Sweden: Another two acts chosen for the national final

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Tonight, the second semi final of Melodifestivalen 2009, the Swedish national selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest was held. Another eight acts presented their songs and the televoters have chosen two more songs to move forward to the naional final. A record number of 812,874 televotes was cast.

In the first two rounds of televoting (removing the bottom three after the first round), the top four were chosen:

  • Lili & Susie Show me heaven
  • H.E.A.T. 1000 miles
  • Amy DiamondIt's my life
  • Måns ZelmerlöwHope & glory

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:

  • H.E.A.T. vs. Amy Diamond
  • Lili & Susievs. Måns Zelmerlöw

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

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

  • H.E.A.T. 1000 miles
  • Måns ZelmerlöwHope & glory

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

  • Lili & Susie Show me heaven
  • Amy DiamondIt's my life

The following songs are eliminated from the competition:

  • Lasse Lindh & BadetJag ska slåss i dina kvarter! (8th place)
  • Jennifer BrownNever been here before (7th place)
  • MarkoolioKärlekssång från mig (6th place)
  • Cookies 'n' Beans What if(5th place)

esctoday.com poll results

The poll voters and the televoters partly agreed. Måns Zelmerlöw was the clear poll winnerand qualified for the national final, but H.E.A.T. had only finished sixth in the poll and qualified. Lili & Susie and Amy Diamond were second and fifth respectively in the poll.

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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