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Press gets first listen to songs of heat 1 of Melodifestivalen 2016

Press gets first listen to songs of heat 1 of Melodifestivalen 2016
Zara Zeidlitz

This evening, at 18.00 CET, a closed preview of the competing songs in the first semi-final of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen were held for the media.

Reporting on-location for us was Zara Zeidlitz, who shared her first impressions of the seven songs!


The seven songs

Samir & Viktor – Bada Nakna (English: Bathing Naked)
This duo appeared in last year’s edition of Melodifestivalen, reaching an 8th place in the final after going through the second chance show.

The song
A real radio hit reminding me of something by Avicii or Swedish House Mafia. Easy to follow the chorus, where they sing about how they will bathe naked in a famous fountain in Stockholm.


Pernilla Andersson – Mitt Guld (English: My Gold)
Pernilla is an established name in the Swedish music industry and took part in the contest back in 2011 with the song “Desperados.” She reached the second chance show, but did not qualify for the final.

The song
Easy arrangement containing almost only a guitar and a drum set. A ballad focusing on the lyrics.


Mimi Werner – Ain’t No Good
A new name to the public, Mimi Werner singed her first label contract as late as last spring, which she celebrated by traveling to Nashville to start working on her first EP.

The song
Upbeat country vibes meet strong pop. The song contains of a lot of musical changes between different parts of the song.


Albin & Mattias – Rik (English: Rich)
This duo has different experiences with Melodifestivalen. Albin has written songs for the contest, but has never appeared on stage until now. Mattias has taken part both as an artist and songwriter with his best score being a third placing back in 2009 with the group EMD, singing the song “Baby Goodbye.”

The song
This song follows a strong, current trend in Swedish radio station hits, where the verses contain rap and the chorus is sung by another artist. It’s upbeat pop with a lot of lyrics.


Anna Book – Himmel för två (English: Heaven For Two)
Anna Book became a household name after her appearance in Melodifestivalen back in 1986 with the song “ABC.” Since then, she has appeared three more times in the contest, including this year’s appearance.

The song
Kitschy pop known in Sweden as the genre “slager.” There is a significant difference between the verse and chorus.


Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Price
Robin made his first introduction to the Swedish audience by appearing on, and reaching a third place, in the Swedish edition of American Idol in 2008. He landed his first label contract in 2009 and released his first material in the same year.

The song
Pop meats club beats. A dark and heavy beat with a melancholy lyric about how he wishes to be someone’s constellation price.


Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry
Ace Wilder came out on nowhere and reached an astonishing second place in Melodifestivalen 2014, only two points behind the winner, Sanna Nielsen, who reached a third place in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The song
The verse has a lot of rhythm, the bridge is simple, with a refrain with a strong club beat. The lyrics do not contain a lot of words, which makes it easy to catch on.


Tomorrow, the artist will have their first stage rehearsal, before the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2016 airs live this Saturday, live from Göteborg.


Photo: SVT

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