With the new edition of Melodifestivalen due to commence in just a few days, comes changes to how the acts progress into the next stage of the competition. SVT has revealed that changes are coming to the voting in this year’s edition of the competition.
Switching up the voting for 2022
Voting in the Heats
As usual, there will be two rounds of voting. In both rounds, you are able to vote for each entry up to five times in the Melodifestivalen App and in the Mello United App. Swedish viewers are also able to vote up to ten times per telephone number.
Round 1 – For the first round of the voting, viewers are able to vote for all seven entries. After this round of voting closes, the entry with the most votes will then qualify for the final.
Round 2 – Viewers are able to vote for the six remaining entries. App voters will be given a new set of votes to use. If they did not use the votes in the first round, they will not be saved. However, the votes cast on the first round will be rolled over to the second round.
After this voting round closes, another entry makes it to the final, and two entries make it to the semi-final. The results of this round will be based on the age groups, which were introduced back in 2019. The results of this will be revealed on the night of the heat. If two entries have the same amount of points, the entry with the largest number of votes advances to the next round of the competition.
Voting in the Semi-Final
The eight entries competing in the semi-final will be divided into two groups by drawing lots. Viewers are able to vote up to five times per entry in each group. The two entries which receive the highest number of points from the age groups will then advance to the final of the competition.
Voting in the Final
Round 1 – As normal, you are able to vote for your favorite entries (five times via the Melodifestivalen or Mello United App, and ten times on a Swedish telephone number). This round of voting will close before the International Jury results are revealed.
Round 2 – After the International Jury results are revealed, another round of voting commences. App voters will be given a new set of votes to use. If they did not use the votes in the first round, they will not be saved. However, the votes cast on the first round will be rolled over to the second round.
If two entries have received the same final result, the maximum number of points from the viewing groups is determined. If two entries have received the same final result and also the same number of points from the viewing groups, the entry that has received the most number of votes in total from the viewing groups wins.
Sweden’s Eurovision Journey
In 1958, Sweden made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest, with Alice Babs representing them with the song “Lilla stjärna” which placed fourth. Since their debut, the Scandinavian nation has managed to win six times (1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012, and 2015).
In 2021, Sweden was represented by Tusse, who won the 60th edition of the competition and competed with the song “Voices”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final and placed 14th with 109 points from the jury and televoters.
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