After last week big rating success, Melodifestivalen moves to Sweden's second city, Gothenburg, for the second semi-final which started off with a "boy-band show" by two of the female presenters, Sarah Dawn-Finer and Gina Derawi. Actress Helena Bergström couldn't appear on stage tonight due to acting schedules, but was very present throughout the show.
These were the eight acts in tonight's line-up (placing of the eliminated ones in brackets):
Ulrik Munther - Soldiers
Top Cats - Baby Doll
Sonja Aldén - I Din Himmel (6th)
Andreas Lundstedt - Aldrig, Aldrig (7th)
Timotej - Stormande Hav
David Lindgren - Shout It Out
Mimi Oh - Det Går För Långsamt (8th)
Thomas Di Leva - Ge Aldrig Upp
Ulrik Munther, who just turned 18 years old, was first up on stage, singing the mid-tempo pop number Soldiers. He was followed by rockabilly-styled band Top Cats and their catchy Baby Doll. Next was Sonja Aldén, who participated in Melodifestivalen several times before and was a backing singer for Lithuania in 2005; Sonja sang the ballad in Swedish I Din Himmel (In Your Sky). Andreas Lundstedt performed Aldrig, Aldrig (Never, Never) and is one of the original members of the popular group Alcazar who tried to represent Sweden several times. Andreas represented Switzerland in 2006 as a member of six4one.
Timoteij came 5th in Melodifestivalen 2010 in their debut, and launched their career after that. They performed Stormande Hav (Stormy Seas) tonight. At number six appeared musical star David Lindgren who showed his singing and dancing abilities in Shout It Out. Dressed in fluor colours came Mimi Oh and her dancers performing Det Går För Långsamt (It Goes Too Slow). Ending the competition tonight, Thomas Di Leva, in one of his extravagant "kaftans", sang Ge Aldrig Upp (Never Give Up).
Five of the songs went through after the first results were announced (finalists in bold):
Ge Aldrig Upp with Thomas Di Leva (5th)
Baby Doll with Top Cats
Stormande Hav with Timoteij
Soldiers with Ulrik Munther (written by Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, David Jackson, Ulrik Munther, Johan Åberg)
Shout It Out with David Lindgren (written by Fernando Fuentes & Tony Nilsson)
The following two songs proceed to the second chance round, Andra Chansen, on the 3rd of March:
Top Cats - Baby Doll
Timoteij - Stormande Hav
The third semi-final takes place next Saturday 18th of February in Leksand with eight new acts trying to represent Sweden in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.