We’ve had six weeks of Melodifestivalen fun which has been rounded off by three days worth of hard-work by our wonderful team on the ground in Stockholm, Sophie and Alec. Tonight is where it finishes. From 28 entries, to 27 competing songs… we’re down to the last 12. Who will take the Sångfågel trophy home?

Gina Dirawi returns to finish the job she has so ably performed every week as our hostess and is joined by popular YouTuber William Spetz for this final leg.

William Spetz & Gina Dirawi - Melodifestivalen 2016 Final

We’ll have some in-show entertainment and interval acts featuring some very well known faces…

Måns Zelmerlöw and Mini Måns - Melodifestivalen 2016 Final
Lynda Woodruff - Melodifestivalen 2016 Final

…and of course, back to the real business in hand, we’ve got twelve finalists to perform tonight.

Melodifestivalen 2016 Finalists

The winner will be decided by a 50/50 split of voting. There are 11 international juries that will cast their votes. They are, in alphabetical order, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia. Then the Swedish public will cast their vote – the viewers allot a total of 473 points, the same total amount of points as the eleven jury groups will be allotting, which are awarded proportionally depending on % of vote received.

Tonight, you will be guided through the show by our editor on the ground, Sophie Haustein, and our editor at home, Nathan Waddell. The live blog will begin at 19:55 CET and the show starts at 20:00 CET.

Here is the running order for tonight’s Melodifestivalen 2016 final:

  1. Panetoz: “Håll om mig hårt”
  2. Lisa Ajax: “My Heart Wants Me Dead”
  3. David Lindgren: “We Are Your Tomorrow”
  4. SaRaha: “Kizunguzungu”
  5. Oscar Zia: “Human”
  6. Ace Wilder: “Don’t Worry”
  7. Robin Bengtsson: “Constellation Prize”
  8. Molly Sandén: “Youniverse”
  9. Boris René: “Put Your Love on Me”
  10. Frans: “If I Were Sorry”
  11. Wiktoria: “Save Me”
  12. Samir & Viktor: “Bada nakna”

Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:17 pm

I’m heading to the press conference now and then to the afterparty keeping you posted on instagram escxtra!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:16 pm

Frans seems pretty overwhelmed in the “eftersnack”.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:13 pm

It was a wonderful show, though. Even in Malta people were celebrating at an OGAE event:


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:10 pm

I know that this was very predictable, but I’m still disappointed.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:09 pm

Of course, Frans gets to sing “If I Were Sorry” one more time.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:07 pm

Måns Zelmerlöw handing over the Sångfågel to Frans


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:06 pm

Frans wins Melodifestivalen!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:05 pm

45 points to Wiktoria


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:05 pm

43 points to Oscar Zia


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:04 pm

Oscar Zia, Frans, and Wiktoria still haven’t gotten their points


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:04 pm

43 points to Robin Bengtsson


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:04 pm

39 points to Panetoz


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:03 pm

37 points to Molly Sandén


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:03 pm

36 points to SaRaha


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:03 pm

35 points to Ace Wilder


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:03 pm

35 points to Boris René


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:02 pm

33 points to Lisa Ajax


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:02 pm

6,7 % – 31 points to Samir & Viktor – Bada Nakna (Whhaaat?)


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:02 pm

5,9% – 28 points to David Lindgren – We Are Your Tomorrow


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:01 pm

Sverige, vi har ett resultat!!!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20169:00 pm

After La Perrelli’s “Hero” it finishes up with After Dark’s “La Dolce Vita”!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:58 pm

The mello hits medley is still not finished…


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:54 pm

The complete result after the jury votes


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:53 pm


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:51 pm

While the televotes are being counted, we are treated with a Mello hits medley. 15 songs from the past 15 years have been put together to remind us why we love Melodifestivalen so much!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:49 pm

That is a very good question!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:48 pm

I cannot believe Oscar Zia has done so well… how on earth did that happen! What happened to Wiktoria and Robin Bengtsson?!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:47 pm

The televoters still have time to vote, and they will probably push Frans to the top, unfortunately.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:46 pm

After all the jury votes, the top 3 are:

1. Oscar Zia – Human
2. Frans – If I Were Sorry
3. Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:44 pm

Australia:
8: Save Me
10: Human
12: Don’t Worry


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:44 pm

Norway:
8: Youniverse
10: Human
12: Save Me


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:43 pm

France:
8: Save Me
10: Constellation Prize
12: If I Were Sorry


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:43 pm

Slovenia:
8: Save Me
10: Human
12: Don’t Worry


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:42 pm

Italy:
8: Human
10: If I Were Sorry
12: Don’t Worry


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:41 pm

Israel: (she practised the Swedish words earlier today in the press room)
8: If I Were Sorry
10: Human
12: Save Me


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:39 pm

Estonia:
8: Don’t Worry
10: Youniverse
12: If I Were Sorry


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:37 pm

Belarus:
8: Dont worry
10: Save Me
12: Human


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:36 pm

Cyprus:
8: Constellation Prize
10: Human
12: If I Were Sorry


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:35 pm

The top votes from Bosnia and Herzegovina:
8: Don’t worry
10: Human
12: If I Were Sorry


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:34 pm

Since the green room Sophie! Over to you!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:34 pm

I just noticed the roses on Gina’s head, have they been there for long?!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:33 pm

That’s such a lovely message with the children being the heroes of our time but i preferred the original!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:33 pm

The jury has voted!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:33 pm

I like this so much more than the original! The real-life-little Måns, the orchestre, the children’s choir – goosebumps!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:30 pm

And now a very special and beautiful version of “Heroes”!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:29 pm

Gina chatting in the green room with Oscar Zia about his hair and with Samir and Viktor about their boxers.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:27 pm

Another schlager lesson by Jonas Gardell looking back on this year’s melfest season. He says Melodifestivalen is like a wedding – we are happy for the elderly aunts and uncles are there but they should leave early. In the end he complains about the lack of crazy artists this year, so Jonas is proposing to compete himself next year.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:25 pm

However, I’m predicting a landslide win by Frans – depending on the jury vote shortly!!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:25 pm

So, Sophie!

We have a vote of: 1. Wiktoria, 2. SaRaha, 3. David Lindgren
Another vote: 1. SaRaha, 2. Wiktoria, 3. Boris René
and then the sane one, me, would vote: 1. SaRaha, 2. Frans and 3. Wiktoria.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:21 pm

We get a dramatic reading of Timoteij’s “Kom” by famous Swedish actress and actor Pernilla August and Michel Nyqvist.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:20 pm

What do your friends say, Nathan?


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:19 pm

It would just be so awefully boring if Frans wins. He probably will but I’m still hoping for a miracle – for Robin, Oscar or Wiktoria basically.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:16 pm

We’ve seen all the songs already… Time is passing way too fast!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:15 pm

Snabbreprisen now! A quick look at all 12 in a row. Who’s going to win? Tweet us your favourites @escXtra!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:15 pm

12. Samir & Viktor: “Bada nakna”

First-time viewer: “Ehh! The song was alright but I didn’t like the “lad feeling””
Familiar viewer: “It’s good but it’s nothing special.”
Me: “Thank god for the pre-recorded backing vocals and yet… I still love it. It still makes me laugh that if, somehow, this won tonight… they’d have two days to remove the phrase “fucka loss” to pass EBU regulations for their entry!”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:14 pm

12. Samir & Viktor – Bada Nakna

How can you not be happy to see these two likeable guys?! Hela Sveriges fest is finishing up just as cheerful and carefree as it began. And finally, they even got their confetti. I just wish they hadn’t changed their knickers into bathing shorts…


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:10 pm

11. Wiktoria: “Save Me”

First-time viewer: “Very impressive vocal, reminds me of Christina. Cool costume but relatively visually boring as there was nothing going on thanks to the mapping.”
Familiar viewer: “Best singer in the competition, easily, and my favourite tonight.”
Me: “I like this song a fair bit and she really can sing but it’s a little boring in terms of the fact she doesn’t move. However, superb visuals and it’s much much slicker compared to the semifinal.”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:08 pm

11. Wiktoria – Save Me

I really like the country sound to the song and her voice is quite remarkable. The pearly-white jumpsuit look a bit classier than the creamy one she used to wear. The visual projections are very impressive no matter what colour her jumpsuit. Next to Oscar and Robin, this would be another winner I’d be very happy with.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20168:03 pm

10. Frans: “If I Were Sorry”

First-time viewer: “I just found that boring. The vocals weren’t that good and visually it didn’t catch me.”
Familiar viewer: “I hope his voice will be exposed by the next song…”
Me: “I adore this song, I adore this British passport holder, I adore the staging. If this wins, it’s going to win Eurovision.”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20168:02 pm

10. Frans – If I Were Sorry

William reminds us of 7-year-old Frans’ success with the homage song to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I’m very annoyed by the whole Frans hype and the screaming girls in the audience. I’m hoping very much for the international jury to let somebody else win… Important to say is that Frans is not wearing any hat tonight!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:58 pm

9. Boris René: “Put Your Love on Me”

First-time viewer: “Channelling Bruno Mars in that first verse. Weird arrangement of the instrumental. Is that “in a litter box” or “in a little box”. Also, his key backing dancer is wearing “Damn Daniel” white Vans! A very brave choice wearing a white suit… it has a really good vibe about it though, I enjoy it! There’s nothing to distract from the song because it’s a good fun song.”
Familiar viewer: “I really like this. It won’t win but I think it’s just fun.”
Me: “There’s nothing that I wish more than if the backing dancers interacted with him much sooner than in the second verse.”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:57 pm

9. Boris René – Put Your Love On Me

This is a nice enough party song and Boris seems to be enjoying himself – he seems a little bit too horny at times, though. Among the other contestants he doesn’t really stand a chance tonight. But at least he’s had his 5 seconds of fame when he was announced as the fake winner at the dress rehearsal yesterday.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:53 pm

8. Molly Sandén: “Youniverse”

First-time viewer: “Bad, awful pun. Disapprove. That deliberately blurry shot is poor, too. Cool backing dancers. Is she singing “Dance on me, dance on me”?! That’s seriously what I’m hearing. That gimmick has no point at all. Those are quite pencilled eyebrows. Repetitive and boring. There’s very few lyrics outside of that chorus. Visually boring as it’s all white.”
Familiar viewer: “Such a shit song.”
Me: “Bloody hell! Danny bothered turning up! Still doesn’t make this song decent, because it really isn’t. She tries do sing a third higher for a line in the second verse and misses it too… this is not ending anywhere near the win. I still do not understand that awful gimmick with the two bed sheets, six fans and strobe lighting. It adds nothing.”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:53 pm

8. Molly Sandén – Youniverse

I wish we could get a peek into the green room where Robin and Oscar are shouting “Yoooo-uuuuu” full-heartedly right now. I’m not a fan of this song at all, it’s way too dramatic and Molly could have done so much better. The dancers are creeping me out, but not in a good way.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:48 pm

7. Robin Bengtsson: “Constellation Prize”

First-time viewer: “He is definitely not playing [the harmonica] and it’s extremely not obvious! He is lovely though! His heart is going pretty mental too [which means he’s receiving plenty of app votes]. There’s a lot of camera shots here but it’s not overdone. I enjoy the song.”
Familiar viewer: “He can sing and it’s a good song, it’s actually better than I first thought it was. He’s better than David Lindgren and for me that was the best before this.”
Me: “This song has always massively appealed to me and his vocal is much much better tonight too.”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:47 pm

7. Robin Bengtsson – Constellation Prize

My personal favourite tonight – and not only because of Robin’s beautiful eyes! I like the simplicity of the performance which let’s you focus on and get into the song easily. Also, I’m a fan of the harmonica, even though it’s a bit cliché.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:44 pm

Seriously cried laughter over here. Plus, my friends BOTH got it. Which says a lot!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:43 pm

Agreed, Nathan!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:43 pm

The humorous return of Lynda Woodruff taking us through Swedish traditions – which consist basically of drinking a lot of Nubbe!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:41 pm

Quite simply, this is the best Lynda Woodruff sketch ever.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:39 pm

6. Ace Wilder: “Don’t Worry”

First-time viewer: “Great use of screens, visually very appealing. Good song. She just dressed like shit! That would be a chart-topper, or at least get into the charts in the UK.”
Familiar viewer: “Personally, I don’t like the song… or her… or her clothes.”
Me: “I love Ace Wilder, I love this outfit and I love the visuals. The song… I don’t think is her best, but I do still like it – particularly the lyrics. If there’s a surprise winner tonight, I’d like it to be this one.”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:39 pm

6. Ace Wilder – Don’t Worry

I think I’ve listened to this song once or twice too often and it’s kind of annoying me now (just like the people next to me in the press room chatting all the time and painting their nails (!)…). I appreciate Ace’s energy on stage and the well performed cubic art, though.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:36 pm

5. Oscar Zia: “Human”

First-time viewer: “I feel a little bit disorientated watching this. Such a massive amount of stunning camera shots but they’re unnecessary and that means his movement is lost. They should have just settled down a little. Verse vocals were not up to scratch and I can’t put my finger on why.”
Familiar viewer: “I don’t like it. He looks like shit, he sings like shit…”
Me: “Well, as much as I love him… his vocal is so weak. I still adore these camera shots and the high production of the performance as a whole”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:34 pm

5. Oscar Zia – Human

We go from happy, cheery, and colourful straight to dark, intense, and serious. I think Oscar is doing a great job, creeping me out a bit with his moves, but in a good way. I would be happy to see him becoming a surprise winner tonight!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:30 pm

4. SaRaha: “Kizunguzungu”

First-time viewer: “Best one I’ve seen so far. Great song, great use of every gimmick in the book. The most Eurovision so far. She does need to loosen up just a little though as she does come across a little self-conscious.”
Familiar viewer: “She’s good, best legs in the world, the song is good and there’s lots of colour.”
Me: “I LOVE this so much! Full of colour, energy and the most slick choreography – the pyros and confetti with the key change just top it off! If this ends in the top half, I’ll be delighted… it probably won’t!”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:28 pm

4. SaRaha – Kizunguzungu

Yaaaaay! I can’t stop smiling, dancing, and singing along. I totally get the Kizunguzungu vibe! SaRaha and her dancers are just wonderful and I don’t want this to end. Too bad it will probably end up somewhere in the lower half…


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:25 pm

3. David Lindgren: “We Are Your Tomorrow”

First-time viewer: “It feels extremely 80s and 90s and I wish his backing dancers had been more illuminated. The song is alright. I don’t feel he should have been smiling quite that much.”
Familiar viewer: “Best one so far and better than in his semifinal”
Me: “The song is so so bland but honestly this is a great performance tonight.”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:24 pm

3. David Lindgren – We Are Your Tomorrow

Two or three lasers too much for my taste, they are giving me a headache. The song is a little bit bla and doesn’t do much for me.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:20 pm

2. Lisa Ajax: “My Heart Wants Me Dead”

First-time viewer: “Nice song, quite bland, the backing dancers were the best bit and… I still don’t know what the song was about. Visually quite boring”
Familiar viewer: “good but nothing special about it. The running order is going to kill it”
Me: “I have grown very fond of this song and her voice but it’s pretty bland”

Consensus on toilet paper was a no, although first-time viewer says “it did make the lighting look good”.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:19 pm

2. Lisa Ajax – My Heart Wants Me Dead

I’m sorry, but I just can’t get over the toilet paper. Lisa said the setting is supposed to take you into a different world, some kind of magic forest – the only place this is taking me is the bathroom. But even without the toilet paper I wouldn’t be a fan of the song. She changed her dress, did she?


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:16 pm

1. Panetoz – Håll om mig hårt

Great choice to let Panetoy open the evening once again. Their feel-good-mood is infectious and delivers everything that Melodifestivalen is all about – joy, dance, happiness. Hela Sveriges fest is reaching its peak tonight!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:16 pm

1. Panetoz: “Håll om mig hårt”

So the opinion here in Birmingham is:
From the person who knows nothing about this year’s final: “It was alright, it felt like a lad’s night out. Cool lighting at the beginning”.
From the person who is familiar with the finalists: “Not as good as they’ve been previously”.
From me: “I still love this and it starts the show so well!”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:11 pm

After a presentation of the background singers, we are ready for the first act!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:09 pm

Gina and William explaining the rules… 50% tele/sms/app vote, 50% votes of the international juries.


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:08 pm

I’M SO EXCITED! GIVE ME SARAHA AND FRANS ALREADY! Okay, no I’ll wait…


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:07 pm

Hi Nathan 🙂 This is gonna be interesting!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:07 pm

Tonight’s show is broadcast live in Norway, Denmark, and Iceland – all of Scandinavia is watching!


Nathan Waddell
March 12, 20167:06 pm

Hello! Nathan is here as well! Here with two friends, one of which HAS seen all the finalists and the other who hasn’t a clue! I’ll be giving you a broad range of opinions from 22-21 year old Brits!


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:06 pm

William’s mom told him he should just be himself and then at least a third of the viewers will like them.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:05 pm

We get a flashback to 2009 when tonight’s hosts William Spetz and Gina Dirawi took their first steps of their careers.


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:02 pm

“Vote, Sweden, vote!”


Sophie Haustein
March 12, 20167:00 pm

Just a few moments until the show begins! I just had my final hot dog and am ready for a fabulous night now!

Technical Lead: I am a huge pop music fan and I love Rihanna, Years & Years, Sia, Zara Larsson and Sam Smith. However, more importantly, I love Eurovision. Melodifestivalen is my favourite National Final and if things look out of place on the website, it's most definitely my fault.

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