Undo (Sanna Nielsen song)

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"Undo"
Undo Sanna Nielsen.jpg
Single by Sanna Nielsen
from the album 7
Released 23 February 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre Power pop, electropop
Length 3:10 (official version)
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah
Sanna Nielsen singles chronology
"Viskar ömt mitt namn"
(2012)
"Undo"
(2014)
"En ton av tystnad"
(2015)
"Viskar ömt mitt namn"
(2012)
"Undo"
(2014)
"En ton av tystnad"
(2015)
Sweden "Undo"
Sanna Nielsen presenting the song.
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah
Lyricist(s)
Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah
Finals performance
Semi-final result
2nd
Semi-final points
131
Final result
3rd
Final points
218
Appearance chronology
◄ "You" (2013)   
"Heroes" (2015) ►

"Undo" is a song by Swedish singer Sanna Nielsen. The track was written and composed by Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah. It premiered on 8 February 2014, as part of the second semi-final in Melodifestivalen 2014. The song successfully progressed to the final.[1] The single was officially released on 23 February 2014, part of the EP of the same title.[2] Undo is an uptempo ballad.[1]

On 8 March, the song won the Melodifestivalen 2014 final beating Ace Wilder's "Busy Doin' Nothin'" by only two points and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in the first semifinal on 6 May.[3][4]

In the final, on 10 May 2014, after the results came through, "Undo" finished the contest in 3rd place with 218 points. With this score, "Undo" became the second highest scoring Swedish entry at Eurovision after Euphoria.

"Undo" won the OGAE vote with 354 winning the voting after all countries had voted.

"Undo" was sung by Lucia Wu, a Chinese singer from Brazil on Season 1 of Sing! China in 2016.[5] This led to the song charting on streaming platforms in China in October 2016.

Critical reception[edit]

The song's reviews were mostly positive and was often described as the selection's favorite. Olivier Rocher of Oikotimes described it as "the hot favorite of the night". He also said that "Undo" is less memorable compared to her previous Melodifestivalen entries.[6] Billy Xifaras of Wiwibloggs said that Nielsen is perhaps one of the strongest artists in the second semi-final. He also compared the song with "Wrecking Ball" by saying that "in the beginning it is similar to Miley Cyrus' hit".[7]

With 10 reviews from the Wiwibloggs, "Undo" received an average of 8.2 out of 10, the second highest score at the final of Melodifestivalen, with Elena Paparizou's "Survivor" being first with an average of 8.48 out of 10. Deban gave the song a rate of 8.5 and said that vocally the song is epic. He also said that "the song is well-crafted, and although the formula is predictable, Sanna Nielsen's performance keeps us guessing". Padraig gave the song 9 out of 10 and said that after developing an urge to listen very often, the song became his favorite of the selection. Both Deban and Padraig criticized the contestant's clothing appearance with the first saying "please don't age a beautiful twenty something year old girl. It doesn't win votes!" while the second said that "Sanna is 29 and not 49" and pleased the Melodifestivalen wardrobe department to "quit dressing lamb up as mutton." Angus described the song as an excellent entry that could do well for the Swedes and gave it 9.5 out of 10. Zach gave the song 10 out of 10 and said that as all her other Melodifestivalen entries, "Undo" was one of his favorites. Patrick said that the song is "a masterpiece of music" and gave it 10 out of 10. Even though Sami gave the song a rather good rating – 6 out of 10 – he said that the song is overrated and is just an okay pop ballad. He also compared it with a song by Eric Saade, "It's Gonna Rain", which is also written by one of "Undo"'s writers, Fredrik Kempe. Anthony gave it 8 out of 10 and described it as "a very good entry and I can see why it's one of the favorites to win this year". James and Franceska gave the song 8 out of 10 and 9 out of 10 respectively. Lastly, Ramadan gave the lowest score for the song – 4 out of 10 – and said that "it's alright song but it takes quite a while to get going" and also criticized Sanna's clothing.[8]

Melodifestivalen[edit]

Being Nielsen's seventh participation in the selection, "Undo" participated in the second semi-final of the 2014 Melodifestivalen which was held in Linköping's Cloetta Center on 8 February 2014.[9] The previews of the second semi-final songs, including "Undo", were published on 6 February 2014.[10]

The song was performed sixth at the second semi-final.[11] It direct qualified to the final as it got one of the first two places.[12] Right after the second chance, the running order of the final was revealed with "Undo" being performed at the eighth place.[13] "Undo" won the selection just with two points ahead Ace Wilder; it received 90 points from the international jury and 122 points from the public.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital EP[14]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Undo" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah 3:07
2. "Rainbow" Ina Wroldsen, Per Magnusson, Kreuger 3:59
3. "Ready" Magnusson, Kreuger, Kempe, Sharon Vaughn 3:50
4. "You First Loved Me" Magnusson, Kreuger, Kempe, Vaughn, Kimberley Walsh 3:36
Swedish, German, Swiss and Austrian CD single[15][16]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Undo" Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 3:10
2. "Undo" (instrumental) Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 3:10
Scandinavian digital download — remixes[17]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Undo" (BrainBeaters radio edit) Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 3:02
2. "Undo" (BrainBeaters remix) Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 5:09
3. "Undo" (Eray Oktav & K-One radio edit) Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 4:01
4. "Undo" (Eray Oktav & K-One extended) Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 5:30
5. "Undo" (Peet Syntax & Alexie Divello Late Night radio edit) Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 3:43
6. "Undo" (Peet Syntax & Alexie Divello Late Night club mix) Kempe, Kreuger, Pirouzpanah 5:28

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Undo - EP". 
  3. ^ a b M. Escudero, Victor. "Sweden: Sanna Nielsen wins Melodifestivalen!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Xifaras, Billy. "Sanna Nielsen wins Melodifestivalen with "Undo"". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "中国新歌声20160812:吴映香《我的梦+Undo》—在线播放—优酷网,视频高清在线观看". v.youku.com. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  6. ^ Rocher, Olivier. "MF 2014: Second semi-final review". Oikotimes. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Xifaras, Billy. "Melodifestivalen: Studio versions and impressions from rehearsal". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Lee Adams, Willy. "Melodifestivalen: Wiwi Jury reviews Sanna Nielsen with Undo". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  9. ^ M. Escudero, Victor. "Sweden presents half of Melodifestivalen 2014 acts". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Stewart, Alex. "Sweden: Melodifestivalen semi-final 2 previews released". Esctoday. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
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  12. ^ "Melodifestivalen 2014: The Heat 2 result!". Scandipop. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Whelan, Liam. "Running order for Melodifestivalen 2014 final". ESC Daily. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
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  16. ^ Undo (CD single). Sanna Nielsen. Parlophone. 2014. 5054196-1223-5-5. 
  17. ^ "Undo (Remixes) - EP av Sanna Nielsen på Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Justice Crew Spend Second Week At ARIA No 1". Noise11.com/. 
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  26. ^ "RÚV - Vinsældalisti Rásar 2". RÚV. Retrieved 31 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Chart Track: Week 20, 2014". Irish Singles Chart.
  28. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Sanna Nielsen – Undo" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  29. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  30. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Sanna Nielsen – Undo". Singles Top 100.
  31. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sanna Nielsen – Undo". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  33. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat" (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 23 March 2014.  Type Sanna Nielsen in the top right search bar. Click on "Sok" and select Undo and see certification.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
"You" by Robin Stjernberg
Melodifestivalen winner
2014
Succeeded by
"Heroes" by Måns Zelmerlöw