SVT keeps getting record ratings this year for the Melodifestivalen shows. The line-up for tonight was as follows:
1999 Eurovision Song Contest winner Charlotte Perrelli (formerly Nilsson) was the first one up onstage with The Girl. She was followed by a Greek-Swedish group, OPA! On third place was the turn of metal rock band Dynazty and their Land Of Broken Dreams. Turning the tempo upside down, Christer Sjögren & Lotta Engberg's schlager Don't Let Me Down. Lotta represented Sweden back in 1987 in Brussels with Boogaloo.
Hanna Lindblad had already tried in 2010 with Manipulated, which stayed in the semi-finals. Axel Algmark made his Melodifestivalen debut with the lively Kyss Mig, as well as established singer/songwriter Lisa Miskovsky with the atmospheric Why Start A Fire. The competition ended with last year's runner-up, and spokesman of the Swedish votes in Düsseldorf, Danny Saucedo, who was simply Amazing.
Five of the songs went trough to the second round of voting (finalists in bold):
After an interval act by Stenhammar Quartet with Sarah Dawn Finer, one of the presenters, performing Melody Club's The Hunter, it was announced that Lisa Miskovsky and Danny proceed to the final in Globen and the following two songs go to the second chance round:
The second chance round called "Andra chansen" takes place next Saturday 3rd of March in Nyköping with the eight songs that placed 3rd and 4th in the four semi-finals.