Melodifestivalen Sets the Standard Again in 2014

To Eurofans, Sweden’s massive, hugely popular Melodifestivalen is a little Eurovision to itself.  The six-week traveling cavalcade stops at a different Swedish arena every week, from the frozen North to the cosmopolitan tip of Skåne, and along the way introduces 32 new songs to the world (many of which become the Swedish top-40 chart hits for the remainder of the year).

Anton Ewald

Anton Ewald, considered a top contender to win Melodifestivalen this year

Like Eurovision, each song’s position in the running order is hugely important in reading the tea leaves as to which entry ends up representing Sweden in ESC when MF finishes in early March.  So today’s publication of the running order for the four weeks of semifinals is a little treasure chest for Eurofans, who now have another piece of the puzzle to discern who have the songs considered to be potential winners.

2013 runnerup Yohio is back for 2014

2013 runnerup Yohio is back for 2014

Two of last year’s debutants, Japan-styled genderbending rocker Yohio and dance pop pretty-boy Anton Ewald, went on the place in the top five in MF, and both are back this year.  Befitting their favorite status, they bracket the whole semifinal, with Yohio opening in week one and Anton finishing the show in week four (which is the pimp slot of pimp slots, considered to be an indicator of which entry of the 32  the show’s producers believe to be a sure winner candidate). Christer Björkman, the schlager general of Melodifestivalen, today revealed that he thinks six of the 32 entries are strong winner candidates, with three of those potential Eurovision winners, and one a definite Eurovision winning contender.

Other semifinal openers and closers include 2005 Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou, this time competing for Sweden instead of the nation of her heritage, Greece; Martin Stenmarck, who represented Sweden in that same 2005 Eurovision and has since risen to superstar status in his home country; and Alcazar, fan favorites and perennial top contenders who so far haven’t taken home the trophy.

Here is a list of the full contest running order:

Deltävling 1: Malmö 1 februari

1 YohioTo the end

2 Mahan MoinAleo

3 Linus SvenningBröder

4 ElisaCasanova

5 Alvaro EstrellaBedroom

6 Ellen BenediktsonSongbird

7 Sylvester SchlegelBygdens son

8 Helena Paparizou Survivor

Deltävling 2: Linköping 8 februari

1 JEMLove trigger

2 The RefreshmentsHallelujah

3 MandaGlow

4 Panetoz Efter solsken

5 Pink Pistols I am somebody

6 Sanna NielsenUndo

7 Little Great ThingsSet yourself free

8 Martin StenmarckNär änglarna går hem

Deltävling 3: Göteborg 15 februari

1 OuttriggerEcho

2 EKORed

3 Oscar ZiaYes we can

4 Shirley Clamp Burning alive

5 State Of Drama All we are

6 CajsaStina Åkerström En enkel sång

7 Ace WilderBusy doin nothin

8 Dr Alban & Jessica FolckerAround the world

Deltävling 4: Örnsköldsvik 22 februari

1 AlcazarBlame it on the disco

2 I.D.AFight me if you dare

3 Janet LeonHollow

4 AmmotrackRaise your hands

5 Josef Johansson Hela natten

6 Linda Bengtzing Ta mig

7 Ellinore Holmer En himmelsk sång

8 Anton EwaldNatural

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2 thoughts on “Melodifestivalen Sets the Standard Again in 2014

  1. What a lineup thus year! Anton Ewald! Sanne Nielsen, Anton Ewald, Martin Stenmarck, Shirley Clamp, Helena Paparizou, Alcazar!!! Did I mention Anton Ewald? Yay! Unfortunately, I think Svt is handing it to Marilyn Manson, jr, aka Yohio.

    • Yohio had the novelty aspect last year. This year he will have to come back with something better to get the votes. I think if SVT really wanted to hand it to him they would have given him the final slot in semifinal 4. Personally I am waiting a year or two for Zara Larsson to come to her senses and enter MF, then we will have a real Eurovision winner on our hands.

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