Melodifestivalen dropped 100,000 viewers week on week, but the number of viewers for the second semi-final is up on last year.
A total of 2,924,000 viewers watched the second semi-final of Melodifestivalen live on SVT 1. The show which had a share of 71.6% of all TV viewers, is up on the same show from the 2018 season. However, the show has lost 114,000 viewers between the opening show and this week.
Melodifestivalen continues to be down on the shows average between 2011 and 2017, when viewing figures consistently remained above 3 million viewers week on week. Seven acts took to the stage in the Malmö Arena. The competing entries, alongside the final results, were:
- Andreas Johnson – “Army of Us” – Qualified to Andra Chansen
- Malou Prytz – “I Do Me” – Qualified to the Final
- Oscar Enestad – “I Love It” – 7th place
- Jan Malmsjö – “Leva livet” – 6th place
- Vlad Reiser – “Nakna i regnet” – Qualified to Andra Chansen
- Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – “Hold You” – Qualified to the Final
- Margaret – “Tempo” – 5th place
The final of Melodifestivalen 2019 will take place on Saturday 9 March at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The remaining schedule is as follows:
- Semi-Final 3 – Leksand – February 16
- Semi-Final 4 – Lidköping – February 23
- Andra Chansen/Second Chance – Nyköping- March 2
- Final – Stockholm – March 9
This years contest is has four hosts: Eric Saade, Sarah-Dawn Finer, Kodojo Akolor and Marika Carlsson.
The winner of the contest will represent Sweden in Eurovision in Tel Aviv in May. They will succeed Benjamin Ingrosso with Dance You Off, who finished in 7th place in the 2018 contest in Lisbon. The producer of Melodifestivalen 2019, Christer Bjorkman, is reported to have said that he thinks at least four of the competing entries this year are capable of reaching the top 5 in Eurovision.
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.