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Eurovision 2022: Seven songs that won the televoting but not the national final!

The national finals of the Eurovision 2022 have been completed! We now know all the artists and songs that will compete in Turin in May and fight for the win.

Out of the 40 participating countries, 28 selected their representative through  a national final, while only 12 by an internal selection.

In this tribute we will have a look at seven entries that won the televoting in their country’s national final, but the judges had a different opinion, which resulted in them being deprived of the victory.

Australia

The rock band Voyager, with the song Dreamer, was the winner of the Australian televoting. However, the third place awarded to them by the judges was enough to cost them the win.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has continued its selection through an online national final this year. The Czech public chose as the winners Jordan Haj and Emma Smetana, who are very well known in the country, with the song By Now. However, the last place given to them by the international jury deprived them of the victory.

North Macedonia

After many years, North Macedonia has returned with a national final for its participation. The winner of the TV audience was Viktor Apostolovski with Superman. Although he tied with Andrea on the first place, after the votes were tallied the country’s public television decided to override the jury’s score, in which he was in the third place.

Romania

Romania, who recorded three eliminations in recent years, came back with a national final. A choice that, however, disappointed the fanbase of the country, as the percentage of preference of the TV audience was only 10%, with the remaining 90% belonging to the jury, which, as expected, determined the final result.

The winner of the televoting with a small difference and yet a small percentage was Dora Gaitanovici with the song Ana, who came sixth in the jury.

Spain

The fan favorite Tanxugueiras, with the song Terra, achieved an unbelievable 70.75% in the Spanish public vote. However, the panel of experts ranked them fifth, which resulted in them not only failing to achieve the victory but also creating a lot of drama.

Sweden

Anders Bagge with the song Bigger than the Universe, won the vote of the Swedish TV audience by a large margin. However, the international judges ranked it eighth, and as a result, it ended up losing the win.

Ukraine

Alina Pash with Tini Zabutykh Predkiv was the winner of Vidbir 2022. Although she withdrew from Eurovision due to her way of entering Crimea, she was the runner-up in the TV audience vote.

Winners of the televoting and subsequent representatives of Ukraine in Eurovision 2022, by a wide margin, were the Kalush Orchestra with their song Stefania. In the jury votes they were the runner-up.

These were the seven countries whose result was overturned by the jury, without letting the televoters’ choice be heard and calling into question the objectivity and existence of the juries once again.

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the latest news regarding Eurovision 2022!


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Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs is the winner of Melodifestivalen 2022 and will represent the country this year in Turin!

Ninety minutes ago, the show of the Final of Melodifestivalen 2022, started off on SVT and SVT Play and we now know that Cornelia Jacobs will represent Sweden at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, with the song “Hold Me Closer“!

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Sweden: Who is the favourite to win Melodifestivalen 2022, according to today’s betting odds?

Melodifestivalen 2022 Final show will begin in a few moments, with the new competition and voting format in place and will be aired tonight at 20:00 CET on SVT and SVT Play. Twelve contestants will have to perform their song and compete in order to claim their ticket to Turin, to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

Tonight’s contestants

  • Klara Hammarström – “Run to the Hills
  • Theoz – “Som du vill”
  • Anna Bergendahl – “Higher Power
  • John Lundvik – “Änglavakt
  • Tone Sekelius – “My Way
  • Anders Bagge – “Bigger than the Universe
  • Robin Bengtsson – “Innocent Love
  • Faith Kakembo – “Freedom
  • Liamoo – “Bluffin
  • Cornelia Jakobs – “Hold Me Closer
  • Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough”
  • Medina – “In i dimman

The odds

The betting odds depend on many factors and as these factors are subject to changes anytime, the odds can still fluctuate, even last minute. Currently, according to the betting odds, Cornelia Jakobs is in the lead, with a winning chance of 55%, Anders Bagge and Klara Hammarström follow.

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Let’s see what is going to happen, when we will get the chance to watch the actual Final show live, on SVT and SVT Play and of course at EurovisionFun you will get the chance to be informed about the results, as soon as they are announced at Friends Arena!

Which artist is your favourite for the win, that will secure their ticket to Turin to represent Sweden this Saturday?

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2022 and the selection process Swedish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Source: Eurovision World

Sweden: Wrong results in the third semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2022?

Following the problems in the voting application in the first semifinal of the Melodifestivalen, where only the votes via phone and sms were finally taken into account, a new scandal hit the Swedish national final. After the end of the third semifinal, social media was filled with reports of unexplained results, with most arguing that the results in the 16-29 age group was wrong.

But let’s start from the beginning. According to the regulations in force at Melodifestivalen 2022, voting has two parts. In the first part, the song that receives the most votes advances directly to the final, while in the second part, based on the age categories, a new ranking is created for the remaining six songs of the semifinal, with the first going to the final and the second and third respectively in the semifinal of the second chance.

The winner of the first round in the third semifinal was Anders Bagge. Then the other six candidates gave a new battle for the second ticket that leads directly to the final. As it was said above in the second part, the voting is done based on the age categories, in fact this year the viewers have the opportunity to watch the results live by age category.

So what impressed everyone was that while Lisa Miskovsky was by far ahead of Faith Kakembo, having only the results of the category 16-29 left to be announced, finally with 79 against 75 votes the song of Faith Kakembo got the ticket for the final.

But the strangest thing about the whole case was that Lisa Miskovsky was last in this category and Tribe Friday, who were last in all categories (except for phone calls), at 16-29 were magically were second!

Aftonbladet questioned Swedish public television about the validity of the results. SVT replied that there was no irregularity and the results are correct and are what were announced, on the night of Saturday 19/2.

Melodifestivalen continues next Saturday, February 26, with the last seven songs of this year’s competition.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments related to Melodifestivalen 2022!

Sweden: Anders Bagge and Faith Kakembo are the two direct finalists of the Third Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2022!

Ninety minutes ago, the second show for the Third Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2022, started off on SVT and SVT Play. And we are here to share the results of the night with you!

The two direct qualifiers are Anders Bagge with the song “Bigger Than The Universe” and Faith Kakembo with the song “Freedom” and we will get to see them perform their songs live, on the 12th of March, when the finals will take place at Friends Arena.

But how things developed during the night?

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Sweden: The betting odds, just a few moments before the Third Melodifestivalen 2022 Semi-Final results!

Melodifestivalen 2022 Third Semi-Final show will begin in a few moments, with the new competition and voting format in place and will be aired on SVT and SVT Play. Seven contestants will have to compete against each other tonight, in order to secure one of the direct finalist places, or if not directly qualifying to the finals, claiming their ticket for the fifth semi-final, as their last chance in the hopes of competing at the finals.

Tonight’s contestants

  1. Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough
  2. Lancelot  - “Lyckligt slut
  3. Lisa Miskovsky  – “Best to Come
  4. Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up
  5. Faith Kakembo – “Freedom
  6. Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt hurra!”
  7. Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than The Universe

The odds

The betting odds depend on many factors and as these factors are subject to changes anytime, the odds can still fluctuate, even last minute. Currently there seem to be two clear direct finalists and these are Anders Bagge and Lancelot  .

As for the two fifth semi-final’s qualifiers, we might have quite a close combat between some of the artists. Currently, in the third and fourth place of the betting odds we have Cazzi Opeia and Faith Kakembo.

Let’s see what is going to happen, we will get the chance to watch the actual Semi-Final live, on SVT and SVT Play and of course at EurovisionFun you will get the chance to be informed about the results, as soon as they are announced on TV!

Which two of today’s competing artists do you think will be the direct finalists, on the 12th of March?

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2022 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Source: Eurovision World

Sweden: The general rehearsal of the Third Melodifestivalen 2022 Semi-Final! (Live)

The general rehearsal of the Third Melodifestivalen 2022 Semi-Final has just started. We are happy to be watching it live, at the SVT online press centre. We will be covering this rehearsal, describing in detail what is happening during the show, for you to follow the entire process.

This article is being updated in real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser and all the rest is on us!

We will keep you up to date with all the latest information and images off this semi-final rehearsal, allowing you to get a glimpse of what you will get to see tomorrow February 12, at 20:00 CET, when you watch the actual semi-final show on SVT and SVT Play.

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Sweden: Watch clips from the first rehearsals of the third Melodifestivalen 2022 semi-final!

As usual, a few hours before each Melodifestivalen semi-final, SVT published the rehearsal clips of all seven competing artists of the third semi-final of February the 19th.

A while ago, the 30 second rehearsal clips of the upcoming semi-final got published! You can watch the published clips, by clicking on the song title links below:

The competing songs of the third semi-final:

The lyrics of the songs were published on Tuesday February 15th, which you can read in more detail, in our corresponding article.

The process

Two songs will directly qualify to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022, which will take place on the 12th of March. The songs that will place third and fourth will have to compete again, at the fifth semi-final, held on the 5th of March. There will be four semi-finals in total.

Oscar Zia presents all the shows of Melodifestivalen 2022, while due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the shows for the national selection process that will represent Sweden in Turin this year, will be held exclusively in Stockholm!

Melodifestivalen 2022 finals will he held on the 12th of March, when we will get to know who will be selected as a representative for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin!

The detailed schedule of Melodifestivalen 2022 is described below:

  • First Semi-Final on the 5th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Second Semi-Final on the 12th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Third Semi-Final on the 19th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Fourth Semi-Final on the 26th of February, at Friends Arena
  • Fifth Semi-Final on the 5th of March, at Friends Arena
  • The Final on the 12th of March, at Friends Arena

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Sweden’s entry for Eurovision 2022!

Sweden: Listen to the song snippets of the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2022!

The Swedish national selection process moves on to the third semi final the upcoming Saturday, February the 19th! The third semi final of the national selection process of Sweden, will take place at The Avicii Arena in Stockholm, which is the largest hemispherical building in the world.

As usual, a couple of days before each Melodifestivalen semi-final, SVT publishes snippets of all seven competing songs of the semi-final. A while ago, the song snippets of the third semi-final got released.

The competing songs of the third semi-final:

The process

Two songs will directly qualify to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022, which will take place on the 12th of March. The songs that will place third and fourth will have to compete again, at the fifth semi-final, held on the 5th of March. There will be four semi-finals in total.

Oscar Zia presents all the shows of Melodifestivalen 2022, while due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the shows for the national selection process that will represent Sweden in Turin this year, will be held exclusively in Stockholm!

Melodifestivalen 2022 finals will he held on the 12th of March, when we will get to know who will be selected as a representative for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin!

The detailed schedule of Melodifestivalen 2022 is described below:

  • First Semi-Final on the 5th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Second Semi-Final on the 12th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Third Semi-Final on the 19th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Fourth Semi-Final on the 26th of February, at Friends Arena
  • Fifth Semi-Final on the 5th of March, at Friends Arena
  • The Final on the 12th of March, at Friends Arena

Which two of the above artists do you think will be the direct qualifiers to the finals, on the 12th of March?

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding Melodifestivalen 2022 and the Swedish entry for Eurovision 2022!

Source: SVT

Sweden: The lyrics of the songs competing at the Third Semi-Final of Melodifestivalen 2022!

Melodifestivalen 2022 started a few days ago, on February the 5th! The first three semi-finals of the national selection process of Sweden, are held at The Avicii Arena in Stockholm, which is the largest hemispherical building in the world and semi-final four, five and the final are to be held at Friends Arena, also in Stockholm.

A while ago, SVT, the Swedish national broadcaster released the lyrics of all seven competing songs, of the third semi-final.

You can read the lyrics of the third semi-final songs below:

1. Cazzi Opeia – “I Can’t Get Enough(Writers: Bishat Araya, Jakob Redtzer, Cazzi Opeia, Paul Rey)

(Ah ah, ah ah, ah ah)

I know that i’m a mess

I’m the first one to confess

I got issues

Baby I got issues

We both got pretty scars

But I love your every flaw

When I’m with you

I won’t try to fix you

So what, so what if we get drunk

Or get a little wild, sometimes

Oh I

don’t mind if we get in a fight

As long as we collide

I feel alive

Oh when you taste like that

And I could die

Oh with a face like that

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I’m haunted by your kiss

And the flavour of your lips

Let me have it

Baby I’m an addict

Oh no I can’t resist

Your touch, your fingertips

Is like no other

We’re perfect for each other

Oh so what If the world is upside down

As long as you’re around

I feel alive

Oh when you taste like that

And I could die

Oh with a face like that

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

Life is so much so much better

When we are together

So why be alone?

No one love me love me better

Lucky number 7

Baby you’re the one

And I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough

I can’t get enough of you

(Ah ah, ah ah, ah ah)

 

2. Lancelot  - “Lyckligt slut(Writers: Lancelot Hedman, Niklas Carson Mattsson )

Utanför porten

Står jag och ler

Ler som en idiot

Fåglarna sjunger

Sjunger i dur

Allt är så vackert nu

Men jag

Vill inte ha nåt vackert

Jag vill ha nåt som är fult

För vackert har ett slut

Jag kunde dö just nu

Med dig här i min famn

Vi dansar livet ut

Alla sorger blir till sand

För om tiden rinner ut

Om det är över nu

Får jag ett lyckligt slut

Kanske för bra men

Låt det va sant

Ljuger jag för mig själv?

Svävar bland molnen

Men väntar på storm

Allt är för underbart

Men jag

Vill inte ha nåt vackert

Jag vill ha nåt som är fult

För vackert har ett slut

Jag kunde dö just nu

Med dig här i min famn

Vi dansar livet ut

Alla sorger blir till sand

För om tiden rinner ut

Om det är över nu

Får jag ett lyckligt slut

Nej jag

Vill inte ha nåt vackert

Jag vill ha nåt som är fult

För vackert har ett slut

Jag kunde dö just nu

Med dig här i min famn

Vi dansar livet ut

Alla sorger blir till sand

För om tiden rinner ut

Finns det ett lyckligt slut

För nån som jag och du?

 

3. Lisa Miskovsky  – “Best to Come(Writers, David Lindgren Zacharias)

I won’t settle,

I won’t settle down

Not even if you’re telling me

I’ll be the chooser

Now or never,

now or never now

I’m leaving all you left behind

To light up the future

I would give it all I got

I will never run

Never hide

Never showing you, I cried

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

It will always hurt

Not in vain

More like driving in the rain

But I still believe the best is still to come

It’s still to come

Please just hear me,

please just hear me out

I’m heading down the highway now

Through the snow and the gravel

You can say that I’m different

that I’ve changed into this

What is lost can be found

It’s just a matter of time,

please don’t leave me like this

I will never run

Never hide

Never showing you, I cried

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

It will always hurt

Not in vain

More like driving in the rain

But I still believe the best is still to come

It’s still to come

I will never run

Never hide

Never showing you, I cried

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

Cause you will always see the darkness ahead of you

let me light up the future

I’m not giving you a chance to say goodbye

It will always hurt

Not in vain

More like driving in the rain

But I still believe the best is still to come

And it’s still to come

 

4. Tribe Friday – “Shut Me Up (Writers: Isak Gunnarsson, Robin Hanberger Pérez, Noah Deutschmann)

It’s way past half-to-nine

But you don’t seem to mind,

Do you?

You’ve got your sugar lines

I couldn’t dare to try,

But you

You’re so loud-mouthed

I’m so far out

Is it alright?

‘Cause I just wanted to say

She shut me up!

I really tried to speak my mind,

But she shut me up

And I hope it’s not the last time

She shut me up

She shut me up,

We’re suddenly so silent,

But that’s alright

You play pretend but I

I think we’re past that line,

Don’t you?

Oh, don’t you?

I’ve got to head back soon

Unless you make your move right now

She said

“You’re so pretty”

Am I really?

And I tried to reply

She shut me up!

I really tried to speak my mind,

But she shut me up

And I hope it’s not the last time

She shut me up

She shut me up,

We’re suddenly so silent,

But that’s alright

“Meet me in an hour two hours away”,

They said

But she don’t want me leaving so—

She shut me up!

I really tried to speak my mind but,

She shut me up

And I hope it’s not the last time

She shut me up

She shut me up,

We’re suddenly so silent,

She shut me up!

She shut me up, up, up, up

We’re suddenly so silent,

But that’s alright

 

5. Faith Kakembo – “Freedom (Writers: Laurell Barker, Anderz Wrethov, Palle Hammarlund, Faith Kakembo)

I don’t see the love

I just see the wounds

I just feel the struggle here in me

Can’t it be enough

Just being a human

I hate the way we make each other bleed

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing

I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Know my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

Till I find

My

Freedom

Oh until I

Find

My

Freedom

I can see the life

Where everybody’s healed

Tell me how much trouble would that be?

Cuz I know you and I

We could write the sequel

We could turn nightmares into dreams

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Know my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

Till I find

My

Freedom

Oh until I

Find

My

Freedom

I’m caught in a notion

I’m getting no peace

Proposing a motion

this world’s gotta see

Keep movin’ it forward

until you and me

Find

Find

Freedom

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing

I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Yeah my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

I won’t give up

I’m not afraid

No my hope don’t stop believing

I can trust

Won’t suffocate

Yeah my heart’s gonna keep me breathing

Till I find

My

Freedom

Oh until I

Find

My

Freedom

 

6. Linda Bengtzing – “Fyrfaldigt hurra! (Writers: Thomas G:son, Linda Bengtzing, Myra Granberg, Daniel Jelldéus)

Vet att jag inte är den bästa

Till och med värre än dom flesta

Men mina snedsteg gör mig ännu mera resolut

För ja, så länge jag försöker

Så gör det inget om jag dör nu

Ska låta mina lungor sjunga tills jag checkat ut

Och jag ska nudda himlen om jag så ska stå på tå

Jag ska visa världen att det går

Kan inte vänta längre, släpp mig nu

Jag tänker göra som jag vill

Finns ingen plats för trams

för jag har tight med tid

Kan inte vänta längre, hör mig nu,

kan inte ändra någonting

Vill säga tack, förlåt och skål för allt vi minns

och ta ett fyrfaldigt hurra för att vi finns

Jag ska leva detta livet

som att det faktiskt vore mitt

Bara sträcka upp ett finger för ”I don’t give a shit”

Jag ska riva alla broar

som inte leder någonvart

jag ska släcka alla bränder innan allt blir svart

Och jag ska nudda himlen om jag så ska stå på tå

Jag ska visa världen att det går

Kan inte vänta längre, släpp mig nu

Jag tänker göra som jag vill

Finns ingen plats för trams

för jag har tight med tid

Kan inte vänta längre, hör mig nu,

kan inte ändra någonting

Vill säga tack, förlåt och skål för allt vi minns

och ta ett fyrfaldigt hurra för att vi finns

Och jag ska nudda himlen om jag så ska stå på tå

Jag ska visa världen att det går

Kan inte vänta längre, släpp mig nu

Jag tänker göra som jag vill

Finns ingen plats för trams

för jag har tight med tid

Kan inte vänta längre, hör mig nu,

kan inte ändra någonting

Vill säga tack, förlåt och skål för allt vi minns

och ta ett fyrfaldigt hurra för att vi finns

 

7. Anders Bagge – “Bigger Than The Universe (Writers: Anders Bagge, Jimmy Jansson, Peter Boström, Thomas G:son)

I’m sitting here

In my apple tree

There’s a guiding light shining down on me

I can see the dawning of my life

Bigger than the universe

Just take my hand

Put your trust in fate

Let us leave this world for a better place

A place where all the darkest days are gone

And everyone’s a champion

Hear, my heart is

beating like a symphony

And every word is poetry

We are, we are

Reaching for the stars like

satellites up in the sky

In a world of you and I

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

As I’m sitting here

In my apple tree

There’s a rain of hope pouring down on me

I can see the sunrise of my soul

Bigger than the universe

Forever young

Join the ride with me

There’s an open road to eternity

We’re dancin’ on the edge,

we’re wild and free

Hear, my heart is

beating like a symphony

And every word is poetry

We are, we are

Reaching for the stars like

satellites up in the sky

In a world of you and I

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

We are bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

Oh, bigger than the universe

We are, we are

We are, we are

Bigger than the universe

We are, we are

The process

Two songs will directly qualify to the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2022, which will take place on the 12th of March. The songs that will place third and fourth will have to compete again, at the fifth semi-final, held on the 5th of March. There will be four semi-finals in total.

Oscar Zia presents all the shows of Melodifestivalen 2022, while due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the shows for the national selection process that will represent Sweden in Turin this year, will be held exclusively in Stockholm!

Melodifestivalen 2022 finals will he held on the 12th of March, when we will get to know who will be selected as a representative for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin!

The detailed schedule of Melodifestivalen 2022 is described below:

  • First Semi-Final on the 5th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Second Semi-Final on the 12th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Third Semi-Final on the 19th of February, at the Avicii Arena
  • Fourth Semi-Final on the 26th of February, at Friends Arena
  • Fifth Semi-Final on the 5th of March, at Friends Arena
  • The Final on the 12th of March, at Friends Arena

See you next time, when we will get the chance to listen to the one-minute snippets, of the seven songs of the third semi final, for the first time.

Source/Photo: SVT