Melodifestivalen 2012 continued last night with the quest for its Swedish representative at Eurovision Song Contest this year. Eight acts sang their hearts out, two of them made it direct to Globen, while two have to duel for two more tickets.
Let’s remind ourselves of the candidates:
1. Ulrik Munther – “Soldiers”
2. Top Cats – “Baby Doll”
3. Sonja Aldén – “I din himmel”
4. Andreas Lundstedt – “Aldrig aldrig”
5. Timoteij – “Stormande hav”
6. David Lindgren – “Shout It Out”
7. Mimi Oh – “Det går för långsamt”
8. Thomas Di Leva – “Ge aldrig upp”
In all honesty, we were a tad dissapointed with the overall quality of songs when we heard the studio versions but the performances did give us a few surprises, which made us like some of the songs. And some surprises too:
The Rockability of the Top Cats seemed to have their impact as the group, went along with MF returners Timoteij to Andra Chansen. There they will take on the duel with the AC songs from last week, or the four acts still to be decided from heat 3 and 4.
The first finalist that was announced to directly join Loreen and Death By April was the young Ulrik Munther, who’s song ‘Soldiers’ along his boy’ish looks must have charmed the Swedish public. We weren’t quite sure about the song at first but after a few listens, it is remarkably likeable. The second finalist joining him was no surprise either. After giving a splendid performance, musical star David Lindgren joined him as well with ‘Shout it Out’. The dance song, initially been given to Danny Saucedo who rejected it, had increasingly grown over the past few days and become the big favourite to win this heat.
As explained last week, SVT doesn’t allow the videos of the winners and AC to be uploaded until a week before the final, to avoid favouritism. The full Melodifestivalen show will however be available later on today on http://svt.se until Monday evening 11.59pm CET.
Therefore we give you the video of one of the acts who didn’t make it. Andreas Lundstedt, the man in Alcazar, took part as well this year with the Agnes-inspired ‘Aldrig Aldrig’. We think this would have sounded better in English to be fair. Nevertheless it is so camp, and its got good looking boys in it. So enjoy!