On Saturday night, Sweden will hold the grand final of Melodifestivalen 2020 and decide the Swedish act for Rotterdam. But there will be a change with how the results are presented. This year, Melfest will use a Eurovision-style results presentation, with the televote score given in the order of the jury results.
The news was confirmed today by Melodifestivalen competition producer Karin Gunnarsson. She commented, “We think it adds to the excitement of the program and that the result is most unpredictable in that way.”
At Saturday night’s grand final, the jury results will be presented in the usual way with the eight jury spokespeople revealing their country’s points. At the end of this, a total running will be presented with the contestants’ places after the jury voting. But after this things change.
In the past, the Swedish televote results were presented in order of lowest to highest. However, this time, they will be presented in order of the lowest to highest-ranked songs from the jury vote. So the entry with the lowest jury score will get their televote score presented first, and so on.
If the televote and jury favourites are the same — as is usually the case in Melodifestivalen — the act will be the last to receive their televote score and will also receive the highest televote points.
However, if a televote favourite was one of the jury’s least favourite songs, this act could get their high televote score delivered early on. This happened at Eurovision 2019, when eventual televote winners KEiiNO finished 18th with the grand final jury votes, but received a massive 291 points early on when the televote totals were revealed.
This system also led to one of the most dramatic moments of Eurovision 2019. After the jury votes were revealed, Sweden led the table. Being the last left to receive their televote points, John Lundvik eagerly waited to see if the televoters of Europe felt the same and had given Sweden its seventh Eurovision win.
But it wasn’t to be. Sweden was ninth in the televote and picked up on 93 more points, not enough to put “Too Late For Love” in the lead.
However, this format has been criticised for its potential to put too much attention on the less successful acts and for the winning moment being focused too much on the “losing” jury vote frontrunner.
It’s important to note that the Melodifestivalen voting system — the way the winner is decided — remains the same. It’s only how the points and eventual winner are revealed that will be different.
The grand final of Melodifestivalen 2020 will take place on Saturday night at Friends Arena in Stockholm.
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