Sweden: Insight into the Melodifestivalen 2024 4th heat songs! | SVT Pre-Listening Event

Melodifestivalen 2024 second show is on the forthcoming Saturday, February the 24th, which will take place at Stiga Sports Arena, in Eskilstuna.

The Pre-listening Process

This year, we are invited to the pre-listening event that SVT holds every Tuesday at 10am CET, before each of the five heats of Melodifestivalen 2024, or as it is called “Förhandslyssningen“. Approximately 50 people, carefully selected by SVT are invited to listen the entire songs of each heat in the pre-listening events. So, we had the chance to listen to the entire running order of this week’s heat twice.

But how do the songs of this heat sound like?

    • Done Getting Over You” – Albin Tingwall

    Reminds me of Bengtsson‘s “Innocent Love“. Although I like it and I find it really pleasant, it doesn’t sound special to me, it just doesn’t click. At some point it sounds like two separate songs, but gets back on track. First key change of the week.

    Photo: Janne Danielsson/SVT

    • 30 km/h” – Lia Larsson

    Epadunk as Lia has gotten us used to. It is catchy, I like it more than Fröken Snusk‘s or Samir and Viktor‘s entries. I would like to see how it’s gonna get staged. Shoutout to My Söderholm, who is one of the writers of the song and that’s her first ever Mello-contribution as a writer.

    Photo: Magnus Liam Karlsson/SVT

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

    Bullet’s on the ground“? Is that a reference to “Bulletproof“? It is certainly not “Bulletproof” vol 2. While I like how it sounds like, it is not what I would expect. Vocals on point, love the piano part but, for me, that’s pretty much it. Certainly not a winning song. Piano mid-tempo ballad. Will most likely be a DTF, just because she is Dotter.

    Photo: Magnus Liam Karlsson/SVT

    • Circus X” – SCARLET

    Dark, pop and dance is the theme of this song. Could definitely be a theme song of Wednesday, the Netflix series. I like the vibe and it sounds very exciting. Looking forward to seeing how it will be staged.

    Photo: Magnus Liam Karlsson/SVT

    • En sång om sommaren” – Lasse Stefanz

    In one word: “dansbandsmusik“. Swedish country/folk song for the summer. Certainly not my cup of tea. Could be fun to listen to or watch but if it was for me, this wouldn’t qualify. Strangely enough, Swedes like it a lot. Let’s see what happens.

    Photo: Anders Norrsell/SVT

    • Happy That You Found Me” – Danny Saucedo

Keyboard intro reminds me of Guetta‘s “When Love Takes Over“. It is sth between “Amazing” and “In the Club“. Dance pop but so Swedish House Mafia like and so 2025. Totally my style. Danny is back to win the whole thing, but I need to see the staging first. If he is alone on stage, he might need support on the visuals and camera shots.

Photo: Janne Danielsson/SVT

Our thoughts

  • Albin‘s song is a nice heat-opener, but will probably not qualify.
  • Lia sings “Bilen glider fram som en dalahäst“? Is this a “Rid mig som en dalahästFröken Snusk hit reference? So catchy, will most likely stay in the competition, it is the first epadunk song that I actually enjoyed listening to.
  • Dotter‘s song sounds more than 3 mins. I definitely like it, but I don’t see it as a contender for the win. She will probably go ‘direkt till final‘, but just because she is Dotter.
  • Additionally, I think SCARLET will be the suprise of the week, their song sounds quite like two separate songs as well, maybe? It all depends on the staging, whether Swedes will vote for it or not.
  • Sorry, I love Sweden too much but En sång om sommaren is definitely not a song for me.
  • Finally, “Happy That You Found Me”, could be the winner of this year’s Melodifestivalen. But I’m afraid he could again pull a 2011 and 2012, as in placing second. My favourite of the bunch this week, in any case. Give a listen to “Don’t you worry child“, make it a bit more 2024, there you have the song.

Tomorrow morning, you will get the chance to listen to a 30 second snippet of each of the six songs.

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.

The schedule for the six shows of the Melodifestivalen 2024 tour

  • Heat 1: Saturday 3 February 2024, Malmö Arena, Malmö
  • Heat 2: Saturday 10 February 2024, Scandinavium, Göteborg
  • Heat 3: Saturday 17 February 2024, Vida Arena, Växjö
  • Heat 4: Saturday 24 February 2024, Stiga Sports Arena, Eskilstuna
  • Heat 5: Saturday 2 March 2024, Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
  • Final: Saturday 9 March 2024, Friends Arena, Stockholm – Solna

Which two of the above artists do you think will be the direct qualifiers to the finals? Let us know in the comments section below.

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