Sweden: Danny Saucedo and Dotter are the two direct finalists of the Fourth Heat of Melodifestivalen 2024!

Ninety minutes ago, the show for the Fourth Heat of Melodifestivalen 2024, started off on SVT and SVT Play. And we are here to share the results of the night with you!

The two numbers that qualify directly to the finals are Danny Saucedo and Dotter which we will get to see perform their songs live, on the 9th of March, when the finals will take place at Friends Arena.

But how things developed during the night?

The experts

New in Melodifestivalen this year is the participation of a couple of really knowledgeable music and Mello-experts – radio and TV profile Tina Mehrafzoon and Mello-oracle Ronny Larsson. During both the races and the final, they analyze the evening’s line-up and give their opinion on how they are doing.

The show

Carina Berg is the host of all the shows of the tour this year! With the next show of the contest on Saturday February the 24th, Melodifestivalen will take place in Eskilstuna, then Karlstad follows and finally the final show in Stockholm on the 9th of March.

It opens with Kent‘s song “Gravitation” performed by Björn and Oscar Gustafsson. Oscar is Björn Gustafsson‘s brother. Kent is from Eskilstuna, so it’s a nice tribute. Carina is now at the arena and everything is ready to begin! It’s time to face the music!

The numbers

  • “Done Getting Over You”– Albin Tingwall

Reminds me of Bengtsson‘s “Innocent Love” also if you mix Aha’s “Take on me“. Albin is massively improved compared to his past rehearsals. He is joined by two of the in-house dancers on stage and the LED screen shows his silhouette dancing in multiple colours. I like it but doesn’t sound special to me. At some point it sounds like two separate songs, but gets back on track. First key change of the week.

Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

  • “30 km/h”– Lia Larsson

She is much better to what I’ve seen up to now. First epadunk song I like, but still Liaseems to be just there on stage not doing much. Vocally not good, not bad. Fireworks bang hard in the small arena. Also on the LED screen we can see a human sketch that reminds me of Måns 2015 staging, just grown up. Nice staging, they’ve put a lot of work on that and it is obvious.

Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

  • “It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song”– Dotter

I insist that even though it is a nice song, it is not what I would expect to see this year from Dotter. She starts lying on a grand piano, her moves ring a bell, her being barefoot too. Loreen 2023. The clothes she was wearing as well. Now she is wearing a different top which is black, trying not to look so much like Loreen last year. Nice song (not as nice as “Bulletproof“) and nice vocals, even though she had to be on vocal rest for the entire day today, she is suffering from a massive cold. Overall a nice song, staging, appearance.

Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

  • “Circus X”– SCARLET

“Circus X” looks nothing like we are used to in Mello. The two girls hiding their identities like skulls, sing with perfect vocals in a scary staging on a dark, pop, fun, dance song. Four dancers dressed like unidentified creepy black creatures. I could definitely see it as a theme song of a horror movie or series.

Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

  • “En sång om sommaren”– Lasse Stefanz

I will avoid commenting bad on this act. Christer Eriksson is the oldest entrant of this year’s Melodifestivalen, he is 71 years old. Dansbandmusik done the best way possible. I still don’t like it, but I have to admit that it looks good. Wild west theme here as well and I have to say I very much prefer it than the staging of Gunilla. Vocally they are great, they do what they can do best.

Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

  • “Happy That You Found Me”– Danny Saucedo

Danny had to cut down on his staging but it still looks impressive. We have seen Danny dance, joined by dancers, sing in Swedish. This year he opted for being alone on stage and we will see how this goes. He holds back on his vocals. On stage there are arches and a large tilted arch prop with stairs right in the middle, which has led strips and lights on it, moves upright then moves back and drops. LED works on the floor, smoke, sun projections and in the second chorus the projections are a bit psychedelic. I still don’t understand what the staging is for, but I like the song and I try to enjoy it. He wrote it for his newborn child.

Photo:Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

These were the six numbers of this week, a recap follows to show the voting numbers for the contestants of the heat.

The Intervals

After Danny steps off the stage, comedian Sofia Dalén comes into her character hockey coach Börje and interrupts Carina Berg.

Then it is Hall of Fame time. The sisters MiaAckie and Clara Kempff stepped as Chattanooga cockily into Swedish pop history in 1982. Dressed in cool blazers and a nice attitude, they sang their “Hallå hela pressen” to a fourth place in the Melodifestivalen and blew in a fresh pop wind in the festival. The song became a national scourge with its apt lyrics about a lost flirtation and that the trio belongs in the Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame is a given. They are not in the dress rehearsal, we will get to see them tomorrow night.

The Direct Qualifiers

First voting round winner:Happy That You Found Me” – Danny Saucedo
Second voting round winner: It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song” – Dotter


Second voting round 2nd place: Done Getting Over You” – Albin Tingwall
Second voting round 3rd place: Circus X” – SCARLET

Second voting round results

Age-band 3-9 years old winner: 30 km/h” – Lia Larsson

Age-band 10-15 years old winner: It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song” – Dotter

Age-band 16-29 years old winner: It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song” – Dotter

Age-band 30-44 years old winner: Circus X” – SCARLET

Age-band 45-59 years old winner: It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song” – Dotter

Age-band 60-74 years old winner: It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song” – Dotter

Age-band 75+ years old winner: Done Getting Over You” – Albin Tingwall

Televoting winner: En sång om sommaren” – Lasse Stefanz

Melodifestivalen Finalists

  • Heroes Are Calling“ – Smash Into Pieces
  • Awful Liar“ – Lisa Ajax
  • Dragon“ – Liamoo
  • When I’m Gone“ – Maria Sur
  • Effortless“ – Jacqline
  • Give My Heart A Break” – Cazzi Opeia
  • Happy That You Found Me” – Danny Saucedo
  • It’s Not Easy to Write a Love Song” – Dotter

Acts that remain in the competition

  • Forever Yours“ – Elisa Lindström 
  • Supernatural“ – Adam Woods 
  • The Silence After You“ – Dear Sara
  • Unga & fria“ – Fröken Snusk
  • I Won’t Shake (La La Gunilla)” – Gunilla Persson
  • För dig” – Klaudy
  • Done Getting Over You” – Albin Tingwall
  • Circus X” – SCARLET

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2024 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2024!

Source: SVT
Photos: Stina Stjernkvist/SVT

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