Sweden: Anna Bergendahl the Melodifestivalen winner if Eurovision voting system was in place?

A very interesting article was published on the official website of Melodifestivalen. The question for the columnist is whether Anna Bergendahl would have been the winner of the Swedish national final if they had applied the Eurovision voting system.

To answer this question we need to keep in mind the differences in the way in which Melodifestivalen and Eurovision vote. At Melodifestivalen, public voting is done via a mobile app and not overall, but by age (plus those who vote by phone). Also at Melodifestivalen every voter has five votes that he can share as he wants, while in Eurovision the practice has proved that the overwhelming majority of the public only votes for his favorite song.

But let’s see now, according to the SVT article, why it is likely that the outcome of the Melodifestivalen final would have been different if the voting system in Eurovision had been applied.

Initially, as we saw in Anna Bergendahl’s “Kingdom Come”, was first in the three age groups of older people (over 45) and in voting by telephone. On the contrary, it was 11th (!) in the two younger age groups (under 15 years), while in the other two middle age groups (16 to 29 and 30 to 44) it was 6th and 3rd respectively.

Failure to participate in in-app voting would make the number of young people voting much smaller, as these ages usually do not vote by telephone, where there is a charge. This would automatically raise the balance in favor of older people, as their turnout would be significantly higher. Of course nothing is given and only estimates can be made, as it is possible that some of the young people who voted through the application, if this was not possible, would vote by phone.

Another important element that reinforces the theory that Anna Bergendahl would be the winner of the Melodifestivalen if the voting system were the same as Eurovision is that what matters in the second is to be first in voter preference rather than just having a general acceptance.

“Kingdom Come” received almost all of its votes from the three major age groups and those who voted by phone. If we take into account the above, then it is very likely that there was no in-app voting, but only by telephone and based on the extensive support received by Anna Bergendahl from the people who are most involved in phone voting. the winner of the public vote.

All of the above is not our analysis, but an article published on SVT’s official website for Melodifestivalen. What we would like to add is how striking the differences in voting between the different ages are and how they look in the new way of voting at Melodifestivalen, which has been used for the last two years.

A song that audiences under the age of 15 rank 11th in 12 competing songs, is 1st in all ages over 44!

However, the Mamas  were the winners of the Melodifestivalen 2020, with voting system that was known to everyone from the beginning.

Let’s enjoy Kingdom Come once again and wish Anna a try again, with an equally beautiful song:

Source: SVT

Sweden: Last minute change in the way the results are announced at the Melodifestivalen 2020 final

A last minute change has been announced recently by Swedish public television SVT on how to announce the results at the Melodifestivalen 2020 final!

The eight-member international jury will announce their ratings as they did last year. The differentiation will be made in the announcement of the public rating. What was true was that the results of the televoting were announced from the song that received the fewest votes, until it received the most.

This year this is changing and harmonizing with the system applied to Eurovision 2020. Anyone who is last behind the ratings of the international jury will announce the rating he received from the television audience. Then they will move on to the next coke. The ratings he received from the audience, the song that topped the jury’s ratings, will be announced recently.

“We believe that this change adds to the excitement of the program and that the outcome is more unpredictable in this way”.

(Karin Gunnarsson, producer of Melodifestivalen 2020)

The member of the international jury

The countries that will vote as international committees at Melodifestivalen are:


At this point let’s say that in 7 previous Melodifestivalen there was a committee from Cyprus, and in 2 there was a committee from Greece.

In the age group the teleconference at Melodifestivalen

With last year’s voting by age group, things get more complicated. Initially it would not be possible to vote via sms, as the producers of Melodifestivalen emphasized that sms votes were minimal. The only way to vote will be by phone or special application.

In-app voting will require you to state your age. Viewers will be divided into seven categories as follows:

Green: 3 to 9 years old
Turquoise: 10 to 15 years
Blue: 16 to 29 years old
Purple: 30 to 44 years old
Pink: 45 to 59 years old
Red: 60 to 74 years old
Orange: 75 and above

The eighth category will be voting by telephone, where age cannot be ascertained. The heart at the bottom of the screen will simply change colors based on which age group votes the most. It can have three different colors at the same time, making it difficult to see which ages exactly each song most votes for. Each user of the app will be able to give up to five hearts (votes) per song.

Source: SVT

Sweden: These are the candidates for Melodifestivalen 2020

This afternoon, Swedish public broadcaster, SVT, unveiled the remaining 27 Melodifestivalen 2020 contestants! We’ve known that Amanda Aas is one of them, since she was selected by the P4 nästa radio competition.

More than 2,500 songs were submitted for the 14 venues from SVT’s open invitation, with the remaining 13 being artists invited directly from Swedish public television.

Sweden’s biggest music festival  will be hosted by David Sundin, Linnea Henriksson and Lina Hedlund, who will also be presenting all six nights of the show.

Melodifestivalen begins its musical journey on February 1 in Linkoping with its first semifinal and concludes in Stockholm on March 7 with the Grand Final.

2020 is the penultimate year that finds Christer Bjorkman at the wheel of Melodifestivalen. He would very much like to win Sweden’s seventh victory and equalize Queen Ireland over his days.

The lineup as you will see below includes a number of comebacks as well as fresh suggestions that the modern Swedish music scene has to offer through Melodifestivalen. 12 of the 28 songs are in Swedish lyrics!

Linkoping – First Semifinal – 1 February

Malou PrytzBallerina
Felix SandmanBoys with Emotions
OVÖInga problem
The MamasMove
Suzi PMoves
Sonja AldénSluta aldrig gå
Robin BengtssonTake a Chance

Return here for Robin Bengtsson who represented Sweden at Eurovision 2017, but also for The Mamas who were in Tel Aviv this year. Felix Sandman in an effort, like Sonja Aldén.

Gothenburg – Second Semifinal – 8 February

Linda Bengtzing – Alla mina sorger
Dotter – Bulletproof
Anna Bergendahl – Kingdom Come
Thorsten Flinck – Miraklernas tid
Klara Hammarström – Nobody
Paul Rey – Talking in my Sleep
Mendez – Vamos amigos

Seventh entry for Linda Bengtzing, but also a return for Méndez who in 2018 had conquered the charts. Anna Bergendahl will try her luck again this year, hoping to win again ten years later.

Lulea – Third Semifinal – February 15

Faith Kekembo – Crying Rivers
Amanda Aasa – Late
Albin Johnsén – Livet börjar nu
Drängerna – Piga och dräng
Mariette – Shout It Out
Anis Don Demina – Vem är som oss
Mohombi – Winners

Lots of returns in this semifinal too. Mariette and Mohombi seem to be the strongest names here, though theoretically this semifinal in terms of names looks more lucrative than the others.

Malmo – Fourth Semifinal – February 22

Hanna Ferm – Brave
Nanne Grönvall – Carpool Karaoke
William Strid – Molnljus
Jakob Karlberg – Om du tror att jag saknar dig
Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron – Surface
Victor Crone – Troubled Waters
Frida Öhrn – We Are One

Nanne represented Sweden in 1996 with “One More Time”, and has since been considered one of the most important representatives of schlager music. Victor Crone has represented Estonia at this year’s competition and hopes to be on the scene for the second consecutive year with his home country this time.

Aftonblatet in its previous articles, which we informed you, guessed successfully 23 of the 24 names it had given as confirmed artists. It basically just lost Renaida!

The Second Chance procession will take place on February 29, 2020, in Eskilston, with the Grand Final taking place once again at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on March 7, 2020.

So we’re looking forward to the rehearsals to get a little taste of Melodifestivalen 2020’s songs. Until then we can once again remember the Melodifestivalen 2019 winner and Sweden’s representative in Tel Aviv, John Lundvik, who took fifth place in Tel Aviv with “Too Late For Love”.