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Sweden: Group M+ to Hasselt

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The group M+ won Lilla Melodifestivalen with the song Gränslös kärlek and will now represent Sweden in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Hasselt, Belgium. However, just as in the big edition of Melodifestivalen this year, the jury vote outclassed the viewers choice in the televoting. Winner of the televote was Ana, who ended up finishing in third place.

Ended in a bit of confusion
When the last points from the televoting were revealed an unfortunate error occured. It seems that a typing error in the host Shan Atci's paper made him announce out the wrong song number as the one receiving the highest points from the televote. This was however immediately corrected. But this confusion led to a moment of uncertainty about the final result and also caused a minor delay, not least for people covering the event. However, according to SVT the following should now be the correct, and final list, with the placings when both the jury and televotes are combined. The final points will not be released.

Results
1. Gränslös kärlek – M+
2. Jag vill inte förklara – Julia
3. Dansa är OK – Ana
4. Hela världen snurrar – Lu.Ke
5. Mamma förlåt – My
6. Utan dig – Nathalie
7. Du får ta mitt hjärta – LaLi
8. Coola brudar – Ida & Jessie
9. Vill du bli min tjej – Alex & William
10. Håkan Kråkan – Ludde

Ana got the highest points (60) from the televoting, but as M+ had received more points from the jury groups, the total number of points went in favour for group M + who thus become the winner of Lilla Melodifestivalen 2005. SVT received a total of 196,476 televotes and that amounted to 58 942 SEK for the charity organisation Världens barn.

This year, Lilla Melodifestivalen offered the audience a great variety of musical styles starting from a piano ballad followed by pop, disco and even latino inspired songs. 1400 songs have been sent in to compete for the chance to represent Sweden at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Only 10 entries made their way to the final.

Hosts
Nanne Grönvall is well-known to the Melodifestivalen fans as she has tried her luck as a singer and/or author of entries on nine occasions. As a child she sang all the time, wrote her songs and even organised song contests with her friends. Shan Atci is a comedian who made his debut on the Melodifestivalen stage in 2005 hosting one of the semifinals.

Voting
The winner was selected by adding the results of the vote of the jury members from 5 different regions in Sweden (North, Middle, East, West and South) as well as sms and televote. Regional jury groups announced their favourites by giving them 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points, but the rest of the songs received 2 points each thus there were no songs left without any points. The sms and televote had another points system, starting with 10 points and then 20, 30, 40, 50 up to 60 points.

Interval Act
During the interval act while jury members and televoters made up their minds, Darin, Lilla Melodifestivalen participants' greatest favourite, took the place on the stage to sing the medley of his songs. Later on, he taught Shan some of his dance moves. Nanne Grönvall entertained the public in the studio and televiewers with her song Avundsjuk / Envious

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