National final season is all but done now for Eurovision 2015, so it’s fitting that this year’s final weekend features the jewel in the crown: Melodifestivalen. Sanna Nielsen and Robin Paulsson have guided us through five weeks of heats and Andra Chansen, all the way to tonight’s twelve-song final. Team Wiwi have been working tirelessly on the ground in Stockholm to keep you up to date with all the news, gossip and interviews ahead of the show tonight, which starts at 20:00 CET. For y’all who are out of the loop though, here’s a run down of what to expect and how to watch the show.
MELODIFESTIVALEN 2015 RUNNING ORDER:
Click each artist’s name for an interview with them, or click the song title to find out what the Wiwi Jury said about each act.
1. Samir & Viktor, “Groupie”
2. JTR, “Building It Up”
3. Dinah Nah, “Make Me (La La La)”
4. Jon Henrik Fjällgren, “Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje)”
5. Jessica Andersson, “Can’t Hurt Me Now”
6. Måns Zelmerlöw, “Heroes”
7. Linus Svenning, “Forever Starts Today”
8. Isa, “Don’t Stop”
9. Magnus Carlsson, “Möt mig i Gamla stan”
10. Eric Saade, “Sting”
11. Mariette, “Don’t Stop Believing”
12. Hasse Andersson, “Guld och gröna skogar”
MELODIFESTIVALEN 2015 PREDICTIONS:
The overwhelming favourite to win at this point is Måns Zelmerlöw with his song, “Heroes“. Having won our readers poll, the Wiwi Jury and being the runaway favourite with the bookmakers, it’s hard to see past a victory for Måns right now. He has come close and fallen short before though and he certainly has some stiff competition this year.
Obviously, there’s Eurovision veteran Eric Saade to contend with. “Sting” is another infectious pop song much like “Popular” was and Eric’s popularity with his fanbase can never be denied. He is only the third favourite though: Måns’ closest rival is actually Swedish-Sami singer Jon Henrik Fjällgren, with his traditional joik “Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje)“. It’s hardly your typical Eurovision song and has divided many, but Jon Henrik delivers the song with such passion that it’s hard not to be captivated. Finally, Mariette remains an outside bet with “Don’t Stop Believing” in amongst the wealth of male talent at the top.
MELODIFESTIVALEN 2015 – HOW TO WATCH:
SVT have been as strong as ever at keeping the international audience involved with #Melfest, with high quality streams available for all six shows. Tonight’s final can be viewed on the SVT Play website from 20:00 CET, with the show set to last two hours.
You can keep up to date with the show live on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and of course you can find out all the results and reactions here on wiwibloggs. Who do y’all want to win Melodifestivalen 2015 – or who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below!
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