Swedish national broadcasting service, SVT, has announced which artists will go head to head in next week’s ‘Andra Chansen’ round of Melodifestivalen.
Following the completion of the four semi-finals, the Andra Chansen (Second Chance) round of the Swedish selection for Eurovision will take place next week. Here are the 4 duels for the show:
• Anis Don Demina vs. Ellen Benediktsson and Simon Peyron
• Malou Prytz vs. Paul Rey
• Felix Sandman vs. Frida Ohrn
• Mendez ft Alvaro vs. Drangarna
The winner of each duel will advance to the grand final, joining the eight artists that have already qualified for the final over the past four weeks.
The producers have placed one artist who came third in their semi-final against one artist who finished fourth in another. Traditionally, producers aim to pair similar songs together to generate a more varied final.
The second chance round will take place on 29th February, completing the final Friends Arena line up which takes place the following week on 7th March in Stockholm.
The winner of the contest will represent Sweden in Eurovision in Rotterdam this May. They will succeed John Lundvik with Too Late For Love, who competed in Tel Aviv last year.
The final of the event will take place in the Friends Arena, in Stockholm on March 7th, preceded by the Second Chance round (Andra Chansen) in Eskilstuna on February 29th. The winner of the contest will go on to represent Sweden at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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.