Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national final, is back!
This year the contest is a bit different than last year. Except of the way the results are presented during the four semifinals, the second chance round is now transformed into a 5th semifinal. During the 5th semifinal, the 8 songs that placed 2nd and 3rd during the second phase of the voting of the semifinals, will try to get the last four tickets for the final of the show.
The songs are divided into two groups and the top-2 songs of each group will qualify to the final.
Tonight, the 5th semifinal will take place. Here is a short guide of tonight’s show!
1. Tone Sekelius – My Way
Tone Sekelius is a trans woman that was born July 16, 1997 in Växjö, Sweden. She is known for his Make-up videos that she posts. In 2017, she released her debut single and this year she participated for the first time in Melodifestivalen.
2. Alvaro Estrella – Suave
Alvaro Estrella was born 14 August 1980, in Stockholm, Sweden. His full name is Alvaro Raul Estrella Zapata and he is of Chilean origin. He debuted in Melodifestivalen in 2014, with the song “Bedroom”. Back then he finished 7th in his semi and therefore didn’t reach the final. He has appeared in the Swedish national final as a dancer in a number of times. Alvaro has also been the backing vocalist and dancer in several Eurovision entries – Sweden 2011, 2017, Russia 2016. In 2020, he participated in Melodifestivalen along with Mendez. The two artists sang “Vamos Amigos” and placed 11th in the final. He took part also this year as a solo artist with the song “Bailá Bailá” and he was placed 10th.
3. Danne Ståhed – Hallabaloo
Dan Peter Stråhed or simply Danne Stråhed was born on June 12, 1956, in Malmö, Sweden. He is a Swedish singer and songwriter.
4. Anna Bergendahl – Higher Power
Anna Bergendahl was born on 11 December 1991, in Stockholm, Sweden. Her full name is Anna Henrietta Bergendahl. In 2008, she competed in the Swedish version of Idol where she placed 5th. She made her debut to Melodifestivalen in 2010, with the song “This Is My Life”. The song won and therefore she represented Sweden to Eurovision. That was the first a ballad won since 1998. Sadly, she didn’t manage to qualify to the grand final of Eurovision – the only Swedish entry to do so. In 2019, she came back to the contest. Her song “Ashes To Ashes” finished 10th. Later, in Summer she released her single “Home”. In 2020, she took part for the third time in the national final. She has released a total of two studio albums and four EPs.
1. Theoz – Som Du Vill
2. Lisa Miskovsky – Best to Come
Lisa Miskovsky was born on March 9, 1975, in Holmsund, Sweden. Her mother is from Finland and her father from Czech Republic. She is a singer and songwriter with a career that dates back in 2001. Her debut at Melodifestivalen was in 2012, when she placed 9th in the final. In total she has released six studio albums and several singles.
3. Lillasyster – Till Our Days Are Over
Lillasyster is a rock band that was formed in 2006. The band released its debut album in 2007, while their fourth album was released in January 2021. The band participated for the first time in the national final last year. Their entry “Pretender” managed to reach the second chance, where it was eliminated.
4. Cazzi Opeia – I Can’t Get Enough
Moa Anna Maria Carlebecker, better known professionally as Cazzi Opeia, she was bon on November 10, 1988, in Sweden. She is a singer, songwriter and DJ. Her career dates back in 2009 having released a number of singles and write many songs for other artists.
You can listen to all the Melodifestivalen entries on our playlist below!
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