Last Saturday, the Swedish public were invited for the final heat of Swedish Eurovision hopefuls in Malmo. Lisa Miskovsky and Danny ended up being the two finalists for the final in two weeks time while Lotta Engberg & Christer Sjögren and Dynazty were given the opportunity to retry for the final two tickets this week. Shock for many Eurovision fans as, double MF winner Charlotte Perrelli failed to qualify with her Abba-inspired ‘The Girl’.
And now the battle begins, because this Saturday the 8 acts who were granted a ticket to the ‘Andra Chansen’ round, will take the stage again and battle it out for two tickets, joining the other 8 finalists in order to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest. How will it work. 4 Duels will be taking place at a first stage, where two songs will compete against eachother. The winners of each duel will then again compete until two acts remain.
In order to warm you up a little bit, over the past few days we will present you the 8 acts including their videos. The duels we have made up here are not the actual duels taking place. During this week, the duels will be announced…
Duel 1: Sean Banan – ”sean den första banan” versus Andreas Johnson ”Love Light”
Up for some fun? Then Sean Banan is definately up your street. It’s a comedy entry, spiced up with the usual schlager ingredients and although it gives the impression from the very first notes that this is gonna be the worst ever, we soon saw the comical note of it all and have to admit that this is quite good and very well thought through. It brings the schlager to a whole new level and despite the naughty manner , Sean is so cute and a character who definately could bring a special atmosphere to the Eurovision contest. Yes the song is in Swedish, and we don’t understand a word of what he says but it is pure fun.
If you’re up for a perhaps a bit more of a traditional Eurovision song with a lot of ‘la la la’ then Melodfestivalen veteran Andreas Johnson might be more your thing. The man has taken part so many times in the national round, that we’ll nearly need someone elses hands to count the attempts on. It’s a bit of a mash of different feel good songs but well performed by the singer. It’s cheerful, easy to sing along, in English and pleasurable.The big disadvantage we feel with Andreas Johnson is the many returns with similar sounding types of songs, which doesn’t come across as very innovative, and could well lead to a ‘Oh it’s him again’ and a early exit.
If this was an actual duel, and we were to predit we would announce Sean Banan to the second phase, simply for the fun factor and genious song, over the talented singer who keeps coming back with a similar sounding song (sorry Andreas)
What do you think? Do you agree?
Tomorrow we’ll announce the second duel…