Over 3 million people watched Sweden select their entry for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest last Saturday.
A total of 3,243,000 viewers tuned in to watch the final of Melodifestivalen 2020, Sweden’s selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. The show featured twelve artists, with the winners being selected by a mixture of jury and public voting.
The viewing figures show an increase compared to the first five shows of the season, however this is the lowest number of spectators since 1999, where the contest was viewed by 3,212,000 people. Last year just over 3.6 million people tuned in to the final.
Representing Sweden this year will be The Mamas with their song “Move”. The trio were backing singers for John Lundvik last year in Tel Aviv and will be returning to the contest this May. The Mamas will peform in the first half of the first semi-final on May 12.
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.