Sveriges 12:a

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Sveriges 12:a
Sveriges 12a.png
Dates
Semi-final9 May 2020
Final14 May 2020
Host
VenueTV-huset, Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter(s)
Executive producer
Host broadcasterSveriges Television (SVT)
Opening act
Interval act
Participants
Number of entries40
Vote
Voting systemSemi-final: 100% televote
Final: 50% jury, 50% televote
Winning song Iceland
"Think About Things"
Sveriges 12:a

Sveriges 12:a (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsvæ̌rjɛs ˈtɔ̂lva]; "Sweden's twelve [points]") was a one-off music competition in the Eurovision format, organised and broadcast by the Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). It served as an alternative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, which was planned to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition consisted of a pre-qualifying round on 9 May 2020, hosted by Christer Björkman and David Sundin, and a final on 14 May 2020, hosted by Christer Björkman and Sarah Dawn Finer. Both shows were broadcast live on SVT1, as well as on the streaming platform SVT Play.[1]

Format[edit]

Sarah Dawn Finer, one of the presenters of the final of Sveriges 12:a

During the pre-qualifying round on 9 May 2020, short clips of all forty-one entries that would have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 were shown, including the Swedish entry "Move" by The Mamas, despite not being a part of the programme's competitive element.[2] From the remaining forty entries, televoting determined which twenty-five songs would be heard in full during the final on 14 May 2020.[2] Only the Swedish public was able to vote and could do so in the Melodifestivalen app.[1] In the final, which also featured a live performance of The Mamas, it was determined which entry would have received Sweden's twelve points, had the Eurovision Song Contest not been cancelled.[1][2]

Presenters[edit]

The pre-qualifying round was hosted by two presenters: comedian David Sundin, who also co-hosted Melodifestivalen 2020, and singer and television producer Christer Björkman, who represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1992. The final was hosted by Björkman and singer and television presenter Sarah Dawn Finer, who also co-hosted Melodifestivalen in 2012, 2016 and 2019.[3]

Participants[edit]

Pre-qualifying round[edit]

The pre-qualifying round Inför ESC ("Ahead of ESC") took place on 9 May 2020 at 21:00 CEST and featured short clips of the following competing entries:

Draw Country[4] Artist[4] Song[4] Language(s)[4] Result
01  Albania Arilena Ara "Fall from the Sky" English Non-qualifier
02  Armenia Athena Manoukian "Chains on You" English Non-qualifier
03  Australia Montaigne "Don't Break Me" English Qualifier
04  Azerbaijan Efendi "Cleopatra" English[a] Qualifier
05  Belgium Hooverphonic "Release Me" English Qualifier
06  Bulgaria Victoria "Tears Getting Sober" English Qualifier
07  Cyprus Sandro "Running" English Non-qualifier
08  Denmark Ben & Tan "Yes" English Qualifier
09  Estonia Uku Suviste "What Love Is" English Qualifier
10  Finland Aksel "Looking Back" English Qualifier
11  France Tom Leeb "Mon alliée (The Best in Me)" English, French Qualifier
12  Georgia Tornike Kipiani "Take Me as I Am" English[b] Qualifier
13  Greece Stefania "Supergirl" English Qualifier
14  Ireland Lesley Roy "Story of My Life" English Qualifier
15  Iceland Daði og Gagnamagnið "Think About Things" English Qualifier
16  Israel Eden Alene "Feker libi" (ፍቅር ልቤ) English, Amharic[c] Qualifier
17  Italy Diodato "Fai rumore" Italian Qualifier
18  Croatia Damir Kedžo "Divlji vjetre" Croatian Non-qualifier
19  Latvia Samanta Tīna "Still Breathing" English Non-qualifier
20  Lithuania The Roop "On Fire" English Qualifier
21  Malta Destiny "All of My Love" English Qualifier
22  Moldova Natalia Gordienko "Prison" English Non-qualifier
23  Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy "Grow" English Qualifier
24  North Macedonia Vasil "You" English Non-qualifier
25  Norway Ulrikke "Attention" English Qualifier
26  Poland Alicja "Empires" English Qualifier
27  Portugal Elisa "Medo de sentir" Portuguese Non-qualifier
28  Romania Roxen "Alcohol You" English Non-qualifier
29  Russia Little Big "Uno" English, Spanish Qualifier
30  San Marino Senhit "Freaky!" English Non-qualifier
31   Switzerland Gjon's Tears "Répondez-moi" French Qualifier
32  Serbia Hurricane "Hasta la vista" Serbian[d] Non-qualifier
33  Slovenia Ana Soklič "Voda" Slovene Non-qualifier
34  Spain Blas Cantó "Universo" Spanish Qualifier
35  United Kingdom James Newman "My Last Breath" English Qualifier
36  Czech Republic Benny Cristo "Kemama" English Non-qualifier
37  Germany Ben Dolic "Violent Thing" English Qualifier
38  Ukraine Go A "Solovey" (Соловей) Ukrainian Non-qualifier
39  Belarus VAL "Da vidna" (Да відна) Belarusian Non-qualifier
40  Austria Vincent Bueno "Alive" English Qualifier

Final[edit]

The final took place on 14 May 2020 at 21:00 CEST and featured the twenty-five songs that qualified from the pre-qualifying round.

Draw Country[4] Artist[4] Song[4] Language(s)[4] Points[5] Place
Jury Televote Total
01  Azerbaijan Efendi "Cleopatra" English[a] 0 0 0 15
02  United Kingdom James Newman "My Last Breath" English 6 2 8 6
03  Denmark Ben & Tan "Yes" English 0 6 6 8
04  Estonia Uku Suviste "What Love Is" English 0 0 0 15
05  Australia Montaigne "Don't Break Me" English 3 0 3 13
06  Lithuania The Roop "On Fire" English 1 8 9 4
07  Netherlands Jeangu Macrooy "Grow" English 0 0 0 15
08  Spain Blas Cantó "Universo" Spanish 0 0 0 15
09  Poland Alicja "Empires" English 0 0 0 15
10  Germany Ben Dolic "Violent Thing" English 0 4 4 11
11  Belgium Hooverphonic "Release Me" English 4 0 4 11
12  Iceland Daði og Gagnamagnið "Think About Things" English 12 12 24 1
13  Norway Ulrikke "Attention" English 0 0 0 15
14  Ireland Lesley Roy "Story of My Life" English 0 1 1 14
15  France Tom Leeb "Mon alliée (The Best in Me)" English, French 0 5 5 9
16  Malta Destiny "All of My Love" English 10 10 20 2
17  Finland Aksel "Looking Back" English 0 0 0 15
18  Bulgaria Victoria "Tears Getting Sober" English 8 0 8 6
19  Georgia Tornike Kipiani "Take Me as I Am" English[b] 0 0 0 15
20  Greece Stefania "Supergirl" English 0 0 0 15
21   Switzerland Gjon's Tears "Répondez-moi" French 7 3 10 3
22  Austria Vincent Bueno "Alive" English 0 0 0 15
23  Israel Eden Alene "Feker libi" (ፍቅር ልቤ) English, Amharic[c] 0 0 0 15
24  Italy Diodato "Fai rumore" Italian 5 0 5 9
25  Russia Little Big "Uno" English, Spanish 2 7 9 4

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Contains the Japanese mantra "Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō".
  2. ^ a b Contains "I love you" in Italian, Spanish, French and German, and one more word in French.
  3. ^ a b Also contains lyrics in Hebrew and Arabic.
  4. ^ Contains one repeated phrase in Spanish and two words in English.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dahlander, Gustav (3 April 2020). "Klart för Eurovision-vecka i SVT". Melodifestivalen: Expertbloggen (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Ek, Torbjörn (3 April 2020). "SVT gör eget Eurovision". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  3. ^ Granger, Anthony (27 April 2020). "Sweden: Sarah Dawn Finer to Host Sveriges 12:a". Eurovoix. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rotterdam 2020". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (14 May 2020). "Sweden: Daði og Gagnamagnið Wins Sveriges 12:a". Eurovoix. Retrieved 16 May 2020.

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