Changes have been made to the voting at Melodifestivalen, giving the public more power in selecting who will represent Sweden at Eurovision.
Changes have been made to how the international jury’s vote in this years Melodifestivalen. Previously the each jury only had to award points to seven of the twelve competing songs giving, 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points.
The new system brings in the Eurovision Song Contest method of voting. The jury will not be required to give points to ten of the twelve competing songs, giving 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points. This should remove the jury’s advantage, with Christer Bjorkman commenting;
When we decided to have twelve finalists, the voice of the people became more widely spread while the International Jury’s score was only divided into seven songs, thus becoming a higher concentration of high scores on the songs that collected them
To reflect the change in the jury voting, the number of points that the public can award has been increased to 638 points from 473. The change was made following pressure and discussions with some of the biggest Melodifestivalen fans.
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.