It’s one of the most anticipated national finals of the season. Melodifestivalen 2020 gets off and running in less than a month and now Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the running order of the four semi-finals.
Yesterday, SVT teased the running order announcement on social media. The Melodifestivalen accounts uploaded a picture of the famous post-it notes, pixelated. Now, we can finally see the running order intact, and it does well to hype us up before the selection ensues in early February.
Openers and closers
The first act we’ll see on stage in Linköping on 1 February will be The Mamas, who open the first semi-final with “Move”. Felix Sandman will close the semi with “Boys with Emotions”.
The second semi, which will take place in Gothenburg on 8 February, sees Klara Hammarström opening the show with “Nobody”. The singer who will receive the honour of closing the Gothenburg semi is Anna Bergendahl, with her song “Kingdom Come”.
Taking to the stage first at the 15 February third semi-final in Luleå will be Mariette, who will perform “Shout It Out”, with the final performer being Mohombi with “Winners”.
Finally, on 22 February in Malmö, the star-studded fourth semi-final will be opened by Frida Öhrn and “We Are One”. The last performer of the semi-final phase will be Hanna Ferm, who will perform “Brave”.
Melodifestivalen 2020 running order
Semi-final 1: Linköping – 1 February
- The Mamas — “Move”
- Suzi P — “Moves”
- Robin Bengtsson — “Take a Chance”
- Malou Prytz — “Ballerina”
- OVÖ — “Inga problem”
- Sonja Aldén — “Sluta aldrig gå”
- Felix Sandman — “Boys with Emotions”
Semi-final 2: Gothenburg – 8 February
- Klara Hammarström — “Nobody”
- Thorsten Flinck — “Miraklernas tid”
- Dotter — “Bulletproof”
- Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella — “Vamos amigos”
- Linda Bengtzing — “Alla mina sorger”
- Paul Rey — “Talking in My Sleep”
- Anna Bergendahl — “Kingdom Come”
Semi-final 3: Luleå – 15 February
- Mariette — “Shout It Out”
- Albin Johnsén — “Livet borjar nu”
- Drängarna — “Piga och dräng”
- Amanda Aasa — “Late”
- Anis Don Demina — “Vem är som oss”
- Faith Kakembo — “Crying Rivers”
- Mohombi — “Winners”
Semi-final 4: Malmö – 22 February
- Frida Öhrn — “We Are One”
- William Strid — “Molnljus”
- Nanne Grönvall — “Carpool Karaoke”
- Victor Crone — “Troubled Waters”
- Ellen Benediktson & Simon Peyron — “Surface”
- Jakob Karlberg — “Om du tror att jag saknar dig”
- Hanna Ferm — “Brave”
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.
Performing last is generally considered to be advantageous. Margaret’s “Tempo” is the only song performed last which did not progress at least to Andra Chansen in the last five years. Furthermore, both “Heroes” and “Too Late for Love” were performed last in the fourth semi-final, while “Euphoria” and “Dance You Off” were performed last in the first semi-final of their respective years. This year, those spots go to Felix Sandman and Hanna Ferm, both of whom have finished in the Top Three in the last two years.
The other semi-finals will be closed by Melodifestivalen 2010 winner Anna Bergendahl and Mohombi, who finished fifth last year with “Hello”.
Other big names such as Mariette and The Mamas will open their respective semis. On the other hand, Eurovision 2019 singer Victor Crone and Melfest 2017 winner Robin Bengtsson will have to battle their way from more modest spots in the running order.
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. Thought is also given to ensuring the overall song order creates an entertaining television show.
What do you think of the Melfest 2020 running order? Are you surprised by any of the placings? Will the running order help certain artists? Share your thoughts below.