Radio Sweden's Eurovision Blog

Will we hear Sweden's Eurovision entry tonight?

If last week's semi final was disappointing, for many reasons, this week's semi final is the complete opposite.

It starts off with a brilliant pastiche of a Eurovision opening number, with sweeping scenic views of Sweden, followed by folk dance to the Eurovision theme, and presenters Danny and Gina coming on stage in folk costumes, shouting at the audience in broken English. Malmö Arena is also hosting the Eurovision this year, of course. But soon the REAL Eurovision hostess Petra Mede comes on stage and takes charge, telling Danny and Gina off like a pair of naughty schoolchildren. Very funny.

During the show we also get guest appearances from Alcazar and Sarah Dawn Finer. Alcazar in particular woke up the audience during the dress rehearsal, many were left wondering when they will compete in Melodifestivalen again...

So what about this week's songs? One song is an obvious finalist, Ralf Gyllenhammar. I think we could probably give him the ticket to the final already. But then it gets more tricky. Ulrik Munther should be the clear favourite to get the other ticket, but is his performance a bit too cold and distant for the Swedish public? Could they go for the other solo male singer with an stadium-pop song, former Idol Robin Stjernberg, instead? One or the other will make the final. Competing for the Second Chance tickets are Behrang Miri and Army of Lovers. Behrang has an explosively happy ethno-hip hop number, while AoL do what they normally do, provoke and entertain in equal doses.

It's going to be a fun evening, and whoever wins out of Ulrik and Robin could very well win the final in a fortnight as well...