Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961
Eurovision Song Contest 1961
Country  Sweden
National selection
Selection process Melodifestivalen 1961
Selection date(s) February 6, 1961
Selected entrant Lill-Babs
Selected song "April, April"
Finals performance
Final result 14th, 2 points

Sweden chose their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 through Melodifestivalen 1961. The song April, April, performed once with Siw Malmkvist, once with Gunnar Wiklund, won. However, none of them was considered acceptable for singing in ESC, so Lill-Babs was chosen as representative instead. In the contest, once more held in Cannes, she finished in 14th place (out of 16).


Melodifestivalen 1961

Siw Malmkvist singing "April, April" at Melodifestivalen 1961.

Melodifestivalen 1961 was the Swedish national final and it was the third time that this system of picking a song had been used. One singer performed the song with a large orchestra and one with a smaller orchestra. Approximately 550 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition. The final was broadcast on Sveriges Radio TV, but was not broadcast on radio. Siw Malmkvist won with "April, April" but Lill-Babs went to Eurovision.


Place Artist1 Artist2 Song Songwriters Points
1st Siw Malmkvist Gunnar Wiklund "April, April" Bobbie Ericson, Bo Eneby 78
2nd Lill-Babs Lars Lönndahl "Vårvinter" Bobbie Ericson 71
2nd Lars Lönndahl Lily Berglund "Spela på regnbågen" Britt Lindeborg 71
4th Gunnar Wiklund Siw Malmkvist "Vår i hjärtat" Lennart Gröhn 58
5th Lily Berglund Lill-Babs "Stockholm" Bobbie Ericson, Eric Sandström 57
  • ^1 : Performer with large orchestra
  • ^2 : Performer with smaller orchestra

At Eurovision

At the contest, Sweden only managed to get 14th place (out of 16).

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