The number of viewers tuning in to Melodifestivalen has fallen for a second consecutive week, with just under 2.86 million viewers watching Saturday’s show.
The viewing figures for the third heat of Melodifestivalen 2018 were the lowest seen for the equivalent show since 2011. 2,830,000 viewers watched the show on SVT 1, with a further 28,000 viewers watching with sign language on SVT 24. This represents a total viewing audience of 2,858,000.
Overall 76,000 fewer views tuned in to the latest show in Melodifestivalen, with the show losing 352,000 viewers over the equivalent episode in 2018. SVT cited last weeks viewing figure fall as a response to large interest in the Winter Olympics in Sweden.
Seven artists took to the stage in Malmö on Saturdsy night in the hopes of qualifying directly to the final of Melodifestivalen 2018 or going to Andra Chansen, the second chance round to be held on March 3rd.
The full results are as follows:
- Martin Almgren – A Bitter Lullaby (Qualified to the Final)
- Barbi Escobar – Stark – 7th place
- Moncho – Cuba Libre (Qualified to Andra Chansen)
- Jessica Andersson – Party Voice (Qualified to the Final)
- Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min Dröm – 5th place
- Dotter – Cry- 6th place
- Mendez – Everyday (Qualified to Andra Chansen)
Jessica and Martin join John Lundvik, Benjamin Ingrosso, LIAMOO and Samir & Victor who have already booked a place in the final. Moncho and Mendez join Sigrid Bernsson, Renaida, Margaret and Mimi Werner in the second chance round.
Melodifestivalen has been used for many years to select the Swedish Eurovision entry. 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 remaining dates of Melodifestivalen 2018 are:
- 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
Germany 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.