|Semi-final||18 February 2006|
25 February 2006
4 March 2006
11 March 2006
|Second chance||12 March 2006|
|Final||18 March 2006|
|Venue||Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Directed by||Sven Stojanovic|
|Interval act||Helena Paparizou, Lena Philipsson|
|Number of entries||32: 8 in each semi-final; 10 in the final (2 from each semi-final, 2 from the Second Chance round.)|
|Voting system||50/50 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,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; however, Carola was unable to perform in the final rehearsal due to throat problems. 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, 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. The second placed song, "Temple of Love", finished fourth in the Eurovision Madrid National Finals Song Contest.
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.
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.
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.
|Date:||18 February 2006|
|Venue:||Ejendals Arena, Leksand|
|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|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Simone Moreno||Aiayeh (The Music of the Samba)||6 688||—||6 688||8th||Out|
|2||Electric Banana Band||Kameleont||32 192||29 037||61 229||4th||Second Chance|
|3||Anna Sahlene||This Woman||22 078||25 954||48 032||5th||Out|
|4||Magnus Bäcklund||The Name of Love||39 442||45 561||85 003||3rd||Second Chance|
|5||Linda Bengtzing||Jag ljuger så bra||49 506||56 658||106 164||2nd||Final|
|6||Pandang||Kuddkrig||16 611||—||16 611||6th||Out|
|7||Hannah Graaf||Naughty Boy||14 230||—||14 230||7th||Out|
|8||Andreas Johnson||Sing for Me||56 354||61 323||117 677||1st||Wildcard|
|Date:||25 February 2006|
|Venue:||Löfbergs Lila Arena, Karlstad|
|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|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Magnus Carlsson||Lev livet!||31 115||49 610||80 765||1st||Wildcard|
|2||The Elephantz||Oh Yeah||7 856||—||7 856||8th||Out|
|3||Sonya||Etymon||16 541||17 299||33 840||5th||Out|
|4||Östen med Resten||Ge mig en kaka till kaffet||13 617||—||13 617||6th||Out|
|5||Pablo Cepeda||La chica de la copa||12 630||—||12 630||7th||Out|
|6||Kikki Danielsson||Idag och imorgon||35 792||35 753||71 545||2nd||Final|
|7||Niclas Wahlgren||En droppe regn||17 600||23 339||40 939||4th||Second Chance|
|8||Velvet||Mi amore||21 496||22 627||44 123||3rd||Second Chance|
|Date:||4 March 2006|
|Venue:||Arena Rosenholm, Karlskrona|
|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|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||BWO||Temple of Love||38 733||53 820||92 553||2nd||Wildcard|
|2||Jessica Folcker||When Love's Comin' Back Again||14 725||—||14 725||7th||Out|
|3||Gregor||Mi amor||6 801||—||6 801||8th||Out|
|4||Jessica Andersson||Kalla nätter||17 873||26 247||44 120||5th||Out|
|5||The Poodles||Night of Passion||45 927||56 242||102 169||1st||Final|
|6||Elysion||Golden Star||27 241||31 864||59 105||3rd||Second Chance|
|7||Patrik Isaksson||Faller du så faller jag||22 985||33 080||56 065||4th||Second Chance|
|8||Kayo Shekoni||Innan natten är över||17 770||—||17 770||6th||Out|
|Date:||11 March 2006|
|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|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Roger Pontare||Silverland||29 939||37 645||67 584||4th||Second Chance|
|2||Laila Adéle||Don't Try To Stop Me||17 851||—||17 851||7th||Out|
|3||Günther and the Sunshine Girls||Like Fire Tonight||20 767||—||20 767||6th||Out|
|4||Sandra Dahlberg||Jag tar det jag vill ha||26 462||34 769||61 231||5th||Out|
|5||Evan||Under Your Spell||13 600||—||13 600||8th||Out|
|6||Rednex||Mama, Take Me Home||37 104||50 418||87 522||3rd||Wildcard|
|7||Björn Kjellman||Älskar du livet||40 574||53 000||93 574||2nd||Final|
|8||Carola Häggkvist||Evighet||139 952||151 021||290 973||1st||Final|
|Date:||12 March 2006|
|Presenters:||Carin Hjulström-Livh & Henrik Johnson|
|Venue:||SVT TV-Huset, Stockholm|
|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|
|Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Electric Banana Band||Kameleont||14 961||—||14 961||6th||Out|
|2||Magnus Bäcklund||The Name of Love||35 823||53 582||89 405||2nd||Final|
|3||Niclas Wahlgren||En droppe regn||10 584||—||10 584||8th||Out|
|4||Velvet||Mi amore||12 076||—||12 076||7th||Out|
|5||Elysion||Golden Star||25 947||33 583||59 530||5th||Out|
|6||Patrik Isaksson||Faller du så faller jag||36 613||51 270||87 883||3rd||Out|
|7||Roger Pontare||Silverland||36 180||45 188||81 298||4th||Out|
|8||Rednex||Mama Take Me Home||53 635||68 670||122 305||1st||Final|
|1||Andreas Johnson||Sing for Me||Andreas Johnson, Peter Kvint||112||88||200||3rd|
|2||Björn Kjellman||Älskar du livet||Calle Kindbom, Dan Fernström||6||0||6||9th|
|3||Linda Bengtzing||Jag ljuger så bra||Lars "Dille" Diedricson, Martin Hedström, Ingela "Pling" Forsman||34||22||56||7th|
|4||The Poodles||Night of Passion||Robert Olausson, Maiti Alfonzetti, Sonja Aldén, Johan Lyander||32||66||98||4th|
|5||Magnus Carlsson||Lev livet!||Anders Glenmark, Niklas Strömstedt||19||0||19||8th|
|6||Rednex||Mama, Take Me Home||Matthews Green, Michael Clauss||17||44||61||6th|
|7||Carola||Evighet||Bobby Ljunggren, Thomas G:son, Henrik Wikström||102||132||234||1st|
|8||Magnus Bäcklund||The Name of Love||Lina Eriksson, Mårten Eriksson||57||11||68||5th|
|9||Kikki Danielsson||I dag & i morgon||Thomas G:son, Calle Kindbom||2||0||2||10th|
|10||BWO||Temple of Love||Alexander Bard, Anders Hansson||92||110||202||2nd|
|Sing for Me||8||12||10||12||12||12||8||10||12||10||6||112|
|Älskar du livet||–||–||–||–||–||–||6||–||–||–||–||6|
|Jag ljuger så bra||1||6||6||1||2||6||1||4||2||4||1||34|
|Night of Passion||6||2||2||6||1||2||2||1||4||2||4||32|
|Mama Take Me Home||4||4||–||–||–||–||–||8||–||1||–||17|
|The Name of Love||10||1||8||8||8||4||4||2||6||6||–||57|
|Idag och imorgon||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||2||2|
|Temple of Love||12||10||4||2||6||8||10||6||10||12||12||92|
|Song||Jury||No. of televotes (%)||Points||Total|
|Sing for Me||112||350.938 (18%)||88||200|
|Älskar du livet||6||83.917 (4%)||–||6|
|Jag ljuger så bra||34||138.249 (7%)||22||56|
|Night of Passion||32||180.784 (9%)||66||98|
|Lev livet||19||44.825 (2%)||–||19|
|Mama Take Me Home||17||154.115 (8%)||44||61|
|The Name of Love||57||101.799 (5%)||11||68|
|Idag och imorgon||2||51.742 (3%)||–||2|
|Temple of Love||92||368.907 (19%)||110||202|
|Magnus Bäcklund||2003 and 2004 as Fame|
|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|
|Carola||1983, 1990, 1991|
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