All good things must come to an end. Next Saturday, Melodifestivalen, the national selection for Sweden at Eurovision 2018, will host the grand final in Stockholm. Shortly after the Andra Chansen show on March 3rd, SVT and Christer Björkman took to Twitter to reveal the final running order for next weeks show.

As per usual, SVT have mixed up genres to create an interesting final, but does it reveal any favourites?

Andra Chansen duel winner Mendez will open the show with his song “Everyday”, complete with his sexy backing dancers and just a tiny dash of pyrotechnics. The entry is high energy and fun, and a great way to open the show.

Continuing the high energy will be another Andra Chansen qualifier in Renaida and her song “All The Feels”. She’ll be bringing that swag and energy to Stockholm hoping to get that ticket to Lisbon.

Following that we have a string of direct qualifiers, in Martin Almgren with “A Bitter Lullaby”, John Lundvik with “My Turn”, Jessica Andersson with “Party Voice”, LIAMOO with “Last Breath”, Samir and Viktor with “Shuffla” and Mariette with “For You”. You can see that it’s a nice blend of ballads, slower tempo songs and more energetic tracks.

Rounding out the show will be our other two Andra Chansen qualifiers, Felix Sandman with “Every Single Day” and Margaret with “In My Cabana”. Since their qualification into the final, the two have been hotly tipped by fans to do very well in the final, and SVT are on board and have given the two great spots in the running order.

The hot favourite to win the competition is Benjamin Ingrosso with his song “Dance You Off”, and SVT have thrown him a bone by slotting him in at 11th. The uptempo, radio friendly song paired with a solid stage performance was already a great combination, but having him this late in the show could swing some extra votes his way and book his ticket to Lisbon.

Closing the show is the undisputed novelty act of Melodifestivalen 2018, Rolandz with “Fuldans”. Will the last spot in the running order prove successful for this silver sequinned fantasy? We’ll have to wait and see.

MELODIFESTIVALEN 2018 FINAL: RUNNING ORDER

  1. Mendez with “Everyday”
  2. Renaida with “All The Feels”
  3. Martin Almgren with “A Bitter Lullaby”
  4. John Lundvik with “My Turn”
  5. Jessica Andersson with “Party Voice”
  6. LIAMOO with “Last Breath”
  7. Samir and Viktor with “Shuffla”
  8. Mariette with “For You”
  9. Felix Sandman with “Every Single Day”
  10. Margaret with “In My Cabana”
  11. Benjamin Ingrosso with “Dance You Off”
  12. Rolandz with “Fuldans”

What do you make of the running order? When is your favourite singing? Let us know in the comments!

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Martin Månsson
Martin Månsson
2 years ago

Rolandz and Fuldans for the win!!

Jordan
2 years ago

Mariette or benjamin Ftw!!!:)

SpirK
SpirK
2 years ago

My top 12:
1. Felix (2/28)
2. John (4/28)
3. Liamoo (5/28)
4. Samir & Viktor (7/28)
5. Jessica Andersson (10/28)
6. Margaret (11/28)
7. Rolandz (12/28)
8. Renaida (13/28)
9. Martin Almgren (15/28)
10. Benjamin Ingrosso (18/28)
11. Mariette (19/28)
12. Mendez (24/28)
Prediction
1-4: Benjamin, Liamoo, Felix, Mariette
5-8: Samir & Viktor, Jessica, John, Margaret
9-12: Martin, Renaida, Rolandz, Mendez

tt
tt
2 years ago

To some of you below… Renaida in the final is an absolute mistake – there is no chance she can win and I would take Mimi Werner over her anytime. She is uninteresting, lacks charisma and has unmemorable vocals in her poor imitation of a radio hit.
In my opinion Benjamin and Mariette would flop in Lisbon – I don’t get any if this hype. Liamoo’s rapping is embarrassing.
The only potential contended for Lisbon is Felix but hey it’s just my opinion!

brunowskii
brunowskii
2 years ago

The winner will be playing between 8th-11th order

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
2 years ago

I hope the history from last year will repeat itself and Rolandz will end up in last place like “Boogieman Blues”.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  TheDrMistery

Im thinking it’s more likely it follows Hasse and ends in top 5 than last. It’s a Swedish thing

Marty Mc
Marty Mc
2 years ago

It’s going to be make or break for Sweden this year. Mariette has the best song, she deserves to go, together with Benjamin and Felix either one of these will give a top 10 place in Lisbon. Liamoo is a gamble, it is border line non qualifier, Jessica is non qualifier. Anything in Swedish will be a non qualifier, but i wont be suprised if the winner is Shuffla.. Rolandz or Mendez. Bless Mendez he has the worst vocals, but like the Polish song this year, its really catchy when listening to the studio version. The Swedish public will score… Read more »

Marko
Marko
2 years ago

I think it’s between Benjamin and LIAMOO…

Laburnum
Laburnum
2 years ago

I like Mariette and would love to see her at Eurovision, and while For You is a good song, it’s beneath her. I hope she doesn’t win so she can return with a better song. I’m also hoping Benjamin doesn’t win (because I find him and his song infuriating). I think Sweden should go for something more fun, because they’ve built up a great track record that I think any of these songs will find hard to follow, so I think Shuffla should win. Go Samir och Viktor! 🙂

Jairo
Jairo
2 years ago

My top 12 for Melodifesivalen final!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOEKstaG30I

Kaz
Kaz
2 years ago

I think Benjamin will win but I’d rather Felix. His song to me is the best by a lot. Then 2nd would be Mariette, 3rd Liamoo, 4th Benjamin and 5th would be Jessica and Martin. Renaida is fine too I guess. They weeded out a lot of the bad ones but it wasn’t enough to get rid of S&V, Mendez and Rolandz. Wish Stark, Cry, Patrick Swayze, Mitt Paradis (mainly those 4), Solen Lever Kvar Hos Dig, Osby Tennessee, Titta Vi Flyger, Icarus, or even Cuba Libre over anyone of them.

Jelly
Jelly
2 years ago

From a Lisbon perspective…

Potential last places:
Jessica Andersson (the singer, the song, the act, it doesn’t make any sense at all)
John Lundvik (will go completely unnoticed)

Potential qualifiers:
Martin Almgren (the mommy vote)
LIAMOO (the young vote)
Margaret (the Polish vote)
Mariette (the quality vote)

Potential top 5 finishers:
Felix (contemporary classic, good looking guy, catchy song)
Benjamin (amazing act, hot guy, catchy song)

Rhy
Rhy
2 years ago

My Top 12 (combined with my expectations of the actual results)
1. Benjamin Ingrosso
2. Felix Sandman
3. LIAMOO
4. Mariette
5. Margaret
6. Samir & Viktor
7. Jessica Andersson
8. Mendez
9. Renaida
10. John Lundvik
11. Martin Almgren
12. Rolandz

Belle
Belle
2 years ago

Solid final. My faves are Mariette, Benjamin, Felix and Mendez. I also like Samir&Viktor and Margaret. Go Sweden.

Io*
Io*
2 years ago

Mariette will represent Sweden in Lisbon.
I said!

Io*
Io*
2 years ago
Reply to  Io*

I’m going to bet some money on Mariette’s victory.

Zebb
Zebb
2 years ago

Surprised that odds are still favoring Benjamin, but that’s for good. 11th spot though and a little war between male pop pool afterwards if he’ll take trophy.

Milla
Milla
2 years ago

It’s not Björkman that selects the songs for MF! How many times do people have to say it??

Max
Max
2 years ago

Anything besides shuffla PLEASE

PP
PP
2 years ago

Interesting in past we had that uptempo song open and close the contest. This year we had 2 uptempo song on beginning and last 3 songs are also uptempo.

Lolek
Lolek
2 years ago

Send something fun this year Sweden, like Samir och Victor. Jessica Andersson or Margaret would also be fun choices.

If it has to be something ‘heavier’, than I’d be happy with Felix.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
2 years ago

Melfest has never relied on running order to nudge audiences into voting for a fave. “Euphoria” and “Heroes” each won from sixth place and “I Can’t Go On” was fourth.

If the song is strong enough, it doesn’t need to be given a sympathetic slot. Samir & Viktor for the win? 😀

Jordan
Jordan
2 years ago

In past in earaly 2000 s they put favorite for win to sing first or last when we had 10 song in final. They sing first when we had voting from beging like in Eurovision 2010,2011.

ale
ale
2 years ago

man I wanted shuffla but this order is so biased for Benjamin and it’s OBVIOUS.

Thespb01
Thespb01
2 years ago
Reply to  ale

It’s the same place Benjamin was in last year – as far as I remember, he bombed in the televote then.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  Thespb01

Doesn’t mean he will bomb now?

H5rre11
H5rre11
2 years ago

Please don’t send Fuldans or Felix! Send Party Voice for Sweden this year please ?? or Margaret I’ll also be happy with

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
2 years ago

Sweden has four outstanding choices to send to Lisbon: Benjamin, Felix, LIAMOO and Mariette.

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
2 years ago

The ones who are performing around the middle likely received the highest votes in their respective semi finals. The ones who perform near the end are usually the ones that have big production.

Escphbelgium
Escphbelgium
2 years ago

Why do I have a feeling that it’s going to be Renaida or Mariette who’s going to win.

Bb
Bb
2 years ago

I hope we send Felix or Benjamin to Lisbon. The others are irrelevant.

Samir & Viktor can’t sing live, I don’t even want to imagine the car crash at ESC. Mariette’s song is so beneath her, it’s truly awful.

Jake
Jake
2 years ago

I think Christer thinks Felix or Benjamin might be the best bet for Lisbon. Young, easy on the eyes, current, radio-friendly…it seems what Sweden does now all the time. I will say that this has not been a banner year for Sweden, but after seeing the Polish and the Icelandic finals, I think Sweden has nothing to worry about in terms of being competitive. What Sweden lacks is just a game changer like Loreen was…everything just feels safe and generic. I like S&V this year actually, but one thing we can count on is that neither the international juries nor… Read more »

Mikaela
Mikaela
2 years ago
Reply to  Jake

This comment is so true

zbz
zbz
2 years ago

Pls send Samir & Viktor, Margaret, Renaida or LIAMOO.
My 1st is Liam tho! His song touches me from the begin till the end.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
2 years ago

Have you watched Pay TV – Refrain Refrain from MelFest 2005?
I think you might enjoy it, as it touches upon some of the issues you feel very strongly about.

AltGr
AltGr
2 years ago

My list:

12: 11 of the songs
1: Felix

Kyna
Kyna
2 years ago

So happy that Felix qualified! I wouldn’t mind if they send him or S&V. Sweden should loosen up sometimes and bring party by sending Suffla. They might not be the best performers, but at least we would have some fun in the competition.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Kyna

Samir & viktor do have the best song (or at least one of the best) in my opinion, but they’re also fun. Isn’t that a great combination?

lasse braun
lasse braun
2 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

?
there is no good song this year!

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
2 years ago
Reply to  Kyna

lol “laughing stalk”

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  Kyna

I rather it be a fun contest than a contest of who sends the best serious dramatic song!

Kyna
Kyna
2 years ago
Reply to  Kyna

@Charles Oh calm down, we don’t actually have any good party songs at this moment, why not this one then? It’s not a joke entry anyways, songs can be entertaining too you know. UK, Finland, Cyprus and now Azerbaijan are not party songs, just generic pop.
Take a moment and look through the official entries, we have ethnic, country, metal, pop, rock, opera, ballad etc.. but no party song. This year we have much more different genres, it’s better than to have only two seas called pop and ballad.

doris
doris
2 years ago

Nah, we need to send shuffla to Lisbon. If we flop, at least it was a good song! Shuffla till Lissabon 2018!

Escphbelgium
Escphbelgium
2 years ago
Reply to  doris

You spelled ‘All The Feels’ wrong!

up!
up!
2 years ago

An open competition? This is all paved for Benjamin Ingrosso… Gosh, I really dislike him and his whole act…
Only Samir and Viktor would appeal to me because of their undeniably catchy song and their funny performance, but that will stay a pipe dream…

Diana
Diana
2 years ago

It’s definitely between Benjamin, LIAMOO and Felix to win. Why Margaret got the 10th slot is beyond me since she isn’t a favorite to win.
Samir&Viktor might have a chance to win to. I hope they Shuffla their way to lisbon somehow lmao. Plus we haven’t had a fun winner since Lena phillipsson back in 2004

AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

Benjamin has a great position in the running order!
I believe that it wil be him or Mariette. However, I personally route for John Lundvik and Samir and Viktor. Honestly, I’d love to see “Shuffla” at Eurovision! It will be interesting!

eurovision6
eurovision6
2 years ago

I think its between John, Liam and Felix, even if I hate Johns song.. I dont think anyone else as a chance at winning.

EA
EA
2 years ago

Just Felix for the win ?

Kirk
Kirk
2 years ago

Mariette is so beautiful. Wish she can win!

Gloria
Gloria
2 years ago

I can only see 6, 9, or 11 winning at this point. Samir/Victor may place high but no win. I predict top 5 place for em. My money is on Benjamin as he can get a Top 10 placing if he works on his falsetto

dicksbits
dicksbits
2 years ago

I think Felix is Sweden’s best chance at a qualification and decent final result in Lisbon.

@EugeneESCUK
2 years ago

Well Christer Björkman has made it very clear to his fellow Swedes who he wants to go through to Lisbon.

1) Benjamin Ingrosso or
2) Felix Sandman or
3) Mariette

As we know he gives help to his personal favourites when he’s a bit worried about them. The swedes will oblige no doubt.

None of the 12 songs is good enough for a Top 10 place in the ESC for me. There is nothing vocally outstanding here!!

Need to keep an eye on the iTunes charts over the next few days.

Milla
Milla
2 years ago
Reply to  @EugeneESCUK

Vocals don’t seem to be all that important if you look at some entries placing high in Eurovision over the years. Dima Bilan, Eric Saade, Verka, The Russian grannies etc.. Sometimes charm and to do something that keeps your memory alive is enough.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago
Reply to  Milla

Tbh benjamin ingrosso lacks charm. If we’re going on the charming tour sweden definitely needs to send samir & victor or felix.

Io*
Io*
2 years ago
Reply to  @EugeneESCUK

Hello, my old analytical prophet!
Here’s the result:
„The song that will represent Sweden at ESC 2018 is… For You by Mariette

Eve
Eve
2 years ago
Reply to  Io*

Someone is obsessed with Bjorkman, LOL

Dan
Dan
2 years ago

Song quality may have been much worse this year but at least we will have an unpredictable final with several potential winners.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Still there are like 15 more songs to go.

Sami
Sami
2 years ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

He probably meant Melodifestivalen this year 🙂

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

Song 6- 11 is where a winner is to be found. The rest shouldn’t bother. Speculate about numbers? Måns had nr 6, so LIAMOO next? Frans had nr 10. So Margaret next? Ingrosso has same position as last year. Lucky number? Wiktoria, Nano and now Sandman number 9? So Viewer favourite but not Winner? Hasse, Owe and now Rolandz number 12. Keep the fun up It’s fun speculating. I predict it will be one of the boys who will get it. Ingrosso, Liam or Sandman. I wish for Sandman but like all 3. Mariette not so much. She couldn’t win… Read more »

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

Benjamin all the way! Sweden can surpass Ireland with this song..

Mariah
Mariah
2 years ago

Off topic: Gromee just won in Poland!

Xeph
Xeph
2 years ago

We’re not winning this year, but Benjamin is our best choice for a high placement, and I also think he’s the most likely winner, he’s lowest in the betting odds, 1,73 vs second place Felix at 5,25.

Denis
Denis
2 years ago
Reply to  Xeph

I think there are others who could give us high placements too. Sandman, LIAMOO for sure top 10. Mariette could work too. Even S&V would be possible top 10 due to performance and fun rather than song.

Ari
Ari
2 years ago

Shuffla shuffla, simple because they’re fun to watch, unlike the rest.

Ari
Ari
2 years ago
Reply to  Ari

Just don’t make number 5 and 11 happen. Have mercy.

Ted
Ted
2 years ago

Mariette or Martin! Both outstanding. The rest is just okay.

David
David
2 years ago

I think Felix, Mariette or Benjamin will win. But my personal favourite is Mendez…. That song is so catchy.. If I have to choose on of the favourites though I have to say Benjamin!