Sweden: Malena Ernman to Moscow!

Sweden: Malena Ernman to Moscow!
Malena Ernman. Photo: Alain Douit (EBU)
Stockholm, Sweden -

After five weeks of semi-finals and after 32 new songs had been presented to the Swedish TV audience, it was time tonight to find a winner that will represent Sweden in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place on the 12th, 14th and 16th of May in Russia's capital Moscow. 11 songs had made the final of Melodifestivalen 2009 and the experts in the Swedish media could not really decide about a clear favourite to win the event. Virtually every single one of the 11 songs had been named as a possible winner, but it was finally Malena Ernman who will have the honour to represent Sweden in Europe's favourite music show with the song La Voix!

Sweden was treated with a glamourous final of Melodifestivalen tonight. Not only the 11 competing songs had the 13000 people in the Globen Ericsson Arena clapping along, but also the opening and interval acts got huge amounts of applause. The popular host of tonight's show, Petra Mede, also added to the charm of the show which usually is Sweden's most watched TV show every year with more than 4 million people tuning in!

The result of tonight's show was decided by 11 juries located all around Sweden, an international jury and televote. The international jury's votes were given by the winner of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, Marija Šerifović, who also was also part of the jury.

The final result list for the Melodifestivalen final tonight looked like this:

  1. Malena Ernman - La Voix - 182 points
  2. Caroline af Ugglas - Snälla Snälla - 171 points
  3. E.M.D - Baby Goodbye - 145 points
  4. Måns Zelmerlöw - Hope & Glory - 144 points
  5. Alcazar - Stay The Night - 139 points
  6. Sarah Dawn Finer - Moving On - 87 points
  7. H.E.A.T - 1000 Miles - 82 points
  8. Agnes - Love Love Love - 40 points
  9. Emilia - You're My World - 28 points
  10. Sofia - Alla - 12 points
  11. Molly Sandén - Så Vill Stjärnorna - 2 points

The juries' clear favorite was Måns Zelmerlöw, followed by Sarah Dawn Finer and Alcazar. The televote was won by Malena Ernman, followed by Caroline af Ugglas and E.M.D. In the end it was Malena who won, placing Caroline second and E.M.D. third.

Malena Ernman is an opera singer (mezzo-soprano). Ernman is a versatile artist in her field, who outside the world of opera and operettas also has performed chansons, cabaret, jazz, appeared in musicals and she is a performer who's declared that she's very much attracted to the attributes of varité theatre and small, intimate stage rooms. Malena Ernman is today one of Sweden's most sought after opera performers nationally and internationally.

Not only the winner can be happy though, but also all the other participants can call themselves lucky! In this week's official Swedish singles charts, 26 of the 32 Melodifestivalen songs reached the top 60, and all of the top 10 are songs which have taken part in this year's Swedish final! This makes it a historical event as it has never happened in any country before!

Malena Ernman will represent Sweden in the first Semi-Final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place on the 12th of May in Moscow.


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  • Posted on 3/April 2009 at 22:39
    unfortunately I like this song. : < yes, they made great eurovision songs in Sweden.
    but the ending of song is not great. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31/March 2009 at 15:49
    This song is really really really good! :-)
    Sweden has chosen wisely (as did Norway)...
    Good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31/March 2009 at 15:45
    This is a really really really good song! hehe
    For me a possible winner. Well done Sweden!
    The north have chosen well this year. Norway is great too!
    Good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31/March 2009 at 12:49
    Helt rätt som vann!!! :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29/March 2009 at 11:18
    12 p Sweden
    10 p United Kingdom
    8 p Romania
    7 p Greece
    6 p Cyprus
    5 p Spain
    4 p Denmark
    3 p Iceland
    2 p Norway
    1 p Serbia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28/March 2009 at 12:35
    Malena is the best this year! :)

    12 p Sweden
    10 p Estonia
    8 p Armenia
    6 p Serbia
    5 p Montenegro
    4 p Portugal
    3 p Rumania
    2 p Spain
    1 p Germany report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23/March 2009 at 15:23
    My top 10 :)
    12 points to Lithuania
    10points to Estonia
    8points to Iceland
    7points to Germany
    6points to Sweden
    5points to Spain
    4points to Israel
    3points to Bosnia Hercegovina
    2points to Azerbaijan
    1point to Poland report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2009 at 12:33
    In the beginning, I didnt like this song so much, but now that I have heard it a couple of times, Im starting to like it more and more:)! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2009 at 08:42
    My top 3 :
    1) Norway
    2) Sweden
    3) Azerbaijan
    Good luck Sweden!! I like this song very much!!!!!!! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2009 at 03:32
    The song is in Sweden this year is not good and is ideal for the Opera House, not for this Festival. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2009 at 22:07
    ок, after TINGELIIN - "0" POINTS FROM RUSSIA!
    hihihi.... cool song! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2009 at 11:04
    i think there is to many girl-pop songs this year, such as spain and turkey, romania etc etc.
    the most unique of them all is norway and sweden. way to much pop this year - and pop isnt fun... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2009 at 23:37
    Good luck Sweden, but this year deserves win Spain, is the best.

    12 points from Latvia go to Spain. Latvia loves Soraya.

    My top 3:
    1 Spain
    2 Greece
    3 Turkey

    Want to see... one surprise? =} http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3CNKao4p-U report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2009 at 21:59
    the best wishies for sweden
    perfect!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18/March 2009 at 17:16