Four semifinals have passed and we’re left with eight automatic finalists and another eight songs which have been handed a lifeline by the Swedish voting public by sending them through to tonight’s Andra chansen, the Second Chance round of Melodifestivalen 2016.

Gina Dirawi is our host, the same as every week this year, but she will be joined by two co-hosts tonight, both former Melodifestivalen finalists. Ola Salo, former lead singer of The Ark – the winner’s of the Swedish ticket to Eurovision in 2007 with “The Worrying Kind”, and Peter Jöback, who has most recently played the title role of The Phantom of the Opera in both London’s West End and New York’s Broadway – and finished ninth in the Melodifestivalen 2010 final with “Hollow”.

Gina Dirawi, Ola Salo and Peter Jöback - Melodifestivalen 2016, Andra chansen hosts

Each of the competing eight songs tonight has been paired with another to form a duel. The results of each duel will be kept secret until all eight songs have been performed and been voted on. At the end of the show, the running order will be presented and when we get to a gap in the order which requires an Andra chansen winner to be placed there, it will be filled in with the result of a duel from tonight’s show!

Tonight’s live blog will come to you from Sophie Haustein and Nathan Waddell, with Danny Ni tweeting along with the show @escXtra on Twitter and #melfest.

We will give you our opinions on tonight’s performances as well as our suggestions as to who will win each duel. Plus, stick with us to find out the running order for next week as well as the duel winners.

The running order for tonight’s duels is as follows:

Duel 1
  1. Panetoz – “Håll om mig hårt” versus
  2. Molly Pettersson Hammar – “Hunger”
Duel 2
  1. Albin & Mattias – “Rik” versus
  2. Boris René – “Put Your Love on Me”
Duel 3
  1. ISA – “I Will Wait” versus
  2. SaRaha – “Kizunguzungu”
Duel 4
  1. Dolly Style – “Rollercoaster” versus
  2. Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna”

The live blog will start at 19:50 with the show starting at 20:00.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20166:50 pm

Välkommen till Andra chansen! Can you believe we’re just one week away from the Final and only just over 90 minutes away from knowing the contestants that will be in with a chance of walking away from Friends Arena with the Sångfågel trophy and the ticket to Globen in May?

I’ll be leading you through tonight’s proceedings with my wonderful Sweden-based colleague Sophie Haustein, plus you’ll be seeing the best of Twitter thanks to our very own Danny Ni who will be keeping abreast of all things melfest tonight!

Tweet us @escXtra with your predictions for the four duel winners and who you want to see be crowned the overall winner of Melodifestivalen 2016.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20166:58 pm

Välkommen from me, too! SVT promised tonight to be a very exciting show. Just a few minutes to go now… I’m excited!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20166:59 pm

Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:02 pm

As ever, we start with a quick look back at last week’s show but who could really forget the birth of Sweden’s next pop superstar, Frans, and the sad elimination of Linda Bengtzing and the supposed “death of schlager”…


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:03 pm

Is it wrong to say that Andra chansen is absolutely my favourite show of them all when it comes to MF semifinals? Such drama, such tension, such fun!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:03 pm

Now then, we’re introduced to our co-hosts for tonight, Ola Salo and Peter Jöback… who will be débuting a brand new single tonight for us, I believe.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:04 pm

We get a backstage peak on the two newby presenters Ola Salo and Peter Jöback who usually are musical actors.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:05 pm

First though, it’s time for Skyfall, the Adele Bond theme, as our co-hosts perform on the Halmstad stage.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:06 pm

Gina Dirawi is dropped in from the ceiling!! The three of tonight’s hosts run us through the emphatic Bond theme and it really does feel like the last chance for these eight songs tonight.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:06 pm

They look pretty sharp in those Bond tuxes!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:07 pm

Each duel is presented facing off with one another on the stage, looking fierce! This will be a CRACKER tonight, guys!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:08 pm

Gina is happy to have these two handsome fellas at her side tonight.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:10 pm

Some excellent back and forth between our two male music stars and Gina then gets us straight on with the rules tonight.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:10 pm

There is a bit of teasing going on between the guys regarding their own melodifestivalen history.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:11 pm

If you’ve not read the blurb above, we will find out the results at the end of the programme (we’re led to believe) as the running order is announced live… hopefully Sophie can confirm that!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:11 pm

I’m wondering what has happened to Gina’s hair… A bit of a glitter accident.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:12 pm

Maybe Ola and Peter decided that they aren’t gay enough for the show tonight and threw glitter at Gina to make it super gay, Sophie?


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:12 pm

Yes, we will!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:12 pm

Here we go with tonight’s first duel! Panetoz are up first with “Håll om mig hårt”!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:13 pm

hahaha interesting theory! And very believable!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:16 pm

Panetoz – Håll om mig hårt

I love the energy on stage! A great start into tonight’s show. Gets you into a cheerful mood right away. I think they will make it to the final.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:16 pm

The same smart entrance there with some clever screen presentation from Panetoz as last week. This performance is full of superhero references, slick choreography and high energy. There’s not much that can stop this going through tonight. The lads still run to the satellite stage for the final chorus and back up to stage again to finish “Håll om mig hårt” strongly!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:17 pm

Good luck then to Molly Pettersson Hammar who will attempt to follow Panetoz now with “Hunger”… I don’t think she stands much chance in winning after that!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:17 pm

One of the hosts (can’t tell which one, unfortunately) has already switched into a new suit!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:20 pm

Molly Pettersson Hammar – Hunger

I’m not a fan of this at all. Too repetitive, too much fire, too much wind. I agree that it won’t stand much of a chance.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:21 pm

Last year’s victim of the app vote returns this year and makes it through to Andra chansen with her shaky, strained and pitchy vocal that lets her up tempo soul pop down a lot more than she probably realises. A smart visual performance with lights and fire and the app voting heart seems to be responding well as Molly picks her vocals up to a recognisable level by the second chorus before finding pitching issues again as well as being mildly drowned out by the backing music too. The app heart stopped by the second chorus and it’s fair to say that this will most likely be eliminated tonight.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:22 pm

A quick Snäbbrepris now for the first duel and us at escXtra are pretty much unanimous that Panetoz will qualify here.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:23 pm

For reference, it’s Ola that changed. You can identify him by his left earring. And the vote is closed for duel 1!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:24 pm

Oh, thank you, Nathan, for clarifying that!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:26 pm

Next up is duel 2! Albin & Mattias with “Rik” will get us started here before footballer Boris René, who missed a Svenska Cupen match for this, I believe, will follow.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:29 pm

Albin & Mattias – Rik

Except for the rapping parts, I like this, and I think the Swedes do, too. It will probably be a close call between these two and Boris René, but I’d go with Albin & Mattias.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:29 pm

There’s nothing saving that awful first line of the chorus vocal from Mattias, not even a super slick rap from Albin. I don’t particularly mind this when it comes on while I’m walking into the city centre but there’s something about Mattias’s vocal tone that really doesn’t sit well with me live. The two guys have great chemistry between them though and the second verse where they’re rapping and stood together is pretty sweet as they are clearly good friends. The app vote is showing a pretty strong result here for the first 90 seconds and then it goes dead… and this might be a tight battle tonight.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:31 pm

Degerfors IF footballer Boris Lumbana goes under the stage name Boris René and his “Put Your Love on Me” went down well with the Swedes in semifinal 3.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:33 pm

I just wish this had some sort of visual hook before the second verse. I’m kinda in the place where it comes across empty and boring and then all of a sudden it GETS GOING in the second verse with smart choreography. Also, it must be said that Boris really can sing! The app heart is reacting well to this and it’s not too early to say that this will probably be the winner of Duel 2.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:34 pm

Boris René – Put Your Love On Me

You can’t really see much of his nervousness he was just talking about in the video. And also not of his lack of experience on stage. A pretty convincing performance.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:35 pm

So we get our second look at these two songs in our Snäbbrepris.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:36 pm

Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:36 pm

We get another lesson about schlager now.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:37 pm

I’d have to say, whilst the lines close, I would be pretty content with an Andra chansen winner of Melodifestivalen again… but my heart is set on the upcoming third duel to produce a potential winner!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:40 pm

Right. Are you ready for the Nathan meltdown? ISA vs SaRaha. I love both. Only one can win. Both will be amazing. Cue meltdown.

First up is my favourite from last year’s melfest – ISA!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:40 pm

Looking at these pictures from MF history, I’m wondering why Måns was wearing that handsome suit in MF and later in Vienna he was left in those horrible leather pants and that boring grey sweater…


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:43 pm

ISA – I Will Wait

The switching spotlights are making me dizzy and destroy the song for me completely. Sorry Nathan, but I hope that SaRaha will win this duel.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:44 pm

“I Will Wait” by ISA is like the second coming of Jesus. Insanely beautiful visuals accompanied by ISA’s delicate composed vocal. She looks stunning and she tells the story with every inch of her fibres. Aided just a little by the backing track in the chorus, the emphasis here is on the lighting and camera angles. That first line of music into the chorus actually gives me goosebumps as does her vocal towards the end of it. In fact, it’s the message I think I love most from this performance. Some subtle changes to the visuals here tonight have removed the man who previously featured as a shadow. Bring on SaRaha and let’s see who wins…!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:46 pm

Next up is Sara Larsson, not Zara Larsson, known as SaRaha. She was raised in Tanzania and “Kizunguzungu”, also known as the greatest song in Melfest this year, contains lyrics in both English and Swahili.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:48 pm

SaRaha – Kizunguzungu

Sweden is ready for afrobeats and dance according to Sara. I hope she is right! I love this even more than Norway’s “Haba Haba”.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:49 pm

I CANT LOVE THIS ANY MORE THAN I DO. Insanely catchy start, with coloured lights bringing the darkened stage to life and SaRaha’s outfit primed to catch the eye. The vocal is extremely strong again tonight and when the choreography gets going into the chorus, my face breaks into the biggest smile ever. “Kizunguzungu” means “Dizziness” and SaRaha talks about the effect this man is having on her when he clearly wants to be with her. The highlight here, really, is the outstanding middle eight which has the greatest choreography moment we will see all night followed by a keychange and Catherine wheel pyrotechnics, a change from the semifinal as the ticker tape now comes later into the final chorus due to the new pyro effects. Strong vocal. Surely the winner?


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:50 pm

And now our Snäbbrepris for Duel 3!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:52 pm

It’s worth pointing out, as the lines close for this third duel, that I am still singing Kizunguzungu by the end of that recap… surely that’s the reason why the Swedish public will be voting in their thousands for SaRaha? As a pairing here, we both believe that duel is SaRaha’s to win… our colleagues didn’t quite agree, most predicting a win earlier today for ISA.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:55 pm

Our last duel now will be started by Dolly Style and followed by Samir & Viktor. Two strong fanbases, both Andra chansen contestants last year. Again, only one will make it through. Samir & Viktor made the final through AC last year whilst Dolly Style were eliminated.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:56 pm

Dolly Style are up first, providing me with a quick break to grab a much needed beer because “Rollercoaster” is impossible to listen to in studio, let alone live. Prepare yourself for tunelessness.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:57 pm

Dolly Style – Rollercoaster

They say their greatest strength are the colours. I agree that that is pretty much the only nice thing to see on stage. I would like to have a beer, too!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20167:58 pm

My sound is so loud that I could hear every single missed note from the adjacent room. Sophie, I’ve got three beers – you’re welcome to one even though they’re Italian, not German. Next up is the beautiful Samir & Viktor. Less said about their vocals the better too.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20167:59 pm

I’d take any kind of beer after this!!!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:00 pm

At least we get to see some hot wet naked bodies very very soon!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:01 pm

YES INDEED SOPHIE. PS, here’s your peroni, you’ll have to come to Birmingham for it xoxo


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:02 pm

Thank you very much 😀


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:04 pm

The two lads look confident on stage despite being a little ahead of time and more than a little flat. They’re heavily aided by their backing vocals. There’s plenty more water on stage this week for this and I really can’t believe it’s been a month since we last saw this, it feels like just last week when this opened the first semifinal and now it closes the last duel of Andra chansen. ALSO that post-chorus hook, reminiscent of “I’m an Albatroz” is just so catchy that i can’t help but whistle along. The shirts come off in the middle eight nice and slowly with a couple close ups throughout. That and the beer have really made my night. The chorus is so catchy and I’ve been singing along throughout. This is sailing through to next week’s semifinal… not too long to find out!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:05 pm

Samir & Viktor – Bada nakna

The school kids in Stockholm are crazy about this. So am I! SVT denied their request for confetti on stage. Instead they got more smoke. I think I would have liked confetti better, but okay, still a very nice performance.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:06 pm

Our final Snäbbrepris now to recap those two trashy, high tempo and tuneless pop performances from Dolly Style and Samir & Viktor. One of these we must see next week, we both hope that Samir & Viktor will be there. Mostly Sophie since she’s going and would get to meet them… albeit probably with their tops on, sorry Sophie!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:06 pm

Introduction to Christer Björkman: “Our very own Mufasa”


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:06 pm

This is Christer’s debut on stage during the shows as far as I can ever remember…


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:07 pm

Haha I will find my way to get them topless 😛


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:08 pm

Afterparty, Sophie!!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:09 pm

A debut performance of this new duet “Sing Me Out” by Ola Salo and Peter Jöback. Ola co-wrote this with his usual The Ark songwriter from when the band was still performing together.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:11 pm

I was always a fan of The Ark’s music and this song really is catchy to me and well performed by our pair of co-hosts… the perfect way to close tonight’s show before we get the running order for next week’s final LIVE with Gina and Christer Björkman whilst simultaneously revealing the results of tonight’s duels.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:12 pm

When we get to the results, Sophie will take the lead whilst I recount the running order for the Final.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:15 pm

Gina smalltalking to the expert woman, whose name I have forgotten, about gender equality in this year’s competition.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:16 pm

Anna Karlotta, i believe!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:17 pm

Thank you, again, Nathan! I’m still distracted by the glitter on top of Gina’s head.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:18 pm

And now, a little surprise…! Hasse Andersson!!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:19 pm

GULD OCH GRÖNA SKOGA!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:20 pm

Last year’s third place on the televote and Andra chansen qualifier, Hasse Andersson performs his much loved “Guld och gröna skoga”.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:20 pm

Everybody in Halmstad is dancing and singing along! Beautiful!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:22 pm

“Do not say that schlager is dead!”


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:22 pm

That was the highlight of the night!! But… Sverige, vi har ett resultat!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:22 pm

Vi har ett resultat!!!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:22 pm

Over to Sophie! I’ll be recapping the running order as we get it.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:23 pm

Christer Björkman returns to the stage to present this year’s running order with Gina for next week’s final.


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:24 pm

01
02 Lisa Ajax
03 David Lindgren
04
05 Oscar
06 Ace
07 Robin
08 Molly
09
10 Frans
11 Wiktoria
12


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:24 pm

The blanks will be filled now by Andra chansen qualifiers.


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:24 pm

The winner of the first duel is… Panetoz – “Håll om mig hårt”


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:25 pm

01 Panetoz
02 Lisa Ajax
03 David Lindgren
04
05 Oscar Zia
06 Ace Wilder
07 Robin Bengtsson
08 Molly Sandén
09
10 Frans
11 Wiktoria
12


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:25 pm

Winner of duel no. 3: SaRaha – Kizunguzungu


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:26 pm

01 Panetoz
02 Lisa Ajax
03 David Lindgren
04 SaRaha
05 Oscar Zia
06 Ace Wilder
07 Robin Bengtsson
08 Molly Sandén
09
10 Frans
11 Wiktoria
12


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:27 pm

Winner of duel no. 2: Boris René – Put Your Love On Me


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:27 pm

01 Panetoz
02 Lisa Ajax
03 David Lindgren
04 SaRaha
05 Oscar Zia
06 Ace Wilder
07 Robin Bengtsson
08 Molly Sandén
09 Boris René
10 Frans
11 Wiktoria
12


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:28 pm

And the last qualifier, winner of duel no. 4: Samir & Viktor – Bada Nakna!!!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:28 pm

01 Panetoz
02 Lisa Ajax
03 David Lindgren
04 SaRaha
05 Oscar Zia
06 Ace Wilder
07 Robin Bengtsson
08 Molly Sandén
09 Boris René
10 Frans
11 Wiktoria
12 Samir & Viktor


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:30 pm

So now we know who will perform where next week!! Thank you so much for joining us for an entertaining Andra chansen. Sophie, you’ve been a brilliant blogger with me tonight.

Sophie and Alec will be on the ground for the final next week and we will be providing our live blog of the final too. Right now, it’s time for Poland to select their entry… from all of us here covering Sweden, goodnight!


Sophie Haustein
March 5, 20168:31 pm

Gina, Ola, and Peter are saying thank you and good night. So do I. It was a blast, I’m happy with the results and looking forward to the final next week!


Nathan Waddell
March 5, 20168:34 pm

Just before I go, here’s the SVT provided image of the running order for next week! Goodnight!

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