Örebro brings us our last seven songs and the final opportunity to unseat Fjällgren and Mariette as potential Melodifestivalen winners.
Heat 4: Örebro
1. Midnight Boy – Don’t Say No
Midnight Boy had a hit last year, but it only went viral due to him stripping off during the video. His style is alternative and rooted in 1980s Pet Shop Boys electronica. I’m expecting a weird song and performance that will struggle to attract enough support to trouble the top-4 places.
2. Caroline Wennergren – Black Swan
Caroline debuted in 2006 with A Different Kind of Love, which if I’m honest, was rather awful. She describes Black Swan as retro, but modern and a little old fashioned. WTF? In all honesty, I don’t hold much hope for Caroline, but the press preview identified similarities between Amanda Janssen’s Hymns for the Haunted album, which may position her for andra chansen.
3. JTR – Building It Up
These guys gained exposure on the Australian X-Factor and are now trying to build their brand in Sweden. Their recent releases are a bit samey, so maybe we should expect a similar sound from Building It Up. This year’s Melfest has lacked a proper youth vote-winner, so maybe JTR are to be this year’s Oscar Zia? I’m not sure, and I think these guys might struggle when up against Måns and Dinah.
4. Hasse Andersson – Guld och gröna skogar
Hasse is a country and dansband star with around 20 albums to his name. Tobbe Ek tipped Hasse to do well in our preview podcast, and I have to agree. Hasse is likely to delight his demographic on Saturday, and on that basis, I wouldn’t oppose him at this pre-snippet stage.
5. Dinah Nah – Make Me (La la la)
As part of the former group Caramell, Dinah Nah has relaunched herself as a fierce pop star. Her song, Make Me (La La La) is reportedly packed full of energy, so it will be interesting to see how she stacks up against Måns. Her writers have contributed to to the likes of Alvaro Estrella, Sanna Nielson, Helena Paparizou, and Christina Aguilera, so we should expect a well crafted song. In slot 5, Dinah will stand out, but the main question is, will she appear likeable? Those in the press preview like the song and consider Dinah a strong contender this week, but others worry it might be too hard for the Saturday night audience.
6. Annika Herlitz – Ett andetag
Annika was the voice of Elsa in the Swedish translation of Disney’s Frozen. Annika has also appeared in major theater productions like Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, and now, Evita. Ett andetag is reported to be a big, powerful ballad with huge orchestration and strings. I would say Annika should be considered for top-4, and if the price is right, direkt till finalen.
7. Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes
Måns’ song has been described as a massive pop hit and not another Cara Mia. Making the final is a certainty. Now that Saade’s Sting has been widely discounted as a likely winner, expectations are now building for what is considered to be the last Melfest 2015 contender. The good news for Måns backers are the writers, Joy & Linnea Deb; they were responsible for Ace Wilder’s Busy Doin’ Nothin’ and Robin Stjernberg’s You. The press preview suggested similarities with David Guetta’s Lovers on the Sun.
Måns is already going direkt, so I think the remaining qualifier will come from either Hasse or Annika. The remaining two andra chasen candidates could come from Caroline and Dinah.
I have dutched who I deem to be the best value: Hasse Andersson (5/2) & Annika Herlitz (6/1) both from William Hill.
Initial prediction: 1.Måns Zelmerlöw 2. Hasse Andersson 3. Annika Herlitz 4. Dinah Nah