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Martin Stenmarck to represent Sweden

by Gordon Roxburgh 66 views

Tonight in Stockholm, Martin Stenmarck was chosen to represent Sweden in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest with the entry Las Vegas. He beat off competition from nine other songs in what was ultimately a two-way race. The public's favourite Nanne Grönvall finished second, gaining only 3 points less than Stenmarck.

These are the results of Melodifestivalen 2005:

01 – 212 points (102 + 110) | Martin Stenmarck – Las Vegas
02 – 209 points (77 + 132) | Nanne Grönvall – Håll om mig
03 – 135 points (69 + 66) | Alcazar – Alcastar
04 – 130 points (86 + 44) | Shirley Clamp – Att älska dig
05 – 116 points (28 + 88) | Caroline Wennergren – A different kind of love
06 – 43 points (27 + 22) | Jimmy Jansson – Vi kan gunga
07 – 35 points (35 + 00) | Sanne Salomonsen – Higher ground
08 – 30 points (30 + 00) | F. Kempe & S. Nielsen – Du och jag mot världen
09 – 15 points (04 + 11) | Nordman – Ödet var min väg
10 – 15 points (15 + 00) | Linda Bengtzing – Alla flickor

The voting was made up of eleven district juries that determined 50% of the final total, while the televoting accounted for the other 50%. A record 1,519,997 televotes were recorded, surpassing the 1.4 million votes recorded last year. The song by Linda Bentzing is officially placed tenth, as it received no votes from the public.

Nanne Grönvall said afterwards that “It feels like a victory, because the public voted me number one”. She obtained 373,928 votes to Martin Stenmarck's 208,716. Commenting on Martin's victory, Nanne said “Martin will do very well in Kiev!”.

The winning song Las Vegas is composed by the songwriting team of Niklas Edberger, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson & Tobias Lundgren, and will go onto represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest final on the 21st May in Kiev.

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