The Melodifestivalen Duels Under Fire

De Vet Du failed Melodifestivalen

Europe wakes up to the fact that Loreen never made it to the Melodifestivalen final. Fans were quick to express their disappointment in the Swedes’ televotes on social media. And part of the blame – according to the artists – are the duels. ‘Had it been an ordinary competition, things would look different,’ says Johan Gunterberg, a member of De Vet Du.

De Vet Du – Road Trip (Lyric Video)

FO&O and Robert John “Mutt” Lange to the final

De Vet Du failed to qualify as FO&O’s won the duel last night. As I previously reported, the ultra-famous songwriter Lange has co-written the track. Famous for Bryan Adams, Shania Twain and Heart tracks – we’ve not seen such a celebrity since RedOne.

18-year-old Lisa Ajax says it a strange situation as you have a 50/50 chance to qualify. And depending on who you meet in the duel, things can go radically different.

It was pretty clear from the get-go that Loreen didn’t have a cakewalk in this competition. As WelcheMusic.com has reported, ‘Statements’ has struggled on Spotify streaming as well as the Swedish Top 40. She finally lost to Anton Hagman, whose Shawn Mendez influenced track will compete in the final next week.

Melodifestivalen producer shrugs off critic

The Melodifestivalen producer Christer Björkman does not agree on duels requiring more engagement or being injustice. ‘It’s a great commitment when more than 7 million televotes are dispersed over 8 acts. All artists have the same possibilities,’ he says via a text message to Aftonbladet.

 

Will Anton Hagman Beat Loreen?

The Final Contenders

1. Ace Wilder – Wild Child

2. Boris René – Her Kiss

3. Lisa Ajax – I Don’t Give A

4. Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On

5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia – En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)

6. Anton Hagman – Kiss You Goodbye

7. Mariette – A Million Years

8. FO&O – Gotta Thing About You

9. Nano – Hold On

10. Wiktoria – As I Lay Me Down

11. Benjamin Ingrosso – Good Lovin’

12. Owe Thörnqvist – Boogieman Blues

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