The host country Sweden has decided! The Melodifestivalen 2016 has come to a glamorous end in the Friends Arena in Stockholm. 12 acts have been performing in front of a sold out arena. The entire country of Sweden has watched this show, as it is the most popular TV show in Sweden. There were over 12 million televotes coming in to determine the host entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.
The exciting show has been picked with many highlights. There was Lynda Woodruff, the crazy EBU reporter, who has appeared in the 2013 ESC already, played by Sarah Dawn Finer. The most enthusiastic act was the medley of several Melodifestivalen acts, which have become evergreens already. There were singers like Timoteij, Caroline Af Ugglas, Andreas Johnson, Anton Ewald, Nanne Grönwald, Kikki Danielsson & Elisabeth Andreassen, BWO, After Dark and many more. This has showed that the Melodifestivalen is a “who is who in the Swedish music business”. The result was in a way obvious, but also interesting that the international jury voting had a similar weighting than the public televoting. The big surprise that Samir & Viktor did not get a single point from the international juries. Oscar Zia was the favourite. When the televoting results came in a lot of entries were in the bottom of the scale with around 30 points, only the big favourite of the year, Frans could receive the double amount of the points.
At the end the predicted winner Frans could convince with his gorgeous song “If I Were Sorry” the hearts of the Swedes. He is going to be the 100% candidate for Sweden this year. In Frans’ childhood he has performed at the Skansen Allsang Festival in the age of 6 already. Sweden loved him. Now this guy is representing Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest. This is a very good representative for the host country. Frans will directly participate in the Grand Final on May 14th.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!