We’ve spent five weeks scouring the length and breadth of Sweden.
And next week Melodifestivalen 2020 comes to an end in Stockholm.
Now we know where each act will perform as SVT has released the final running order.
Melodifestivalen 2020 Running Order
- Victor Crone – “Troubled Waters”
- Paul Rey – “Talking In My Sleep”
- The Mamas – “Move”
- Mohombi – “Winners”
- Hanna Ferm – “Brave”
- Méndez feat. Alvaro Estrella – “Vamos Amigos”
- Dotter – “Bulletproof”
- Robin Bengtsson – “Take A Chance”
- Mariette – “Shout It Out”
- Felix Sandman – “Boys With Emotions”
- Anna Bergendahl – “Kingdom Come”
- Anis Don Demina – “Vem e som oss”
Who does the running order favour?
In previous years Melodifestivalen winners have come from all points in the starting order.
That said, typically, the later the better. Specifically spots 6-12 are held in higher esteem than earlier positions. There are exceptions to this – Robin Bengtsson won from fourth in 2017 for example – but typically producers place songs they want to win later.
With that in mind, it seems The Mamas and Hanna Ferm are not the producers preferred choices for Rotterdam. Both acts have performed well on streaming – Hanna has actually led the pack so far – but the earlier draw suggests producers would rather this be forgotten on the night.
However, Paul Rey’s earnest ballad should make The Mamas a breath of fresh air. Hanna on the other hand seems unlikely to benefit much from her song sandwich. Mohombi’s midtempo track doesn’t provide much contrast visually and “Vamos Amigos” perhaps provides too much. After Semi-Final 4, the staging of “Brave” was criticised as too empty. Méndez and Alvaro Estrella may have problems, but they do the use to stage to full extent.
The other fan favourites Dotter and Anna Bergendahl appear to be held in higher esteem. Dotter finds her midtempo modern track sandwiched between a fiesta track and Robin Bengtsson’s more visually muted performance. That should help elevate her performance significantly, although it is curious she isn’t on later.
If we discount 2017, the winning song has been performed between spots 10-12 since 2016. The favourite with that draw this year is Anna Bergendahl. “Kingdom Come” is an upbeat alternative to midtempo “Boys With Emotions” and preceding the now annual Swedish party song closer, the final “serious” song in the running order. Both factors should help push Anna up the leaderboard higher than last year’s performance.
A note of caution: Running orders are not everything and it can all change on the night. In particular the jury vote is crucial: A bad vocal in front of the international juries can sink your chances of winning overall.
Does the running order give anything away? Do you think there’ll be a surprise winner? Let us know in the comments below!