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Tonight: Second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2014

Tonight: Second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2014
  • On February 8, 2014

Last week, YOHIO and Ellen Benediktson went straight to the Swedish final, while Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou got a second chance.

Tonight, another eight acts are ready to fight for two spots in the final and the chance to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.


The line-up

1. ”Love Trigger” – JEM
2. ”Hallelujah” – The Refreshments
3. ”Glow” – Manda
4. ”Efter solsken” – Panetoz
5. ”I Am Somebody” – Pink Pistols
6. ”Undo” – Sanna Nielsen
7. ”Set Yourself Free” – Little Great Things
8. ”När änglarna går hem” – Martin Stenmarck


Earlier, clips from the rehearsals were released.


Familiar faces and ABBA descendants

In the second semi-final, live from Linköping, is Martin Stenmarck, who won Melodifestivalen in 2005 and went on to compete against Helena Paparizou in Kyiv. He came 19th among 24 contestants that year. Stenmarck will compete with the Swedish-language song “När Änglarna Går Hem,” written by himself, Alexander Bard of BWO, Andreas Öhrn of Bard’s current music project Gravitonas, and Peter Boström of Euphoria fame.

Sanna Nielsen is also in this semi-final, participating in Melodifestivalen for the seventh time. She won the televote in the final in 2008, but lost out to Charlotte Perrelli because of the jury votes. In general, she places very high in the contest when she participates and has never missed the final. This time, she will compete with the song “Undo.”

Of the group Little Great Things, Charlie and Felix Grönvall may not sound familiar but they are in fact grandsons of Benny Andersson of ABBA.


The interval acts

The interval act will consist of a performance with the 1984 Swedish Eurovision winners Herreys, with two-time Melodifestivalen participant and jokester Sean Banan. The show is hosted by Nour El-Rafai and Anders Jansson, who will perform ABBA’s Waterloo as a tribute.

It is the anniversary of both of them, as it is 40 years since ABBA won Melodifestivalen, and 30 years since Herreys did.


The second semi-final starts at 20:00 CET and can be watched on SVT1 and online on SVT Play.

Click here to watch!


Photos: Olle Kirchmeier / SVT

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