The Swedish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest was held tonight. Ten acts competed in Melodifestivalen 2010 and eventually it was decided that Anna Bergendahl will represent Sweden in Oslo with the song This is my life, written by Bobby Ljuggren and Kristian Lagerström.
Songwriter Bobby Ljunggren is a familiar face as he has already co-written four Swedish and one Lithuanian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest: Se på mig (1995, 3rd place), Kärleken är (1998, 10th place), Little by little (2005, 25th place in semi), Invincible (2006, 5th place) and Hero (2008, 18th place). Anna Bergendahl became famous when she finished fifth in the 2008 season of Swedish Idol. Her first album is to be released in April. Her song This is my life currently is on top of the Swedish single charts.
The winner was decided by a mixture of televoting and jury voting.
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esctoday.com poll results
The esctoday.com poll voters did not agree with the choice. Anna Bergendahl had only finished fourth in the poll with 8.6% of the votes. Poll winner Timoteij (39.1%) finished only fifth among the ten contestants.
esctoday.com national final awards 2010
The 2010 esctoday.com National Final Awards will be held between April and May, which means between the national final season and the Eurovision Song Contest. We will repeat the same format with two rounds for nominations which was used this year – you can read how it works here. However, this time the individual polls for each country will always be held right after the national final, when the entries are still fresh. You can vote for your favourite performance not to qualify in the Swedish national final here and for your favourite song not to qualify here.
In 2009, Sweden was represented by Malena Ernman with the song La voix. She finished fourth in the first semi final but dropped to 21st place in the final getting 33 points. In 2010, the country will compete in the second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest on 27th May.