Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Sweden
National selection
Selection processMelodifestivalen 2019
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
2 February 2019
9 February 2019
16 February 2019
23 February 2019
Second Chance:
2 March 2019
Final:
9 March 2019
Selected entrantJohn Lundvik
Selected song"Too Late for Love"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (3rd, 238 points)
Final result5th, 334 points
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Sweden participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) organised the national final Melodifestivalen 2019 in order to select the Swedish entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. After a six-week-long competition consisting of four semi-finals, a Second Chance round and a final, "Too Late for Love" performed by John Lundvik emerged as the winner after achieving the highest score following the combination of votes from eight international juries and a public vote.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 contest, Sweden had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-eight times since its first entry in 1958.[1] Sweden had won the contest on six occasions: in 1974 with the song "Waterloo" performed by ABBA, in 1984 with the song "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" performed by Herreys, in 1991 with the song "Fångad av en stormvind" performed by Carola, in 1999 with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven" performed by Charlotte Nilsson, in 2012 with the song "Euphoria" performed by Loreen, and in 2015 with the song "Heroes" performed by Måns Zelmerlöw. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Sweden's entries, to this point, have featured in every final except for 2010 when the nation failed to qualify.

The Swedish national broadcaster, Sveriges Television (SVT), broadcasts the event within Sweden and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. Since 1959, SVT has organised the annual competition Melodifestivalen in order to select the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Melodifestivalen 2019[edit]

Melodifestivalen 2019 was the 58th edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen and will be held between 2 February 2019 and 9 March 2019. The four presenters were Sarah Dawn Finer, Kodjo Akolor, Marika Carlsson and Eric Saade.[2] The winner of the contest will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.[3]

Semi-finals and Second chance[edit]

Final[edit]

The final took place on 9 March 2019 at the Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm. Twelve songs competed — two qualifiers from each of the four preceding semi-finals and four qualifiers from the Second Chance round. The combination of points from a viewer vote and eight international jury groups determined the winner, John Lundvik with the song Too Late for Love. The viewers and the juries each had a total of 464 points to award. The nations that comprised the international jury were Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, France, Israel, Portugal and United Kingdom.

Draw Artist Song Juries Televote Total Place
1 Jon Henrik Fjällgren "Norrsken (Goeksegh)" 19 55 74 4
2 Lisa Ajax "Torn" 39 23 62 9
3 Mohombi "Hello" 32 42 74 5
4 Lina Hedlund "Victorious" 32 8 40 11
5 Bishara "On My Own" 38 69 107 2
6 Anna Bergendahl "Ashes to Ashes" 20 36 56 10
7 Nano "Chasing Rivers" 54 10 64 8
8 Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO "Hold You" 48 59 107 3
9 Malou Prytz "I Do Me" 23 12 35 12
10 John Lundvik "Too Late for Love" 96 85 181 1
11 Wiktoria "Not with Me" 36 28 64 6
12 Arvingarna "I Do" 27 37 64 7

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Sweden was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[4]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Sweden was set to perform in position 8, following the entry from Denmark and preceding the entry from Austria.[5]

Semi-final[edit]

Sweden performed eighth in the second semi-final, following the entry from Denmark and preceding the entry from Austria. At the end of the show, Sweden was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. It was later revealed that Sweden placed third in the semi-final, receiving a total of 238 points: 88 points from the televoting and 150 points from the juries.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.[6]

Points awarded to Sweden[edit]

Points awarded to Sweden (Semi-final 2)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
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)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
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]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Swedish jury:[6]

  • Calvin Bozic – Chairperson – PR and project leader record company
  • Mathias Lugoboni – assistant music director
  • Lina Hedlund – artist
  • Adnan Sahuric – dancer and choreographer
  • Haida Jamshidi
Split voting results from Sweden (Semi-final 2)
Draw Country Jury Televote
C. Bozic M. Lugoboni L. Hedlund A. Sahuric H. Jamshidi Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Armenia 7 15 6 11 14 16 11
02  Ireland 8 14 3 16 17 13 16
03  Moldova 6 12 10 3 5 5 6 14
04   Switzerland 1 10 16 1 1 1 12 7 4
05  Latvia 11 11 8 15 16 17 15
06  Romania 13 13 4 9 15 15 13
07  Denmark 10 3 11 13 6 9 2 2 10
08  Sweden
09  Austria 4 7 1 14 8 3 8 17
10  Croatia 14 17 13 7 4 14 10 1
11  Malta 3 16 14 4 10 7 4 12
12  Lithuania 12 5 5 8 9 8 3 4 7
13  Russia 2 6 15 12 3 4 7 8 3
14  Albania 15 9 2 17 13 11 9 2
15  Norway 9 2 12 10 7 6 5 1 12
16  Netherlands 5 1 17 2 2 2 10 6 5
17  North Macedonia 17 8 7 6 12 12 5 6
18  Azerbaijan 16 4 9 5 11 10 1 3 8
Split voting results from Sweden (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
C. Bozic M. Lugoboni L. Hedlund A. Sahuric H. Jamshidi Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Malta 5 19 9 5 20 9 2 19
02  Albania 24 20 25 24 24 25 13
03  Czech Republic 3 15 18 7 19 10 1 18
04  Germany 15 18 23 17 22 22 24
05  Russia 10 14 8 12 3 8 3 12
06  Denmark 12 7 16 11 12 16 4 7
07  San Marino 11 23 24 22 21 20 22
08  North Macedonia 20 13 3 19 8 11 9 2
09  Sweden
10  Slovenia 19 12 4 13 25 15 14
11  Cyprus 4 10 10 1 15 4 7 20
12  Netherlands 2 1 1 3 2 1 12 5 6
13  Greece 23 22 20 18 14 23 21
14  Israel 22 17 21 21 13 21 23
15  Norway 21 4 11 10 5 7 4 1 12
16  United Kingdom 6 11 22 6 18 13 16
17  Iceland 25 24 12 25 23 24 3 8
18  Estonia 13 16 13 9 4 12 2 10
19  Belarus 18 21 19 15 10 19 25
20  Azerbaijan 9 9 5 8 7 6 5 8 3
21  France 14 6 14 14 16 17 11
22  Italy 8 2 6 2 9 3 8 7 4
23  Serbia 16 25 15 16 11 18 15
24   Switzerland 1 8 2 4 1 2 10 10 1
25  Australia 7 5 7 20 6 5 6 6 5
26  Spain 17 3 17 23 17 14 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sweden Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Här är programledarna i Melodifestivalen 2019". SVT. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Nu kan du skicka in ditt bidrag till Melodifestivalen 2019". SVT. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  6. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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