Six weeks of slayage are about to come to an end. On March 9 Sweden’s much-ballyhooed Eurovision selection Melodifestivalen reaches its grand climax.
Twelve acts will sing it out for a spot in Tel Aviv…and the coins that come with a chart-topping, Spotify-streaming hit. There’s a lot to play for and we now who will sing when in the final in Stockholm’s Friends Arena.
Melodifestivalen 2019 running order
1. Jon Henrik Fjällgren — “Norrsken”
2. Lisa Ajax — “Torn”
3. Mohombi — “Hello”
4. Lina Hedlund — “Victorious”
5. Bishara — “On My Own”
6. Anna Bergendahl — “Ashes to Ashes”
7. Nano — “Chasing Rivers”
8. Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO — “Hold You”
9. Malou Prytz — “I Do Me”
10. John Lundvik — “Too Late for Love:”
11. Wiktoria — “Not With Me”
12. Arvingarna — “I Do”
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Fans frequently say that performing in the latter half is a boost to one’s chances — you’re said to stick in the minds of televoters just before they enter the voting segment.
That seems to be good news for bookies’ favourite John Lundvik. The “Too Late for Love” singer performs 10th in the running order. You’ll surely remember that Frans performed in the same position in 2016, before going on to place fifth at Eurovision.
Of course, you could make a similar argument for Wiktoria. She’ll be getting very wet — with her on-stage rain shower — in eleventh position. Last year Benjamin Ingrosso took the crown performing in the same position.
The latter half theory isn’t a guarantee of anything though. In 2017 Robin Bengtsson sang fourth. And in 2015 Måns Zelmerlöw sang sixth before winning Melfest and Eurovision.
Do you think the running order gives anything away about producers’ favourites? Do you think it will actually impact the results in any meaningful way? Or does the best song always win? Let us know down below!