Last Saturday the big final of the Melodifestivalen took place in the Globe arena in Stockholm. The Swedish pre-selection is quite an extraordinary TV event lasting over six shows within six weeks. This is the show with the highest viewing rates of the year in Sweden. Almost everybody in Sweden is following this event, the music is played in the radio all year long and the songs are topping the charts, in other words – an important event with a huge media interest.
This year there have been 32 entries in four semi finals, which took place in different cities: Lulea, Gothenburg, Linkoping and Malmo, with eight songs each, two songs directly qualify for the final in Stockholm and two more are going into the “Second Chance” show in Sundsvall, where the two best songs have been determined for the final as well. The biggest name in this year’s edition was Elisabeth Andreassen, who won the Eurovision Song Contest with “Let det swinge” in 1985 with Hanne Krogh together as Bobbysocks, but could not convince the TV spectators and came last in Gothenburg, that place where she had her big success 26 years ago.
The final night was a duel between the two favorites Danny Saucedo and Eric Saade even days before. The newspapers did not see Sanna Nielsen, Linda Bengtzin, Swingfly or The Moniker on the top positions. For the first time the juries in the different Swedish regions have been replaced by international juries. The result has been 50/50 of televoting and international juries. At the end, the votes from the juries have been almost equal for Danny and Eric, with the results of the televoting, the 20 years old Eric Saade from Helsingborg received 23,7% of the televotes and won clearly with the song “Popular” written by Fredrik Kempe. There have been more than 1,3 million votes in that final from the Swedish public. In the interval act Nanne Grönvall, Christer Sjörgen, Ola from the Ark and Lena Philipsson rocked the stage of the sold out arena in Stockholm.
Chief Editor of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.