The pressure on the eleven artists in the Melodifestivalen final has risen greatly on Friday as lots of TV broadcasters, radio-stations and newspapers wanted their interviews and photo-sessions. Furthermore, the first general rehearsal took place last night in front of an almost fully-filled Globen Ericsson Arena in Stockholm where the enthusiastic crowd gave loud support to their favourite artists who will appear in the following order tonight:
Måns Zelmerlöw - Hope & Glory
Caroline af Ugglas - Snälla Snälla
Agnes - Love Love Love
H.E.A.T - 1000 Miles
Emilia - You're My World
Alcazar - Stay The Night
Sarah Dawn Finer - Moving On
E.M.D - Baby Goodbye
Sofia - Alla
Molly Sandén - Så Vill Stjärnorna
Malena Ernman - La Voix
The outcome tonight will be decided by 50% juryvote and 50% televote. For the juryvote, juries in 11 Swedish cities plus an international jury will gather to find their favourites. In 2006 and 2007, both the juries and the televote agreed about the best song, but in 2008 they had different favourites, so it will be interesting to see what will happen tonight!
Melodifestivalen 2009 will start at 20:00 CET on Swedish TV and it will also be streamed live here on SVT's website for foreign fans. Sweden will participate in the first Semi-Final for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest which will take place on the 12th of May in Moscow.