32 songs started off in Melodifestivalen at the beginning of February, and the number was now reduced to 10 after five semi-finals in the last 5 weeks. The winners of the four first semi-finals - Salem Al Fakir, Eric Saade, Timoteij and Anna Bergendahl - are seen as favourites by fans, experts and bookmakers, but everything seems possible at this point! In the final, not only televote will prevail, as 5 regional Swedish juries and 6 international ones will be added to the voting, with both televote and juries counting for 50% of the vote. The international juries will come from Russia, Greece, Serbia, Norway, France and Ireland.
The 10 songs competing in tonight's final are the following:
- Darin - You're Out Of My Life
- Pernilla Wahlgren - Jag Vill Om Du Vågar
- Andreas Johnson - We Can Work It Out
- Timoteij - Kom
- Peter Jöback - Hollow
- Ola - Unstoppable
- Jessica Andersson - I Did it For Love
- Salem Al Fakir - Keep On Walking
- Anna Bergendahl - This Is My Life
- Eric Saade - Manboy
Swedish national broadcaster will webcast the Melodifestivalen final on its homepage starting at 20:00h CET.
Melodifestivalen 2010 consists of both newcomers and veterans to the festival. Darin, Timoteij, Salem Al Fakir, Anna Bergendahl and Eric Saade are all new faces while the others have at least participated once before. Jessica Andersson represented Sweden in 2003 as one part of the duo Fame with Give Me Your Love and she also participated in the 2006 and 2007 Melodifestivalen. Pernilla Wahlgren took part 3 times before with a runner-up position as her best placing in 2003. Peter Jöback came almost last in 1990, but has become one of Sweden's most loved artists since then. Ola narrowly missed out a final spot in the 2008 Melodifestivalen. Last, but not least, Andreas Johnson is participating for the fourth time after coming 2nd in the 2007 edition of Sweden's most successful show.
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The hosts of tonight's show will be Christine Meltzer, Måns Zelmerlöw and popular Hollywood actor Dolph Lundgren.
Sweden hasn't reached the top 10 in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2006 when Carola came 5th with Invincible.
Eurovision.tv had the chance to speak to the artists, watch what they said about their participation in Melodifestivalen!