Melodifestivalen 2020

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Melodifestivalen 2020
Dates
Semi-final 11 February 2020
Semi-final 28 February 2020
Semi-final 315 February 2020
Semi-final 422 February 2020
Second chance29 February 2020
Grand final7 March 2020
Host
Presenter(s)
Host broadcasterSVT
Participants
Number of entries28
Vote
Winning song"Move" by The Mamas
Linnea Henriksson, David Sundin and Lina Hedlund, presenters of the 59th Melodifestivalen

Melodifestivalen 2020 was the 60th and most recent edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen. The competition was organised by Sveriges Television (SVT) and took place over a six-week period between 1 February and 7 March 2020.[1] The winner of the competition would have represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which would have been held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Mamas are the first band to win since 2007 and the first female act to win since 2014; this is the fourth time in the history of Melodifestivalen that Sweden was unable to send a song to the Eurovision Song Contest (and the first such occurrence since 1976), as the contest itself was cancelled on 18 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

The format of the competition consisted of 6 shows: 4 semi-final rounds, a second chance round and a final. An initial 28 entries were selected for the competition through three methods: an open call for song submissions, direct invitations to specific artists and songwriters, and a wildcard given to one of the artists that participated in the P4 Nästa competition organised by Sveriges Radio P4. The 28 competing entries were divided into four semi-finals, with seven compositions in each. From each semi-final, the songs that earn first and second place qualify directly to the final, while the songs that place third and fourth proceed to the Second Chance round. The bottom three songs in each semi-final were eliminated from the competition. An additional four entries qualified from the Second Chance round to the final, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12. All 6 shows were hosted by Lina Hedlund, Linnea Henriksson and David Sundin.

Format[edit]

Melodifestivalen 2020, organised by Sveriges Television (SVT), was the nineteenth consecutive edition of the contest in which the competition took place in different cities across Sweden; this was the last time that the event was held in this format. The four semi-finals were held in the Saab Arena in Linköping (1 February), the Scandinavium in Gothenburg (8 February), the Coop Norrbotten Arena in Luleå (15 February) and the Malmö Arena in Malmö (22 February). The Second Chance round took place in the Stiga Sports Arena in Eskilstuna on 29 February, while the final was held in the Friends Arena in Stockholm on 7 March. A total of 28 entries competed in the semi-finals, with seven entries taking part in each show. The top two entries from each semi-final advanced directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed entries advanced to the Second Chance round. The bottom three entries in each semi-final were eliminated. An additional four entries qualified for the final from the Second Chance round, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12.

Competition Schedule
Show Date City Venue
Semi-final 1 1 February 2020 Linköping Saab Arena
Semi-final 2 8 February 2020 Gothenburg Scandinavium
Semi-final 3 15 February 2020 Luleå Coop Norrbotten Arena
Semi-final 4 22 February 2020 Malmö Malmö Arena
Second Chance Round 29 February 2020 Eskilstuna Stiga Sports Arena [sv]
Final 7 March 2020 Stockholm Friends Arena

Presenters[edit]

On 3 September 2019, Lina Hedlund, Linnea Henriksson and David Sundin were announced as the presenters of the 59th edition of Melodifestivalen.[2]

Competing entries[edit]

The twenty-eight competing entries were announced to the public during a press conference on 26 November 2019. On 2 February 2020, it was announced that Thorsten Flinck would be disqualified from the competition due to the fact that criminal charges of unlawful threat and vandalism had been filed against him.[3] One day later, Jan Johansen was announced as his replacement.[4]

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Albin Johnsén "Livet börjar nu" Robin Stjernberg, Albin Johnsén, Gino Yonan
Amanda Aasa "Late" Amanda Aasa, Siri Jansson, Erik Grahn, Alex Shield
Anis don Demina "Vem e som oss" Anderz Wrethov, Loui Maleoko, Johanna Elkesdotter Wrethov, Anis Don Demina, Robin Svensk
Anna Bergendahl "Kingdom Come" Bobby Ljunggren, Thomas G:son, Erik Bernholm, Anna Bergendahl
Dotter "Bulletproof" Dino Medanhodzic, Johanna Jansson, Erik Dahlqvist
Drängarna "Piga och dräng" Anders Wigelius, Robert Norberg, Jimmy Jansson
Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron "Surface" Paul Rey, Laurell Barker, Anderz Wrethov, Sebastian von Koenigsegg, Ellen Benediktson
Faith Kakembo "Crying Rivers" Jörgen Elofsson, Liz Rodrigues
Felix Sandman "Boys with Emotions" Tony Ferrari, Parker James, Peter Thomas, Philip Bentley, Nicki Adamsson, Felix Sandman
Frida Öhrn "We Are One" Frida Öhrn, Hampus Eurenius, Nicklas Eklund
Hanna Ferm "Brave" David Kjellstrand, Jimmy Jansson, Laurell Barker
Jakob Karlberg "Om du tror att jag saknar dig" Nanne Grönvall, Isak Hallén, Henrik Moreborg, Jakob Karlberg
Klara Hammarström "Nobody" Erik Smaaland, Palle Hammarlund, Klara Hammarström
Linda Bengtzing "Alla mina sorger" Yvonne Dahlbom, Jesper Welander, Adam Jönsson, Linda Bengtzing
Malou Prytz "Ballerina" Thomas G:son, Peter Boström, Jimmy Jansson
Mariette "Shout It Out" Thomas G:son, Cassandra Ströberg, Alex Shield, Mariette Hansson
Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella "Vamos amigos" Palle Hammarlund, Jimmy Jansson, Jakke Erixson, Leo Mendéz
Mohombi "Winners" Jimmy Jansson, Mohombi Moupondo, Palle Hammarlund
Nanne Grönvall "Carpool Karaoke" Nanne Grönvall, Peter Grönvall
OVÖ "Inga problem" Nicholas Frandsen, Lukas Nathanson, Jean-Willy Akofely, Nickie Osenius Kouakou
Paul Rey "Talking in My Sleep" Paul Rey, Lukas Hällgren, Alexander Standal Pavelich
Robin Bengtsson "Take a Chance" Jimmy Jansson, Karl-Frederik Reichhardt, Marcus Winther-John
Sonja Aldén "Sluta aldrig gå" Bobby Ljunggren, David Lindgren Zacharias, Sonja Aldén
Suzi P "Moves" Joy Deb, Suzi Pancekov, Aniela Eklund, Malou Ruotsalainen, Chanel Tukia, Kenny Silverdique
The Mamas "Move" Melanie Wehbe, Patrik Jean, Herman Gardarfve
Thorsten Flinck "Miraklernas tid" Thomas G:son
Jan Johansen
Victor Crone "Troubled Waters" Dino Medanhodzic, Benjamin Jennebo, Victor Crone
William Stridh "Molnljus" Markus Lidén, Christian Holmström, David Kreuger, William Stridh

Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 1 February 2020 in the Saab Arena in Linköping.[1] More than 454,000 SEK was collected for Radiohjälpen.[5]

[6]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 The Mamas "Move" 1,370,798 86 1 Final
2 Suzi P "Moves" 582,520 13 7 Out
3 Robin Bengtsson "Take a Chance" 1,267,149 84 2 Final
4 Malou Prytz "Ballerina" 1,146,797 58 3 Second chance
5 OVÖ "Inga problem" 633,485 19 6 Out
6 Sonja Aldén "Sluta aldrig gå" 661,376 32 5 Out
7 Felix Sandman "Boys with Emotions" 1,080,040 52 4 Second chance

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final took place on 8 February 2020 in the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg.[1] [6]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 Klara Hammarström "Nobody" 951,815 40 5 Out
2 Jan Johansen "Miraklernas tid" 501,335 8 7 Out
3 Dotter "Bulletproof" 1,160,616 74 2 Final
4 Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella "Vamos amigos" 1,070,755 66 3 Second chance
5 Linda Bengtzing "Alla mina sorger" 717,043 18 6 Out
6 Paul Rey "Talking in My Sleep" 1,029,652 62 4 Second chance
7 Anna Bergendahl "Kingdom Come" 1,140,812 76 1 Final

Semi-final 3[edit]

The third semi-final took place on 15 February 2020 in the Coop Norrbotten Arena in Luleå.[1] [6]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 Mariette "Shout It Out" 1,215,521 88 1 Final
2 Albin Johnsén "Livet börjar nu" 470,431 9 7 Out
3 Drängarna "Piga och dräng" 921,811 56 4 Second chance
4 Amanda Aasa "Late" 534,652 18 6 Out
5 Anis don Demina "Vem e som oss" 1,107,528 60 3 Second chance
6 Faith Kakembo "Crying Rivers" 733,502 51 5 Out
7 Mohombi "Winners" 1,031,906 62 2 Final

Semi-final 4[edit]

The fourth semi-final took place on 22 February 2020 in the Malmö Arena in Malmö.[1] [6]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Votes Points
1 Frida Öhrn "We Are One" 685,633 51 3 Second chance
2 William Stridh "Molnljus" 700,582 36 5 Out
3 Nanne Grönvall "Carpool Karaoke" 548,116 21 7 Out
4 Victor Crone "Troubled Waters" 1,072,105 82 2 Final
5 Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron "Surface" 698,364 38 4 Second chance
6 Jakob Karlberg "Om du tror att jag saknar dig" 619,888 22 6 Out
7 Hanna Ferm "Brave" 1,174,481 94 1 Final

Second Chance[edit]

The Second Chance round (Swedish: Andra chansen) took place on 29 February 2020 in the Stiga Sports Arena in Eskilstuna.[1] This was the first time in the history of the competition that Eskilstuna hosted a Melodifestivalen round.

Duel Draw Artist Song Votes Points Result
I 1 Anis don Demina "Vem e som oss" 937,009 7 Final
2 Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron "Surface" 566,544 1 Out
II 1 Malou Prytz "Ballerina" 833,780 3 Out
2 Paul Rey "Talking in My Sleep" 810,439 5 Final
III 1 Felix Sandman "Boys with Emotions" 793,582 4 Final
2 Frida Öhrn "We Are One" 550,632 4 Out
IV 1 Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella "Vamos amigos" 805,286 4 Final
2 Drängarna "Piga och dräng" 685,762 4 Out

Final[edit]

The final took place on 7 March 2020 in the Friends Arena in Stockholm.[1]

Draw Artist Song Juries Televote/App Total Place
Votes Points
1 Victor Crone "Troubled Waters" 19 1,058,691 38 57 9
2 Paul Rey "Talking in My Sleep" 35 1,086,230 33 68 6
3 The Mamas "Move" 65 1,610,446 72 137 1
4 Mohombi "Winners" 20 787,224 6 26 12
5 Hanna Ferm "Brave" 25 1,335,870 69 94 4
6 Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella "Vamos amigos" 19 882,046 21 40 11
7 Dotter "Bulletproof" 65 1,489,636 71 136 2
8 Robin Bengtsson "Take a Chance" 35 891,620 28 63 8
9 Mariette "Shout It Out" 42 719,420 9 51 10
10 Felix Sandman "Boys with Emotions" 53 827,809 14 67 7
11 Anna Bergendahl "Kingdom Come" 46 1,244,146 61 107 3
12 Anis don Demina "Vem e som oss" 40 1,168,875 42 82 5
Detailed international jury votes[7]
Draw Song Israel Austria Armenia Australia Malta Iceland France Netherlands Total
1 "Troubled Waters" 1 4 5 1 1 2 5 19
2 "Talking in My Sleep" 6 7 4 4 10 4 35
3 "Move" 4 6 12 10 12 8 6 7 65
4 "Winners" 5 5 3 4 3 20
5 "Brave" 7 3 2 7 3 2 1 25
6 "Vamos amigos" 1 2 7 3 1 5 19
7 "Bulletproof" 10 2 6 12 10 12 7 6 65
8 "Take a Chance" 3 8 10 6 5 1 2 35
9 "Shout It Out" 10 1 5 6 12 8 42
10 "Boys with Emotions" 8 7 8 8 2 8 12 53
11 "Kingdom Come" 12 3 4 6 8 10 3 46
12 "Vem e som oss" 2 12 5 7 4 10 40
International jury spokespersons

Coronavirus considerations[edit]

SVT issued a Q&A section on their official website to address concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus.[8] On 3 March, four days before the Melodifestivalen final, Swedish state radio (SR) reported over 200 confirmed cases within Sweden.[9]

The questions and answers related to safety measures and the number of participants. 27000 audience members, including participants from overseas, were anticipated. [10] This number does not include the audiences for the two major dress reharsials nor any of the personnel. SVT stated on the Q&A page that they will not establish checkpoints or other kinds of control measures. [11]

Gallery[edit]

Semi-final 1 – Linköping[edit]

Semi-final 2 – Göteborg[edit]

Semi-final 3 – Luleå[edit]

Semi-final 4 – Malmö[edit]

Final – Stockholm[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Hit kommer Melodifestivalen 2020". Aftonbladet. Archived from the original on 2019-09-03. Retrieved 2019-09-03. Retrieved 3 September 2019
  2. ^ a b "Lina Hedlund, Linnea Henriksson, David Sundin to host Melodifestivalen". wiwibloggs. September 3, 2019. Archived from the original on December 7, 2019. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Swedish Eurovision hopeful disqualified as he faces criminal charge". Metro. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  4. ^ "🇸🇪 Jan Johansen will replace Thorsten Flinck in Melodifestivalen deltävling 2". 3 February 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  5. ^ "The Mamas och Robin Bengtsson till final i Melodifestivalen 2020". Gustavs expertblogg (in Swedish). 1 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Slutresultat Melodifestivalen 2020" (PDF). svt.se. 11 March 2020.
  7. ^ "🇸🇪 International juries for Melodifestivalen revealed". ESCXTRA.com. 28 February 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  8. ^ https://kontakt.svt.se/guide/fragor-och-svar-om-melodifestivalen-och-coronaviruset-covid-19[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=7420297
  10. ^ https://www.expressen.se/noje/svt-i-krismote-om-melodifestivalen/
  11. ^ https://kontakt.svt.se/guide/fragor-och-svar-om-melodifestivalen-och-coronaviruset-covid-19[permanent dead link]

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