Following his victory in the Swedish national selection, Melodifestivalen, it’s Måns Zelmerlöw who will represent Sweden at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Following 4 semi-final rounds and last week’s second chance round, tonight was the sixth and final show of this year’s Melodifestivalen event.
The 12 finalists battled it out at the grand final of the Swedish national selection in a bid to win this year’s Melodifestivalen and go on to represent their country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Vienna.
Each act performed their official entries to both the public and jury at the event for the last time. A 50/50 combined international jury vote/televote then took place in order to decide this year’s Swedish representative. This year’s international jury was made up of an expert panel from 11 countries; Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Israel, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
Once the jury and Swedish public votes were combined, it was decided that Måns Zelmerlöw would represent Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Vienna with his entry Heroes.
Sweden: The story so far
Sweden debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 when the late Alice Babs was selected to represent her country with her entry Lilla stjärna. Sweden received 10 points, ending in 4th position.
Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest a total of 5 times; in 1974 (Abba, Waterloo), in 1984 (Herreys, Diggi-loo diggi-ley), in 1991 (Carola, Fångad av en stormvind), in 1999 (Charlotte Nilsson, Take me to your heaven) and in 2012 (Loreen, Euphoria).
Last year, Sanna Nielsen was selected via the national selection Melodifestivalen to represent her country at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. With her entry Undo, Sanna qualified from the first semi-final and ended in 3rd place in the Grand Final with a total of 218 points.