Swedish broadcaster SVT has changed the format of the semi-final round for the 2nd year in a row.
By 2021, the semi-final was called “Andra Chansen” (or the second chance round).
Last year, this round was named the semi-final while the first 4 shows were called heats.
The 3rd and 4th places from each heat will qualify for the semi-final (as the first 2 places will get a direct path to the final). The main change is regarding the qualifying method from this round:
- “Melodifestivalen 2023” – 8 acts will compete in the semi-final and the top 4 will qualify for the final
- “Melodifestivalen 2022” – The 8 semi-finalists were assigned to 2 groups of 4 candidates. The top 2 from each group qualified for the final.
- Melodifestivalen 2015-2021 – The 8 candidates were assigned into 4 duels, in which the winner of each battle qualified for the final.
Semi-Final Format – Details
- As mentioned before, the top 4 semi-finalists will qualify for the final.
- The results will be determined by the viewers only.
- Halfway into the vote, viewers will get to know who the 4 leading artists are (in random order).
- After presenting the 4 leading artists at a specific point, viewers will get additional votes in the app.
- The votes will be disturbed by the different age groups alongside the televoters:
- 3-9 years
- 10-15 years
- 16-29 years
- 30-44 years
- 45-59 years
- 60-74 years
- 75+ years
- Each age group of voters will grant points to their top 4 only: 12, 10,8, and 5 points accordingly.
- The points will be presented based on age aggregation, so the viewers will be able to follow which entry is most popular within each age group.
“Melodifestivalen 2023” – Recap
- “Melodifestivalen 2023” dates and locations are:
- Heat 1 – 4th of February 2023, will be held in Gothenburg.
- Heat 2 – 11th of February 2023, will be held in Linköping.
- Heat 3 – 18th of February 2023, will be held in Lidköping.
- Heat 4 – 25th of February 2023, will be held in Malmö.
- Semi-Final (Second Chance) – 4th of March 2023, will be held in Örnsköldsvik.
- The Grand Final – 11th of March 2023, will be held in Stockholm
- 28 songs will be part of the line-up, and 7 songs will be performed in each heat.
- 2 artists will qualify directly from each heat for the final
- The 8 artists who will end up in 3rd and 4th place in the heats will compete in the semi-final. 4 of them will qualify for the final.
- Therefore, 12 artists will compete in the final.
- The results in the grand final will be determined by a combination of 50% public vote and 50% international jury
Cornelia Jakobs represented Sweden at Eurovision 2022, with the song “Hold Me Closer“.
She finished in 4th place in the final:
Who will represent Sweden at Eurovision 2023?
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