Just watched the performance portion of the first round of Melodifestivalen and here are my thoughts on who I think should and will advance. I'll put them in descending order, the most likely to advance on top...
1. Amy Diamond - Thank You
I think it'll be a pretty clear consensus that this was the best song of the night, by far the catchiest and performed by a beloved fresh artist as well. It won't win the whole contest, but it'll sail through today.
2. E-Type & Poodles - Line Of Fire
Again, a really strong song and I was surprised at how much I liked it. One thing though: could these guys be any uglier? Their performance, though not lacking energy, could have been a bit more enjoyable. Still, great song.
3. Brandur - Lullaby
Though the song bordered on being a bit boring, I think this guy's going to be the surprise of the night. It stood out against all of the uptempo stuff and the crowd seemed to love him.
4. Velvet - Deja Vu
I didn't love the song... very typical Velvet fare, though. Her name recognition should be enough, but I thought it was all a bit boring.
5. Christer Sjögren - I Love Europe
Stupid song, but a lot of fun too. And, never underestimate the power of a novelty track in this kind of competition.
6. Michael Michailoff - That's Love
The song was pretty good in a sort of forgettable way. I could see it garnering radio play but it probably won't move on tonight.
7. Face-84 - Alla Gamla X
Again, too forgettable. And, the performance left something to be desired as well. The song's alright but I found it getting kind of annoying even after the first listen.
8. Suzzie Tapper - Visst Finns Mirakel
I can't see this moving on. It was so boring and she didn't even look happy to be there. Easily the weakest of the night.
We'll see if my predictions were right in a few minutes!!
UPDATE: So I was obviously wrong about number 3 and 8! Number 8 must have had really good lyrics, that's all I have to say!
UPDATE 2: I knew that stupid Europe song would go through! And I also know that I'm going to be very very sick of it very very soon.
UPDATE 3: I guess I wasn't the only one who didn't really like that Velvet song. How the hell did that Suzzie Tapper move onto second chance?? Also, Etype/Poodles should definitely have been switched with the Europe song, but oh well. At least Amy got through as predicted.