Efficiency is the name of the game in Sweden! Today SVT have announced that the running order for the Melodifestivalen final will be revealed during this weekend’s Andra Chansen show. Gina Dirawi and her co-hosts Peter Jöback and The Ark’s Ola Salo will be joined by Christer Björkman, who will reveal precisely when the likes of Wiktoria and Frans will sing, as well as the four Andra Chansen duel winners.
The implication of this news is that SVT clearly have an idea about who will qualify from each duel already. It’s likely that the running order for the final has already been drawn up with these assumptions in mind. If there’s any shocks on Saturday night, then there could be some awkward faces at SVT — and a very interesting running order. It’s worth bearing in mind that since 2009, only one song has ever won the Melodifestivalen final from the “first half” of the final. That, of course, happened to be a certain Måns Zelmerlöw…
In the same announcement, it was also confirmed that this week’s musical guest will be Hasse Andersson. It’s fair to say Hasse’s popularity baffled our Wiwi Jury last year. But after coming through his Andra Chansen duel, he finished a spectacular fourth place in the final, even beating Eric Saade. Sweden clearly loves him and, well, that’s good enough for us.
Of course, SVT will also be in charge of the running order for the Eurovision grand final too. Usually, we have to wait until the early hours of the morning after the second semi final to find out who will perform when on the Saturday night. Could SVT work some magic and make a decision during the show on the Thursday night?
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