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Danny Saucedo e Arvingarna Melodifestivalen 2021

Danny Saucedo and Arvingarna in the final, Paul Rey and Lillasyster in the play-off

The curtain fell a few minutes ago in the first semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2021, a feast of the song loved by Eurofans with which Sweden annually elects its representative toEurovision Song Contest. At the helm of the evening the winner of the 2004 edition Lena Philipsson, along with the producer of the review Christer Björkman.

Danny Saucedo and the heirs | Photo: SVT

A different edition than the normal one due to the Coronavirus epidemic, which required the habitually itinerant organization to stabilize in the Annex of Stockholm and eliminate the presence of the public, usually the frame of any live broadcast.

Recorded choruses and applause, along with collages of clips filmed by the fans themselves who, strictly from their homes, showed their support for each of their favorite artists with posters and banners, forgetting at least a little the absence of the warm public that characterizes the Melodifestivalen.

He confirmed every prediction on the eve with Danny Saucedo that goes straight to the end with his “Dandi dance“A fun piece is staged in a cartoon room where ballets, complex stage movements, light plays and well-chosen shots alternate, in an attractive set that does not contradict a Mello veteran who has repeatedly touched victory.

To accompany Danny in the final the The heirs. Once again the audience rewards a carefree and fun performance, which nods to the performance of Guy Sebastian all’Eurovision 2015: in the outline of an urban horizon at sunset, in the notes of “I’m not going home at all”The quartet has an excellent voice and impeccable choreography.

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Heirs and Danny Saucedo

Enter the repechage Paul Rey with “The missing piece“, With an intimate exhibition composed of an alternation of mobile and modular geometric shapes, as well as a skillful play of light and shadow and an excellent voice. In second opportunity even the hard rock of Sister that with “SuitorIt literally set the Melodifestivale stage on fire in 2021.

The queen of the schlager must settle for fifth place Jessica andersson, that with “Horizon”It failed to shine for originality. Her voice was good, but the big dress that was left swaying in the wind did not convince the home audience. An exercise of excellent style that, however, failed to break through.

The two young rookies of this evening close the ranking, with two totally different proposals: while “One touch“from Kadiatou presented to the public a colorful ballet on the notes of a modern piece, Nathalie brydolf gave a ballad – “Fingerprints”- like a textbook, complete with smoke and a wind machine, but unable to move on to the next stages.

Lena Philipsson and Christer Björkman

The two presenters of the series, Lena Philipsson and Christer Björkman

The appointment is renewed for next Saturday, with the second semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2021. On stage there will also be, among others, Anton Ewald me Daughter, ranked second last year with “Bulletproof“.