Tonight Melodifestivalen 2020 finally kicked off live from the Saab Arena in Linköping! Robin Bengtsson with the song Take a Chance and The Mamas with the song Move were the first songs to directly qualify to the final on the 7th of March in Friends Arena, while Malou Prytz with the song Ballerina and Felix Sandman with the song Boys with Emotions were given the first spots to the Second Chance round (Andra Chansen) which takes place on the 29th of February in Eskilstuna.
The songs that were unfortunately eliminated were ranked as follows:
5th: Sonja Aldén - Sluta aldrig gå (661 376 votes)
6th: OVÖ - Inga problem (633 485 votes)
7th: Suzi P - Moves (582 520 votes)
What's new for this year is that instead of revealing the amount of votes that have been cast, the hosts will present the total amount of voters that voted. During tonight's show, the hosts revealed that 502 404 people had voted in this first semi, donating 454 000 kronor to the charity Radiohjälpen.
But this was just show number one. The search for Sweden's Eurovision entry for 2020 continues with these remaining shows:
Semi 2 - On the 8th of February in Scandinavium, Gothenburg
Semi 3 - On the 15th of February in Coop Norrbotten Arena, Luleå
Semi 4 - On the 22nd of February in Malmö Arena, Malmö
Second Chance round (Andra Chansen) - On the 29th of February in Stiga Sports Arena, Eskilstuna
Final - On the 7th of March in Friends Arena, Stockholm
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