Tusse is the bookmakers’ favourite to win tonight’s final of Melodifestivalen and represent Sweden in Eurovision 2021.
According to the bookmakers, the song “Voices” will take the Swedish ticket to Rotterdam. Eurovision World, which gathers data from a range of betting sites, gives Tusse a 62% chance of winning at the time of writing.
2021 is Tusse’s first entry to Melodifestivalen, the Swedish selection for Eurovision. He is best known in Sweden for winning Idol in 2019. He qualified directly to the Melodifestivalen final from the third heat of the competition.
“Voices” is composed by Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt and Anderz Wrethov. You can hear Linnea Deb discussing the recording of the song on a recent episode of The Euro Trip podcast:
🇸🇪 Tusse may well be a favourite for #Melfest victory, but he took some convincing to record the song 😱
Hear our full chat with #Eurovision winning songwrite Linnea Deb right here 👇 🎧
— The Euro Trip | A Eurovision Podcast 🎶 (@EuroTripPodcast) March 10, 2021
The running order of the Melodifestivalen final is as follows:
- Danny Saucedo – Dandi dansa
- Klara Hammarström – Beat of Broken Hearts
- Anton Ewald – New Religion
- The Mamas – In The Middle
- Paul Rey – The Missing Piece
- Charlotte Perrelli – Still Young
- Tusse – Voices
- Alvaro Estrella – Baila Baila
- Clara Klingenström – Behöver inte dig idag
- Eric Saade – Every Minute
- Dotter – Little Tot
- Arvingarna – Tänker inte alls gå hem
Other favourites in the show include Eric Saade with “Every Minute” and Dotter with “Little Tot”. Eurovision World predicts a 16% and an 8% chance of victory for these artists, respectively.
Eric Saade previously won Melodifestivalen in 2011 and represented Sweden in Eurovision that year with “Popular”. Dotter finished second in last year’s Melodifestivalen, just one point behind The Mamas. The Mamas participate again this evening with “In The Middle”. They are currently the fourth favourite to win, according to bookmakers.
The winner will be determined by a combination of professional juries in various countries and the votes of the Swedish public. The eight juries will be:
- United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
SVT removed Belarus from the list of juries on Tuesday, citing the current political situation in the country.
For the first time in the show’s history, the Melodifestivalen final will be available with English commentary via SVT Play. Bella Qvist and Olivia Le Poidevin will be the English-language commentators. The final will commence at 20:00 CET and you can watch via Eurovoix.tv.
Source: SVT/Eurovision World Image Source: SVT/Jan Danielsson
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.