It's less than a month to go and the producer of the shows, Christer Björkman from the EBU's reference group, hopes to "maximize the drama and entertainment of the program for the TV viewers" with this order of appearance and a couple of changes.
The first change is in fact a move back, as in 2012 there will be again two winners in each semi-final instead of one. In the last two editions the most voted song of each semi-final went straight to the final. Now the five songs getting the most votes will go on to a second round of voting. After this voting the two with the highest televotes will go to the Final, the least voted (fifth) leaves the competition and the songs placing third and fourth go to the Second Chance round called "Andra Chansen".
And is precisely "Andra Chansen" that gets the other adjustment. There will be a draw to determine the duels that compete to have a second chance in Nyköping the 3rd of March. A pot will have the four songs that came third and a second pot will contain the four songs that came fourth, although only after the final, it will be revealed which were the ones that came third or fourth. As usual, the two songs that win the duels will proceed to the final in Globen, Stockholm the 10th of March.
This is how the line-up of the semi-finals look like in order of appearance:
Semi-Final 1: 4th February in Växjö
Semi-Final 2: 11th February in Gothenburg
Semi-Final 3: 18th February in Leksand
Semi-Final 4: 25th February in Malmö
Sweden placed third in the Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with last year's winner of "Melodifestivalen", Eric Saade's Popular.