Sweden: Follow Melodifestivalen rehearsals live from Örebro

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The rehearsals for the fourth semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2015 are in full speed. On Saturday we will know who will go direct to the final, who will get another chance, and who will leave the competition.

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13:30 – It’s Midnight Boy on stage now. His entry Don’t say no is a fast and catchy 80s-disco song. He is accompanied with many mannequins as well as with four dancers. The performance is very professional and polished, yet a bit messy and distracting, what could give him some difficulties trying to qualify to the next rounds.

14:15 – Caroline Wennergren comes second with “a song of her own style”. Black swan indeed is a special song and spot number 2, which is usually accommodated by a non-qualifier, might change in this semifinal, as Caroline’s jazzy catchy song can take her to the next level.
15:25 – Every Melodifestivalen has its Swedish folk song. Well, almost. But this time the 67 years old Hasse Andersson brings the story of the Swedish celebrations at the Guld och gröna skogar (Gold and green forests). Probably an entry targeted to a specific Swedish audience, but still an entertaining act for everyone.
15:55 – “Like a plane in sky / You got me so high / Make me La la la”, along with six dancers and one Dinah Nah, Make me (La la la) is a perfect dance tune that attracts the listeners from the beginning. Simplicity and energy are the keywords here that might take the pink-haired lady directly to the final. However, the whole band seem to do some extra training to make the thing work out.
16:15 – Take Sonja Aldèn, add some Shirley Clamp and you got it: Annika Herlitz seems to be the new schlager queen of this year’s Melodifestivalen. Her song Ett andetag may sound similar to former Melodifestivalen entries, but the lady knows how to deliver a good performance to a simple Swedish ballad. After singing the local version of Frozen’s Let it go, she might as well be favorited among the young Swedish voters.
16:50 – The 28th and last entry in this year’s Melodifestivalen is Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw. The old schlager was left at home in favour of a David Guetta style song. There are no other people on the stage with him, but there’s no need to – the videoart plays a big role in his performance. It is probably a safe qualifier, but as in Sweden – we will have to wait for the actual results in order to know.
That concludes the Melodifestivalen rehearsals for today. Later tonight the first dress rehearsal will be held, followed by another one on Saturday afternoon.
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