Melodifestivalen 2018

Melodifestivalen 2018
Dates
Semi-final 1 3 February 2018
Semi-final 2 10 February 2018
Semi-final 3 17 February 2018
Semi-final 4 24 February 2018
Second chance 3 March 2018
Final 10 March 2018
Host
Presenter(s) David Lindgren
Fab Freddie
Host broadcaster SVT
Participants
Number of entries 28
Vote
Winning song "Dance You Off" by Benjamin Ingrosso

Melodifestivalen 2018 was the 58th edition of the Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen, which selected Sweden's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition was organised by Sveriges Television (SVT) and took place over a six-week period between 3 February and 10 March 2018.

The format of the competition consists of 6 shows: 4 semi-final rounds, a second chance round and a final. An initial 28 entries were selected for the competition through three methods: an open call for song submissions, direct invitations to specific artists and songwriters and a wildcard given to one of the artists that participated in the Svensktoppen nästa competition organised by Sveriges Radio P4. The 28 competing entries were divided into four semi-finals, with seven compositions in each. From each semi-final, the songs that earn first and second place qualify directly to the final, while the songs that place third and fourth proceed to the Second Chance round. The bottom three songs in each semi-final will be eliminated from the competition. An additional four entries qualify from the Second Chance round to the final, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12. All 6 shows were hosted by David Lindgren and Fredrik Svensson, known as Fab Freddie.

The winner of the competition is Benjamin Ingrosso with the song "Dance You Off." He represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 which was held in Lisbon, Portugal, where he came seventh with 274 points.

Format

Melodifestivalen 2018, organised by Sveriges Television (SVT), was be the seventeenth consecutive edition of the contest in which the competition took place in different cities across Sweden.[1] The four semi-finals were held at the Löfbergs Arena in Karlstad (3 February), the Scandinavium in Gothenburg (10 February), the Malmö Arena in Malmö (17 February) and the Fjällräven Center in Örnsköldsvik (24 February).[2][3] The Second Chance round took place at the Kristianstad Arena in Kristianstad on 3 March while the final was held at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on 10 March. An initial 28 entries competed in the semi-finals, with seven entries taking part in each show. The top two entries from each semi-final advanced directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed entries advanced to the Second Chance round. The bottom three entries in each semi-final were eliminated. An additional four entries qualified for the final from the Second Chance round, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12.

Competition Schedule
Show Date City Venue
Semi-final 1 3 February 2018 Karlstad Löfbergs Arena
Semi-final 2 10 February 2018 Gothenburg Scandinavium
Semi-final 3 17 February 2018 Malmö Malmö Arena
Semi-final 4 24 February 2018 Örnsköldsvik Fjällräven Center
Second Chance round 3 March 2018 Kristianstad Kristianstad Arena
Final 10 March 2018 Stockholm Friends Arena

Presenters

In October 2017, it was speculated by Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet that former Melodifestivalen contestant and host David Lindgren would be one of the presenters of this year's competition.[4][5][6] On 2 November 2017, SVT confirmed that David Lindgren would be the host of the competition.[7][8][9] Lindgren hosted the competition in 2017 and also competed as an artist in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Competing entries

The twenty-eight competing entries were announced to the public during a press conference on 28 November 2017.

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Barbi Escobar "Stark" Barbi Escobar, Costa Leon, Andreas ”Stone” Johansson
Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" Benjamin Ingrosso, MAG, Louis Schoorl, K Nita
Dotter "Cry" Linnea Deb, Peter Boström, Thomas G:son, Johanna ”Dotter” Jansson
Edward Blom "Livet på en pinne" Edward Blom, Thomas G:son, Stefan Brunzell, Kent Olsson
Elias Abbas "Mitt paradis" Anderz Wrethov, Hamed “K-One” Pirouzpanah, Sami Rekik
Emmi Christensson "Icarus" Thomas G:son, Christian Schneider, Andreas Hedlund
Felicia Olsson "Break That Chain" Bobby Ljunggren, Kristian Lagerström, Joy Deb
Felix Sandman "Every Single Day" Noah Conrad, Parker James, Jake Torry, Felix Sandman
Ida Redig "Allting som vi sa" Yvonne Dahlbom, Jesper Welander, Ida Redig
Jessica Andersson "Party Voice" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Niklas Carson Mattsson, Jessica Andersson
John Lundvik "My Turn" Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik, Jonas Thander
Jonas Gardell "Det finns en väg" Calle Kindbom, Jonas Gardell, Mats Tärnfors
Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän "Min dröm" Thomas G:son, Alexzandra Wickman
Kamferdrops "Solen lever kvar hos dig" Herbert Trus, Danne Attlerud, Martin Klaman, Krstoffer Tømmerbakke, Erik Smaaland, Kamferdrops
Kikki Danielsson "Osby Tennessee" Sulo Karlsson, Kikki Danielsson
LIAMOO "Last Breath" Liam Cacatian Thomassen, Morten Thorhauge, Peter Bjørnskov, Lene Dissing
Margaret "In My Cabana" Anderz Wrethov, Linnea Deb, Arash Labaf, Robert Uhlmann
Mariette "For You" Jörgen Elofsson
Martin Almgren "A Bitter Lullaby" Josefin Glenmark, Märta Grauers
Méndez "Everyday" Leopoldo Mendez, Jimmy Jansson, Palle Hammarlund
Mimi Werner "Songburning" Göran Werner, Mimi Werner, Niki Niki, Carl Varga, Johan Åsgärde, Oliver Lundström
Moncho "Cuba Libre" Jimmy Jansson, David Strääf, Markus Videsäter, Axel Schylström, Moncho
Olivia Eliasson "Never Learn" Anton Ewald, Jonas Wallin, Astrid S
Renaida "All the Feels" Laurell Barker, Jon Hällgren, Peter Barringer, Lukas Hällgren
Rolandz "Fuldans" Fredrik Kempe, Robert Gustafsson, Regina Hedman
Samir & Viktor "Shuffla" Andreas ”Stone” Johansson, Denniz Jamm, Costa Leon, Samir Badran, Viktor Frisk
Sigrid Bernson "Patrick Swayze" Andrej Kamnik, Josefin Glenmark, Peg Parnevik, Sigrid Bernson
Stiko Per Larsson "Titta vi flyger" Stiko Per Larsson, Emil Rotsjö

Semi-finals

As in previous years, Melodifestivalen commenced with four semi-finals, which determined the eight entries that advanced directly to the final and the eight entries that qualified to the Second Chance round.

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on the 3rd of February 2018 at the Löfbergs Arena in Karlstad. A total of 6,617,451 votes were cast throughout the show with a total of 452,906 SEK collected for Radiohjälpen.[10]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Round 1 Round 2 Total %
1 Sigrid Bernson "Patrick Swayze" 951,260 92,476 1,043,736 15.83% 4th Second chance
2 John Lundvik "My Turn" 1,048,501 103,632 1,152,133 17.47% 2nd Final
3 Renaida "All the Feels" 1,037,549 89,358 1,126,907 17.09% 3rd Second chance
4 Edward Blom "Livet på en pinne" 801,616 63,826 865,442 13.12% 5th Out
5 Kikki Danielsson "Osby Tennessee" 555,466 555,466 8.42% 7th Out
6 Kamferdrops "Solen lever kvar hos dig" 555,778 555,778 8.43% 6th Out
7 Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" 1,184,738 110,417 1,295,155 19.64% 1st Final

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on the 10th of February 2018 at the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg. A total of 5,880,237 votes were cast throughout the show with a total of 396,252 SEK collected for Radiohjälpen.[10] Singer Petra Marklund, also known as September performed a cover of Lill-Babs's En tuff brud i lyxförpackning.

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Round 1 Round 2 Total %
1 Samir & Viktor "Shuffla" 1,166,434 70,629 1,237,063 21.09% 1st Final
2 Ida Redig "Allting som vi sa" 721,817 57,707 779,524 13.29% 5th Out
3 Jonas Gardell "Det finns en väg" 490,911 490,911 8.37% 7th Out
4 Margaret "In My Cabana" 805,016 60,198 865,214 14.75% 3rd Second chance
5 Stiko Per Larsson "Titta vi flyger" 529,194 529,194 9.02% 6th Out
6 Mimi Werner "Songburning" 744,801 67,923 812,724 13.86% 4th Second chance
7 LIAMOO "Last Breath" 1,051,127 100,136 1,151,263 19.63% 2nd Final

Semi-final 3

The third semi-final took place on the 17th of February 2018 at the Malmö Arena in Malmö. A total of 4,800,971 votes were cast throughout the show with a total of 432,824 SEK collected for Radiohjälpen.[10]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Round 1 Round 2 Total %
1 Martin Almgren "A Bitter Lullaby" 850,684 93,848 944,532 19.76% 1st Final
2 Barbi Escobar "Stark" 426,768 426,768 8.93% 7th Out
3 Moncho "Cuba Libre" 569,210 46,859 616,069 12.89% 4th Second chance
4 Jessica Andersson "Party Voice" 788,787 102,041 890,828 18.64% 2nd Final
5 Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän "Min dröm" 537,891 58,589 596,480 12.48% 5th Out
6 Dotter "Cry" 511,718 511,718 10.71% 6th Out
7 Méndez "Everyday" 701,557 91,553 793,110 16.59% 3rd Second chance

Semi-final 4

The fourth semi-final took place on the 24th of February 2018 at Fjällräven Center in Örnsköldsvik. A total of 4,866,749 votes were cast throughout the show with a total of 385,483 SEK collected for Radiohjälpen.[10]

Draw Artist Song Votes Place Result
Round 1 Round 2 Total %
1 Emmi Christensson "Icarus" 541,494 541,494 11.15% 6th Out
2 Elias Abbas "Mitt paradis" 605,644 39,845 645,489 13.30% 5th Out
3 Felicia Olsson "Break That Chain" 536,504 536,504 11.05% 7th Out
4 Rolandz "Fuldans" 737,996 80,005 818,001 16.85% 2nd Final
5 Olivia Eliasson "Never Learn" 601,932 46,425 648,357 13.36% 4th Second chance
6 Felix Sandman "Every Single Day" 693,167 70,118 763,285 15.72% 3rd Second chance
7 Mariette "For You" 816,976 84,609 901,585 18.57% 1st Final

Second Chance round

The Second Chance round took place on the 3rd of March 2018 at the Kristianstad Arena in Kristianstad. A total of 6,007,515 votes were cast throughout the show with a total of 346,287 SEK collected for Radiohjälpen.[10]

Duel Draw Artist Song Votes % Result
I 1 Margaret "In My Cabana" 877,351 59.27% Final
2 Moncho "Cuba Libre" 602,941 40.73% Out
II 1 Renaida "All the Feels" 884,188 56.43% Final
2 Olivia Eliasson "Never Learn" 682,801 43.57% Out
III 1 Felix Sandman "Every Single Day" 868,152 59.81% Final
2 Mimi Werner "Songburning" 583,305 40.19% Out
IV 1 Sigrid Bernson "Patrick Swayze" 741,226 49.13% Out
2 Méndez "Everyday" 767,551 50.87% Final

Final

The Final took place on the 10th of March 2018 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. A total of 13,993,975 votes were cast throughout the show with a total of 1,965,599 SEK collected for Radiohjälpen.[11]

Draw Artist Song Juries Televote/SMS/App Total Place
Votes Percentage Points
1 Méndez "Everyday" 2 1,351,896 9.7% 62 64 12
2[a] Renaida "All the Feels" 30 1,116,740 8.0% 51 81 9
3 Martin Almgren "A Bitter Lullaby" 43 899,049 6.4% 41 84 8
4 John Lundvik "My Turn" 66 1,349,766 9.6% 62 128 3
5 Jessica Andersson "Party Voice" 33 809,292 5.8% 37 70 11
6 LIAMOO "Last Breath" 52 1,171,247 8.4% 53 105 6
7 Samir & Viktor "Shuffla" 54 1,314,016 9.4% 60 114 4
8 Mariette "For You" 64 1,080,546 7.7% 49 113 5
9 Felix Sandman "Every Single Day" 94 1,401,767 10.0% 64 158 2
10 Margaret "In My Cabana" 62 904,893 6.5% 41 103 7
11 Benjamin Ingrosso "Dance You Off" 114 1,469,808 10.5% 67 181 1
12 Rolandz "Fuldans" 24 1,124,955 8.0% 51 75 10
Detailed International Jury Votes[12][13]
Draw Song Poland Albania Iceland Italy Cyprus Australia Georgia (country) United Kingdom Armenia France Portugal Total
1 "Everyday" 1 1 2
2 "All the Feels" 3 2 6 8 8 3 30
3 "A Bitter Lullaby" 2 8 3 2 7 6 6 1 6 2 43
4 "My Turn" 7 3 8 6 4 8 10 10 5 4 1 66
5 "Party Voice" 1 5 1 7 3 3 4 3 6 33
6 "Last Breath" 8 4 4 1 5 2 2 5 7 7 7 52
7 "Shuffla" 5 6 5 10 6 1 12 4 5 54
8 "For You" 4 7 6 5 8 5 7 2 10 2 8 64
9 "Every Single Day" 6 1 12 8 10 10 12 7 6 12 10 94
10 "In My Cabana" 12 10 7 3 7 5 8 3 3 4 62
11 "Dance You Off" 10 12 10 12 12 12 8 4 12 10 12 114
12 "Fuldans" 2 2 4 1 4 3 1 2 5 24
International Jury Spokespersons[14]
  • Poland – Mateusz Grzesiński
  • Albania – Kleart Duraj
  • Iceland – Felix Bergsson
  • Italy – Nicola Caligiore
  • Cyprus – Klitos Klitou
  • Australia – Stephanie Werrett
  • Georgia (country)Nodiko Tatishvili
  • United Kingdom – Simon Proctor
  • Armenia – Anush Ter-Ghukasyan
  • France – Bruno Berberes
  • Portugal – Gonçalo Madail
  • A ^ Renaida was given a second chance to perform after Rolandz, due to an earpiece malfunction during her original performance.

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