Melodifestivalen 2015 has been highly entertaining so far. From life dolls jpop girl band Dolly Style to the triumphant return of Eric Saade and crazy performance from last week’s winner Jon Henrik Fjallgren, it never disappoints. This week was no different as host Sanna Nielsen took to the stage to give us another wonderfully bizarre performance this week it was En Vogue’s ‘Free Your Mind’ accompanied by Complete Dance Crew, a comedy dance act whose routine was reminiscent of a scene featuring Quicksilver from X-Men’s Days of Future Past.
Following a quick intro from hosts Robin Paulsson and Sanna Nielsen we were straight into song one: Midnight Boy with ‘Don’t Say No’. What a great song to start the show off with. A real pop hit with a very 1980’s vibe reminiscent of Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Right Round’. The staging too was fantastic with the singer gyrating in his leather pants, shirt opened with chest on show, a sparkly necklace and great backing dancers that were eerily difficult to spot from the mannequins that were on the stage with them.
Up next was Caroline Wennergren with ‘Black Swan’, a jazzy number with trumpets, trombones and a raspy vocal from the Brazilian born singer. A little more understated than the previous song the focus was more on the anthemic performance from Caroline as she strutted about the stage in a silver sparkly dress. This was quickly followed by audience favourites JTR and ‘Building it Up’. The three piece may be well known to you having appeared on the Australian version of the X-Factor in 2013. Their song is typical boy band fodder with cheeky chappy Americanized vocals and a chanty chorus that will have teenage girls screaming along in arenas all over the world. The staging however is seriously lacking with them just doing that typical boy band running to nowhere in particular routine.
Hasse Andersson’s “Guld och gröna skogar” (or ‘Gold and Green Forests’ in English) was the fourth song of the night and saw the first of the Swedish language songs. Hasse is a 67 year old who’s staging of the song is very 1950’s with couples in love holding each other on park benches or dancing with each other under trees. The song is nice and jolly and has a fiddle but it’s not very current. Pink haired Dinah Nah followed with ‘Make Me (La La La)’ whose song interestingly rhymes with her name. Smoke machine, hands rising out of the smoke, all dressed in white, great chorus but can’t help but think we’ve seen this all before.
Our last two songs came from Annika Herlitz with a dull ballad called “Ett andetag” or ‘One breath’ in English with rather dull staging and Måns Zelmerlöw with his song ‘Heroes’. The final song saw Måns do his best Johnny Cash impression with an old school country vibe mixed in with a electronic upbeat chorus that you can’t help but sing along to. ‘We are the heroes of our time! Eh wooowh oh! Dancing with the demons in our minds!’
The first two acts to be eliminated were song number 6 Annika Herlitz and to my shock song number 1 Midnight Boy’s ‘Don’t Say No’.
We then found out that JTR’s ‘Building It Up’ and Måns Zelmerlöw’s ‘Heroes’ would progress directly to the live final in two weeks time. While it was revealed that Dinah Nah and Hasse Andersson would be given a another opportunity to qualify in next week’s second chance show.