Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008


Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Country  Sweden
National selection
Selection process Melodifestivalen 2008
Selection date(s) Semi-finals
9 February 2008
16 February 2008
23 February 2008
1 March 2008
Second Chance
8 March 2008
Final
15 March 2008
Selected entrant Charlotte Perrelli
Selected song "Hero"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (12th, 54 points)
Final result 18th, 47 points
Charlotte Perrelli and backup singers performing "Hero" at the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.

Sweden selected its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 by holding an extending national selection, namely Melodifestivalen 2008. A record of 3 489 entries were submitted to the broadcaster SVT, and 28 were chosen to compete. They were completed with 4 wildcards in the end of December. Melodifestivalen was also this year held on Saturdays, starting with the first of the four semi-finals on 9 February and ending with a final on 15 March. It was the last of the year's national selections, as the official ESC draw was held on 17 March. Four songs progressed from each semi, two to the final and two to the second chance round, where the songs were competing in a knock-out round to gain the last two places in the final.

The final was won by Charlotte Perrelli with the song "Hero", which was written and composed by Fredrik Kempe and Bobby Ljunggren. Sanna Nielsen, who was the favourite of televoters, came second, as she did not receive enough points from the 11 juries.

Charlotte Perrelli competed in the second semi-final on 22 May. She did not actually finished among the ten best, but thanks to the new rule that the last finalist will be chosen by the back-up juries, she took the final ticket at the expense of Macedonia. The actual placement was 12th, 7 points after Macedonia and 2 points after Bulgaria. She was drawn into the 15th spot in the final. Although being one of the heavy favorites before the final, Sweden did not finish higher than 18th, receiving only 47 points.

The commentators for the event for SVT were Kristian Luuk and Josef Sterzenbach, with a brief appearance by Carl Bildt in the final. The spokesperson announcing the votes for Sweden was Björn Gustafsson.[1][2]

Contents

Melodifestivalen 2008

Björn Gustavsson performed interval performances at all the semifinals, and the final.

Melodifestivalen 2008 was the 47th Melodifestivalen, and the selection process for the 48th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. A new rule—Lex Agnes—went into effect in 2008 calling for each submitted entry to include a document containing all information relevant to the song. It was named after Agnes Carlsson, who was disqualified from the 2007 competition for publicly revealing details of her song before the deadline.[3]

Format

Melodifestivalen 2008 included 32 songs split up into four semi-finals with eight participants in each. The semi-finals were held between 9 February and 1 March 2008 and at each, the two top placing songs went to the final, while the third and fourth place songs went to the Andra Chansen (Second Chance Round). At the Andra Chansen, held on 8 March 2008, the eight songs paired off in two rounds with the two winners at the end of the night qualifying for the final. The final was held on 15 March 2008 and included the eight songs from the semi-finals along with the two from the Andra Chansen to make ten songs in all. The winner and selected entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest was then chosen by (insert voting process here).

It was hosted by Kristian Luuk, who also hosted the 2007 event.[4] Luuk was assisted by Björn Gustafsson and Nour El-Refai.

Preselection

The deadline for the submission of songs was 25th September 2007, and 3,434 songs were submitted, a new record.[5] [6] The titles and composers of the 28 semifinalists (excluding the wildcards) were announced on 10 December and 11 December 2007.[7] The wildcards were announced in January 2008.[8]

Schedule

Date City Venue Notes
9 February Gothenburg Scandinavium Semifinal 1
16 February Västerås ABB Arena Nord Semifinal 2
23 February Linköping Cloetta Center Semifinal 3
1 March Karlskrona Telenor Arena Semifinal 4
8 March Kiruna Arena Arctica Second Chance
15 March Stockholm Globen Final

Semi-finals

The semifinals for Melodifestivalen 2008 began on 9 February 2008. There were five semifinals in Gothenburg, Västerås, Linköping, Karlskrona and Kiruna (Andra Chansen) leading up to the final at the Globen on 15 March 2008. Nearly four million votes were cast in total, raising over 5.7 million kronor (605,000) for charity.

In the four semi-finals, the top two songs of the eight competing went directly through to the final. The third and fourth-placed songs went to the Andra Chansen round. Two rounds of televoting selected the qualifiers, the first round selectiong the top five songs with the second round choosing the two finalists and two songs to go to the Andra Chansen round.

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final of Melodifestivalen was held at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg on 9 February 2008. Eight songs in total competed, seven songs which had been submitted to SVT, along with one of the four wildcards.

The two songs that progressed automatically to the final were "Thank You" by Amy Diamond, the wildcard, and "I Love Europe" by Christer Sjögren. The two songs that passed to the Andra Chansen round were "Line of Fire" by E-Type & The Poodles and "Visst finns mirakel" by Suzzie Tapper.

# Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Votes Position Results
Round 1 Round 2
1 E-Type & The Poodles "Line of Fire" Martin Eriksson (m & l), Jakob Samuelsson (m & l) 46 333 56 105 3 Andra Chansen
2 Face-84 "Alla gamla x" Lars Diedricson (m), Martin Hedström (m), Wille Crafoord (l) 13 626 8 Out
3 Velvet "Déjà vu" Niclas Molinder (m & l), Joacim Persson (m & l), Pelle Ankarberg (m & l),
Niko Valsamidis (m & l), Fredrik Larsson (m & l), David Jassy (m & l)
25 451 31 047 5 Out
4 Brandur "Lullaby" Henrik Wikström (m), Kristian Lagerström (l) 18 727 7 Out
5 Michael Michailoff "That's Love" Michael Michailoff (m & l), Joakim Övrenius (m & l), Patric Jonsson (m & l) 23 198 6 Out
6 Amy Diamond "Thank You" Sandra Nordström (m & l), Mathias Venge (m & l), Peter Wennerberg (m & l) 79 075 96 508 1 Wildcard
Final
7 Suzzie Tapper "Visst finns mirakel" Amir Aly (m), Maciel Numhauser (m), Robin Abrahamsson (m),
Bobby Ljunggren (m), Suzzie Tapper (l)
24 469 32 130 4 Andra Chansen
8 Christer Sjögren "I Love Europe" Torgny Söderberg (m), Magnus Johansson (m), Ingela "Pling" Forsman (l) 71 396 81 471 2 Final

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final was held on 16 February 2008, at the ABB Arena Nord in Västerås. Again eight songs competed in total, seven songs which had been submitted to SVT and one of the four wildcards.

The two songs that progressed automatically to the final were "Empty Room" by Sanna Nielsen and "Just a Minute" by Rongedal. The two songs that passed to the Andra Chansen round were "One Love" by Andreas Johnson & Carola Häggkvist, the wildcard, and "Love in Stereo" by Ola Svensson.

# Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Votes Position Results
Round 1 Round 2
1 Ola "Love in Stereo" Tony Nilsson (m & l), Mirja Breitholtz (m & l) 39 972 52 615 4 Andra Chansen
2 Lasse Lindh "Du behöver aldrig mer vara rädd" Lasse Lindh (m & l) 15 396 6 Out
3 The Nicole "Razborka" Nicole Fuentes (m & l), Tord Bäckström (m & l), Stefan Åberg (m & l) 6 121 8 Out
4 Alexander Schöld "Den första svalan" Fredrik Thomander (m), Anders Wikström (m),
Ingela "Pling" Forsman (l)
13 352 7 Out
5 Rongedal "Just a Minute" Amir Aly (m), Henrik Wikström (m),
Magnus Rongedal (m & l), Henrik Rongedal (m & l)
68 121 94 101 2 Final
6 Sanna Nielsen "Empty Room" Bobby Ljunggren (m & l), Aleena Gibson (m & l) 102 390 126 356 1 Final
7 Andra generationen "Kebabpizza Slivovitza" Vlatko Ancevski (m & l), Vlatko Gicarevski (m & l),
Mats Nilsson (m & t), Stevan Tomulevski (m & l),
Teddy Paunkoski (m & l), Otis Sandsjö (m & l)
33 011 43 509 5 Out
8 Johnson & Häggkvist "One Love" Carola Häggkvist (m & l), Andreas Johnson (m & l),
Peter Kvint (m & l)
77 778 79 106 3 Wildcard
Andra Chansen

Semi-final 3

The third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2008 was held at the Cloetta Center in Linköping on 23 February 2008.

The two songs that progressed directly to the final were "Lay Your Love on Me" by BWO and "Upp o hoppa" by Frida feat. Headline. The two songs that passed to the Andra Chansen round were "Smiling in Love" by Caracola and "When You Need Me" by Thérèse Andersson. The wildcard entry, "Hallelujah New World" by Eskobar, came last in the televoting and failed to qualify.

# Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Votes Position Results
Round 1 Round 2
1 BWO "Lay Your Love on Me" Alexander Bard (m & l), Anders Hansson (m & l),
Bobby Ljunggren (m & l), Henrik Wikström (m & l)
58 136 82 381 1 Final
2 Mickey Huskić "Izdajice" Mickey Huskić (t & m) 11 721 7 Out
3 Frida feat. Headline "Upp o hoppa" Anderz Wrethov (m & l), Frida Muranius (m & l), Sam Persson (l) 27 675 40 852 2 Final
4 Thérèse Andersson "When You Need Me" Pontus Hagberg (m & l), Malin Eriksson (l), Jonas Sjöström (l) 25 034 33 849 4 Andra Chansen
5 Patrik Isaksson & Bandet "Under mitt tunna skinn" Patrik Isaksson (m & l) 26 056 33 808 5 Out
6 Caracola "Smiling in Love" Henrik Bie (m), Mattias Olsson (l), Angelica Thelin (l), Magnus Lanner (l) 31 652 35 491 3 Andra Chansen
7 Ainbusk "Jag saknar dig ibland" Ingela "Pling" Forsman (l), Henrik Wikström (m & l), Bobby Ljunggren (m) 18 249 6 Out
8 Eskobar "Hallelujah New World" Daniel Bellqvist (m & l), Frederik Zäll (m & l), Robert Birming (l & m) 11 672 8 Wildcard
Out

Semi-final 4

The final semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2008 before the Andra chansen round was held on 1 March 2008, at the Telenor Arena in Karlskrona.

The final two artists to automatically secure their place in the final were Charlotte Perrelli with "Hero" and Linda Bengtzing with the song "Hur svårt kan det va?". The two artists to proceed to the Andra Chansen round were Sibel Redzep with the song "That Is Where I'll Go" and Nordman with the song "I lågornas sken". The wildcard entry for this semi-final was Niklas Strömstedt with the song "För många ord om kärlek", which came last in the televoting.

# Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Votes Position Results
Round 1 Round 2
1 Niklas Strömstedt "För många ord om kärlek" Niklas Strömstedt (m & l) 13 067 8 Wildcard
Out
2 Calaisa "If I Could" Pontus Assarsson (m & l), Jörgen Ringqvist (m & l),
Lisa Troedsson-Lundin (m & l), Caisa Troedsson-Lundin (m & l),
Anna Törnqvist (m & l), Malin Törnqvist (m & l)
30 124 47 846 5 Out
3 Daniel Mitsogiannis "Pame" Fredrik Kempe (m & l), Henrik Wikström (m) 20 432 7 Out
4 Linda Bengtzing "Hur svårt kan det va?" Johan Fransson (m & l), Tobias Lundgren (m & l), Tim Larsson (m & l) 53 813 70 571 2 Final
5 Nordman "I lågornas sken" Lina Eriksson (m & l), Mårten Eriksson (m & l) 39 019 58 673 4 Andra Chansen
6 Sibel "That Is Where I'll Go" Christian Antblad (m & l) 46 289 59 030 3 Andra Chansen
7 Fronda "Ingen mår så bra som jag" Sebastian Fronda (m & l), Thomas Thörnholm (m & l), Michael Clauss (m & l) 25 234 6 Out
8 Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" Fredrik Kempe (m & l), Bobby Ljunggren (m) 98 666 137 738 1 Final

Andra Chansen round

The third and fourth placed songs in each semifinal perform in Andra Chansen (Second Chance) round. Eight songs performed, paired off against each other. The winners of the first two pairings compete against each other in the first final, while the winners of the other two compete in the second. The winners of the two final pairings go through to the final.

The two winners of Andra Chansen that went on to the final were Sibel Redzep with the song "That Is Where I'll Go" and Nordman with the song "I lågornas sken".

Round 1 Round 2 Qualified
                   
         
 E-Type & The Poodles - "Line of Fire"  87 002
 
 Sibel - "That Is Where I'll Go"   103 077  
 Sibel - "That Is Where I'll Go"  137 065
 
    Ola - "Love in Stereo"  103 624  
 Ola - "Love in Stereo"   78 477
 
 Caracola - "Smiling in Love"   51 038  
  Sibel - "That Is Where I'll Go"
 
   Nordman - "I lågornas sken"
 Johnson & Häggkvist - "One Love  202 353
 
 Nordman - "I lågornas sken"   316 118  
 Nordman - "I lågornas sken"   166 735
 
   Suzzie Tapper - "Visst finns mirakel"   88 075  
 Thérèse Andersson - "When You Need Me"   57 335
 Suzzie Tapper - "Visst finns mirakel"  73 120  

Final

The final of Melodifestivalen 2008 was held on 15 March 2008 at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. The eight direct qualifiers and the two Andra Chansen winner competed in the final, where the 11 regional juries of Sweden, along with televoting, selected the winner that would represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.

The winner of Melodifestivalen 2008 was Charlotte Perrelli with the song "Hero", receiving a total of 114 points from the juries and 110 points from the televote. The winner of the televote, however, was Sanna Nielsen with "Empty Room".

#[9] Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Votes Place
Jury Viewers Total
1 Charlotte Perrelli "Hero" Fredrik Kempe (m & l), Bobby Ljunggren (m) 114 110 224 1st
2 Sibel "That Is Where I'll Go" Christian Antblad (m & l) 39 - 39 7th
3 Rongedal "Just a Minute" Amir Aly (m), Henrik Wikström (m), Magnus Rongedal (m & l),
Henrik Rongedal (m & l)
76 66 142 4th
4 Linda Bengtzing "Hur svårt kan det va?" Johan Fransson (m & l), Tobias Lundgren (m & l), Tim Larsson (m & l) 64 - 64 5th
5 Christer Sjögren "I Love Europe" Torgny Söderberg (m), Magnus Johansson (m), Ingela "Pling" Forsman (l) 1 22 23 9th
6 Amy Diamond "Thank You" Sandra Nordström (m & l), Mathias Venge (m & l), Peter Wennerberg (m & l) 25 11 36 8th
7 Sanna Nielsen "Empty Room" Bobby Ljunggren (m & l), Aleena Gibson (m & l) 74 132 206 2nd
8 Nordman "I lågornas sken" Lina Eriksson (m & l), Mårten Eriksson (m & l) 4 44 48 6th
9 Frida feat. Headline "Upp o hoppa" Anderz Wrethov (m & l), Frida Muranius (m & l), Sam Persson (m) 6 - 6 10th
10 BWO "Lay Your Love On Me" Alexander Bard (m & l), Anders Hansson (m & l),
Bobby Ljunggren (m & l), Henrik Wikström (m & l)
70 88 158 3rd

Juries

Song Örebro Luleå Falun Karlstad Umeå Norrköping Göteborg Sundsvall Växjö Malmö Stockholm Total
Hero 12 12 12 12 12 4 6 12 10 10 12 114
That Is Where I'll Go 1 2 4 2 2 2 4 8 1 12 1 39
Just A Minute 8 4 6 8 6 10 12 10 2 - 10 76
Hur svårt kan det va? 6 8 10 6 4 8 4 4 4 8 6 64
I Love Europe - - - - - - 1 - - - - 1
Thank You 2 1 1 - 1 1 10 1 6 - 2 25
Empty Room 10 6 8 4 10 6 - 6 12 4 8 74
I lågornas sken - - - 1 - - 2 - - 1 - 4
Upp o hoppa - - - - - - - - - 6 - 6
Lay Your Love On Me 4 10 2 10 8 12 8 2 8 2 4 70

Televotes

Song Jury No. of televotes (%)[10] Points Total
Hero 114 &&&+397.907 (16.5%) &&&&&&&+110 224
That Is Where I'll Go 39 &&&+120.587 (5%) - 39
Just A Minute 76 &&&+273.521 (11.5%) &&&&&&&&+66 142
Hur svårt kan det va? 64 &&&+115.321 (4.8%) - 64
I Love Europe 1 &&&+228.674 (9,5%) &&&&&&&&+22 23
Thank You 25 &&&+188.872 (7.8%) &&&&&&&&+11 36
Empty Room 74 &&&+449.419 (18.7%) &&&&&&&+132 206
I lågornas sken 4 &&&+233.467 (9.7%) &&&&&&&&+44 48
Upp o hoppa 6 &&&&+81.691 (3.3%) - 6
Lay Your Love On Me 70 &&&+320.741 (13.3%) &&&&&&&&+88 158

At Eurovision

Sweden qualified from the second semi-final as the jury wildcard. They performed 15th in the final, behind Latvia and before Denmark, where they achieved 18th place and 47 points.

See also


References

  1. ^ "Björn gör comeback" (in Swedish). http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesliv/melodifestivalen2008/article2535525.ab. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  2. ^ "Björn Gustafsson to announce SVT viewers' vote". oikotimes.com. http://www.oikotimes.com/v2/index.php?file=articles&id=3472. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  3. ^ Lex Agnes i Melodifestivalen 2008 (Swedish). Aftonbladet (13 May 2007). Retrieved on 15 October 2007.
  4. ^ ESCToday (18 April 2007) Kristian: I'm happy and honoured. Retrieved on 21 May 2007.
  5. ^ Sveriges Television (May 2007) Melodifestivalen 2008 Tävlingsregler (Swedish). Retrieved on 21 May 2007.
  6. ^ ESCToday 3434 songs submitted for Melodifestivalen. Retrieved on 29 December 2007.
  7. ^ ESCToday Melodifestivalen line-up complete. Retrieved on 29 December 2007.
  8. ^ ESCToday The full MF running order. Retrieved on 15 January 2008.
  9. ^ Poplight.se (9 March 2008). Så här blev det när Björkman bestämde finalordningen. Retrieved on 9 March 2008.
  10. ^ Poplight.se (16 March 2008). SVT satte nytt röstningsrekord. Retrieved on 16 March 2008.

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