The Melodifestivalen final took place Stockholm, where out of 12 diverse acts, one was chosen to represent the host country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Swedish national final is one of the most popular across Europe, so many were tuning in on the night to see which act will attempt to defend the title. The national final has many different rounds – four semi-finals which formed a tour around the country, a second chance round, and then the final, where the final 12 performed.
The voting to decide the winner was 50% televotes, and 50% by a jury which consists of 11 jury groups from across Europe and Australia. Televoters could continue voting until 5 minutes after the jury groups revealed their points. This means that the viewers could see the results and keep voting to make sure their favourite won the night. Here’s the acts, and their results:
Panetoz – Håll om mig hårt (8th)
(Jimmy Jansson, Karl-Ola Kjellholm, Jakke Erixson, Pa Modou Badjie, Njol Badjie, Nebeyu Baheru)
Lisa Ajax – My Heart Wants Me Dead (7th)
(Linnea Deb, Joy Deb, Anton Hård af Segerstad)
David Lindgren – We are Your Tomorrow (11th)
(Anderz Wrethov, Sharon Vaughn, Gustav Efraimsson)
SaRaha – Kizunguzungu (9th)
(Anderz Wrethov, Sara ”SaRaha” Larsson, Arash Labaf)
Oscar Zia – Human (2nd)
(Oscar Zia, Victor Thell, Maria Smith)
Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry (3rd)
(joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Anton Hård af Segerstad, Ace Wilder)
Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Price (5th)
(Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Mark Hole, Martin Eriksson)
Molly Sandén – Youniverse (6th)
(Molly Sandén, Danny Saucedo, John Alexis)
Boris René – Put Your Love on Me (10th)
(Boris René, Tobias Lundgren, Tim Larsson)
Frans – If I Were Sorry (1st)
(Oscar Fogelström, Michael Saxell, Fredrik Andersson, Frans Jeppsson Wall)
Wiktoria – Save Me (4th)
(Jens Siverstedt, Lauren Dyson, Jonas Wallin)
Samir & Viktor – Bada nakna (12th)
(Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Anderz Wrethov)
The votes were close between Oscar Zia and Frans, however the televotes gave Frans the edge, so he will be taking his song If I Were Sorry to Eurovision this year. He is automatically in the final, as Sweden is the host country.
Listen to the song down below, and don’t forget to tell us what you think! You can also show your support by voting in our poll, which you can find here.
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