Melodifestivalen viewers dropped slightly compared to last week, but the number of viewers for the third semi-final is up on last year.
A total of 2,900,000 viewers watched the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen live on SVT 1. Compared to last year’s third semi-final, this year saw an increase of 70,000 viewers. However, the show has lost 24,000 viewers since last 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 Tegera Arena. The competing entries, alongside the final results, were:
- The Lovers of Valdaro – Somebody Wants – 7th place
- Dolly Style – Habibi – 5th place
- Martin Stenmarck – Låt skiten brinna – Qualified to Andra Chansen
- Lina Hedlund – Victorious – Qualified to the Final
- Omar Rudberg – Om om och om igen – 6th place
- Rebecka Karlsson – Who I Am – Qualified to Andra Chansen
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Norrsken – Qualified to the Final
The above qualifiers will join Wiktoria, Mohombi, Malou Prytz, and Hanna & LIAMOO in the final.
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 1 – Gothenburg – February 2
- Semi-Final 2 – Malmö – February 9
- 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.