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|Final||10 March 2000|
|Venue||Gothenburg Opera, Gothenburg|
|Presenter(s)||Carola Häggkvist, Lotta Engberg, Lena Philipsson, Loa Falkman, Tommy Körberg, Elisabeth Andreassen, Arja Saijonmaa, Lasse Berghagen, Lasse Holm, Björn Skifs|
|Voting system||50/50 Jury and telephone voting|
|Winning song||"När vindarna viskar mitt namn" by Roger Pontare|
Melodifestivalen 2000 was the selection for the 40th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the 39th time that this system of picking a song had been used; 1,394 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition. The final was broadcast on SVT2 and Sveriges Radio's P4 network. Roger Pontare (1994 winner with Marie Bergman) won the MF again with the rock-inspired ballad "När vindarna viskar mitt namn", donning a folk-inspired costume and featuring Native American dancers during his performance. The winning song was performed later in English at the Eurovision Song Contest as "The Spirits Are Calling My Name", placing seventh among 24 entrants.
Melodifestivalen is an annual song competition organised by Swedish public broadcasters Sveriges Television (SVT) and Sveriges Radio (SR). It determines the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, and has been staged almost every year since 1958. Since 2000, the competition has been the most popular television programme in Sweden; it is also broadcast on radio and the Internet. In 2012, the semi-finals averaged 3.3 million viewers, and over an estimated four million people in Sweden watched the final, almost half of the Swedish population.
Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million of which 2.5 million have a foreign background. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi). The highest concentration is in the southern half of the country.
The Eurovision Song Contest, often simply called Eurovision, is an international song competition held primarily among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the winner. At least 50 countries are eligible to compete as of 2018, and since 2015, Australia has been allowed as a guest entrant.
The 2000 Melodifestivalen was presented by no less than 10 past participants and winners, who performed a medley of selected Melodifestivalen entries from the past four decades as an interval act. Two of the presenters, Lena Philipsson and Carola Häggkvist, went on to win the Melodifestivalen in 2004 and 2006, respectively (Carola had also won in 1983 and 1991 before). The show was watched by 4,175,000 people, with a total of 525,567 votes cast.
Maria Magdalena "Lena" Philipsson is a Swedish singer, songwriter and media personality. She represented Sweden in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing fifth.
Carola Maria Häggkvist, also known as Carola Søgaard for a period, is a Swedish singer and occasional songwriter. She has been among Sweden's most popular performers since the early 1980s, and has released albums ranging from pop and disco to hymns and folk music. Her debut album, Främling (Stranger), sold around one million copies and remains the biggest-selling album in Swedish music history. She has also worked as a songwriter. During her 30-year-long career, she has recorded many top-selling albums and singles and is referred to as Sweden's most prominent female singer. Some of her biggest hits are "Främling" from 1983, "Tommy tycker om mig" from 1984, "Fångad av en stormvind" from 1991, "All the Reasons to Live" from 1992, "I Believe in Love" from 2001, "Genom allt" from 2005 and "Evighet" (Eternity) from 2006.
Melodifestivalen 2004 was the selection for the 44th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the 43rd time that this system of picking a song had been used. Five semifinals had taken place to select the ten songs for the final, in Karlstad, Gothenburg, Umeå, Malmö and a Second Chance round in Stockholm. The final was broadcast on SVT1 and Sveriges Radio's P4 network. The winner was Lena Philipsson with "Det gör ont" who later that year came in 5th place in Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Turkey with the English-language version It Hurts.
|1||Guide||"Vi lever här, vi lever nu"||Mattias Reimer, Lars Edvall||53||44||97||5th|
|2||Balsam Boys||"Bara du och jag"||Gustaf Eurén, Stefan Deak, Karl Eurén||43||11||54||7th|
|3||Barbados||"Se mig"||Thomas Thörnholm, Danne Attlerud||58||88||146||2nd|
|4||Avengers||"När filmen är slut"||Suss von Ahn, Henrik Wikström||0||-||0||10th|
|5||Tom Nordahl||"Alla änglar sjunger"||Stefan Berg||32||-||32||9th|
|6||Roger Pontare||"När vindarna viskar mitt namn"||Thomas Holmstrand, Linda Jansson, Peter Dahl||95||132||227||1st|
|7||Javiera Muñoz||"Varje timma, var minut"||Johnny Thunqvist, Ulf Georgsson||73||66||139||4th|
|8||Midnight Band||"Tillsammans"||Mikael Wendt, Christer Lundh||58||-||58||6th|
|9||Hanna Hedlund||"Anropar försvunnen"||Bobby Ljunggren, Robert Uhlmann, Anna-Lena Högdahl||25||22||47||8th|
|10||Friends||"När jag tänker på i morgon"||Lasse Holm, Ingela 'Pling' Forsman||36||110||146||2nd|
|"Vi lever här, vi lever nu"||-||8||10||2||12||10||2||4||-||4||1||53|
|"Bara du och jag"||2||-||6||10||8||4||6||1||-||-||6||43|
|"När filmen är slut"||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|"Alla änglar sjunger"||6||2||1||1||4||-||12||-||4||2||-||32|
|"När vindarna viskar mitt namn"||4||12||12||12||2||1||10||10||12||12||8||95|
|"Varje timma, var minut"||8||4||8||-||6||12||1||6||8||8||12||73|
|"När jag tänker på i morgon"||1||-||-||4||1||6||-||2||6||6||10||36|
|Song||Jury||No. of televotes||Points||Total|
|"Vi lever här, vi lever nu"||53||34,239||44||97|
|"Bara du och jag"||43||26,229||11||54|
|"När filmen är slut"||0||2,934||-||0|
|"Alla änglar sjunger"||32||24,455||-||32|
|"När vindarna viskar mitt namn"||95||173,641||132||227|
|"Varje timma, var minut"||73||35,691||66||139|
|"När jag tänker på i morgon"||36||127,441||110||146|
|Roger Pontare||1994, with Marie Bergman|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2000 was the 45th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Stockholm, Sweden, following Charlotte Nilsson's win at the 1999 contest in Jerusalem, Israel with the song "Take Me to Your Heaven". The contest was held on 13 May 2000 at the Globe Arena.
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