In one week, Sweden will decide who wins Melodifestivalen 2021, and as such will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight, the last four spots for the final were filled as the Andra chansen (Second chance) round took place.
Through four preliminary heats, eight acts had already qualified for the final. These are:
- Danny Saucedo and Arvingarna (Sweden 1993) who won the first heat
- Dotter and Anton Ewald who won the second heat
- Charlotte Perrelli (Sweden 1999 and 2008) and Tusse who won the third heat
- Eric Saade (Sweden 2011) and The Mamas (Sweden 2020) won the fourth heat
Andra chansen result
Each of the four heats also provided us with two acts each for the second chance round, and tonight, these acts met in duels.
Duel 1: Alvaro Estrella – Baila Baila vs. Lillasyster – Pretender
Winner: Alvaro Estrella – Baila Baila
Duel 2: Frida Green – The Silence vs. Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
Winner: Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
Duel 3: Eva Rydberg & Ewa Roos – Rena Rama Ding Dong vs. Clara Klingenström – Behöver Inte Dig Idag
Winner: Clara Klingenström – Behöver Inte Dig Idag
Duel 4: Klara Hammarström – Beat Of Broken Hearts vs. Efraim Leo – Best Of Me
Winner: Klara Hammarström – Beat Of Broken Hearts
Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest
With two wins within the past eight years, Sweden is catching up on Ireland’s record with seven Eurovision victories. Sweden is now only one down.
Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Sweden only failed to reach the final once. By a coincidence that was in 2010 where Anna Bergendahl’s This Is My Life finished 11th in the final, and where Denmark came 4th in the final with a song rejected for the Swedish selection!
Since 2014, things however have been extremely impressive with only finishing outside top 5 once in this period. First Sanna Nielsen came third in 2014, then Måns Zelmerlöw won in ’15 and finally Frans, Robin Bengtsson and John Lundvik finished 5th. Sweden’s only none top 5 result was a 7th place achieved by Benjamin Ingrosso.