In a live Facebook broadcast presented by Melodifestivalen 2017 host Clara Henry and the Executive Producer, Christer Björkman, the complete running order of this year’s contest was revealed.
The lineup of the 28 participants was revealed already on 30 November but in a random order for every semifinal. Now we can also get a glimpse regarding the favourites and the mood each song will bring as these are reflected in the running order which is decided by SVT’s team and not by draw. Traditionally, the last song of each semifinal is highly likely to qualify to the final. The running order was revealed using different colours for every song, each colour relates to the rhythm and tempo of the song (stated in brackets). Stars on the note reflect if one or more women are present in the writing team (blue) or if the song has Swedish lyrics (red):
The full running order is as follows, with comments provided by Christer and Clara during the reveal:
Semifinal 1: 4 February, Göteborg
- Boris René – Her kiss [Male Energetic Uptempo]
- Adrijana – Amare [Midtempo to Ballad]
- Dinah Nah – One more night [Female Uptempo]
- De Vet Du – Road trip [Male Energetic Uptempo]
- Charlotte Perrelli – Mitt liv [Ballad]
- Ace Wilder – Wild child [Female Uptempo]
- Nano – Hold on [Male Energetic Uptempo]
Boris is coming back with a high-tempo dance song which is a good opening to the semifinal according to Christer Björkman. Adrijana will sing a hip-hop song in Swedish. Dinah Nah will have a song in similar style to Make me (la la la), her 2015 entry. As reported before, Charlotte will have something totally different than her usual schlager. Surprisingly, Ace Wilder is not closing this Semifinal. She performed last in the first semifinal last year and managed to get into the top 3. Instead, Nano got the last slot and he is closing this semifinal, with a hip-hop and soul and r’n’b entry. It is very varied, both with newcomers and veterans.
Semifinal 2: 11 February, Malmö
- Mariette – A million years [Female Uptempo]
- Roger Pontare – Himmel och hav [Ballad]
- Etzia – Up [Female Uptempo]
- Allyawan – Vart haru varit [Midtempo to Ballad]
- Dismissed – Hearts align [Male Energetic Uptempo]
- Lisa Ajax – I don’t give a [Midtempo to Ballad]
- Benjamin Ingrosso – Good lovin’ [Male Energetic Uptempo]
The idea is to begin a semifinal with a party. Mariette’s song is a happy pop song and therefore she gets to open this semifinal, compared to performing last in Semifinal 2 back in Melodifestivalen 2015.
Semifinal 3: 18 February, Växjö
- Robin Bengtsson – I can’t go on [Male Energetic Uptempo]
- Krista Siegfrids – Snurra min jord [Female Uptempo]
- Anton Hagman – Kiss you goodbye [Midtempo to Ballad]
- Jasmine Kara – Gravity [Female Uptempo]
- Owe Thörnqvist – Boogieman blues [Ballad]
- Bella & Filippa – Crucified [Female Uptempo]
- The Fooo Conspiracy – Gotta thing [Male Energetic Uptempo]
Bella & Filippa are the first Melodifestivalen artists that were born in the 2000s and will sing a countrypop song, compared to Owe which is Melodifestivalen’s oldest participant at 87 years old. Among this lineup, only Robin and Krista have participated in the contest earlier, so we have five newcomers. Krista’s song is a modern schlagerpop. Kiss you goodbye is a midtempo song in George Michael’s style.
Semifinal 4: 25 February, Skellefteå
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia – En värld full av strider [Ballad]
- Alice Svensson – Running with lions [Midtempo to Ballad]
- Les Gordons – Bound to fall [Male Energetic Uptempo]
- Wiktoria – As I lay me down [Female Uptempo]
- Axel Schylström – När ingen ser [Male Energetic Uptempo]
- Sara Varga & Juha Mulari – Du får inte ändra på mig [Ballad]
- Loreen – Statements [Female Uptempo]
There is a huge expectation for Loreen’s song and that’s why the surprise will be revealed at the end. Sara Varga’s song will be similar to her 2011 entry Spring för livet.
The top two from each semifinal, decided by televoting, will qualify directly to the final, while places 3 and 4 will go to the second chance round (5 March), where the songs will compete against each other in duels. The final (11 March) lineup will include 12 songs: eight semifinal winners and four qualifiers from the second chance round. The winner of Melodifestivalen 2017, decided by international juries (50%) and televotes (50%) will get the right of representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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