Sweden: Last three acts chosen for the final

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Tonight, the second chance round of Melodifestivalen 2009, the Swedish national selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest was held. Eight acts competed and two were chosen by televoting to move forward to the national final next Saturday. Furthermore, the wildcard of the international jury was announced.

The second chance round was held in two stages. In the first round, the eight songs competed in pairs and the winner of each pair made it to the next round. The qualifiers were:

  • Sarah Dawn FinerMoving on (eliminating Scotts)
  • Lili & SusieShow me heaven (eliminating BWO)
  • Star PilotsHigher (eliminating Amy Diamond)
  • Caroline af UgglasSnälla, snälla (eliminating Rigo & the Topas Sound feat. Red Fox)

The four songs competed in pairs again and the two winners will enter the national final next Saurday:

  • Sarah Dawn Finer (eliminating Lili & Susie)
  • Caroline af Ugglas (eliminating Star Pilots)

At the end of the show, the wildcard of the international jury for the 11th spot in the final was announced:

  • SofiaAlla

esctoday.com poll results

The esctoday.com poll voters agreed 100% with theresults in thesecond chance round. Although Sarah Dawn Finer and Caroline af Ugglas had finished 1st and4th repsectively in the poll, it was the best possible match of poll results and actual results as the top three of the poll were all performed in the first half of the show so that only one of them could make it to the final because of the voting system in the second chance round.

The complete line-up for the national final in running order

  1. Måns ZelmerlöwHope & glory
  2. Caroline af UgglasSnälla, snälla
  3. AgnesLove, love, love
  4. H.E.A.T1000 miles
  5. EmiliaYou're my world
  6. Alcazar Stay the night
  7. Sarah Dawn FinerMoving on
  8. SofiaAlla
  9. E.M.D.– Baby goodbye
  10. Molly SandénSå vill stjärnorna
  11. Malena ErnmanLa voix

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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