The Mamas Sweden Move

Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the 25 countries that will compete in Sveriges 12:a (Sweden’s 12 points) this Thursday at 21:00 CET. In the show we’ll find out who will receive Sweden’s 12 points. 

Saturday May 9: Eurovision: Inför ESC

The first show, Inför ESC aired on Saturday.

Snippets from all the 41 songs competing in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest were presented to the Swedish audience but only the 34 semi-finalists competed against each other.

Unlike at Eurovision all 34 competing countries from semi-final 1 and 2 competed in the same show.

Between May 5 to 9 the Swedish audience could vote on their favourite countries from both semi-final 1 and 2 using the Melodifestivalen app. Each person could vote a maximum of five times per country.

On Monday May 11 SVT revealed the nineteen songs that received the most votes from the Swedish audience. There were nine from semi-final 1 and ten from semi-final 2. These are the following countries that qualified to the final:

From semi-final 1:

  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Norway
  • Russia

From semi-final 2: 

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Poland
  • Switzerland

In the final on Thursday all the 25 songs will be played in their full version.

Thursday May 14: Sveriges 12:a

The final will be held this Thursday on May 14 at 21:00 CET and will be hosted by Melodifestivalen veteran Sarah Dawn Finer. Sarah has both competed in Melodifestivalen and hosted the show as well. To Eurovision fans she is also known as Lynda Woodruff.

In the final 25 countries will compete against each other, that is the 19 countries that qualified from the two semi-finals and the six automatic qualifiers (United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and The Netherlands). When the final starts on May 14 the votes will be reset to zero and a new voting process starts. Same rules apply, each person can vote a maximun of five times per country. Similar to Eurovision 50 % of the votes will come from the audience and 50% from a jury group. The jury will give their 1-12 points and the Swedish audience will give their 1-12 points. The jury consist of well-known faces such as Melodifestivalen 2020 runner-up Dotter, Swedish Eurovision star Charlotte Perrelli and Eric Saade, Eurovision songwriter Fredrik Kempe, and Alcazar singer — and Melfest 2020 host Lina Hedlund.

When all the points from both the audience and the jury has been handed out  we will find out which country that will receive Sweden´s 12 points and win. Note also that Sweden’s The Mamas do not compete in any of the shows as SVT decided to stick to the Eurovision rule that you cannot vote on your own country. This also makes the result more fair. However The Mamas will perform in the final with their song “Move”.

The running order on Thursday May 14:

  1. Azerbaijan
  2. United Kingdom 
  3. Denmark 
  4. Estonia
  5. Australia 
  6. Lithuania 
  7. The Netherlands 
  8. Spain
  9. Poland
  10. Germany 
  11. Belgium
  12. Iceland
  13. Norway
  14. Ireland
  15. France
  16. Malta
  17. Finland
  18. Bulgaria
  19. Georgia
  20. Greece
  21. Switzerland 
  22. Austria
  23. Israel
  24. Italy
  25. Russia

Beyond crowning the winner, SVT will also highlight some of the most talked-about Eurovision memories, especially from Eurovision 2013 and 2016 when Sweden hosted the contest. And for those of you who don’t live in Sweden don’t you worry. The final show will be streamed live on Svt Play just like all Melodifestivalen shows. But you will not be able to vote.

Will you watch the show? And what do you think of the qualifying countries? Let us know in the comment field below!

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Lolek
Lolek
1 month ago

Currently watching. I must say I really appreciate SVT doing this. This has become my replacement Eurovision show. Much appreciated 🙂

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

In all honesty Swedes didn’t get the chance to get familiar with the songs before voting because these so called “experts” (many of them have nothing to do with the music industry) talked over all the songs and wouldn’t shut up. They were also kinda disrespectful.

Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
1 month ago

Tastes vary from country to country and region to region. I’m not going to hate that some of my personal top ten aren’t represented from either Semifinal. Enjoy Sweden and SVT!!

Rd02
Rd02
1 month ago

Weren’t the netherlands performing at place 23? I see what bjorkman did there.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Rd02

The Netherlands drew 23rd only for the now-cancelled grand final of Eurovision 2020, not for Sveriges 12:a. 🙂

Rd02
Rd02
1 month ago

Exactly. That’s what I say.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
1 month ago

On saturday Björkman said more than once Switzerland is his favorite.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

Yes like 100000000 times

Paul
Paul
2 months ago

…..Romania ?? Romania would qualify sorry but Sweden is only helping it’s Nordic friend and they are a afraid of Romania And Serbia…. HASTA LA VISTA SWEDEN

Per
Per
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Swedes did not like their songs, deal with it!

Kaden
Kaden
2 months ago

Ah so UK is 2nd in the running order…..too early to win unfortunately

I wonder if song 23 will win…..

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Kaden

It wouldn’t have won any ways. It is not a winning song.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

Where I can watch semifinal?

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Svt Play!

Constantinos
Constantinos
2 months ago

Can someone explain me why there are only 9 qualifiers from Semi-final 1? They were so sure that they would be this 10th finalist?

Serpent
Serpent
2 months ago
Reply to  Constantinos

I guess it’s because they don’t rank their own song so semi final 1 had 2 countries less for them than semi final 2, so it’d be fair to have less qualifiers from there.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

I was planning on watching it but thanks no thanks now that I realize a whole geographical region was left out.

YEE
YEE
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

if ur referring to the Balkans I guess that the songs this year just wasn’t liked by the Swedish public, they did not leave someone out, all songs were shown and the balkan countries this year didn’t make the cut 🙁

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Lol, OK? And why is that a reason to not watch?
Your loss really..

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Last time I looked at a map, Bulgaria and Greece were in the Balkan Peninsula

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

It¨’s not like these songs would have qualified in real life either.. They usually send much better stuff

Richie
Richie
2 months ago

Where are Latvia, Romania, Serbia and Armenia!

Great to see Ireland, Belgium and Georgia in the Final

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago

From that draw, I think Finland could win.

Serpent
Serpent
2 months ago

I agree with most of their qualifiers, they have good taste

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

Good that they’re doing something like this but seriously, those SF results are just horrible. 😉

Paul
Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Romania ?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Ukraine, Serbia, Albania, Armenia…there’s quite a few.

yodenman
yodenman
2 months ago

Well done to Sweden for trying to come up with a program that shows all the chosen songs and attempts to present them in a competitive format. Not ideal many people will comment but at least it’s a decent effort by Sweden.

cai
cai
2 months ago

sad to see no Serbia, Latvia, Ukraine, Albania, Armenia, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia. not everyone could qualify haha wish the UK did something like this

lukAS
lukAS
2 months ago
Reply to  cai

Romania probably didn’t qualify since they showed the live performance which wasn’t the best tbh, probably would have done better if people heard her studio version!!

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Latvia is not in the Final
TASTE!

GIOLO
GIOLO
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I don’t hate the song, but it looked like a sure bottom 3 in the semi for me

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom

She wouldn’t have qualified in real ESC either. She was always a borderline qualifier