Sweden: Anna Bergendahl to Oslo

Sweden: Anna Bergendahl to Oslo
Anna Bergendahl - photo: Alain Douit (EBU)
Stockholm, Sweden -

One of the most awaited national finals this year took place in Stockholm's golfball Globen Arena tonight: Melodifestivalen, Sweden's most successful TV-show and the nation's way to select their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Approximately 4 million viewers followed the exciting event after a string of semi-finals had been held in various Swedish cities. Out of ten songs on stage tonight, it was finally Anna Bergendahl who got the maximum points and will now represent Sweden in Europe's favourite TV-show.

In tonight's final, a mix of Melodifestivalen veterans and newcomers took part. Darin, Timoteij, Salem Al Fakir, Anna Bergendahl and Eric Saade were all new to the festival while the others had at least participated once before. One of them, Jessica Andersson, had actually represented Sweden before as one half of the duo Fame which reached a respectable 5th place in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga.

The decision in tonight's Melodifestivalen was taken by five regional Swedish juries, six international juries from Ireland, France, Norway, Greece, Serbia and Russia and televote. Altogether, 1,7 million televotes had been cast with the winner - Anna Bergendahl - getting 363546 of them.

The 10 songs competing in tonight's final were the following (winner in bold)

  • Darin - You're Out Of My Life
  • Pernilla Wahlgren - Jag Vill Om Du Vågar
  • Andreas Johnson - We Can Work It Out
  • Timoteij - Kom
  • Peter Jöback - Hollow
  • Ola - Unstoppable
  • Jessica Andersson - I Did it For Love
  • Salem Al Fakir - Keep On Walking
  • Anna Bergendahl - This Is My Life
  • Eric Saade - Manboy

The hosts of tonight's show were Christine Meltzer, Måns Zelmerlöw and popular Hollywood actor Dolph Lundgren. The interval act consisted of a "battle" between Norway and Sweden with lots of former Eurovision Song Contest participants from those two countries singing parts of their songs, like the 1985 winners Bobbysocks, the Norwegian participants in 2005, Wig Wam, and Swedish group One More Time who secured a third place for their native country in the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest. Get to know the winner below, in our video!

Sweden reached the final of last year's Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow where Malena Ernman's La Voix was ultimately 21st.

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  • Posted on 25 April 2010 at 08:23
    I just wanna appologise for my resent comment. Ive relistened to the song and have to say. This is the most honest, real,pure song this year. She touches my heart with the lyrics absolut. I really hope she will do well. Sadly to many of us dont listen to the lyrics in this contest.
    Good luck Anna. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 March 2010 at 15:18
    Sweden takes my number 4 spot this year!
    Good luck! from Moldova, with love... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 March 2010 at 21:28
  • Posted on 23 March 2010 at 20:44
    shame, shame, SHAME ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2010 at 19:08
  • Posted on 22 March 2010 at 18:35
    Dima Bilan Syndrome? Oh my god..
    Like there havn't been other Ballads winning ESC before? Actually, it's said that Ballads have been the most succesfull songs in the contest.
    I doubt it won't get a single point from Russia, that would be very wierd.
    Such a good song, and a cute blonde Swedish girl with an amazing voice singing it, can it get better?

    A ballad will win this year, either this one or Ireland's entry.

    hopefully, Stockholm 2011. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2010 at 14:55
    I can't believe people who like Belgium, Cyprus and Israel think Sweden is boring... that just makes me want to laugh... haha ;D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2010 at 14:17
    This song, will be getting 8-12 points from the northern and western parts of Europe, then 7-10 points from the eastern and south parts. A possible winner, for sure.

    The UK votes,

    1 points : Finland
    2 points : Greece
    3 points : Slovakia
    4 points : Iceland
    5 points : Norway
    6 points : Switzerland
    7 points : Denmark
    8 points : Turkey
    10 points : Ireland
    12 points : Sweden report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2010 at 00:33
    my best from VENICE-ITALY:
    1Sweden report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2010 at 20:30
    I think it will go very well this year, sweden! good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2010 at 02:24
    i like it. on my top 10. good luck report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2010 at 02:02
    i dont know if she wins,but she kind of make me wanna sing ...loud her song...that's the power of a song i guess(or maybe i m just in a bad mood...)----------good luck Anna! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2010 at 18:33
    The song is nice and I like her voice. Good chances to be in the Top 10 at the end of the day.
    Good luck. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2010 at 10:07
    Though I´m swedish I can´t really appreciate this. It´s just to boring! I predict this will be the first time we miss the final, especially since all the good songs are in Swedens semi. Go Denmark, Belgium and Cyprus! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2010 at 00:18
    Which Scandinavian Country is your favorite at Eurovision? Most people say Denmark. Vote now: http://wiwibloggs.com/2010/03/18/which-scandinavian-entry-is-your-favorite-at-eurovision-2010-vote-now/ report to the moderator