After tonight’s final semi-final in Örnsköldsvik, the duels for Melodifestivalen’s second chance round have been revealed.
The duels for next week are:
- Margaret – In my Cabana
- Moncho – Cubra Libra
- Renaida – All The Feels
- Olivia Eliasson – Never Learn
- Felix Sandman – Every Single Day
- Mimi Werner – Song Burning
- Sigrid Bernson – Patrick Swaze
- Mendez – Everyday
The winner of each duel will advance to the Melodifestivalen final on 10 March in the Friends Arena in Stockholm. During tonight’s semi-final in Örnsköldsvik, Mariette with For You and Rolandz with Fuldans advanced directly to the final.
Tonight, Elias Abbas finished 5th with Mitt Paradis, Emmi Christensen was 6th with Icarus and Felicia Olsson 7th with Break That Chain.
Already qualified to the final from previous weeks are Benjamin Ingrosso, John Lundvik, LIAMOO, Samir & Viktor, Martin Almgren and Jessica Andersson. All of the performances are now available to watch on the official Melodifestivalen YouTube page. According to bookmakers, the favourite to win the contest this year is Benjamin Ingrosso with his song Dance You Off. At the time of writing, Mariette is the bookies second favourite.
The winner of Melodifestivalen 2018 will be determined by a combination of votes from international juries and the Swedish public. The winner will follow in the footsteps of Robin Bengtsson who represented Sweden in 2017 and finished in 5th place in Kyiv with I Can’t Go On.
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.