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Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:26

Sweden: Second Semi-Final Qualifiers

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For years, Sweden's Melodifestivalen has been one of the most popular national selections to the Eurovision Song Contest, gaining more fans since it began being webcast in 2005. The evening was mostly surrounded by fans following the finals in Hungary, Norway and Iceland but there was still quite a large portion watching the Swedish selection for the annual music extravaganza.

The show kicked off with hosts Sarah Dawn Finer and Gina Dirawi did a medley featuring popular boy-band songs like "Larger Than Live" and "It's Gonna Be Me" with very well-produced vocals and choreography. Sarah's performance stood out. The show consisted of eight numbers, out of which the qualifiers are the following:

Final

• Ulrik Munther – Soldiers

• David Lindgren – Shout It Out

Andra Chansen

• Top Cats – Baby Doll

• Timoteij – Stormande hav

It was expected Ulrik Munther's stage presence was good enough to become one of the finalists, whereas Melodifestivalen debutant David Lindgren would convince Swedish audience with an entry worthy of the likes of Danny Saucedo. Once more rockability proved liked by voters when Top Cats qualified to the Second Chance round along with ethno-pop band Timoteij, pretty well-known in the Eurovision community when they competed for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with Kom. Even when they did not win the ticket to Oslo back then, it was chosen to represent Sweden at the OGAE Second Chance Contest and finished at 1st place.

Known names like Andreas Lundsteng and Sonja Aldén did not stand any chance to make any qualification. Andreas put on a rather entertaining show and Sonja gave very nice vocals, but both songs were not strong enough to capture Swedes' voting instinct. This is not over yet as there are still two more semifinals to go plus the Second Chance round and the Grand Final before we all know who will follow Eric Saade's steps representing the Scandinavian country in Baku this year.

Source: SVT, ESCDaily

Last modified on Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:31