With Eurovision 2020 cancelled and fans seeking relief, Swedish broadcaster SVT has stepped up and given us all a little slice of a Eurovision Song Contest. And tonight, in the conclusion of Sveriges 12:a — that’s “Sweden’s 12 Points” — the public and a jury of music professionals named their Eurovision winner: Iceland’s Daði & Gagnamagnið.
Yes! Iceland’s Dadi Freyr won with the maximum 24 points, securing top marks from both the jury and public with his cool retro-style track “Think About Things”. As a reward for their victory, the group will receive a statue of a Swedish flag and enduring glory. But they will also be invited to perform at Melodifestivalen 2021 as an interval act.
Second place went to Malta with 20 points. Destiny scored second place with both the Swedish public and jury. Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears scored 7 points with the Jury and 3 points from the public to finish third.
Juror Charlotte Perrelli said that the jury based their scores on what they could see themselves listening to after ESC and not only what’s good in the Eurovision bubble. They voted on what could be a hit on the radio.
Ties were broken using the public vote. SVT received a total of 1,461,000 votes.
Iceland wins SVT’S Eurovision: Sveriges 12:a
- Iceland 24 points
- Malta 20 points
- Switzerland 10 points
- Lithuania 9 points
- Russia 9 points
- United Kingdom 8 points
- Bulgaria 8 points
- Denmark 6 points
- France 5 points
- Italy 5 points
- Germany 4 points
- Belgium 4 points
- Australia 3 points
- Ireland 1 point
Countries that ended with 0 points:
Sveriges 12:a: Jury vote
Sweden’s so-called Eurovision Week started on Saturday, May 9 with the show Inför ESC, hosted by Christer Björkman along with comedian David Sundin, who we all know as one of the hosts of this year’s Melodifestivalen.
The Swedish public watched all 41 songs and voted for their favourites using the Melodifestivalen app. As per Eurovision rules, Sweden were not able to vote for themselves, so The Mamas didn’t compete. Instead they performed an acoustic of their entry “Move” and debuted their new track “Let It Be”.
The 25 songs that got the most votes qualified for the final. That means no automatic passes for the host country or the members of the Big 5. In the final — Eurovision: Sveriges 12:a — the 25 songs that qualified were presented to the Swedish viewers one more time.
Thanks to Wiwiblogger Tobias for his help with Swedish translation!
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