And so we pass into the darklands of Dalarna, to Sandviken (and for a second there I wondered where it was, then said ‘oh prolly in Dalarna’ and sure enough so it is (this means that I have good Swedish geography intuition!)

Without Dolph, was more light. Christine has some weird head-thing that is supposed to be a hat but failed miserably, but didn’t anyone notice that in the intro Måns Zelmerlöw was in the womens bathroom? I noticed, and I loved it.

Eric Saade – Manboy
=> Globen
❗ Personal Favourite
Sandviken.1.Eric Saade

Indeed the question remains what is a manboy? Why is it that I’m a manboy? I don’t think that I could be a manboy; cause I’m still just a boy; or something. This song is funky, mysterious, schlager, popish, and despite the fact that the poor boy clearly comes from the south; I absolutely love it! It makes me wanna just jump up and start dancing around. Though I can’t help but wonder if he doesn’t have control over his facial expressions; he kind of looked like a stunned duck the entire time, and his hair didn’t move at all. And then at the end it was all explained: it was because he hadn’t had a shower yet? Hawt idea; it got my blood flowing!

Andra Generationen & Dogge Doggelito – Hoppara Hoppare
Sandviken.2.Andra Generationen & Dogge Doggelito

This song sucks, I hate it. I had big hopes from Andra Generationen, but luckily Swedish people agreed with me and voted them out in the first round. It just lacked anything of interest at all and didn’t really have anything about it that made me want to say “oh yeah that’s got potential”… PS: What the fuck is going on?

Anna-Maria Espinosa – Innan alla ljusen brunnit ut
Sandviken.3.Anna-Maria Espinosa

Not a bad song at all by any standards but it’s a ballad and I think that there are too many of them already. She’s okay, she sings well, she looks simple and has got the whole black-slimming, I’m awesome thing going; but it wasn’t enough for me to want to pick up my phone and ring ring ring..

MiSt & Highlights – Come And Get Me Now
Sandviken.4.MiSt & Highlights

As the web wildcard that gained entry into the competition I sort of had high hopes; I was so busy with work I didn’t participate or even pay attention to the preselection at all; but boy did I get disappointed quickly. First off is the copy of Christer Björkmans hideous outfit the week before, and a very “I’m from Belarus” look. But then the guy sings with the most nasal-uninspired way with the most horrible pronunciation of English that I’ve seen in Melodifestivalen. It just wasn’t good English and thus made the song even more dreary. It’s god a decent tune, but the head guy made me wanna throw up on Dolph Lundgren.

Pauline – Sucker For Love
=> Andra Chansen
❗ Personal Favourite

You want sassy; you got Pauline. You want classy; you got Pauline. You want Zimbabwe, you got Pauline. You want Edith Piafish singing, you got Pauline. This song is rocking, and it’s so historical but modern that it makes my skin crawl. She has the best hair by far of the night, and the cute little outfit to make all the other little black Swedish girls jealous. Love it love it love. Don’t know if it’s got the awesomeness that I would dub to get the sångfågel..

Andreas Johnson – We Can Work It Out
=> Globen
Sandviken.6.Andreas Johnson

No surprise that Andreas got to Globen on the first try, but it is a surprise that he used to have a girlfriend named “Anki” and that he sings a ballad-esque à la man. I don’t know how I feel about this, but it’s no doubt not a question that his popularity has brought him into the final, because I found the song a big weak to start. It also is interesting to note that by himself he seems to do well, but with Carola he tanked. It’s no wonder he was alone on stage this time, and throw Carola into the Dalarna ditches where she belongs. (PS I still love her)

Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Underbart
=> Andra Chansen
❗ Personal Favourite
Sandviken.7.Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän

Well well well, what have we here? A folk-music specialist, who’s been around for ever, and a group of violins that make the hair on my skin stand on ends. This song is creakingly deep and makes my insides sort of rumble and gets me all nervous; I don’t even know why. It’s cute, it’s inspiring, it’s old men, it’s classic, its… Underbart!

Hanna Lindblad – Manipulated
❗ Personal Favourite
Sandviken.8.Hanna Lindblad

Dominatrix à la Sweeeden. I love this so much it makes me want to research leather things, though I know it would make my skin uncomfortable. It’s hawt, it’s Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears and Skanky Christina from Dirrrty all wrapped up into one performance that is funkadelic! I adore this song, and the only consolation of it not qualifying, is that I get to watch it on SVTPlay all week now! I guess it’s not such a loss afterall!

No surprises this time; one schlager and one superstar goes through (which is basically he norm). I wonder what’s in store next week in by far the most jam-packed awesome lineup for a deltävling that I’ve ever seen including Alcazar, Elin Lanto, and Darin. Who will win, who will fight, who will burn out and be on the struggle bus?! Lets see next weeks..

*please note, screencaps to come soon!*