Melodifestivalen 2021: Deltävling Four

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1. Tess Merkel - Good Life
(Tony Malm, Tess Merkel, Palle Hammarlund, Mats Tärnfors)
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Gay icon. Choreographer to the stars. Competent singer and dancer. Tess Merkel is at least 40% of these things. One thing she hasn't been, up until now, is a solo artist - having spent the past three decades as the joint longest-serving member of Alcazar.

Still, as another Goddess of success recently sang: time's moving on, but it's never too late, and so Tess makes her long awaited solo debut on the Melodifestivalen stage.

Songwise this has been described as glamorous, disco-tinged and uptempo, so saints be praised it doesn't seem like we're in for Mme Merkel's Mitt Liv moment. The songwriting team does leave a little to be desired, but even if a second triumph of the old guard in as many weeks is probably a bit much to hope for, our Tess has been making a little go a long way since some of her fellow competitors were in nappies, so there's much reason for (cautious) optimism here...

2. lovad - Allting är precis likadant
(Mattias Andréasson, Alexander Nivek, Lova Drevstam, Albin Johnsén)
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She may look like a bit part player from whatever the Swedish equivalent of The Only Way Is Essex is, but lovad (she's too cool for caps, apparently) is quite a promising up and comer in this semi. A duet with Albin Johnsen - who you almost certainly don't remember from last year's Contest - was a big streaming hit, as was her solo single Tills vi dör. Based on those tracks, her vibe is fairly low-key mid-tempo pop, which doesn't tend to play hugely well at Melfest, but she's probably only in this to put a face to the Spotify playlist anyway...

3. Efraim Leo - Best of me
(Efraim Leo, Cornelia Jakobsdotter, Amanda Björkegren, Herman Gardarfve)
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The contestant most likely to trigger long, anxiety-ridden periods in front of the mirror for Eric Saade, human cheekbone Efraim Lewis is another rising star of the streaming generation who recently released a well-received debut EP.

He's got a good songwriting team behind him and a song that he guarantees you won't be able to sit still while listening to (I'm 35 next week Efraim, try me). So far this year has been rather light on star-making moments, with 5/6 of the DTFs to date being previous finalists. If anybody's going to nab the title of Melfest 2021's breakout artist, it's probably this guy. But will it be enough to knock out...


4. The Mamas - In The Middle
(Emily Falvey, Robin Stjernberg, Jimmy Jansson)
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Last year's winners, and the act virtually guaranteed to induce the largest amount of goodwill from the Swedish public, having been cruelly denied their chance to shine in Rotterdam. Since then they've kept busy with a few decently received singles and a successful Christmas EP, so their profile remains fairly high.

I'm a bit concerned that the buzz around their song feels a bit... well... non-existent, so far. But let's see what the reviews tomorrow morning turn out like. It'd be lovely to see them romp to victory again, but it's possible this will be more of a gentle grace note. Either way, unless it's truly disappointing it's hard to see them missing the finals entirely, even if they wind up having to take the longer route...

5. Sannex - All Inclusive
(Greta Svensson, Hans Thorstensson)
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Another act with potential to cause an upset, those Swedes do tend to go mad for a bit of dansband - as do we, when it's deployed properly. Sadly, based on their previous biggest hits, Sannex seem to be more Top Cats than Arvingarna, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

6. Clara Klingenström - Behöver dig inte idag
(Clara Klingenström, Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias)
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Clara - pictured here practicing her 'knocked out in 6th' face - is one of the lesser-known quantities in this semi. She has a few singles under her belt, including the quite nice Så slut (stop giggling at the back!), but to the majority of viewers she'll likely be a total unknown.

She has strong songwriting pedigree behind her, and she promises an 'emotional' number, but realistically this is probably just positioned as an inoffensive palate cleanser before the main event...

7. Eric Saade - Every Minute
(Eric Saade, Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Jimmy "Joker" Thörnfeldt)
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Back in 2011, Eric Saade was truly Sweden's cutie of the evening, delivering the country's best Eurovision result since Charlotte in 1999/2008 (delete as applicable to your preferred reality).

A decade is a long time though, and while the pictorial evidence suggests the overweight, solarium addict with a gut belly years haven't kicked in just yet, it's safe to say that the shine has slightly dimmed on poor old Eric's career. His last entry in 2015 was no embarrassment, but he was thoroughly overshadowed by Måns Zelmerlöw, and since then the hits have been fairly thin on the ground.

Still, he's kept his profile up with a bit of TV work and the odd duet here and there, and while this is probably his last throw of the dice as a potential winner, all signs point to high confidence in what he's going to bring. And let's face it: you still would, wouldn't you?

Lyrics/Reviews: Tuesday
SNIPPETS: Thursday
 
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Here for Eric or The Mamas bringing THE song to prevent the bland old VOICES from going to Rotterdam.
 

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#4-1: Tess Merkel med ”Good Life”
Låtskrivare: Palle Hammarlund, Tony Malm, Tess Merkel and Mats Tärnfors.
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For 20 years, Tess Merkel turned out hits as a part of the group Alcazar, with fans all across Europe. They entered Melodifestivalen five times, with songs such as ”Stay the Night” and ”Not a Sinner nor a Saint”, with a strong conviction to unite everyone underneath a rainbow disco umbrella. Now, Tess steps out on the stage alone, with the aim to celebrate life.

Tess Merkel
• Name: Eva Therése Margareta ”Tess” Merkel.
• Born: April 18, 1970 (age 50).
• Lives: Stockholm.
• Raised: Nyköping.
• Melodifestivalen history:
2021:
”Good Life”
2014: ”Blame It on the Disco” (with Alcazar, 3rd place)
2010: ”Headlines” (with Alcazar, Second Chance round, eliminated in the 1st round)
2009: ”Stay the Night” (with Alcazar, 5th place)
2005: ”Alcastar” (with Alcazar, 3rd place)
2003: ”Not a Sinner, Nor a Saint” (with Alcazar, 3rd place)
2000: ”När filmen är slut” (backing vocalist for Avengers, last place)
1997: ”Jag saknar dig, jag saknar dig” (backing vocalist for Andreas Lundstedt, 7th place)
1993: ”Sjunde himlen” (backing vocalist for Lena Pålsson, 4th place)
Inducted in the Melodifestivalen Hall of Fame in the year 2020
• Other: In 2006, Tess, together with Henrik Johnsson, hosted MGP Nordic, the Nordic final of the junior contest at the time, Lilla Melodifestivalen.

Production
Performers

• Dancers: Fatou Bah, Sanna Jansson, Carin Mårtensson Årenäs and Louise Wallentin.
• Off-stage backing vocalist: Sara Nordenberg.

Show creators

• Show creators: Dennis Brøchner, Lotta Furebäck, Sacha Jean-Baptiste och Jennie Widegren.
• Choreographer: Zain Odelstål.

Props and special effects

• 2 laser pillars, 4 metres high.

Theme: Stylistic, conceptual, modern disco.

Camera cuts

• Approximately 62.

Tess on the entry:

”If I would describe my song in one sentence, I would say that no matter what happens in life, there is always joy, love and hope to fight for, and above all, life should be celebrated. The song came into being during a very blue and heavy period of my life. I felt weak and started to write to get it out of the system, and it all turned out so blue. So I thought: 'Dammit, time to make something positive out of this! Good Life, here I come.'”

The Songwriters
Palle Hammarlund, Tony Malm, Tess Merkel and Mats Tärnfors.

Palle Hammarlund

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 8.
• History:
2021:
”Pretender”, ”Good Life”
2020: ”Nobody”, ”Vamos Amigos”, ”Winners”
2019: ”Habibi”
2018: ”Everyday”
2015: ”Hello Hi”
• Other: Palle Hammarlund is, with Emma Nors, the creator of the pop group Dolly Style, which has taken part in Melodifestivalen thrice.

Tony Malm

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 6.
• History:
2021:
”Good Life”
2015: ”Jag är fri (Manne leam frijje)”
2010: ”Hur kan jag tro på kärlek”
2002: ”Ingenting, ingenting”
2001: ”Vända om”, ”Om du stannar här”

Tess Merkel

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 2.
• History:
2021:
”Good Life” (also as the artist)
2014: ”Blame It on the Disco” (only as the artist, with Alcazar)
2010: ”Headlines” (only as the artist, with Alcazar)
2009: ”Stay the Night” (songwriter and artist, with Alcazar)
2005: ”Alcastar” (only as the artist, with Alcazar)
2003: ”Not a Sinner, Nor a Saint” (only as the artist, with Alcazar)

Mats Tärnfors

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 3.
• History:
2021:
”Good Life”
2018: ”Det finns en väg”
2013: ”Trivialitet”

”Good Life” - Lyrics
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Do you wanna live your life?
Put your hands up to the sky
Love, live & dance!

If you wanna stay stay stay the night
I will tell the truth and a thousand lies
It’s all about a good time
It’s all about a good life

I’m gonna be the one for you
Tell me what you wanna do
I’m gonna lay my love on you
You are gonna want it too
I’m outta my outta my outta my mind
Talking ’bout the Good life
Good life

Oh oh oh
I’m gonna sing a prayer
Oh oh oh
I’m gonna take you there
I feel love
I feel love
I feel love

Talking about the Good life
Talking about the
Good good woop!

Oh oh oh
I’m gonna sing a prayer
Oh oh oh
I’m gonna take you there
I feel love
I feel love
I feel love

Talking about the Good life
Talking about the
Good good woop!

Baby I got plans for you tonight
Cause I can hear us breathing in and out
It’s all about a good time
It’s all about the Good life
Good life

Oh oh oh
I’m gonna sing a prayer
Oh oh oh
I’m gonna take you there
I feel love
I feel love
I feel love

Talking about the Good life
Talking about the
Good good woop!

You woop my honey
I’m gonna hypnotize you
I’m freaking crazy
And I will mesmerize you

Do you wanna live your life?
Put your hands up to the sky
Love, live & dance!

Oh oh oh
I’m gonna sing a prayer
Oh oh oh
I wanna take you there
I feel love
I feel love
I feel love

Talking about the Good life
Talking about the
Good good woop!

Oh oh oh
I’m gonna sing a prayer
Oh oh oh
I wanna take you there
I feel love
I feel love
I feel love

Talking about the Good life
Talking about the
Good good woop!

Dance!
 

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#4-2: Lovad med ”Allting är precis likadant”
Låtskrivare: Palle Hammarlund, Tony Malm, Tess Merkel and Mats Tärnfors.
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The Contest Bible
Lovad was born in November of 1992 in Tyresö, outside of Stockholm. She has been chosen as Stockholm's Top 5 by Sveriges Radio and has been awarded the 2019 STIM grant for her music and lyrics. She has performed with Swedish household names such as Plura, Eric Gadd (a contestant in Melodifestivalen 2013) and Mauro Scocco.

Last year, Lovad was very successful on radio and in the streaming. Last Autumn, she had the radio hit song ”Vi gjorde vårt bästa” (”We Did Our Best”) together with Albin Johnsén (Melodifestivalen 2016 and 2020). Albin has also co-written Lovad's song for Melodifestivalen.

The song title ”Allting är precis likadant” translates ”Everything Is Just the Same”.

Lovad
• Name: Lova Inger Irene Drevstam.
• Born: November 4, 1992 (age 28).
• Lives: Stockholm.
• Raised: Tyresö, outside of Stockholm.
• Melodifestivalen history: Debutant.
• Other: Lova's stage name is made up from her given name and the initial of her surname. It is pronounced like the Swedish word ”lovad”, meaning ”promised”. She has previously used the stage name I:AM.

Production
Performers

• Dancer: Daniel Koivunen.

Show creators

• Lotta Furebäck, Sacha Jean-Baptiste och Jennie Widegren.

Props and special effects

• Flowery microphone stand.
• Heavy smoke.
• Camera trick with the dancer.
• Blackbox behind the stage.

Theme: Breaking-point, dream-like, misty.

Camera cuts

• Approximately 31.

Lovad on her entry:

”If I would describe my song in one sentence, I would say: maybe you have to break to get whole again. It's going to be fragile, on the breaking-point. I might start crying, I don't know.”

The Songwriters
Mattias Andréasson, Lova Drevstam, Albin Johnsén and Alexander Nivek.

Albin and Mattias took part as a duo with ”Rik” in 2016, where both were songwriters as well. In 2014, they had a huge national hit outside of the contest with ”Din soldat”. They wrote the song together, and Albin performed it with Kristin Amparo.

Mattias Andréasson

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 4.
• History:
2021:
”Allting är precis likadant”
2016: ”Rik” (also as the artist, with Albin Johnsén)
2012: ”Förlåt mig” (also as the artist)
2009: ”Baby Goodbye” (also as the artist, with E.M.D.)
• Other: Finished 5th in the 2007 edition of Swedish Idol. In Melodifestivalen last year, Mattias was featured as base player and backing vocalist on stage for Jakob Karlberg, and also provided the off-stage backing vocals for Albin Johnsén.

Lova Drevstam

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: Debutant.

Albin Johnsén

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 4.
• History:
2021:
”Allting är precis likadant”
2020: ”Livet börjar nu” (also as the artist)
2016: ”Rik” (also as the artist)
2015: ”Det rår vi inte för”
• Other: In 2017, Albin wrote and performed ”Hjärtan av guld” (”Hearts of Gold”), which was the official song of the Swedish women's national football team in Euro 2017.

Alexander Nivek

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: Debutant.

”Allting är precis likadant” - Lyrics
Jag vaknar och kysser dig i pannan
Vi somnade så långt ifrån varandra
Långa nätter, samma bråk
Luften ligger kvar från igår

Jag försöker låtsas som det regnar
Säger saker som jag borde mena
Din blick ser igenom mig
Och luften ligger kvar från igår

Försöker å prata, mina ord blir till aska
Säger nåt, du inte vill höra
Tystnaden ekar, jag skriker i rymden

Har vi gått och tappat bort alltihop
Lever vi bara kvar i gamla minnen
För allting är precis likadant
Men ingenting känns som det ska

Har vi gått och tappat bort alltihop
För jag kan bara falla om du finns där
Men allting är precis likadant
Ingenting känns som det ska

Nej ingenting känns som det ska

Det skrämmer mig om vi har slut på chanser
Har vi tappat bort allting som fanns där
Ingen känner till förlåt
Och du kan inte låta mig gå

Försöker å prata, mina ord blir aska
Säger nåt, du inte vill höra
Tystnaden ekar, jag skriker i rymden

Har vi gått och tappat bort alltihop
Lever vi bara kvar i gamla minnen
För allting är precis likadant
Men ingenting känns som det ska

Har vi gått och tappat bort alltihop
För jag kan bara falla om du finns där
Men allting är precis likadant
Ingenting känns som det ska

Har vi gått och tappat bort alltihop

Har vi gått och tappat bort alltihop
Lever vi bara kvar i gamla minnen
För allting är precis likadant
Men ingenting känns som det ska

Har vi gått och tappat bort alltihop
För jag kan bara falla om du finns där
Men allting är precis likadant
Ingenting känns som det ska

Nej ingenting känns som det ska

”For Everything is Same As Usual” - Translation
I wake up and kiss you on the forehead
We fell asleep so far apart
Long nights, always the same fights
The heavy air from yesterday remains

I'm trying to pretend it's raining
Says things I should be thinking
Your gaze sees through me
And the heavy air remains from yesterday

Trying to talk, my words turn to ashes
Says something you do not want to hear
The silence echoes, I scream in empty space

Have we lost ourselves?
We only live on in old memories
For everything is same as usual
though nothing feels right

Have we lost ourselves?
Because I can only fall if you're there to catch me
But everything is same as usual
Nothing feels right

No, nothing feels right

It scares me that if we run out of chances
We've we lost everything that was once there
No one knows how to say sorry
And you can 't let me go

Trying to talk, my words turns to ashes
Says something you don't want to hear
The silence echoes, I scream in empty space

Have we lost ourselves?
We only live on in old memories
For everything is same as usual
though nothing feels right

Have we lost ourselves?
Because I can only fall if you're there to catch me
But everything is same as usual
Nothing feels right

Have we lost ourselves?

Have we lost ourselves?
We only live on in old memories
For everything is same as usual
But nothing feels right

Have we lost ourselves?
Because I can only fall if you're there to catch me
But everything is same as usual
Nothing feels right

No, nothing feels right
 
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Going from Good Life to Lovad will be a bit jarring :eyes:

Good Life
Baby I got plans for you tonight
Cause I can hear us breathing in and out
It’s all about a good time
It’s all about the Good life
Good life


For Everything is Same As Usual
Trying to talk, my words turns to ashes
Says something you don't want to hear
The silence echoes, I scream in empty space
 

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Surely Tess has a good chance of qualifying? This heat doesn’t seem very competitive bar the Mamas and Eric no?
 

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I love how every time 'competitive' gets judged entirely by 'have I heard of them from previous Melodifestivalens'
 

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#4-3: Efraim Leo med ”Best of Me”
Låtskrivare: Amanda Björkegren, Herman Gardarfve, Cornelia Jakobsdotter och Efraim Leo.
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The Contest Bible
Efraim Leo is a songwriter and artist. He is 23 years old and started to play the guitar at 13. Soon, he started to transform his poems into emotional pop songs. In 2016, Efraim was a featuring act on the single ”Show You the Light”, with reached 12th place on the Billboard Dance Charts and was awarded Gold certification in Sweden.

In the Summer of 2019, Efraim performed his debut single ”You Got Me Wrong” at the Summerburst festival in Gothenburg and the Lollapalooza festival in Stockholm. He also was the opening act of Icona Pop at the Stockholm Pride festival. Last year he released the EP ”Timing” with his own songs.

Efraim Leo
• Name: Efraim Faramir Sixten Fransesco Vindalf Cederqvist Leo.
• Born: October 5, 1997 (age 23).
• Lives: Bagarmossen, Stockholm.
• Raised: Stockholm.
• Melodifestivalen history: Debutant.
• Other: Efraim was the unofficial opening act of The Vamps in the UK in 2018. He turned up at the concert locations early in the day and played his music for the fans waiting to see The Vamps. His perseverance lead to that he got to perform at the London O2 Arena.

Production
Performers

• Dancers: Christoffer Collins and Martin Wallin Andersson.
• Off-stage in-house backing vocalists: Emelie Fjällström and Lars Säfsund.

Show creators

• Show creators: Lotta Furebäck, Sacha Jean-Baptiste and Jennie Widegren.
• Choreographers: Christoffer Collins and Martin Wallin Andersson.

Props and special effects

• LED: Creating a separate room with walls and a floor.
• External lighting.
• White microphone stands.

Theme: Warm, extroverted, modern dance performance.

Camera cuts

• Approximately 54.

Efraim on his entry:

”It's a song about how hard it is to leave someone that you like. It was born when I, Cornelia, Amanda and Herman was sitting at a Stockholm hotel room in morning wraps and jammed. At the end of the day, the song was there. The viewers can expect a delightful and energetic song which will make it hard to stand still.”

The Songwriters
Amanda Björkegren, Herman Gardarfve, Cornelia Jakobsdotter and Efraim Leo.

This particular constellation of songwriters is new to Melodifestivalen. One of the composers of last year's winning song is joining forces with a two-time Melodifestivalen artist.

Amanda Björkegren

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: Debutant.

Herman Gardarfve

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 3.
• History:
2021:
”Best of Me”, ”Tears Run Dry”
2020: ”Move” (winner)
• Other: Privided backing vocals for Belarus in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Produced the United Kingdom entry ”Never Give Up On You” in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Cornelia Jakobsdotter

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: Debutant.
• History:
2021:
”Best of Me”
2012: ”Just a Little Bit” (as an artist, in Love Generation)
2011: ”Dance Alone” (as an artist, in Love Generation)
• Other: Cornelia is a daughter of the two-time Melodifestivalen artist Jakob Samuel, singer in the metal band The Poodles.

Efraim Leo

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: Debutant.

Best of Me” - Lyrics
I can’t go on like,
I can’t go on like this

Knew you were trouble
Ever since your first kiss

I’m sleeping with the sound on,
in case you forgot
The reasons why you left me,
and took off
Call me if you need me,
I wish you would
Cause I don't wanna leave you,
even if I should

Hate to think, you do better now
Use to be the one you care about
Can’t help but help myself cause
You got the best of me

Don’t know how, to move on when you
Keep on showing on my phone and I
Can’t help it hurts like hell cause
You got the best of me

I’ll never win right?
You’ll never want me back?

Don’t want to face it,
not when you look like that

I’m sleeping with the sound on,
in case you forgot
The reasons why you left me,
and took off
Call me if you need me,
I wish you would
Cause I don't wanna leave you,
even if I should

Hate to think, you do better now
Use to be the one you care about
Can’t help but help myself cause
You got the best of me

Don’t know how, to move on when you
Keep on showing on my phone and I
Can’t help it hurts like hell cause
You got the best of me

You got the best of me
You got the best of me

I’m sleeping with the sound on,
wish you would call
Don’t know what to say though,
but I would say it all

Hate to think, you do better now
Use to be the one you care about
Can’t help but help myself cause
You got the best of me

Don’t know how, to move on when you
Keep on showing on my phone and I
Can’t help it hurts like hell cause
You got the best of me

You got the best of me

Cause you got the best of me
 

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#4-4: The Mamas med ”In the Middle”
Låtskrivare: Emily Falvey, Jimmy Jansson och Robin Stjernberg.
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The Mamas had their big breakthrough and won the hearts of the people when winning the 2020 Melodifestivalen 2020 with the song ”Move”, and Ash Haynes, Loulou Lamotte, and Dinah Yonas Manna has taken a natural place on the Swedish musical scene.

Since the victory, The Mamas has had triumphs at the charts and on the radio. They also have performed in the favourite Summer sing-along show Allsång på Skansen, Swedish Idol, and at the annual birthday concert for Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden. Last Autumn, they released their debut EP ”Tomorrow Is Waiting”.

Now they are back on the stage of Melodifestivalen for the third time in a row, as the first winner returning to the contest the year after since 2004.

The Mamas
• Name: Ashley ”Ash” Haynes. Born: January 19th, 1987 (age 34). Raised: Washington D.C., United States. Lives: Stockholm.
• Name: Loulou Lamotte. Born: April 16, 1981 (age 39). Raised: Malmö. Lives: Röstånga, Scania.
• Name: Dinah Yonas Manna. Born: September 5, 1981. Raised: Stockholm. Lives: Stockholm.
• Melodifestivalen history:
2021:
”In the Middle”
2020: ”Move” (winner)
2019: ”Too Late For Love” (backing vocalists for John Lundvik, winner, 5th place in Eurovision)
2018: ”Det finns en väg” (Dinah only, as a backing vocalist for Jonas Gardell, last place in the heat)
2013: ”Jalla dansa sawa” (Loulou only, as a backing vocalist for Behrang Miri, Second Chance round, eliminated in the second round)
• Other: The Mamas met when John Lundvik was looking for female backing vocalists for the 2019 Melodifestivalen. After the Eurovision Song Contest that year, Ash, Dinah and Loulou decided to form the group The Mamas, and they went on to win the 2020 Melodifestivalen.

Production
Performers

• Off-stage backing vocalist: Stran Cetin.

Show creators

• Show creators: Dennis Brøchner, Zain Odelstål, Lotta Furebäck, Sacha Jean-Baptiste and Jennie Widegren.
• Choreographer: Zain Odelstål.

Props and special effects

• Effect: Pre-recorded bridge.

Theme: Closeness, majestic, joy, sisterhood, power.

Camera cuts

• Approximately 33.

The Mamas on their entry:

”We were in the studio with Robin Stjernberg, finishing our EP. He played the song, and we liked it a lot and wanted to try to record it. When we did, it was a magical moment, like we have to do this. We cried, it was very emotional.”

The Songwriters
Emily Falvey, Jimmy Jansson and Robin Stjernberg.

Behind the entry, a two-time Melodifestivalen winner collaborates with the record-breaking composer form last year.

Emily Falvey

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: Debutant.
• Other: Emily is an American songwriter based in Nashville.

Jimmy Jansson

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 24.
• History:
2021:
”Rich”, ”Om allting skiter sig”, ”In the Middle”
2020: ”Brave”, ”Take a Chance”, ”Piga & dräng”, ”Ballerina”, ”Winners”, ”Vamos Amigos”
2019: ”Mina bränder”, ”Army of Us”, ”Tempo”, ”Hold You”, ”Habibi”
2018: ”Cuba Libre”, ”Everyday”
2017: ”One More Night”, ”Bound to Fall”
2016: ”Håll om mig hårt”
2015: ”Hello Hi”, ”One By One”
2014: ”Casanova”, ”Hollow”
2007: ”Amanda” (also as the artist)
2005: ”Vi kan gunga” (as the artist)
2002: ”What Difference Does It Make?” (as an artist, with Poets)
• Other: With his six entries in the 2020 Melodifestivalen, Jimmy broke the record of Thomas G:son as the songwriter with the most songs in one year in the modern iteration of Melodifestivalen. G:son qualified with six entries to the 2006 contest, but since that year had 32 entries and not the 28 that the contest has in the present day, Jimmy Jansson is to be regarded the new record holder.

Robin Stjernberg

• Melodifestivalen songs as a songwriter: 5.
• History:
2021:
”In the Middle”
2020: ”Livet börjar nu”
2019: ”Om om och om igen”
2017: ”I Can't Go On” (winner)
2013: ”You” (also as the artist, winner)
• Other: Robin Stjernberg won the 2013 Melodifestivalen with ”You”, eventually finishing 14th in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. In 2017, he again took part in the Eurovision Song Contest, as a songwriter for the Robin Bengtsson entry ”I Can't Go On”, finishing 5th in Kyiv.

In the Middle” - Lyrics
Sometimes I’m lost and feeling low
the waves rush in it’s like I’m drowning
when I get far away from home
I can forget that I’m surrounded

But you are my
sunshine in the open sky
moonlight on my darkest nights
the sky is brighter when you’re here

And if I fall down a little
I know I’m not alone
you meet me there in the middle
when I run out of hope
I know that I’ll be alright
as long as you’re by my side

oooooooo

My past comes back to haunt and hurt
but you remind me who I am now
you love my best you love my worst
so good that I don’t understand how

But you are my
sunshine in the open sky
moonlight on my darkest nights
my whole world’s brighter when you’re here

And if I fall down a little
I know I’m not alone
you meet me there in the middle
when I run out of hope
I know that I’ll be alright
as long as you’re by my side

oooooooo

And if I fall down a little,
we'll meet in the middle

oooooooo

Sunshine in the open sky
moonlight on my darkest nights
the sky is brighter when you’re

oooooooo

I know I’m not alone
you meet me there in the middle
when I run out of hope
I know that I’ll be alright
as long as you’re by my side

oooooooo

And if I fall down a little,
we'll meet in the middle

oooooooo
 

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