of the Dolly Style line-up hasn’t improved the fact that they cannot sing live at all.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:20 pm

Finally, a real man that everyone should look up to. Martin Stenmarck.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:24 pm

3. Martin Stenmarck – Du tar mig tillbaks

Oh Martin, I love you, you know that right? But this song… this song is just bland. You are a great performer, but that turtle neck makes you look weird and old. And this song sounded like some soundtrack from a movie like Love Actually. Please, Martin, go back to rock.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:26 pm

They are delaying a bit with a bit of SDF singing – means that the props on stage will be big for Linda Bengtzing.

Or they just wanted to show off Sarah Dawn Finer’s voice..


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20167:29 pm

Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:32 pm

4. Linda Bengtzing – Killer Girl

I have no clue what just happened. Sorry Nathan, I’d rather have the old Linda Bengtzing back.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20167:33 pm

I just died. That was brilliant. Send help because Frans is next.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:34 pm

Everyone remembers the annoying song “who’s da man” from Frans. He’s back and he looks like a modern and updated version of Hanson.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:38 pm

5. Frans – If I Were Sorry

In an ideal world this one would win the Semifinal and not Molly Sandén. From the annoying kid to a very nice young man with a very nice voice. Good luck Frans, I almost hope to see you in Stockholm in May.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:38 pm

Dramatic reading of the week. Lena Endre reads “Jag ljuger så bra”, by Linda Bengtzing.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:40 pm

Aaaand we are back with the competition. Panetoz are on the stage, they’ll make us dance. Also because it has been a depressing start, got better around Frans, but Molly is waiting for us.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:44 pm

6. Panetoz – Håll om mig hårt

This was fun, fresh and colourful. This is the kind of stuff that we want to see more when we think of Melodifestivalen. Let’s have a Schlager quota at three songs per year and let’s fill this stage with more genre diversity. This is a good contender for the second place in the final. Knowing that Molly will steal the first spot.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:46 pm

Molly is back and in 2012 she was in the Final when Danny Saucedo was there and came second and well, that’s where it all started. Danny is not present in the arena in Gävle. I hope he’s not on stage.


Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:50 pm

7. Molly Sandén – Youniverse

What a silly title. She is singing with the same gravity of when she’s singing a breakup song. Unfortunately the song builds up a lot and then BAM. Nothing happens. “There’s only you, there’s only youniverse”. It seems like the verses are from a different song than the refrain. Like if the refrain was more positive and the refrain was thought as more apocalyptic. Whatevs, good luck Molly.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20167:50 pm

Matteo Manta
February 27, 20167:51 pm

Snabb repris and I move on to Norway. I am leaving you in Nathan’s hands!


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20167:53 pm

I’ll try to hide my bias but I’ve been singing the chorus to “Killer Girl” all day. So, we will lose the bottom two songs after this voting window and go once again to decide which two will go the final and which two will join the other six in next week’s Andra chansen.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:03 pm

The five acts proceeding to the second vote are: Dolly Style, Eclipse, Panetoz, Molly Sandén & Frans melfest


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:03 pm

Linda Bengtzing finished in seventh place and Martin Stenmarck was sixth. Sarah asks the crowd to clap and celebrate these melfest stars.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:09 pm

We’ve had the second Snäbbrepris now and we’re waiting for our big results with another Melodifestivalen history lesson, celebrating the 15 years of the show on tour.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:13 pm

We’ve got a choral performance for “Hela Sveriges Sång” for the interval act. We’re celebrating everything that comes to this fantastic show.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:18 pm

Molly Sandén is our first finalist tonight! She’s performing “Youniverse” again now.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:22 pm

It’s just occurred to me that every single performer tonight has had a hand in the writing of their entry. The lead singer of Eclipse is their writer, the Head Dolly had a hand in writing theirs, Martin’s brother wrote the song especially, Linda co-wrote the lyrics to her entry, three of the Panetoz boys contributed to their song and Molly co-wrote her lyrics with Danny.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:26 pm

Back to the melfest results! Our two performers going to Andra chansen are: Dolly Style and Panetoz


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:26 pm

And our last finalist direkt from the semifinals is… FRANS! We get a reprise now from an extremely shocked Frans, who seriously cannot believe he’s a finalist!


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:30 pm

Full results: Final – Molly & Frans. AC: Dolly Style & Panetoz. 5th: Eclipse. 6th: Martin. 7th: Linda.


Nathan Waddell
February 27, 20168:31 pm

And with that, it’s farewell from me! Check out all our other live coverage tonight from across the continent!

Technical Lead: I am a huge pop music fan and I love Rihanna, Years & Years, Sia, Zara Larsson and Sam Smith. However, more importantly, I love Eurovision. Melodifestivalen is my favourite National Final and if things look out of place on the website, it's most definitely my fault.

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