"Don't Say No" - Midnight Boy. I'm not familiar with this guy's work, and he seems to be more famous for a certain YouTube video than anything else. Well, on first listen I like this! Clearly very influenced by Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round" - one of my favourite pop songs of the 80s - and MB himself comes over like a Poundland Pete Burns. This won't do anything and will probably prop up the bottom of tonight's scoreboard, but I've finally found a song I might want to listen to again.
"Black Swan" - Caroline Wennergren. She's back after a few years' absence, but straight into the 'slot of doom' and I can't see this getting anywhere. It's a dramatic, retro-styled song with little James Bond theme influences, although this kind of thing's been tried already in recent years in Melodifestivalen ("Killing Me Tenderly"/"Never Been Here Before" and probably a few others) so it's all sounding a bit dated by now.
"Building It Up" - JTR. They've taken a bit of One Direction, a bit of The Wanted and some 5 Seconds of Summer and put it into the boy-pop blender and out came "Building It Up". It's generic boyband fodder and its success will depend on just how much they will appeal to their demographic/target audience on the night.
"Guld och gröna skogar" - Hasse Andersson. Not my thing at all, but this kind of folk/country music has its fans, he's a well known personality and that might be enough to get him to AC. Hopefully not though, as I wouldn't want to see it stealing a qualification place from a better song.
"Make Me (La La La)" - Dinah Nah. She has pink hair and the coolest name, and this might just have enough contemporary pop/dance appeal to qualify to something or other, but unfortunately it's a little on the generic side for me and the repeated la-la-las remind me of "La La Love". Which, if I remember, was particularly popular in Sweden so this might bode well for Dinah?
"Ett Andetag" - Annika Herlitz. A.K.A. the voice of the Swedish version of "Let It Go" from Frozen. This is a big old fashioned schlager ballad complete with - yes of course - a wind machine, and it will probably have certain sections of the schlager community in raptures. It doesn't appeal to me though.
"Heroes" - Måns Zelmerlow. Out of the light like a star like a hero! Here comes Måns to save Melodifestivalen! Based on the short clip it's a contemporary dance-pop song (the Swedish press have compared it to David Guetta's "Lovers On The Sun"), there's some big gimmicky staging, and while it may not be much of a song compared to "Cara Mia" or "Hope And Glory", I like what I've heard so far and I'm going to like the full song too.