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Robin Bengtsson and Owe Thörnqvist are direct to final for Melodifestivalen

Robin Bengtsson and Owe Thörnqvist are direct to final for Melodifestivalen
Kevin Lee

Tonight was the third semi-final of the Swedish Eurovision 2017 selection, Melodifestivalen 2017.

Broadcasting live from Växjö, seven more acts competed to represent Sweden. 

The Contestants

  • Robin Bengtsson - I Can't Go On
  • Krista Siegfrids - Snurra min jord
  • Anton Hagman - Kiss You Goodbye
  • Jasmine Kara - Gravity 
  • Owe Thrönqvist - Boogieman Blues
  • Bella & Filippa - Crucified
  • Felix, Oscar & Omar (FO&O) - Gotta Thing About You  

Direct To The Finals

Robin Bengtsson 

Starting a string of strong Mello debutants last year with Constellation Prize, Robin Bengtsson returned this year with I Can't Go On. He promised a more up beat song, and more choreography, and boy did it deliver. From starting the song backstage, to making creative use of treadmills like an OK GO music video, this hit all the marks, including having the F bomb tastefully put into the lyrics. Although choreography is not Robin's strength, the level of movement was just right for him. If there was one clear choice as to which song would go direct to the finals, this was it. See his reaction below. 

Owe Thörnqvist 

At the age of 87, the oldest contestant to ever enter Melodifestivalen, and also a debuting entrant on the Mello stage, Owe Thrönqvist proves that age should not stop anyone from getting down to the Boogie Man Blues. The surprising result in the contest so far, the entry was wonderfully staged with the song, everything fitting the theme, this will surely become a toe tapping favourite for the country and introduce Owe to a younger generation. Owe was able to show the young ones how it's done!

Second Chance


The once four piece boy band, now turned trio with the new name FO&O (Felix, Oscar & Omar) entered with Gotta Thing About You. The three piece proves that they won't let a band member leaving stop their drive for reaching the top. They sing, they dance, and they deliver. With the possibility of getting lost with the "newer & not as well known" acts impressing with their Mello debuts, the boys still stood out with a song that had a catchy chorus. If they can tighten up their performance, they can easily move on and become a contender in the finals.  

Anton Hagman

YouTube sensation Anton Hagman performed on stage with his entry Kiss You Goodbye. The song is well sung, with very simplistic staging, using a video background similar to Lisa Ajax the week before. His established fan base was able to come through and send Anton to second chance.  

The Other Entrants

Krista Siegfrids

This marks the second year for Krista Siegfrids in the contest, she entered with a Swedish language song, Snurra min jord. The staging brings hints of funky psychedelic effects which goes along with the song, and is just fun. It seems for a second year in a row, Krista has taken a more mellow approach for Mello with her song. Compared to Marry Me, and more recently UMG Bitch which she performed while hosting the 2017 Finnish selection, we can say that we love the fierce Krista and we wish to see this on the Melodifestivalen stage one day. 

Jasmine Kara

Having been creating music for some years now, and flying constantly between Sweden and LA, Jasmine Kara had to be the strongest performance of all the debuting Mello artists in this semi-final with her entry Gravity. A very visual number, put together with a full voice, Jasmine has basically told Sweden, if you didn't know me before, you KNOW me now! Although could have been improved upon had she the chance to move on, hopefully this exposure will serve to benefit Jasmine

Bella and Filippa   

Put together two acoustic guitars, the background from 2014 Netherland Eurovision contestants The Common Linnets, plus Bella and Filippa and you get the really cute, pop and country song Crucified. Another well performed but just ok song, it is easy listening, easy watching and just that. The two have shown their potential at such a young age and hopefully this is just the start of a bright career. 

The Return of Loreen

Next week we get to hear the final batch of songs for Melodifestivalen as the fourth semi final goes up, up, up, up, up, up to the northern town of Skellefteå. This promises to be an exciting heat as we see the return of favourites such as WiktoriaJon Henrik Fjällgren, Sara Varga and Juha Mulari, along with debuting acts such as former Idol contestants Alice Svensson, and Axel Schylström. They will be joined by the winners of Svensktoppen nästa 2016 Les Gordons. Of course the big hype around this heat will be Loreen returning to the contest. The scene is set, and you can bet if one of the above artists out performs Loreen in this heat, they will ride a wave of momentum which may lead them right to the Melodifestivalen 2017 victory, or Loreen will keep her place on the throne, and perhaps lead Sweden to that 7th Eurovision victory.   

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