Melodifestivalen landed this evening in Östersund for the first time, where the third heat (deltävling) of the popular Melodifestivalen was held. The hosts were again our well known Sanna Nielsen (Sweden 2014) & Robin Paulsson, who again started the show with a song, this time about all the people behind Melodifestivalen. We are now halfway through the shows in Sweden, three left: Deltävling 4, "Second Chance" and the Final.
Seven songs performed tonight, and two songs qualified directly to the final in Stockholm: Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Isa, and two acts for the "second chance" in Helsingborg: Andreas Weise and Kristin Amparo.
Right now Jon Henrik Fjällgren is favorit to win Melodifestivalen 2015 according to the bookmakers.
Semi-final 3, Östersund
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren - "Jag är fri (Manne Liem Frije)" (Finalist)
- Isa - "Don't Stop"(Finalist)
- Andreas Weise - "Bring Out the Fire" (Second chance)
- Kristin Amparo - "I See You" (Second chance)
Ellen Benediktson - "Insomnia"(5th) Kalle Johansson - "För din skull"(6th) Andreas Johnson - "Living to Die"(7th)
The format for this years Melodifestivalen is almost the same as previous years:
Each of the 4 heats qualifies 2 songs directly to the final
Each of the 4 heats qualifies 2 songs to the "second chance"-show
In the "second chance" 4 songs will be selected for the final
7 February: Melodifestivalen deltävling 1, Göteborg 14 February: Melodifestivalen deltävling 2, Malmö 21 February: Melodifestivalen deltävling 3, Östersund
- 28 February: Melodifestivalen deltävling 4, Örebro
- 7 March: Melodifestivalen andra chansen, Helsingborg
- 14 March: Melodifestivalen Final, Stockholm
- 1974: Abba - "Waterloo"
- 1984: Herreys - "Diggi-loo Diggy-ley"
- 1991: Carola - "Fångad Av En Stormvind"
- 1999: Charlotte Nilsson - "Take Me To Your Heaven"
- 2012: Loreen - "Euphoria"
They came last two times (1963 and 1977), and since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004 Sweden managed to qualify for the Grand Final 10 out of 11 times! (only skipped the qualification in 2010)