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SaRaha to the top? Melodifestivalen 2016 semi-final 3 predictions

SaRaha to the top? Melodifestivalen 2016 semi-final 3 predictions
Kevin Lee

Tonight we will see seven more hopefuls compete to move on in the Swedish selection Melodifestivalen. As Sweden is poised to host the Eurovision Song Contest this year, a victory for this year’s Melodifestivalen will guarantee a spot in the Grand Final of Eurovision.


The Contestants


  • SaRahaKizunguzungu (Dizziness)
  • Swingfly feat. Helena GutarraYou Carved Your Name
  • SMILOWeight of the World
  • After DarkKom ut som en stjärna (Come out like a star)
  • Lisa AjaxMy Heart Wants Me Dead
  • Boris RenéPut Your Love on  Me
  • Oscar Zia Human


Oscar the Favourite

Going into the week, the polls heavily favoured Oscar Zia to come out on top and go directly to the finals. This will be Oscar Zia‘s third time on the Melodifestivalen stage. In 2014, he entered with the upbeat song “Yes We Can” which advanced directly to the finals. Oscar has also been in the press recently  as he came out as being gay, and combined with his strong performance at the previous contest he is surely a public favourite to advance.


Friday Poll Results

The Swedish Eurovision fan club (Melodifestivalklubben) holds a public survey after the first dress rehearsals on Friday to the crowd that was in attendance. These results usually reflect the voting results of the live broadcasts the next day. Here were the results:


  1. SaRaha – 39.1%
  2. Oscar Zia 26.5%
  3. Lisa Ajax 12.1%
  4. Swingfly feat. Helena Gutarra 8%
  5. Boris René 6.6%
  6. SMILO 4.8%
  7. After Dark 3%


Who is SaRaha?

The 32-year-old Swedish born singer Sara Larsson, grew up in Tanzania and Zimbabwe from a very young age. Taking the stage name SaRaha, she debuted on the Tanzanian music scene in 2011,and has been well-known in it since. With a music style described as Swedish-Afro Pop, SaRaha is bringing something new and different to the Melodifestivalen stage. Although many people from Sweden do not know her, SaRaha‘s unique style will surely grab the attention of the public. Her performance is half in English and half in Swahili, and combined with her veteran stage expereince, Afro-choreography, and a colourful stage there is no doubt, as the polls indicate, she will be moving on through the competition singing you give me “Kizunguzungu.


Can Idol Winner Lisa Ajax Pull It Off?

Another contestant that we cannot ignore is Swedish Idol winner Lisa Ajax. At only 17, she has proven to already have a mastery of the stage. No stranger to pressure and competition, Lisa’s song “My Hear Wants Me Dead” is a fun pop song you would expect from Selena Gomez, or Demi Lovato earlier in her career. Her performance is spot on, the contemporary choreography fits the song very well, and she has, in the past had tremendous support from the Swedish public which lead to her victory of Idol in 2014.


See The Show Live

You can stream the show live from 8PM CET at the SVT Play site here.

It will be interesting to see how these top three contenders place in tonight’s results, and who the fourth act will be that will move on in the contest. Check back to ESC Reporter later tonight with interviews from various contestants after the show.

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