Every day until December 24, we’re stuffing your stockings with a new Eurovision poll and asking you to name the national selection you are most excited for and who deserved the ultimate last place (among other things). Consider this our advent calendar for 2015. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can let us know your thoughts each and every day by casting your votes. So grab your candy canes and let’s do this!
Day 8: Melodifestivalen runners-up
In recent years Sweden’s Melodifestivalen has become the most followed national selection across Europe and had a massive impact on the Swedish music industry. Participating artists enjoy endless media attention and their songs routinely become big hits — regardless of whether they advance to the final or not. In Sweden it really is possible to turn silver into gold.
With all that in mind, we want to know: Who is your favourite Melodifestivalen runner-up from the past decade? Review all of the songs below and then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many songs as you’d like, but you can only vote ONE time, so make it count.
2006: BWO – “Temple of Love”
BWO — that’s short for Bodies Without Organs — was the first wildcard act for Melodifestivalen 2006. Their entry “Temple of Love” placed second behind the bookies’ favourite, 1991 Eurovision winner Carola. Later BWO and their song achieved international success and also topped the Swedish charts.
2007: Andreas Johnson – “A Little Bit of Love”
After reaching third place in 2006, Andreas Johnson returned for a second try. Swedes showed him lots of love by sending him to the final with over 200,000 televotes. In the final he came up short, losing out to glam rock band The Ark, who were the favourites of both the national juries and the Swedish public. Andreas has taken part in Melodifestivalen four times since then.
2008: Sanna Nielsen – “Empty Room”
Sanna Nielsen took part in Melodifestivalen for the fifth time in 2008. She won the televote with 18.7% of the vote, but it wasn’t enough. Former Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli pipped Sanna to victory with a decisive win with the jury. In the end, 18 points was all that stood between these two divas. Sanna had to wait six years for her turn.
2009: Caroline af Ugglas – “Snälla snälla”
Caroline af Ugglas qualified to the final via the second chance round — and that only seemed to endear her to the Swedish public even more. Måns Zelmerlöw won with the jury, but Caroline fought until the end, along with Malena Ernman. Malena won with the public — and finished a mere 11 points ahead of Caroline overall.
2010: Salem al Fakir – “Keep on Walking”
Salem al Fakir was invited to Melodifestivalen 2010 by SVT and he took part with his self-penned song “Keep on Walking”. His song was the jury’s favourite, but the Swedish public decided to send Anna Bergendahl to Oslo instead. Big mistake. She went on to become the only Swedish artist not to quality for the Eurovision final.
2011: Danny Saucedo – “In The Club”
Former Idol finalist Danny Saucedo experienced the Mello final for the first time in 2009 as part of the boyband E.M.D. Competing as a solo artist in 2011, he placed second behind Eric Saade in both the televote and with the international juries.
2012: Danny Saucedo – “Amazing”
Danny Saucedo returned to #melfest the following year and brought some very expensive LED suits with him. Once again he had to settle for the silver medal when Loreen stormed to victory with “Euphoria“. Danny just couldn’t stay away and came back again the following year, but this time to host the contest.
2013: Yohio – “Heartbreak Hotel”
In 2013, Yohio caused fan hysteria in Sweden and received more televotes in the semifinals than any other song. He was the public’s favourite in the final too, but the international jury placed him second-to-last. Robin Stjernberg — who qualified to the final from the second chance round — snatched the victory.
2014: Ace Wilder – “Busy Doin’ Nothin'”
Ace Wilder was a relative unknown in the Swedish music scene prior to Melodifestivalen 2014. She qualified direct to the final, but was only a thousand votes away from being relegated to Second Chance. No matter. In the final the international juries put her on top. But after the televotes were added to the result, Sanna Nielsen won by two points. Two years later, Ace is returning to Melodifestivalen 2016.
2015: Jon Henrik Fjällgren – “Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje)”
Jon Henrik Fjällgren, a jojkare from the Sami part of Sweden, took part in Melodifestivalen after winning Sweden’s Got Talent in 2014. His song received over 660,000 televotes in the third deltävling. In the final, the international juries placed him third and the public ranked him second. Måns Zelmerlöw got almost twice as many televotes and Jon Henrik finished a distant second.