Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005

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Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Country  Sweden
National selection
Selection process Melodifestivalen 2005
Selection date(s) Semi-finals
12 February 2005
19 February 2005
26 February 2005
5 March 2005
Second Chance
6 March 2005
12 March 2005
Selected entrant Martin Stenmarck
Selected song "Las Vegas"
Finals performance
Final result 19th, 30 points
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2004 2005 2006►

Sweden was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by Martin Stenmarck with the song "Las Vegas". The entrant was chosen through the Swedish national final Melodifestivalen.

Martin was automatically qualified for the Kiev final (thanks to Lena Philipsson's 5th place last year), where he performed 14th. However, the result was disastrous: a joint 19th place (out of 24) with only 30 points; this was the worst placement for Sweden in 13 years. As Sweden failed to reach top 11 in the final, the country was forced to compete in semi-final of the 2006 Contest

Melodifestivalen 2005[edit]

Four semifinals and one second chance show were broadcast to decide the line-up for the national final in Sweden. As in recent years the qualifying heats were held across Sweden. The Melodifestival started out in Göteborg and travelled through Linköping, Skellefteå, and Växjö before the final. The final was won by Martin Stenmarck with his song "Las Vegas", which was written and composed by Niklas Edberger, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson and Tobias Lundgren. Nanne, who was the favourite of televoters, came second, as she did not receive enough points from the 11 juries. This caused much controversy in Sweden.

Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Martin Stenmarck "Las Vegas" 212 1st
2 Linda Bengtzing "Alla flickor" 15 10th
3 Nordman "Ödet var min väg" 15 9th
4 Shirley Clamp "Att älska dig" 130 4th
5 Sanne Salomonsen "Higher Ground" 35 7th
6 Caroline Wennergren "A Different Kind of Love" 116 5th
7 Alcazar "Alcastar" 135 3rd
8 Jimmy Jansson "Vi kan gunga" 43 6th
9 Fredrik Kempe & Sanna Nielsen "Du och jag mot världen" 30 8th
10 Nanne Grönvall "Håll om mig" 209 2nd
Points awarded to Sweden (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

The spokesperson who revealed Sweden's votes for other countries was SVT and radio host Annika Jankell.[1]


  1. ^ Philips, Roel (2005-05-17). "The 39 spokespersons!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-04-28.