God kväll and welcome to the final chapter of one the highlights of the year’s preselection calendar, the final of Melodifestivalen 2015, the show which will select the song and artist to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Tonight’s show is the culmination of five weeks of shows, starting in Gothenburg and ending tonight at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, which has selected the following entries which will compete for the honour of representing Sweden in Vienna in May:

  1. Samir & Viktor – Groupie
  2. JTR – Building It Up
  3. Dinah Nah – Make Me (La La La)
  4. Jon Henrik Fjällgren – Jag Är Fri (Manne Leam Frijje)
  5. Jessica Andersson – Can’t Hurt Me Now
  6. Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes
  7. Linus Svenning – Forever Starts Today
  8. Isa – Don’t Stop
  9. Magnus Carlsson – Möt Mig I Gamla Stan
  10. Eric Saade – Sting
  11. Mariette – Don’t Stop Believing
  12. Hasse Andersson – Guld Och Gröna Skogar

The two hot favourites tonight are fan favourite Måns Zelmerlöw with his third Melodifestivalen entry, and newcomer Jon Henrik Fjällgren. The result tonight will be partly decided by international juries from Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Israel, Malta, The Netherlands, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, which will make up 50% of the vote, and the remaining 50% will be decided by the Swedish public via televote, SMS vote and voting via the Melodifestivalen smartphone app.

Join us for tonight’s show by tweeting us your thoughts to @escxtra!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 201510:02 pm

Måns Zelmerlöw is crowned as the winner of Melodifestivalen 2015 and Sweden’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna in May. He won tonight’s show with top votes from the televote (166) and the international jury (122).


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:47 pm

Voting lines are now closed in Sweden. Not long to go!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:45 pm

Full international jury result here:


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:41 pm

Now after the jury voting, Måns leads with 122 points, then Mariette with 74 points, then Jon Henrik Fjällgren with 51 points.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:19 pm

We’re running through the reprise now with televoting numbers.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:17 pm

We’re hearing from Sweden that there are big issues with even the telephone voting now, with some people being stopped from voting before reaching the limit of 20 votes.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:12 pm

Now for the evening’s final entry Hasse Andersson with Guld och gröna skogar. I guess this is kind of fun? The crowd are loving this one!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:07 pm

Another fan favourite up next, Mariette with Don’t Stop Believing. She’s smack bang in the middle of the stage in her black dress. Have to say I’ve never been a fan of this one, but this is a really nice vocal performance. Bit indifferent about the visuals, but think it will be up the top of the scoreboard.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:02 pm

Eric is looking great, no doubt, but his vocals are really suffering here.


Nathan Waddell
March 14, 20159:02 pm

I have to say, I’m immensely pleased to see that Eric Saade realised if he wanted to win Melodifestivalen again, he would need live backing vocals. He’s worked them into his performance pretty seamlessly and they do make up for Eric’s empty vocals, which Ryan rightfully pointed out.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20159:00 pm

Eric Saade up next. Some awful camerawork going on here – whoever thought those rapid camera moves were a good idea should be shot. Eric’s vocals seem a little empty as well.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:58 pm

That performance kind of fell apart in the last chorus – maybe some over ambitious dance moves? Magnus is looking very puffed….


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:56 pm

Now for the year’s schlager smash from Magnus Carlsson, with Möt mig i gamla stan. Have to say this one is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. Magnus is looking a little overheated and suffering in this although the performance is still pretty capable.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:53 pm

Filippa Bark really makes a few minutes seem like an hour, doesn’t she?


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:52 pm

Jon Henrik definitely not looking awkward here at all…..


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:51 pm

A quick chat with the contestants now, starting with Dinah Nah


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:50 pm

Sanna and Robin clarify for us again that only telephone and SMS votes will be counted tonight. And back to Filippa Bark… yayyy. 😐


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:48 pm

Up next is Isa, who could equal Carola’s record as the youngest Melodifestivalen winner if she takes the victory. She’s looking fantastic tonight with a fun and upbeat song. Decent vocal performance as well!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:47 pm

Just had a look a Twitter and seen that Jessica Andersson is trending!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:46 pm

Think Linus could surprise us – perhaps not with a win, but a result closer to the top of the scoreboard than we may have expected.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:43 pm

Linus Svenning up next with Forever Starts Today – great presence on stage, and the performance has a very fresh sound and look. The camerawork also works really well with the drums.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:41 pm

This is definitely the one to beat, and gets a great reception from the crowd. Sanna finally confirms that the heart votes will not be counted tonight due to the app not functioning. I wonder what this means for the first three entries – some people who may have voted via sms/telephone may have voted via the app?


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:38 pm

Up next is big favourite Måns Zelmerlöw. I think we all know how this one goes, but this performance is still pretty incredible. Måns looks pretty much exactly the same as in the semi final.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:36 pm

Just another problem in the ongoing saga of the Melodifestivalen app.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:36 pm

The heart has disappeared from the screen now, so I think we can say that app votes will not be counted tonight.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:35 pm

Next entry is Jessica Andersson’s Can’t Hurt Me Now. She’s looking great on stage in a gold sparkly dress reminiscent of most of her other Melodifestivalen outfits – signature move. Great vocals as usual from Jessica but a fairly middle of the road ballad in my opinion.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:32 pm

We’re hearing from Sweden that the app died during Jon Henrik’s performance which might explain why the heart was not beating as strongly as we might have thought!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:31 pm

Strong finish for Jon Henrik and a warm reception from the crowd, but I’m beginning to think we might all have been overrating this song’s chances.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:29 pm

Up next is big favourite Jon Henrik Fjällgren! Looking sharp on stage, with his backing dancers (?!) high above him dressed in white. The heart is taking a while to get started here! Very capable jojking here!


Nathan Waddell
March 14, 20158:25 pm

Dinah Nah is up third with “Make Me (La La La) and starts same as before but her dancers are on the floor shrouded in the dry ice tonight before they appear on stage. Her vocal is on point and when the track drops, the heart absolutely goes mad. The minor choreography changes have helped this come across better in camera with the dancers split on the two sides of the stage with Dinah centre stage connecting perfectly with the viewers at home as well as the arena audience. The final chorus featuring the big top note go off without a hitch and that performance was fully deserving of the friends arena stage.


Nathan Waddell
March 14, 20158:20 pm

Good evening Europe! First two performances tonight were much improved from the semifinal stage, in my opinion. Let us know what you think on Twitter and we’ll throw some of your views in here when we can!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:20 pm

Heart going off this time! I feel like we’re watching a more mature version of Samir & Viktor or something – similar outfits! The guys get out in the crowd and are then back up on stage. Vocals decent and all, but from number two, I can see this coming last.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:18 pm

After another insufferable interlude with Filippa Bark, we’re onto the next song, JTR with Building It Up.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:16 pm

Now they’re out in the crowd! This is fun and all but not exactly musical genius. Entertaining at least. The heart wasn’t going crazy either btw.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:14 pm

The guys are jumping around the stage with their dancers, and boxes around the stage lighting up in different colours, and HALLÅ in time with the music. Are they going to manage those vocals for the entire song?


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:12 pm

Now for tonight’s first entry Samir & Viktor with Groupie! This entry qualified through Andra chansen to tonight’s final, so it will be interesting to see how it fares in the end.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:10 pm

And now we have our hosts welcoming us to the show and explaining the usual proceedings for the evening.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:07 pm

And now Conchita performs her winning Eurovision song, Rise Like A Phoenix.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:06 pm

Last years Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst opens the show with hosts Sanna Nielsen and Robin Paulsson with a version of The Final Countdown with some…. customised lyrics.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:03 pm

The show begins with a look back at some of the highlights of the Melodifestivalen journey across Sweden over the last month.


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20158:02 pm

Here we go! The show begins!


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20157:54 pm

Don’t forget you can watch the show live from all around the world at: http://www.svtplay.se/video/2731014/melodifestivalen/melodifestivalen-2015-final-melodifestivalen-2015-final


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20157:53 pm

Less than ten minutes to go now! The escXtra team has been running its own prediction contest and has come up with the following result – will be interesting to see how accurate our editors are:

1st – Måns Zelmerlöw
2nd – Jon Henrik Fjällgren
3rd – Eric Saade
4th – Mariette
5th – Isa
6th – Magnus Carlsson
7th – Samir & Viktor
8th – Dinah Nah
9th – Hasse Andersson
10th – Jessica Andersson
11th – Linus Svenning
12th – JTR


Ryan Wilson
March 14, 20157:53 pm

Less than ten minutes to go now! The escXtra team has been running its own prediction contest and has come up with the following result – will be interesting to see how accurate our editors are:

1st – Måns Zelmerlöw
2nd – Jon Henrik Fjällgren
3rd – Eric Saade
4th – Mariette
5th – Isa
6th – Magnus Carlsson
7th – Samir & Viktor
8th – Dinah Nah
9th – Hasse Andersson
10th – Jessica Andersson
11th – Linus Svenning
12th – JTR

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