Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country  Sweden
National selection
Selection process Melodifestivalen 2014
Selection date(s) Semi-finals:
1 February 2014
8 February 2014
15 February 2014
22 February 2014
Second Chance:
1 March 2014
Final:
8 March 2014
Selected entrant Sanna Nielsen
Selected song "Undo"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (2nd, 131 points)
Final result 3rd, 218 points
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2013 2014 2015►

Sweden participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Swedish entry was selected through Melodifestivalen 2014, a national final format that consisted of four semi-finals, a second chance round and a final, organised by Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). Sanna Nielsen represented Sweden with the song "Undo", which qualified from the first semi-final and placed 3rd in the final, scoring 218 points.

Melodifestivalen 2014

Melodifestivalen 2014 was the Swedish music competition that selected Sweden's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Hosted by Nour El-Refai and Anders Jansson, 32 songs competed in a six-week-long process that consisted of four semifinals on 1, 8, 15 and 22 February 2014, a second chance round on 1 March 2014, and a final on 8 March 2014.[1][2] Eight songs competed in each semifinal – the top two qualified directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed songs qualified to the second chance round. An additional two songs qualified to the final from the second chance round. Among the competing artists were Helena Paparizou who represented Greece in 2001 as part of the duo Antique and won the Eurovision Song Contest for Greece in 2005, Martin Stenmarck who represented Sweden in 2005, Andreas Lundstedt (participating as a member of Alcazar) who represented Switzerland in 2006 as part of the group six4one and Sylvester Schlegel who represented Sweden in 2007 as part of the group The Ark.

Semi-finals and second chance

Final

The final of Melodifestivalen 2014 was held on 8 March 2014 at the Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm. The two winners from each of the four semi-finals and the two second chance winners qualified for the final, creating a ten-song lineup. A mix of televoting/SMS voting and international jury voting selected "Undo" performed by Sanna Nielsen as the winner.[8]

Draw Artist Song (English Translation) Composer(s) Juries Viewers Total Place
1 Anton Ewald "Natural" John Lundvik 4 14 18 10
2 Ellen Benediktson "Songbird" Sharon Vaughn, Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren 31 30 61 7
3 Alcazar "Blame It on the Disco" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamid "K-One" Pirouzpanah 62 48 110 3
4 Oscar Zia "Yes We Can" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamid "K-One" Pirouzpanah 32 21 53 8
5 Linus Svenning "Bröder" (Brothers) Fredrik Kempe 46 37 83 5
6 Helena Paparizou "Survivor" Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Karl-Ola Kjellholm, Sharon Vaughn 57 27 84 4
7 Yohio "To the End" Andreas Johnson, Johan Lyander, Peter Kvint, Yohio 39 43 82 6
8 Sanna Nielsen "Undo" Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah 90 122 212 1
9 Panetoz "Efter solsken" (After sunshine) Johan Hirvi, Mats Lie Skåre, Nebeyu Baheru, Njol Badjie, Pa Modou Badjie 15 18 33 9
10 Ace Wilder "Busy Doin' Nothin'" Ace Wilder, Joy Deb, Linnéa Deb 97 113 210 2

At Eurovision

Sanna Nielsen at the first semi-final dress rehearsal

To ensure fair ticket distribution in the Nordic region for the semi-finals, the Eurovision Reference Group, at the request by the host broadcaster for the 2014 contest DR, held a draw at the European Broadcasting Union headquarters in Geneva in November 2013 where Sweden was drawn to compete in the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[9] During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Sweden was drawn to compete in the first half of the first semi-final.[10] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Sweden would perform 4th, following Estonia and preceding Iceland.[11] Sweden qualified from first semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014. During the winner's press conference for the first semi-final qualifiers, Sweden was allocated to compete in the first half of the final.[12] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Sweden would perform 13th, following Germany and preceding France.[13] Sweden placed 3rd in the final, scoring 218 points.

On stage, Sanna Nielsen was joined by five backing vocalists: Britta Bergström, Jeanette Ohlsson, Thérèse Löf Amberg, Dea Norberg and Jessica Marberger.[14] The Swedish performance focused on Sanna alone on stage surrounded by lights which eventually shone on a large glitter ball on the ceiling.[15]

In Sweden, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on SVT1 with commentary by Malin Olsson and Edward af Sillén.[16] The shows were also broadcast via radio on Sveriges Radio P4 with commentary by Carolina Norén and Ronnie Ritterland.[17] The Swedish spokespersons revealing the result of the Swedish vote in the final was Alcazar.[18]

Points awarded to Sweden

Points awarded to Sweden (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Sweden (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point


Points awarded by Sweden

Split voting results

The following five members comprised the Swedish jury:[19]

  • Michael Cederberg – Chairperson – playlist manager P3 radio, radio host
  • Robert Sehlberg – music director at RIX FM radio
  • Oscar Zia – singer
  • Sacha Jean-Baptiste – dancer, choreographer, creative director
  • Elli Flemström – artist, member of J.E.M

Semi-final 1

The Swedish votes in the first semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[20]

Semi-final 1 – Swedish Results
Draw Country M. Cederberg R. Sehlberg O. Zia S. Jean-Baptiste E. Flemström Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 11 4 5 6 2 4 2 3 8
02  Latvia 12 15 10 13 15 15 7 10 1
03  Estonia 4 6 6 4 3 3 11 6 5
04  Sweden
05  Iceland 6 7 4 3 12 6 4 4 7
06  Albania 13 11 15 11 4 13 10 13
07  Russia 8 2 11 12 13 8 12 9 2
08  Azerbaijan 15 10 7 10 5 9 13 11
09  Ukraine 5 5 3 7 11 5 5 5 6
10  Belgium 3 9 14 14 8 10 14 14
11  Moldova 7 13 13 9 6 11 15 15
12  San Marino 14 14 12 5 14 14 9 12
13  Portugal 10 12 8 8 7 7 8 7 4
14  Netherlands 2 3 1 2 9 2 1 1 12
15  Montenegro 9 8 9 15 10 12 6 8 3
16  Hungary 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 2 10

Final

The Swedish votes in the final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[21]

Final – Swedish Results
Draw Country M. Cederberg R. Sehlberg O. Zia S. Jean-Baptiste E. Flemström Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 11 16 11 18 17 13 11 12
02  Belarus 16 19 21 21 18 22 22 23
03  Azerbaijan 24 10 17 20 16 20 25 24
04  Iceland 6 6 13 6 15 8 7 7 4
05  Norway 17 8 5 2 6 5 10 8 3
06  Romania 18 12 24 12 14 16 12 14
07  Armenia 20 9 9 10 5 9 6 6 5
08  Montenegro 14 13 18 23 22 21 21 20
09  Poland 4 25 22 22 7 17 3 9 2
10  Greece 9 23 16 14 11 12 13 13
11  Austria 2 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 12
12  Germany 3 20 12 7 13 10 19 16
13  Sweden
14  France 7 5 8 17 8 7 14 10 1
15  Russia 13 7 19 15 24 14 16 17
16  Italy 15 24 7 19 21 19 24 21
17  Slovenia 10 18 23 25 19 23 23 25
18  Finland 12 17 3 3 10 6 5 5 6
19  Spain 19 14 15 13 23 18 18 18
20   Switzerland 21 21 20 24 25 25 15 19
21  Hungary 1 3 1 5 3 2 8 4 7
22  Malta 25 11 14 16 12 15 9 11
23  Denmark 8 4 10 8 2 4 4 3 8
24  Netherlands 5 1 4 1 4 3 2 2 10
25  San Marino 23 22 25 11 20 24 20 22
26  United Kingdom 22 15 6 9 9 11 17 15

See also

References

  1. ^ Dahlander, Gustav (10 September 2013). "Städerna klara: Hit kommer Melodifestivalen 2014" (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  2. ^ Fisher, Luke (13 November 2013). "Sweden: Nour El Refai and Anders Jansson announced as hosts". escXtra.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  3. ^ Vranis, Michalis (1 February 2014). "Result: Melodifestivalen semi-final 1 concluded". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (8 February 2014). "Two more finalists chosen in Sweden". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ Vranis, Michalis (15 February 2014). "Result: the Melodifestivalen semi-final 3 concluded". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
  6. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (22 February 2014). "Last semi-final complete in Sweden". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  7. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (1 March 2014). "Melodifestivalen final line-up complete in Sweden". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  8. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (8 March 2014). "Sweden: Sanna Nielsen wins Melodifestivalen!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  9. ^ Siim, Jarmo (24 November 2013). "Sweden and Norway drawn into Semi-Finals". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  10. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (20 January 2014). "Allocation Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  11. ^ Siim, Jarmo (24 March 2014). "Running order for Eurovision Semi-Finals decided". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  12. ^ Brey, Marco (7 May 2014). "First Semi-Final: Meet the winners at the press conference!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  13. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (9 May 2014). "Running order for the Grand Final revealed!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  14. ^ "ESCKAZ – Eurovision 2014 – Sanna Nielsen (Sweden)". ESCKaz. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  15. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (28 April 2014). "Hear the voice of Sanna Nielsen". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  16. ^ Albinsson, Mathilde (2 April 2014). "Malin Olsson och Edward af Sillén kommenterar Eurovision Song Contest" (in Swedish). SVT. Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Följ med bakom kulisserna i Eurovision Song Contest – Melodifestivalen och ESC" (in Swedish). SR. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2014: ecco l'elenco degli spokesperson" (in Italian). Eurofestival News. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  19. ^ Brey, Marco (1 May 2014). "Who will be in the expert juries?". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  20. ^ "Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 First Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 11 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
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