Sweden: Bengtsson and Mamas to finalen – Sandman gets to sing again

Robin Bengtsson and The Mamas
Robin Bengtsson and The Mamas

Melodifestivalen, many people’s idea of what a national final should look and sound like (though not mine) started this evening, with the first heat from Linköping.

The format hasn’t changed, but just to remind you: there were seven songs taking part in two rounds of voting. The first round eliminated two contenders and the second round ended all hope for one more song. The top two have won places in the Grand Final that takes place on 7 March. The third- and fourth-placed songs go through the Andra Chansen round, which airs on 29 February.

The winners and losers are below.

Shock alert: Felix Sandman, beloved of many fans hasn’t secured his final place … yet and will sing once more on leap day.

Milan Bujaković & Olivera Popović"Niti"25441569
Hurricane"Hasta la vista"1212241
Neda Ukraden"Bomba"29652797
Andrija Jo"Oči meduze"101116
Igor Simić"Ples za rastanak"3923410143
Thea Devy"Sudnji dan"04410
LIFT"Samo mi kaži"345430311
Ana Milenković"Tajna"83115
Naiva"Baš, baš"482578152
Marko Marković"Kolači"56114
Bane Mojićević"Cvet sa Prokletija"46506288