Sweden: First two acts chosen for the national final

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Tonight, the first semi final of Melodifestivalen 2009, the Swedish national selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest was held. The first eight acts presented their songs and the televoters have chosen two songs to move forward to the naional final.

In the first round of televoting, the top four were chosen:

  • AlcazarStay the night
  • ScottsJag tror på oss
  • EmiliaYou're my world
  • Caroline af UgglasSnälla, snälla

The songs then competed in pairs, the song with the most votes against the one with the fourth most votes and the one with the third most votes against the one with the second most votes. Those were the pairs:

  • Alcazar vs. Scotts
  • Emilia vs. Caroline af Ugglas

The favourite of each pair directly qualified for the national final final, the second placed song will enter the second chance round.

The following song will compete in the national final on 14th March:

  • AlcazarStay the night
  • EmiliaYou're my world

The following songs will enter the second chance round on 7th March:

  • ScottsJag tror på oss
  • Caroline af UgglasSnälla, snälla

The following songs are eliminated from the competition:

  • Nina SöderquistTick tock
  • Jonathan FagerlundWelcome to my life
  • Shirley ClampMed hjärtat fyllt av ljus
  • Marie SerneholtDisconnect me

esctoday.com poll results

The esctoday.com poll voters only partly agreed with the actual voting. The poll winner Alcazar (31.9%) have qualified for the national final. However, the songs placed second, third and fourth in the poll (Shirley Clamp, Nina Söderquist and Marie Serneholt respectively) were all eliminated from the competition. Emilia, the second direct qualifier, had only been #5 in the poll while the Scotts, who made it to the second chance round, were last in the poll. Overall, there was only one match in the top four.

In 2008, Sweden was represented by Charlotte Perelli with the song Hero. The song finished 12th in the second semi final but still made it to the final as a jury wildcard. Eventually, it finished 18th with 47 points. It was the first time since 1987/1988 that Sweden finished outside the top ten two years in a row following the Ark's 18th place in 2007. In 2009, Sweden will take part in the first semi final on 12th May.

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