Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country  Sweden
National selection
Selection process Melodifestivalen 2012
Selection date(s) Web wildcard final:
7 November 2011
Semi-finals:
4 February 2012
11 February 2012
18 February 2012
25 February 2012
Second Chance:
3 March 2012
Final:
10 March 2012
Selected entrant Loreen
Selected song "Euphoria"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (1st, 181 points)
Final result 1st, 372 points
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Sweden participated in and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Swedish entry was selected through Melodifestivalen 2012, a national final format that consisted of four semi-finals, a second chance round and a final, organised by Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). Loreen represented Sweden with the song "Euphoria", which qualified from the second semi-final and went on to win the contest in the final, scoring 372 points.[1][2]

Melodifestivalen 2012[edit]

Main article: Melodifestivalen 2012

Melodifestivalen 2012 was the Swedish music competition that selected Sweden's 52nd entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, this time for the 2012 competition. Hosted by Sarah Dawn Finer, Gina Dirawi and Helena Bergström, 32 songs competed in a six week long process that consisted of four semifinals on 4, 11, 18 and 25 February 2012, a second chance round on 3 March 2012, and a final on 10 March 2012.[3][4] Eight songs competed in each semifinal - the top two qualified directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed songs qualified to the second chance round.

In the first semifinal held at the VIDA Arena in Växjö on 4 February, the songs "Mystery" performed by Dead by April and "Euphoria" performed by Loreen qualified to the final, while the songs "Sean den förste Banan" performed by Sean Banan and "Jag reser mig igen" performed by Thorsten Flinck and Revolutionsorkestern qualified to the second chance round.[5]

In the second semifinal held at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg on 11 February, the songs "Soldiers" performed by Ulrik Munther and "Shout It Out" performed by David Lindgren qualified to the final, while the songs "Stormande Hav" performed by Timoteij and "Baby Doll" performed by Top Cats qualified to the second chance round.[6]

In the third semifinal held at the Tegera Arena in Leksand on 18 February, the songs "Why Am I Crying" performed by Molly Sandén and "Mirakel" performed by Björn Ranelid featuring Sara Li qualified to the final, while the songs "Lovelight" performed by Andreas Johnson and "Youngblood" performed by Youngblood qualified to the second chance round.[7]

In the fourth semifinal held at the Malmö Arena in Malmö on 25 February, the songs "Why Start A Fire" performed by Lisa Miskovsky and "Amazing" performed by Danny Saucedo qualified to the final, while the songs "Land Of Broken Dreams" performed by Dynazty and "Don’t Let Me Down" performed by Lotta Engberg and Christer Sjögren qualified to the second chance round.[8]

In the second chance round held at the Rosvalla Nyköping Eventcenter in Nyköping on 3 March, the songs "Baby Doll" performed by Top Cats and "Jag reser mig igen" performed by Thorsten Flinck and Revolutionsorkestern qualified to the final.[9]

Final[edit]

The final of Melodifestivalen 2012 was held on 10 March 2012 at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.[9] The two winners from each of the four semi-finals and the two Second chance winners qualified for the final, a total of 10 songs. A mix of televoting/SMS voting and international jury voting selected Loreen as the winner with the song "Euphoria".[1]

Draw Artist Song
(English translation)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Juries Viewers Total Place
1 David Lindgren "Shout It Out" Fernando Fuentes (m/l), Tony Nilsson (m/l) 65 23 88 4
2 Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern "Jag reser mig igen"
(I Rise Again)
Thomas G:son (m/l), Ted Ström (m/l) 3 40 43 8
3 Dead by April "Mystery" Pontus Hjelm (m/l) 25 27 52 7
4 Lisa Miskovsky "Why Start a Fire?" Lisa Miskovsky (m/l), Aleksander With (m/l), Bernt Rune Stray (m/l),
Berent Philip Moe (m/l)
21 18 39 9
5 Top Cats "Baby Doll" Mårten Eriksson (m/l), Lina Eriksson (m/l), Susie Päivärinta (m/l) 35 33 68 6
6 Loreen "Euphoria" Thomas G:son (m/l), Peter Boström (m/l) 114 154 268 1
7 Ulrik Munther "Soldiers" Ulrik Munther (m/l), Johan Aberg (m/l), Linnea Deb (m/l),
Joy Deb (m/l), David Jackson (m/l)
62 26 88 3
8 Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li "Mirakel" (Miracle) Fredrik Andersson (m), Björn Ranelid (l) 1 24 25 10
9 Molly Sandén "Why Am I Crying?" Molly Sandén (m/l), Aleena Gibson (m/l), Windy Wagner (m/l) 55 22 77 5
10 Danny Saucedo "Amazing" Danny Saucedo (m/l), Peter Boström (m/l), Figge Boström (m/l) 92 106 198 2

At Eurovision[edit]

Sweden competed in the second half of the second semi-final in Baku on 24 May 2012, following Croatia and preceding Georgia. Loreen received 181 points and placed 1st, thus qualifying for the final on 26 May.

In the final, Sweden was drawn to performed 17th, after Greece and preceding Turkey. The Swedish entry received votes from 40 countries and won the contest, with only Italy failing to award them any points.[2] Loreen scored a total of 372 points, the second-highest winning score in the contest's history after Norway's 387 point win in 2009. Nevertheless, Sweden received a record set of 12 points from 18 countries. This was the fifth win for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Split Results[edit]

  • In the Semi-final Sweden came 1st with 181 points: the public awarded Sweden 1st place with 180 points and the jury awarded 1st place with 148 points.[10]
  • In the Final Sweden came 1st with 372 points: the public awarded Sweden 1st place with 343 points and the jury awarded 1st place with 296 points.[10]

Points awarded to Sweden[edit]

Points Awarded to Sweden (Semi-Final 2)[11]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Sweden (Final)[12]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Sweden[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Swedish entry was awarded two of the three Marcel Bezençon Awards, which honour the best of the competing entries for the 2012 contest in different areas of achievement. The Artistic Award was presented to the best artist as voted by the commentators and the Composer Award was the best and most original composition as voted on by the participating composers.[13]

Artistic Award

Country Performer Song Final
Result
Points
 Sweden Loreen "Euphoria" 1st 372

Composer Award

Country Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Result
Points
 Sweden "Euphoria" Thomas G:son (m & l) and Peter Boström (m & l) Loreen 1st 372

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Escuerdo, Victor M. (10 March 2012). "Sweden: Loreen winner of Melodifestivalen!". Eurovision.tv. 
  2. ^ a b Storvik-Green, Simon (27 May 2012). "SWEDEN WINS 2012 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST". 
  3. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (9 November 2011). "These are the entries of Melodifestivalen 2012". Eurovision.tv. 
  4. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (9 January 2012). "Danny closes the Swedish parade of 2012". Eurovision.tv. 
  5. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (4 February 2012). "Sweden: Loreen and Dead by April win in Växjö". 
  6. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (11 February 2012). "Sweden: Ulrik Munther and David Lindgren win in Gothenburg". Eurovision.tv. 
  7. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (18 February 2012). "Sweden: Molly Sandén and Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li to the Final". Eurovision.tv. 
  8. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (25 February 2012). "Sweden: Lisa Miskovsky and Danny win in Malmö". Eurovision.tv. 
  9. ^ a b Escuerdo, Victor M. (3 March 2012). "Sweden: Melodifestivalen Final draw". Eurovision.tv. 
  10. ^ a b Siim, Jarmo (18 June 2012). "Eurovision 2012 split jury-televote results revealed". Eurovision.tv. 
  11. ^ a b "Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final (2)". Eurovision.tv. 
  12. ^ a b "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 
  13. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (27 May 2012). "Winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards 2012". Eurovision.tv.