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2,704,000 people tuned in to watch the last semi-final of Sweden’s Eurovision selection show.

A total of 2,704,000 viewers watched the last semi-final of Melodifestivalen live on SVT 1. This figure is down on last year, and has decreased by 204,000 viewers compared to last week’s semi-final three.

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 Lidköping on Saturday, the results were as follows:

  1. Pagan Fury – Stormbringer – Eliminated in first round
  2. Anton Hagman – Känner dig – Eliminated in first round
  3. Lisa Ajax – Torn – Qualified to Andra Chansen
  4. Arvingarna – I Do – Qualified to Andra Chansen
  5. Bishara – On My Own – Qualified to the Final
  6. Ann-Louise Hanson – Kärleken finns kvar – 5th place
  7. John Lundvik – Too Late for Love – Qualified to 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:

  • 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.

Source: SVT

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.

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