Live: fourth semi final in Sweden

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The fourth semi final of Sweden's national selection for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest is about to take place. You can watch the webcast by following the link below.

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Niklas Stromstedt – For manga ord om kδrlek
Calaisa – If I could
Daniel Mitsogiannis – Pame
Linda Bengtzing – Hur sv?rt kan det va?
Nordman – I l?gornas sken
Sibel – That is where I'll go
Fronda – Ingen m?r s? bra som jag
Charlotte Perelli – Hero
Niklas Stromstedt – For manga ord om kδrlek

We start with a guitar pop song that has a slight flower power feeling. The stage act is as simple as it can be, but the vocals are not bad. Many songs like this one have been in Melodifestivalen, but they usually have not been very succesful.

Calaisa – If I could

Song number two tries to mix classical music with country and the song indeed has an interesting arrangement. The vocals are very good and this is one of the stronger ballads in Melodifestivalen. However, it is hard to believe that it would achieve a very good placing in the final.

Daniel Mitsogiannis – Pame

This is the strangest outfit so far. The song is a mix of a classic Swedish Europop song and Greek influences. The overall act seems not very authentic and lacks some charisma. Fireworks again, and as they have been used in so many performances this year, they don't seem very original anymore…

Linda Bengtzing – Hur sv?rt kan det va?

Musically, Linda keeps her style as she performs another up-tempo Europop song, which seems a bit over-the-top but the style is very popular among Eurovision fans. She looks totally different this time, with a new haircut and clothes that are – for unknown reasons – influenced by Scotland.

Nordman – I l?gornas sken

Although it is less obviously catchy as most of the other songs, this song probably stands out the most tonight and has the least "we-heard-it-before"-feeling. The medieval theme in the song and the stage performance (yes, they do burn a witch on stage!) might seem out-of-place in the Eurovision Song Contest but it nevertheless something new at least.

Sibel – That is where I'll go

A very classy ballad performed in an emotional way. The vocals are very authentic even if slightly over-the-top. The arrangement seems to be a bit to hectic in some parts of the song. As Sanna Nielsen seems to be the ballad favourite so far, this one might have less chances to reach the final.

Fronda – Ingen m?r s? bra som jag

An entertainig song with a funny, crazy arrangement in some kind of Polka style. The performance is a bit half-harted and one might expect something more spectacular for such a song. Nevertheless, this one could be a surprise qualifier.

Charlotte Perelli – Hero

The favourite tonight and the songs is probably like everyone expected it to be: classic Europop. The popularity of this entry is probably mainly based on the fact that Charlotte won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, something the average televoter would not take into account. There are no surprises in this act (no, a wind machine is not a surprise) and it is hard to believe that Sweden could reach the top three with this entry. Furthermore, the song title is not very original as there already have been at least three major international hits called Hero.
The results of the first round of televoting:
Eliminated:
Daniel Mitsogiannis
Niklas Stromstedt
Fronda
In the next round:
Nordman
Linda Bengtzing
Sibel
Charlotte Perelli
Calaisa
The results:

To andra chansen: Nordman and Sibel

To the final:Linda Bengtzing and Charlotte Perelli

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