After their catastrophic result in Oslo, speculation arose as to the future of Christer Björkman's role as head of delegation for Swedish broadcaster SVT. Catastrophe has however changed to triumph, following Eric Saade's 3rd placing in Düsseldorf this year, restoring the faith of Swedish television viewers in Christer's capabilities.
Now the Melodifestivalen journey is coming to an end. Tomorrow 10 acts will battle for the spot as the Swedish representative in Oslo. EuroVisionary attended the dress rehearsal on Friday night to try to find out what’s new with the acts and take the pulse on the artists.
We now know the result of the four semi finals, and boy was I wrong in my predictions. I made the huge mistake of thinking that the viewer’s would vote exactly like they did last year. Then they voted all the big stars through to the final. But this year something has happened. The big question is what?!
Salem Al Fakir and Ola Svensson has advanced to the final in Globen as a result saturdays televoting result. Jessica Andersson and Pain of Salvation will have another chance to qualify for the final in the second chance heat on March 6th.
The swedish selection Melodifestivalen is ready to kick off with it's first semifinal at Saturday the 6th February, 20:00 CET. The scene will be the northern town of Örnsköldsvik. The criticised voting system used last year has gone through some important changes. We also have the reactions from the audience after the first public rehearsal.