Robin Bengtsson, Krista Siegfrids, Jasmine Kara, FO&O Post-Melodifestivalen-Semi-final Interviews

Another semi-final has wrapped and with it, a new wave of results. Robin Bengtsson ("I Can't Go On") and Owe Thörnqvist (Boogieman Blues) qualified direct to the finals, while FO&O ("Gotta Thing About You") and Anton Hagman ("Kiss You Goodbye") qualified to Andra Chansen. Finally, Bella & Filippa ("Crucified), Jasmine Kara ("Gravity"), and Krista Siegfrids ("Snurra min jord") finished 5th, 6th, and 7th, respectively.

This marks the second direct qualification for Robin Bengtsson, who qualified direct last year with "Constellation Prize" which quickly became a dark-horse entry before finishing a respectable fifth place in the finals. "I was confident but when you're standing up there and they're gonna announce the results, your heart starts to pound and you get really nervous." Bengtsson's performance is not only memorable for the strong attitude, choreography, and treadmills. There is also a crotch-shot serving as a tongue-in-cheek joke about the song's more salacious qualities. "I think we all agreed on that choice and we're proud of it."

Krista Siegfrieds was emotional following her second non-qualification. "I'm so sorry because I thought our song was really good and I still think it is awesome. Yeah, a few tears. I'm proud of our show, we nailed it, we were so fierce. It was so tough. Everybody had great songs, it was amazing."

Jasmine Kara's non-qualification was one of the biggest shocks of the night but she remains grateful for the opportunity to perform her song for such a large audience. "It felt really good. I actually cried happy tears after. It was a good cry. It was so worth all the shit to come here. When you feel that your message goes through, that's all that matters."

Another surprise of the night was the FO&O qualifying only to Andra Chansen when they had long been expected to be direct qualifiers. "We feel like we rocked it. Everything went great, the pyro was working, the death elevator was working. We're gonna try to fix some little details. Something is missing."

Watch our interviews with Robin Bengtsson, Krista Siegfrids, Jasmine Kara, and the FO&O here:


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