On September 13 we reported on rumours that SVT had some major changes in store for Melodifestivalen 2015. Well today #melfest mastermind and executive producer Christer Björkman finally confirmed them and dropped a few new surprises about Andra Chansen and the final.
First, Björkman confirmed that the number of songs competing in each heat will drop from eight to seven, bringing down the total number of entries from 32 to 28. “This is a way to create more air in the program, a way to open up to create more live feeling and to give each song and artist more space,” he said.
Second, as always, the third and fourth place finishers from each heat will advance to the second-chance “Andra Chansen” round. But their road to the final just got a little bit easier. This year Andra Chansen will feature one round of duels, rather than two. So win your duel, and go direct to the final. Yes, that means four acts will advance to the final rather than just two!
That leads to the third change: 12 acts will compete in the final instead of just 10. This is the first time since 1997 that a dozen acts contested the #melfest finale.
Finally, SVT will take a queue from the Eurovision Song Contest and allow viewers to vote up to 20 times from one phone number. They can vote for as many songs as they would like.
What do you think about the rule changes? Will a bigger final make for a better final?