Nearly 400,000 fewer viewers tuned in for the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2018, compared to the first semi-final just one week ago.
2,916,000 viewers watched on SVT 1, while 18,000 viewers tuned in to the sign language coverage of the competition. The second semi-final was the least watched second semi-final since Melodifestivalen 2018, and represents a year on year fall of 160,000 viewers.
The dip in viewership has been attributed to the Winter Olympics which are currently taking place in South Korea. According to SVT the drop in viewing figures is lower than the fall that occurred in 2010, but higher than the drop in interest that took place in 2014.
Seven artists took to the stage in Gothenburg on Saturday in the hopes of qualifying directly to the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 or going to Andra Chansen, the second chance round held on March 3rd. The results are as follows:
- Samir & Viktor – Shuffla (Qualified to the Final)
- LIAMOO – “Last Breath” (Qualified to the Final)
- Mimi Werner – “Songburning” (Qualified to Andra Chansen)
- Margaret – “In My Cabana” (Qualified to Andra Chansen)
- Ida Redig – “Allting som vi sa” (5th place, DNQ)
- Stiko Per Larsson – “Titta vi flyger” (6th place, DNQ)
- Jonas Gardell – “Det finns en väg” (7th place, DNQ)
Melodifestivalen is being used once again this year to choose Sweden’s next entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. A total of 2772 entries were submitted to Melodifestivalen 2018. Twenty-three artists are making their debut at the contest next year, with fourteen returning artists.
The 2018 edition of Melodifestivalen will be hosted by David Lindgren. He returns this year after hosting the 2017 edition of the contest with Clara Henry and Hasse Andersson. David is the third presenter to return as a host for a second consecutive year, the others being Kristian Luuk (2007 and 2008), and Gina Dirawi (2012 and 2013).
Melodifestivalen 2018 will take place in the following locations:
- 03/02/2018 (Semi-Final 1): Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
- 10/02/2018 (Semi-Final 2): Scandinavium, Gothenburg
- 17/02/2018 (Semi-Final 3): Malmö Arena, Malmö
- 24/02/2018 (Semi-Final 4): Fjällräven Center, Örnsköldsvik
- 03/03/2018 (Second Chance Round): Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad
- 10/03/2018 (Grand Final): Friends Arena, Stockholm
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.