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Report from the Melodifestivalen 2016 second chance show!

Report from the Melodifestivalen 2016 second chance show!

| On 06, Mar 2016

Tonight, the last four acts qualified for the final of Sweden’s selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen, making the final line-up complete with twelve acts.


Battle 1

In the first battle, the energetic group Panetoz met Molly Pettersson Hammar.

Winner: Panetoz – Håll om mig hårt


Battle 2

The pop and rap duo Albin & Mattias battled it out against a dancing Boris René in the second battle of the evening.

Winner: Boris René – Put your love on me


Interwievs with Boris René and Albin & Mattias

Our reporter on the spot, Zara Zeidlitz, met with the two competing acts after the show.


Boris René

Zara: Congratulations on the spot in the final ! You will be the 9th act up in the final, do you have any thoughts about that?
Boris: No not really, I’m just happy to be in the final!

Zara: You will enter the stage in between Molly Sandén and Frans, two very different songs from yours, what do you think about that?
Boris: You hear what I’m up against! It’s two big names and Frans did a great job in his semi-final and Molly Sandén has been in the game for a long time. It’s amazing!

Zara: Who’s you greatest competition next week?
Boris: For me, just being in the final is great so I do not see the others as competition. When I arrive in Stockholm it will just be a big music festival.

Zara: Last question, will the hat stay?
Boris: What do you think? Yes it stays!


Albin & Mattias

Zara: Unfortunately you missed out on that final spot. Your song has been played on the radio stations in the last few weeks. Did you dare to fantasize about the final?
Albin: No, we thought this battle was a close call that any one of us could win.

Zara: How did you fell about going up agains Boris René?
Mattias: Boris is a nice dude who has an awesome song and dance number. He is a nice guy behind the scenes. He is great, congratulations to him.

Zara: You had a new camera angle in the beginning of your song, what was the thought behind the change?
Mattias: Well the LED screen we used last time did not work the way we wanted it to, so we chose to make it more personal and close-up instead.

Zara: Who do you think will win this year’s Melodifestivalen?
Albin & Mattias: We vote for Robin Bengtsson and Molly Sandén.


Battle 3

The emotional Isa was the first act up in the third battle, where she faced SaRaha and her afro beats.

Winner: SaRaha – Kizunguzungu


Battle 4

In the last battle, the colorful trio Dolly Style met the shirtless duo of Samir & Viktor.

Winner: Samir & Viktor – Bada Nakna


The Final line-up

The battle winners were presented in a new way compared to previous years.

This year, the Head of the Swedish delegation and supervisor of Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman, entered the stage during the broadcast and presented the line-up of next week’s final. He presented one by one the battle winners and filled the four empty slots in the line-up.


Here is the complete final line-up for next week’s final:

  1. Panetoz – ”Håll om mig hårt”
  2. Lisa Ajax – ”My Heart Wants Me Dead”
  3. David Lindgren – “We are Your Tomorrow”
  4. SaRaha – “Kizunguzungu”
  5. Oscar Zia – “Human”
  6. Ace Wilder – “Don’t Worry”
  7. Robin Bengtsson – “Constellation Prize”
  8. Molly Sandén – “Youniverse”
  9. Boris René – “Put Your Love on Me”
  10. Frans – “If I Were Sorry”
  11. Wiktoria – “Save Me”
  12. Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna”


The final of Melodifestivalen 2016, will air live next Saturday night at 20:00 CET.


Video interviews



Samir & Viktor

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