It’s heat 3 and we’ll be watching this from a pub in London, so don’t expect out usual fast turnaround in publishing the result!
Snippets will be added once they become available.
1. Outtrigger – Echo
Rewind to last Eurovision and you’ll remember Outrigger for their brilliant rock version of Robin Stjerberg’s You. Well the writers of You, Joy & Linnéa Deb, have joined forces with Anton Malmberg Hård Af Segerstad (Begging) and produced a hook-laden hard-rock hit. Is Echo too heavy for Melfest? The Swedish blogging core seem impressed and most have tipped Outtrigger to qualify direct. If you think going first in the running order might hamper Outtrigger’s qualification chances, then 2/1 for andra chansen is good value.
2. Eko – Red
EKO progressed from Om Svensktoppen nästa 2013 (in the Swedish charts next). Will this electronic 80s, Kim Wilde influenced track attract a flood of nostalgic votes, or will a 90s Dr Alban hog the retro vote?
3. Oscar Zia – Yes We Can
Writer Kempe is on Oscar’s writing team, but will also provide backing vocals for the 17 year old. Yes We Can is a cross between Backstreet Boys, N’Sync and Britney Spears, which should appeal to reminiscing middle-aged women. Yes We Can also features a Saucedo-like dance break that will add a more contemporary edge to the track. As mentioned in our preview podcast, Oscar stands out in this heat and he should corner the youth vote. If, as expected, he progresses to the final, he’ll prove to be a huge thorn in Anton Ewald’s side!
4. Shirley Clamp – Burning Alive
Shirley has competed at Melodifestivalen five times and has reached the final twice, one of those via the andra chansen. The bloggers were generally negative about Burning Alive and feel it doesn’t grow enough. Shirley is a popular character, so shouldn’t be discounted against the weaker competition in this heat. Andra chansen may be on the cards.
5. State of Drama – All We Are
I expected State of Drama to give us Falling mark II, but All We Are is a highly effective piece of One Direction pop with U2 Beautiful Day overtones. Last year, State of Drama shocked. I’m very concerned they might shock again, as there’s something very likable about these guys. Not to be underestimated!
6. Cajsa Stina Åkerström – En Enkel Sång
Cajsa might provide the Caroline af Ugglas moment of reflection in this heat, so should figure in the top-4. I reckon andra chansen is more feasible, but given that En Enkel Sång is performed in Swedish, it might encourage plenty of support from the traditionalists.
7. Ace Wilder- Busy Doin’ Nothin’
The third song from Joy & Linnéa Deb, and once again they deliver a song with lots of layers. There are bits of Avicii’s Hey Brother in what is a great pop/club crossover track. Confident female performers tend to be dismissed at Melfest and Ace is as cocky as they get! Busy Doin’ Nothin’ has a lively stage show, so it’ll be interesting to see how Ace’s vocal holds up.
8. Dr Alban ft. Jessica Folcker
90s 90s 90s. What else?! The odds of 8.0+ to qualify say it all.
The four acts in the mix for qualification are Outtrigger, Oscar Zia, Ace Wilder and Cajsa Stina Åkerström. I wouldn’t be surprised to see State of Drama replace one of those ladies.
Who do you think will do well in heat 2?