Lizel Strömberg

Melfest: Andra Chansen - Artist & Host Press conference!
 
First when we applied for press to Melodifestivalen, the plan for me was only to do semifinal 1 since it was in my hometown and then the final in Stockholm. The reason for that was because I couldn't take too many days off from my daily job. 
 
Things changed and since things went so well in Gothenburg I decided that I would do the most of the opportunity and go to Linköping for Andra Chansen. I'm so thankful that I was able to go to Linköping to work at Melfest. Some people might think it was unnecessary to go and that I've should have prioritize my job where I actually get paid at. All I have to say about that is, I think I made a good decision and worked things out so it wouldn't affect anyone than myself. In the end, things worked out fine and I got to show even more people what I'm capable at and created new bonds. 
 
In Andra Chansen things are different from the semifinals. There are 4 duels which two acts compete against each other. The voting only takes place during the each duel which is about 8 minutes for people to vote. In the end of the night, there will be 4 acts that qualifies to the final in Stockholm. 
In the first duel of the night was: De Vet Du with their song "Road Trip" which was competing against FO&O with their song "Gotta Thing About You".
 
In the second duel: Axel Schylström with his song "När Ingen Ser" competing against Lisa Ajax with "I don't Give A".
Boris René with his song "Her Kiss" was competing against Dismissed and their song "Hearts Align" in the third duel of that night. 
The last duel that had everyone talking was between Loreen's "Statements" and Anton Hagman's "Kiss You Goodbye". 
The hosts David Lindgren, Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson were there as well. SVT had made one press conference for all the acts and the hosts this time, which I think was because to give the acts more time to rehearse.
Things were very hectic that day and we wanted to make sure we talked to Loreen since we knew there were a lot of fans wanting to hear more from her. We stood in line to talk to her but she had to run off to prepare for her rehearsal since it was starting right after the press conference. Because of that we didn't really had time to talk to a lot of the acts but we did manage to get a bit of time to talk with De Vet Du. Which you can watch down below.  
Since we weren't in a hurry to get interviews, I was able to get some photos of the acts. At one point I went to FO&O to take some photos of them, and what do I see in the background? DJ Hunk lurking! He was definitely doing it on purpose! People think he's just there to be eyecandy but he's doing some pretty funny things if you just pay attention. xP
The pictures of FO&O in action didn't turned out that well but I did got a photo of them posing. 
Since I was close to De Vet Du and saw an opening I went over to photograph them as well. I appreciate that they always make sure to give me the time to photograph them. 
And of course I had to go over to say hi to Boris and take some photos of him as well. Such a friendly and genuine guy!
 
Might be a bit late to ask but, which ones of the acts did you wanted to win their duel? Let me know in the comments below, I'm curious to know! :) 
TB - Afterparty with the artists in Semifinal 1
It seems like this blog post didn't got published when it was suppose to, but since I still want to share these photos, I will make a throwback to the post-press conference and afterparty of semifinal 1. 
 
Some of these photos can be from the different press conferences during that week, if you were wondering why some of the people are wearing different clothes in the photo compared to the interviews down below. For example this photo of Jenevia interviewing Adrijana. Majo was recording the interview so I could walk around to get some photos of the acts during the press conference. It was very fun and helpful having Majo on set doing press with us during some of the days.
Here Boris René was happy for qualifying to Andra Chansen! Always such fun meeting him even if it's for a short moment.
"Winning photo" of Nano and Ace Wilder which was the ones qualifying direct to the final from semifinal 1!
 
Make sure to check out the interviews we got during the press conference with De Vet Du, Dinah Nah, Boris and Adrjana in the clip down below. It's short clips of each acts, but it's worth watching. Specially for those who might not have the time or want to sit through the longer one-on-one interviews. 
After the show it was time for the afterparty! Many of the media are still working during the afterparty to get some footage, but Jenevia and I don't really feel like doing that. When we are at the afterparty we are off the clock and we don't want to cross the line. I did get some photos, when I felt it was okay and when I wasn't intruding people.
This photo with De Vet Du will always be funny. xD
I must say, I'm not a party girl at all. It's not an enviroment that I feel comfortable in, specially when it involves a lot of alcohol. Despite being a bit uncomfortable, it was fun at the party and getting to talk with some people there. After a long night and a week full of work, it was nice getting some sleep that morning. 
Back at work, but the updates are on their way!
 
Melodifestivalen 2017 is over. Jenevia and I have been working very hard to create as good content as possible, that we also can be proud over. It has been so much fun to do press coverage this year! We upgraded our work on every level and made more quality content than last year. We made impact on the people we met, bonded with new people and created many great memories. I've learned a lot through our experiences at Melfest this year and the fact that our work makes a different feels good. We put so much of our energy and time into doing our content that it's nice to hear that someone appreciate the work we do. 
 
I'm going to keep this post short, since this is mostly an update for you to know what the plan is for my updates here. First of all, I'm back at my daily job which mean that I can't priorities my photography and be editing as much as I want. Because I still have loads of unseen photographs from Melfest and stories to share. I know there are people out there curious to see what I captured, but also maybe to read my view on being press during Melfest. Blog posts are being worked on as you read this, I've planned out the content so it's on their way!
Photo by Lina | Edit: Me
For those who don't only want to see pictures from Melfest, of artists and events, I will be posting other kinds of content as well. I have many unseen photos in my archive and will be trying to take some new photographs to post between all of the Melfest content. Hopefully there will be content that will suit for everyone. 
 
If you want to make sure to keep up with my updates on social medias and know when the next blog post will be published, follow me on Instagram & Twitter. Just to point it out, some photos that won't be published here will be posted on my Instagram. I've also started to post quick updates on my InstaStory since it's easier and I don't need to stress as much about what I post there. 
Thank You for being patient and for keep watching my work, I really appreciate it!
More work to do, plans to get done and updates to come. 
Until next time, ingat!
/Lizel