Melodifestivalen 2006

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Melodifestivalen 2006
Dates
Semi-final18 February 2006
25 February 2006
4 March 2006
11 March 2006
Second chance12 March 2006
Final18 March 2006
Venue Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Presenter(s) Lena Philipsson
Directed by Sven Stojanovic
Interval act Helena Paparizou, Lena Philipsson
Participants
Number of entries32: 8 in each semi-final; 10 in the final (2 from each semi-final, 2 from the Second Chance round.)
Vote
Voting system50/50 jury, SMS and telephone voting
Winning song"Evighet" by Carola

Melodifestivalen 2006 was the selection for the 46th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the 45th 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 Leksand, Karlstad, Karlskrona, Gothenburg and a Second Chance round in Stockholm. The final was broadcast on SVT1 and Sveriges Radio's P4 network. Carola Häggkvist was the clear favourite to win the final, [1] with bookmakers making her the favourite and an Aftonbladet web poll showing her to have a clear margin over the other participants. The rehearsals sold out for the fourth year running; [2] however, Carola was unable to perform in the final rehearsal due to throat problems. [3] This led to speculation that the final would be closer than expected. Aftonbladet claimed in April 2006 that the televote may have been tampered with, [4] as various sources reported unexplained voting (predominantly for Carola) on their telephone bills. It is clear that this would not have affected the result. Various finalists and semifinalists entered the Swedish Hitlistan chart after the competition. [5] The second placed song, "Temple of Love", finished fourth in the Eurovision Madrid National Finals Song Contest.

Contents

Semifinals

The semifinals for Melodifestivalen 2006 began on 18 February 2006. Ten songs from these semifinals qualified for the final on 18 March 2006. This was the fifth year that a semifinal format had been used for the competition, and interest was higher than ever.

Preselection

On 15 August 2005 SVT confirmed that Leksand, Karlstad, Karlskrona and Gothenburg would host the semifinals of Melodifestivalen 2006, with the final taking place at the Stockholm Globe Arena for the fifth year running (sixth overall). SVT received 3,310 songs for the competition, a new record . The song titles were unveiled on 12 October, and the artists fifteen days later. Steven Simmonds took his song off the line-up in November 2005, stating that SVT were forcing him to sing it himself, which he did not want to do. Lena Philipsson was a surprise choice as host, as rumours had been spreading that SVT wanted Helena Paparizou to present the Gothenburg semifinal or the final. Bodies Without Organs were unveiled as the first wildcard in a pre-Christmas special. There was much speculation that Eurovision Song Contest 1999 winner Charlotte Perrelli would be among the others, but Magnus Carlsson, Rednex and Andreas Johnson were confirmed as wildcards in late January 2006. The proposed changes to the voting format (caused by the controversy over Nanne Grönvall's defeat in Melodifestivalen 2005) never materialised.

Contributions that didn't make it

Other artists that submitted songs

Fredrik Wännman, Josefin Nilsson & Björn Kjellman, Pernilla Wahlgren, Elisabeth Andreassen, Lotta Engberg, Mikael Rickfors, Tommy Nilsson, Lustans Lakejer, Jan Johansen, Ann Winsborn, Emil Sigfridsson, Niklas Andersson, Rikard Wolff and The Wallstones.

Semifinal 1

Semifinal 1
Date:18 February 2006
Presenter: Lena Philipsson
Venue: Ejendals Arena, Leksand
Voting:Telephone voting
Interval Act: Veniamin Showgroup
Viewing figures (approx):3,045,000
Total number of televotes cast:466,660
Qualifiers:Jag ljuger så bra performed by Linda Bengtzing, Sing For Me performed by Andreas Johnson
Second Chance:The Name of Love performed by Magnus Bäcklund, Kamelont performed by the Electric Banana Band
#ArtistSongTelevotesTotalPlaceResults
Round 1Round 2
1 Simone Moreno Aiayeh (The Music of the Samba)6 6886 6888thOut
2 Electric Banana Band Kameleont32 19229 03761 2294thSecond Chance
3 Anna Sahlene This Woman22 07825 95448 0325thOut
4 Magnus Bäcklund The Name of Love39 44245 56185 0033rdSecond Chance
5 Linda Bengtzing Jag ljuger så bra49 50656 658106 1642ndFinal
6 Pandang Kuddkrig16 61116 6116thOut
7 Hannah Graaf Naughty Boy14 23014 2307thOut
8 Andreas Johnson Sing for Me 56 35461 323117 6771stWildcard
Final

Semifinal 2

Semifinal 2
Date:25 February 2006
Presenter: Lena Philipsson
Venue: Löfbergs Lila Arena, Karlstad
Voting:Telephone voting
Interval Act: Stage-TV, Tommy Körberg
Viewing figures (approx):2,320,000
Total number of televotes cast:306,074
Qualifiers:Lev livet performed by Magnus Carlsson, Idag och imorgon performed by Kikki Danielsson
Second Chance: En droppe regn performed by Niclas Wahlgren, Mi amore performed by Velvet
#ArtistSongTelevotesTotalPlaceResults
Round 1Round 2
1 Magnus Carlsson Lev livet!31 11549 61080 7651stWildcard
Final
2 The Elephantz Oh Yeah7 8567 8568thOut
3 Sonya Etymon 16 54117 29933 8405thOut
4 Östen med Resten Ge mig en kaka till kaffet 13 61713 6176thOut
5 Pablo Cepeda La chica de la copa12 63012 6307thOut
6 Kikki Danielsson Idag och imorgon 35 79235 75371 5452ndFinal
7 Niclas Wahlgren En droppe regn17 60023 33940 9394thSecond Chance
8 Velvet Mi amore21 49622 62744 1233rdSecond Chance

Semifinal 3

Semifinal 3
Date:4 March 2006
Presenter: Lena Philipsson
Venue: Arena Rosenholm, Karlskrona
Voting:Telephone voting
Interval Act: Anders Lundin, Andreas Nilsson, Jan Åström, David & FoFo
Viewing figures (approx):3,110,000
Total number of televotes cast:411,478
Qualifiers:Temple of Love performed by BWO, Night of Passion performed by The Poodles
Second Chance: Faller du så faller jag performed by Patrik Isaksson, Golden Star performed by Elysion
#ArtistSongTelevotesTotalPlaceResults
Round 1Round 2
1 BWO Temple of Love38 73353 82092 5532ndWildcard
Final
2 Jessica Folcker When Love's Comin' Back Again14 72514 7257thOut
3 Gregor Mi amor6 8016 8018thOut
4 Jessica Andersson Kalla nätter 17 87326 24744 1205thOut
5 The Poodles Night of Passion45 92756 242102 1691stFinal
6 Elysion Golden Star27 24131 86459 1053rdSecond Chance
7 Patrik Isaksson Faller du så faller jag 22 98533 08056 0654thSecond Chance
8 Kayo Shekoni Innan natten är över17 77017 7706thOut

Semifinal 4

Semifinal 4
Date:11 March 2006
Presenter: Lena Philipsson
Venue: Scandinavium, Gothenburg
Voting:Telephone voting
Interval Act: Morgan Alling
Viewing figures (approx):3,645,000
Total number of televotes cast:653,991
Qualifiers: Älskar du livet performed by Björn Kjellman, Evighet performed by Carola Häggkvist
Second Chance:Mama Take Me Home performed by Rednex, Silverland performed by Roger Pontare
#ArtistSongTelevotesTotalPlaceResults
Round 1Round 2
1 Roger Pontare Silverland29 93937 64567 5844thSecond Chance
2Laila AdéleDon't Try To Stop Me17 85117 8517thOut
3 Günther and the Sunshine Girls Like Fire Tonight20 76720 7676thOut
4 Sandra Dahlberg Jag tar det jag vill ha26 46234 76961 2315thOut
5 Evan Under Your Spell13 60013 6008thOut
6 Rednex Mama, Take Me Home 37 10450 41887 5223rdWildcard
Second Chance
7 Björn Kjellman Älskar du livet40 57453 00093 5742ndFinal
8 Carola Häggkvist Evighet 139 952151 021290 9731stFinal

Second Chance Round

Second Chance Round
Date:12 March 2006
Presenters: Carin Hjulström-Livh & Henrik Johnson
Venue: SVT TV-Huset, Stockholm
Voting:Telephone voting
Interval Act:Melodifestivalen quiz
Viewing figures (approx):2,140,000
Total number of televotes cast:480,449
Qualifiers:The Name of Love performed by Magnus Bäcklund, Mama Take Me Home performed by Rednex
#ArtistSongTelevotesTotalPlaceResults
Round 1Round 2
1 Electric Banana Band Kameleont14 96114 9616thOut
2 Magnus Bäcklund The Name of Love35 82353 58289 4052ndFinal
3 Niclas Wahlgren En droppe regn10 58410 5848thOut
4 Velvet Mi amore12 07612 0767thOut
5 Elysion Golden Star25 94733 58359 5305thOut
6 Patrik Isaksson Faller du så faller jag36 61351 27087 8833rdOut
7 Roger Pontare Silverland36 18045 18881 2984thOut
8 Rednex Mama Take Me Home53 63568 670122 3051stFinal

Results

#ArtistSongSongwritersVotesPlace
JuryPublicTotal
1 Andreas Johnson Sing for Me Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint112882003rd
2 Björn Kjellman Älskar du livetCalle Kindbom, Dan Fernström6069th
3 Linda Bengtzing Jag ljuger så bra Lars "Dille" Diedricson, Martin Hedström, Ingela "Pling" Forsman 3422567th
4 The Poodles Night of PassionRobert Olausson, Maiti Alfonzetti, Sonja Aldén, Johan Lyander3266984th
5 Magnus Carlsson Lev livet! Anders Glenmark, Niklas Strömstedt190198th
6 Rednex Mama, Take Me Home Matthews Green, Michael Clauss1744616th
7 Carola Evighet Bobby Ljunggren, Thomas G:son, Henrik Wikström1021322341st
8 Magnus Bäcklund The Name of LoveLina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson5711685th
9 Kikki Danielsson I dag & i morgon Thomas G:son, Calle Kindbom20210th
10 BWO Temple of Love Alexander Bard, Anders Hansson921102022nd

Juries

Song Örebro Luleå Falun Karlstad Umeå Norrköping Gothenburg Sundsvall Växjö Malmö Stockholm Total
Sing for Me8121012121281012106112
Älskar du livet66
Jag ljuger så bra1661261424134
Night of Passion6226122142432
Lev livet14411819
Mama Take Me Home448117
Evighet281210101012128810102
The Name of Love1018884426657
Idag och imorgon22
Temple of Love1210426810610121292

Televotes

SongJuryNo. of televotes (%)PointsTotal
Sing for Me112+350.938 (18%)88200
Älskar du livet6+83.917 (4%)6
Jag ljuger så bra34+138.249 (7%)2256
Night of Passion32+180.784 (9%)6698
Lev livet19+44.825 (2%)19
Mama Take Me Home17+154.115 (8%)4461
Evighet102+437.876 (23%)132234
The Name of Love57+101.799 (5%)1168
Idag och imorgon2+51.742 (3%)2
Temple of Love92+368.907 (19%)110202

Returning artists

ArtistPrevious year(s)
Sahlene 2003
Magnus Bäcklund 2003 and 2004 as Fame
Jessica Andersson
Linda Bengtzing 2005
BWO
Jessica Folcker
Anne-Lie Rydé
Magnus Carlsson 2000, 2001, and 2002 with Barbados, 2003 and 2005 with Alcazar
Östen med resten 2002, 2003
Kikki Danielsson 1978 with Wizex, 1980, 1981, 1982 with Chips, 1983, 1985, 1992, 2002 as Kikki, Bettan & Lotta
Roger Pontare 1994, with Marie Bergman, 2000
Sandra Dahlberg 2004
Annika Ljungberg 2002
Carola 1983, 1990, 1991

See also

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