It took four semi-finals and a second chance round held in a tour all around Sweden, to reach tonight's final, which was attended by some 30,000 people at the Friends Arena. After the votes of the international juries and the people of Sweden were put together, John Lundvik was the landslide winner in the televote and got top marks from every international jury. He will perform the Swedish entry Too Late For Love in the second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on Thursday 16th of May in Tel Aviv!
John has a background in athletics, as a sprinter (100 meters), having won eight gold medals in national competitions. For the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, John wrote and performed the Swedish Olympic song All About the Games. His favorite Melodifestivalen is Carola's Evighet / Invincible from 2006.
To perform Too Late For Love, John was joined on stage by a gospel choir made up of Paris Renita, Loulou Lamotte, Ashley Haynes and Dinah Yonas Manna. Too Late For Love is co-written by John Lundvik, Anderz Wrethov and Andreas ”Stone” Johansson. John says "The title says Too Late For Love, but what I want to say that it's really never too late for love. I dare to believe somewhere, in my naive heart, that everything can be solved with love".
The Melodifestivalen final
These were tonight's finalists (winner in bold):
The first interval act featured a remix of last year's winner, Benjamin Ingrosso's Dance You Off with a performance of the Melodifestivalen 2019 dancers. Afterwards the international juries from eight countries provided their scores, which counted for 50% of the results. This year's juries came from: Portugal, Austria, Australia, Cyprus, France, Finland, United Kingdom and Israel and all of them handed the maximum 12 points wo John Lundvik's Too Late For Love.
Sweden made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and is currently second on the all time Eurovision leaderboard with six victories. The country is known for the most successful Eurovision winners ever, ABBA, which was the first of Sweden’s victories in the competition. Sweden is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest with six victories to date, coming second behind Ireland's record-breaking seven wins. Sweden has been in the top five countries in four of the last five contests and won twice recently, in 2012 and 2015.
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