It’s one of the most anticipated national finals of the season. Now Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the running order of the four semi-finals in Melodifestivalen 2019.
The announcement was made today in a live stream on social media. Mello boss Christer Björkman and assistant producer Karin Gunnarsson revealed the positions to an eager online audience, including the regular wall of colour-coded Post-Its.
- Pink: female pop
- Purple: male pop
- Yellow, other colours: “something our of the ordinary”
- Green star: Swedish lyrics
- Red star: At least one female songwriter
- Circles, check marks: the songs are confirmed, in their final version
Openers and closers
The first act we’ll see on stage in Gothenburg in three weeks time will be Mello 2017 runner-up Nano, who opens the first semi-final with “Chasing Rivers”. Sweden’s Eurovision 2010 artist Anna Bergendahl will close the semi with her song”Ashes to Ashes”.
The second semi in Malmö sees Melfest regular Andreas Johnson opening with “Army of Us”. And in what is perhaps a surprise position, Polish popstress Margaret will close with her song “Tempo” — suggesting she has a show-stopping performance in store.
Taking to the stage first at the third semi-final in Leksand will be P4 Nästa wildcard winners The Lovers of Valdaro with their song “Somebody Wants”. Closing the show will be Melfest 2015 runner-up Jon Henrik Fjällgren, who will perform “Norrsken”.
And opening the final semi in Lidköping will be fantasy rockers Pagan Fury who will bring the storm with “Stormbringer”. Closing that show will be Mello 2018 balladeer John Lundvik.
Does running order guarantee Melodifestivalen success?
It’s generally thought that the opening and closing positions in each semi are given to two of the strongest songs, so today’s reveal can offer clues to the songs likely to make the grand final or andra chansen.
While fans have various theories about the power and potential of performing first and last, it is no guarantee of going direkt till final. Sometimes it’s all down to the song.
Last year five of the eight direct qualifiers performed first or last. However, John Lundvik qualified after performing second in his semi — generally thought to be an unlucky position — while novelty group Rolandz qualified from fourth position. Conversely, in 2017, Loreen closed the last semi-final, a but despite being a much admired performer, she only placed third.
Much effort goes into determining the order of the songs. Each show contains songs in a mix of genres and languages, performed by different types of artists. As well, thought is given to ensuring the overall song order creates an entertaining television show.
Melodifestivalen 2019 – Semi-finals running order
Semi-final 1: Gothenburg – 2 February
- Nano – “Chasing Rivers”
- High15 – “No Drama”
- Wiktoria – “Not with Me”
- Zeana feat. Anis don Demina – “Mina bränder”
- Arja Saijonmaa – “Mina fyra årstider”
- Mohombi – “Hello”
- Anna Bergendahl – “Ashes to Ashes”
Semi-final 2: Malmö – 9 February
- Andreas Johnson – “Army of Us”
- Malou Prytz – “I Do Me”
- Oscar Enestad – “I Love It”
- Jan Malmsjö – “Leva livet”
- Vlad Reiser – “Nakna i regnet”
- Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – “Hold You”
- Margaret – “Tempo”
Semi-final 3: Leksand – 16 February
- The Lovers of Valdaro – “Somebody Wants”
- Dolly Style – “Habibi”
- Martin Stenmarck – “Låt skiten brinna”
- Lina Hedlund – “Victorious”
- Omar – “Om igen”
- Rebecka Karlsson – “Who I Am”
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren – “Norrsken”
Semi-final 4: Lidköping – 23 February
- Pagan Fury – “Stormbringer”
- Anton Hagman – “Känner dig”
- Lisa Ajax – “Torn”
- Arvingarna – “I Do”
- Bishara – “On My Own”
- Ann-Louise Hanson – “Kärleken finns kvar”
- John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love”
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