Since the start of the week, it was clear there would be a battle between the runner up of last years Melodifestivalen Danny and Loreen, who also took part in last years contest with ‘My Heart Is Refusing Me’ but failing to reach the final in Andra Chansen.
But not this year, after all ten finalists had performed, the international jury of eleven countries including Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Germany, France and the United Kingdom Loreen was on top followed by Danny and Molly Sanden.
After an interval act by Eurovision ’05 winner Elena Paparizou (”My Number 1”, Greece), who gave a ‘Chicago meets Pussycat Dolls’ rendition of last years Swedish entry ‘Popular’ , host Helena Bergstrom announced the results of the Swedish televoting. With 33% of the votes, Loreen was voted as the best act and therefore the Swedish representative in Baku in May, also breaking the curse of being in heat 1. Since the system of 4 heats and second chance have been introduced, none of the qualifiers from semi 1 have ever represented Sweden at Eurovision. Pre-contest favourite Danny, who gave a much better performance then he did 2 weeks ago, became for the second year in a row the runner up, bless him!
So that means we’ll see Loreen again in a few weeks time when we start our official countdown with all the selected Eurovision Song Contest participants. Watch this space. As for Danny, no doubt he’ll have a massive hit with ‘Amazing’ in Sweden and we are quite sure to see him back in Melodifestivalen at some point. As for now, we’re all out’melodifestivalen’ed and would like to say ‘Sweden see you next year’ with Danny’s finale performance of ”Amazing’. Enjoy!