Tonight, the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s national selection, will be live from Gothenburg. Seven acts will try to win one of the two tickets for the Final. Those who will finish third and fourth they’ll have a Second Chance on the 29th of February. For Thorsten Flinck’s last-minute replacement click here!
Five of the seven artists have previously participated. The only newcomers are Klara Hammarström and Paul Rey.
- Klara Hammarström
Klara is a bronze European athlete. Her family appeared at the television show “Familjen Hammarström”. More recently, she has focused on her musical career. Tonight will be her debut to the contest. Her song is titled “Nobody”.
- Jan Johansen
Jan Johansen is known to both Eurofans and Mellofans. In his melfest debut, in 1995, he won with the songs “Se På Mig” and represent Sweden in Eurovision, where he finished third with 100 points. This year will mark his fifth participation having compete in 1995, 2001, 2002 and 2003. His entry “Miraklernas tid” is composed by Eurovision expert Thomas G:son!
Dotter is trying for the second time in the contest. She made her debut in 2018, with song “Cry”, but she was eliminated in the semis. In 2019, she released along with Måns Zelmerlöw the song “Walk With Me”. The song was also performed live at the second chance of Melodifestivalen, the same year. Her entry is titled “Bulletproof”.
- Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella
Méndez is familiar with the contest. He has participated a total of three times, all of which reached the final. His most recent participation was in 2018. However, this year will team-up with Alvaro Estrella. Alvaro, debuted in Melodifestivalen in 2014, with the song “Bedroom”. His song finished 7th in its semi and therefore didn’t reach the final. Is noteworthy that, Alvaro has been the backing vocalist and dancer in several Eurovision entries for Sweden. More recently, he was one of Robin Bengtsson’s dancer, in 2017.
- Linda Bengtzing
Linda became famous to Sweden through her participation to the fourth season of the Swedish edition of Star Academy. This year will mark her seventh attempt to the national final, having tried again in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2016. Her best result is 5th in the final, in 2008. Her song is titled “Alla mina sorger”.
- Paul Rey
Paul is the second who will make his debut tonight. He started singing from a young age. In 2015, he signed a contract with an American music company and in 2017, he released his single “California Dreaming”, which features Snoop Dog and Arman Cekin. His entry is titled “Talking in My Sleep”.
- Anna Bergendahl
Anna is returning for the third time to Melfest. She made her debut in 2010, with the song “This Is My Life”. The song won and therefore she represented Sweden to Eurovision. Sadly, she didn’t manage to qualify to the grand final of Eurovision – the only Swedish entry to do so. Last year, she came back to the contest. Her song “Ashes To Ashes” finished 10th. Later, in Summer she released her single “Home”. Her entry this year is titled “Kingdom Come” and is composed by Bobby Ljunggren, Thomas G:son, Erik Bernholm and Anna herself.
You can watch the semifinal live from SVT Play here. (20:00 CET)
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