Sweden in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station
National selection events
Appearances 11
First appearance 2003
Last appearance 2014
Best result 3rd: 2006
Worst result 15th: 2003, 2004, 2005
External links
Sweden's page at Eurovision.tv

Sweden has participated at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 11 times since its inception in 2003. Two broadcasters have been responsible for Sweden's entries at Junior Eurovision - from 2003 to 2005 Sveriges Television (SVT) was responsible, before withdrawing with other Nordic broadcasters. From 2006 to 2009, commercial broadcaster TV4 was responsible for Sweden's entry at the Junior Eurovision.

TV4 withdrew from the 2008 Contest after two entries due to other plans being made during the time of the contest,[1] however they returned to the contest in 2009.[2]

On 9 April 2010, TV4 decided to withdraw again from Junior Eurovision in Minsk.[3] However the EBU confirmed on 28 July 2010 that Sweden would be in the contest, after SVT decided to return to the contest.[4] On 29 June 2015, it was announced that SVT would withdraw for one year.[5]

National selections[edit]

Much like it did for the Eurovision, Sveriges Television managed the national selection for the Junior Eurovision from 2003 to 2005. SVT used a spin-off of Melodifestivalen, Lilla Melodifestivalen, which debuted in 2002 to select an entry for MGP Nordic, a then one-off junior song contest between Sweden and 2 other Nordic countries (which was temporarily put on hiatus when the JESC was established), to select its entry.

However, after the 2005 contest, SVT, along with Norway's NRK and Denmark's DR, jointly pulled out of the JESC due to concerns about the treatment of the participants in the contest, and eventually reviving MGP Nordic afterwards.[6][7]

All Swedish participants have been girls except 2011, 2013, and the spokespersons from 2003 to 2009.

TV4 takes over[edit]

After SVT pulled out, commercial broadcaster TV4 decided to take over organizing the Swedish delegation for the JESC.[8] TV4 would organize its own competition to select its entry for the JESC, while in parallel, SVT's contest would still be active, but with its winner being sent to MGP Nordic instead.[7]

In the 2006 contest, the first under TV4's control, Sweden would achieve their best result in the JESC, finishing in 3rd place with Molly Sandén's song "Det finaste någon kan få". In 2007 Sandens younger sister Frida Sanden won the right to represent Sweden in the Junior Eurovision 2007. Before going to Rotterdam Frida had hopes built to score as high as her elder sister but only managed to get 8th place with 83 points.

TV4 withdraw from the 2008 contest due to concerns about its viewership, and its plans for the 2008 season.[1] However, TV4 confirmed that it will return for the 2009 edition.[2]

SVT comeback (2010)[edit]

EBU confirmed on 28 July 2010 that Sweden will be in the contest, after SVT decided to return to the contest.[4]

Change of selection[edit]

On 24 January 2015, SVT announced the cancellation of Lilla Melodifestivalen as the national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and instead plans to come up with a new contest. No details about this have been unveiled.[9]

SVT withdrawal (2015)[edit]

On 29 June 2015, it was announced that SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster, would withdraw for one year and thus not compete for Sweden in the forthcoming contest in Bulgaria.[5] TV4 was not prepared for a withdrawal and therefore had no plans to participate.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Place Points
2003 The Honeypies Swedish "Stoppa mig!" 15 12
2004 Limelights Swedish "Varför jag?" 15 8
2005 M+ Swedish "Gränslös kärlek" 15 22
2006 Molly Sandén Swedish "Det finaste någon kan få" 3 116
2007 Frida Sandén Swedish "Nu eller aldrig" 8 83
2008 Did not participate
2009 Mimmi Sandén Swedish "Du" 6 68
2010 Josefine Ridell Swedish "Allt jag vill ha" 11 48
2011 Erik Rapp Swedish "Faller" 9 57
2012 Lova Sönnerbo Swedish "Mitt mod" 6 70
2013 Eliias Swedish "Det är dit vi ska" 9 46
2014 Julia Kedhammar Swedish, English "Du är inte ensam" 13 28
2015 Did not participate


Voting history[edit]

As of 2014, Sweden's voting history is as follows:

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator(s) Spokesperson Channel
2003 Victoria Dyring Siri Lindgren SVT1
2004 Pekka Heino Vännerna Queenie
2005 Josefine Sundström Halahen Zajden
2006 Adam Alsing Amy Diamond TV4
2007 Molly Sandén
2008 No broadcast Sweden did not participate N/A
2009 Johanna Karlsson Elise Mattison TV4 (aired the morning after)
2010 Edward af Sillén and Malin Olsson Robin Ridell SVT24
2011 Edward af Sillén and Ylva Hällen Ina-Jane von Herff SVT Barnkanalen
2012 Leya Gullström
2013 Lova Sönnerbo
2014 Elias Elffors Elfström
2015 No broadcast Sweden did not participate N/A

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Floras, Stella (2008-04-18). "TV4 pulls out of Junior Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ a b Bakkar, Sietse (2009-06-08). "Exclusive: 13 countries to be represented at Junior 2009!". EBU. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Sweden to not participate in Minsk". Oikotimes. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  4. ^ a b Bakker, Sietse (2010-07-28). "Talents from 14 nations to gather at Junior Eurovision 2011". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (29 June 2015). "Sweden: To Take A Year Off From Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ West-Soley, Richard (2006-04-16). "Scandinavian JESC pull-out". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  7. ^ a b West-Soley, Richard (2006-09-01). "Double trouble: Swedish JESC confusion". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  8. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2006-04-21). "Junior: TV4 takes over from SVT". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony (2015-01-24). "Sweden: Lilla Melodifestivalen gets axed". EuroVoix. Retrieved 2015-01-30.