Alcazar (pictured) and the teenage girl group Bubbles were tonight the last two acts to qualify to the Swedish national final Melodifestivalen 2003, which will take place in Globen in Stockholm on Saturday, March 15.
Almost 342,000 viewers voted for one of the eight acts who finished third or fourth in one of the four preselections and whose performances were rebroadcast tonight, in the accumulation heat called The Viewers' Choice. Two more entrants were added to the final list; Alcazar with Not a Sinner, nor a Saint and Bubbles with T.K.O. (knock you out), which is an abbreviation for technical knock out. Due to the age rule, only three of the five girls will participate in Globen. After the recordings of the songs were broadcast, one participant from each act was interviewed by the two hosts.
Bubbles and Alcazar (background); winners of fifth preselection
As interval act, Carola sung the Swedish version of Autumn Leaf, which was submitted to the broadcaster SVT, but later, on the same day as the announcement of the 32 preselection entries took place, disqualified, since the star wanted another artist than herself to perform it. With Carola's voice capacity and her qualities as an interpreter, this evocative ballad could have been a dangerous threat to its competitor if she had not opposed to sing it.
Tonight, SVT put all ten final entries online. Access the page from the link below.