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|Semi-final||19 January 2002|
26 January 2002
2 February 2002
9 February 2002
|Second chance||22 February 2002|
|Final||1 March 2002|
|Venue||Stockholm Globe Arena|
|Presenter(s)||Kristin Kaspersen, Claes Åkesson|
|Directed by||Marius Bratten|
|Voting system||50/50 Jury and telephone voting|
|Winning song||"Never Let It Go" by Afro-dite|
Melodifestivalen 2002 was the selection for the 42nd song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the 41st time that this system of picking a song had been used. Five semi-finals had taken place to select the ten songs for the final, in Växjö, Norrköping, Sundsvall, Falun and a Second Chance round in Stockholm. The final was broadcast on SVT1 and Sveriges Radio's P4 network. The introduction of the semi-finals and the allowance of songs in English resulted in a marked increase in voters. The final was watched by 3,720,000 people, with 926,318 votes cast in the final.
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.
|Date||City||Venue||No. of televotes cast:||Heat|
|19 January||Växjö||Tipshallen||401,552||Semi-final 1|
|26 January||Norrköping||Himmelstalundshallen||310,727||Semi-final 2|
|2 February||Sundsvall||Nordichallen||219,111||Semi-final 3|
|9 February||Falun||Lugnet||331,731||Semi-final 4|
|22 February||Stockholm||SVT Broadcasting House||12,500||Winners' Choice (Second Chance)|
|1 March||Stockholm Globe Arena||926,318||Final|
The semi-finals for Melodifestivalen 2002 began on 19 January 2002. Ten songs from these semi-finals qualified for the final on 1 March 2002. This was the first year that a semi-final format had been used for the competition. This was the first year that songs were permitted in languages other than Swedish, resulting in a significant number of English language songs, and two songs with lyrics in Spanish. "Ett vackert par", composed by Py Bäckman and Micke Wennborn was disqualified before the competition, when the dance band Grönwalls had performed it on the radio before the contest (not knowing it was supposed to enter). Nanne Grönvall and Nick Borgen was thought as possible performers. It was replaced by "Sista andetaget".
Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken natively by 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden, and in parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing with Finnish. It is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and to some extent with Danish, although the degree of mutual intelligibility is largely dependent on the dialect and accent of the speaker. Both Norwegian and Danish are generally easier for Swedish speakers to read than to listen to because of difference in accent and tone when speaking. Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. It has the most speakers of the North Germanic languages.
English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and eventually became a global lingua franca. It is named after the Angles, one of the Germanic tribes that migrated to the area of Great Britain that later took their name, as England. Both names derive from Anglia, a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. The language is closely related to Frisian and Low Saxon, and its vocabulary has been significantly influenced by other Germanic languages, particularly Norse, and to a greater extent by Latin and French.
Spanish or Castilian is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Excellence||"Last to Know"||16,928||23,081||40,009||4th|
|2||Tom Nordahl||"Blue As Her Angel Eyes"||4,137||—||4,137||7th|
|4||Camilla Lindén||"Du har rört vid min själ"||15,549||—||15,549||5th|
|5||Brandsta City Släckers||"Kom och ta mig"||59,007||71,194||130,201||1st|
|7||Rickard Sköld||"En värld som alltid brinner"||3,352||—||3,352||8th|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||The Poets||"What Difference Does It Make?"||22,232||28,560||50,792||3rd|
|2||Jennifer Newberry||"Ingenting ingenting"||2,360||—||2,360||8th|
|3||Javiera Muñoz||"No hay nada más"||25,023||31,915||56,938||2nd|
|4||Martin||"Du och jag (i hela världen)"||5,787||—||5,787||7th|
|5||Ann-Louise & Molle||"Sluta"||9,227||—||9,227||6th|
|6||Jakob Stadell & Voice Boys||"Ge mig mitt hjärta tillbaka"||13,604||—||13,604||5th|
|7||Afro-dite||"Never Let It Go"||56,029||89,487||145,516||1st|
|8||Annika Ljungberg||"Sail Away"||13,907||12,596||26,503||4th|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Towe Jaarnek||"Back Again"||9,053||—||9,053||7th|
|2||Date||"Det innersta rummet"||14,127||17,624||31,751||3rd|
|3||Linda Grip||"You're the Best Thing"||2,679||—||2,679||8th|
|4||Arvingarna||"Ingenting är större än vi"||10,186||—||10,186||6th|
|5||Östen med Resten||"Hon kommer med solsken"||33,570||46,553||80,123||1st|
|6||Rolf Carlsson||"Tidig är tiden"||11,000||19,104||30,104||4th|
|7||Sylvia Vrethammar||"Hon är en annan nu"||10,251||—||10,251||5th|
|8||Hanna & Lina Hedlund||"Big Time Party"||21,821||23,093||44,914||2nd|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Kina Jaarnek||"Son of a Liar"||14,186||25,578||39,764||4th|
|2||Solo||"Ge mig himlen för en dag"||9,447||—||9,447||7th|
|3||Niklas Andersson||"I Want You"||8,354||—||8,354||8th|
|4||Friends||"The One That You Need"||24,584||40,188||65,042||2nd|
|5||The Honeydrops||"It Takes 2"||10,277||—||10,227||6th|
|6||Kikki, Bettan & Lotta||"Vem é dé du vill ha"||69,514||66,048||135,562||1st|
|7||Jan Johansen||"Sista andetaget"||23,201||29,140||52,341||3rd|
|8||Fredrik Wännman||"Vackrare nu"||11,214||—||11,214||5th|
|1||Excellence||"Last to Know"||7|
|3||The Poets||"What Difference Does It Make?"||5|
|4||Annika Ljungberg||"Sail Away"||3|
|5||Date||"Det innersta rummet"||6|
|6||Rolf Carlsson||"Tidig är tiden"||8|
|7||Kina Jaarnek||"Son of a Liar"||4|
|8||Jan Johansen||"Sista andetaget"||1|
|1||Afro-dite||"Never Let It Go"||Marcos Ubeda||116||132||248||1|
|2||Brandsta City Släckers||"Kom och ta mig"||Larry Forsberg, Sven-Inge Sjöberg, Lennart Wastesson||0||88||88||5|
|3||Javiera Muñoz||"No hay nada más"||Lars "Dille" Diedricson, Javiera Muñoz, Marcos Ubeda||71||-||71||6|
|4||Barbados||"Världen utanför"||Thomas G:son, Calle Kindbom||46||44||90||4|
|5||Hanna Hedlund & Lina Hedlund||"Big Time Party"||Lotta Ahlin, Tommy Lydell||43||-||43||9|
|6||Östen med Resten||"Hon kommer med solsken"||Larry Forsberg, Sven-Inge Sjöberg, Lennart Wastesson||11||22||33||10|
|7||Friends||"The One That You Need"||Pontus Assarson, Henrik Sethsson||46||-||46||8|
|8||Kikki, Bettan & Lotta||"Vem é dé du vill ha"||Thomas G:son||34||66||100||3|
|9||Jan Johansen||"Sista andetaget"||Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud||54||11||65||7|
|10||Mendez||"Adrenaline"||Robert Wåtz, Rasmus Lindwall, Leopoldo Mendez, Patrik Henzel, Pablo Cepada||52||110||162||2|
|"Never Let It Go"||12||8||6||12||12||12||12||12||8||10||12||116|
|"Kom och ta mig"||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||0|
|"No hay nada más"||8||-||2||1||4||10||10||10||10||12||4||71|
|"Big Time Party"||10||6||10||2||2||-||1||6||2||4||-||43|
|"Hon kommer med solsken"||4||-||4||-||1||1||-||-||-||-||1||11|
|"The One That You Need"||6||10||1||6||-||8||4||8||-||1||2||46|
|"Vem é dé du vill ha"||-||4||-||10||-||-||-||2||4||6||8||34|
|Song||Jury||No. of televotes||Points||Total|
|"Never Let It Go"||116||162,612 (17.5%)||132||248|
|"Kom och ta mig"||0||147,700 (15.9%)||88||88|
|"No hay nada más"||71||39,978 (4.3%)||-||71|
|"Världen utanför"||46||94,770 (10.2%)||44||90|
|"Big Time Party"||43||19,226 (2.1%)||-||43|
|"Hon kommer med solsken"||11||59,149 (6.4%)||22||33|
|"The One That You Need"||46||58,634 (6.3%)||-||46|
|"Vem é dé du vill ha"||34||136,175 (14.7%)||66||100|
|"Sista andetaget"||54||58,668 (6.3%)||11||65|
|Ann-Louise Hanson||1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1973 and 1974 with Glenmarks, 1975 with Glemarks and Hadar Kronberg, 1982, 1983 with John Ballard|
|Arvingarna||1993, 1995, 1999|
|Sylvia Vrethammar||1971 with Family Four, 1972, 1974 with Göran Fristorp|
|Kikki Danielsson||1978 with Wizex, 1980, 1981, 1982 with Chips, 1983, 1985, 1992|
|Elisabeth Andreassen||1981, 1982 with Chips, 1984, 1990|
|Lotta Engberg||1984 with Göran Folkestad, 1987, 1988 with Triple & Touch, 1990, 1996|
|Jan Johansen||1995, 2001|
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