The voting system for the Melodifestivalen 2019 will change, confirmed the contest producer Christer Björkman. The purpose is to make weight of the phone voices more even with the free voices in the app.
In recent years there has been criticism of SVT's voting system in the Melodifestivalen. Usually, phone and SMS vote were available for a fee, but in 2015 an app was also introduced, allowing viewers to vote for up to five times on each entry free of charge. This has coincided with the viewers' votes in the finals spread very evenly across the board in 2018, for example, there was difference of only 1.1% points between viewers top 5 thus giving the international jury greater power over the outcome.
"Yes, there are changes planned, but I can not answer when they will be communicated. But definitely, adjustments are being made", says Christer Björkman. On the other hand he does not believe that the changes will affect even distribution of the votes. "I'm afraid that, as we have a more even quality of music, the result will be more even. People vote for what they like, and they like different things"
The change in the voting system is done to access a different problem, says Christer Björkman, although he does not want to specify exactly what the change looks like. "What we addressed when we did the system is that every voice should be worth as much. Five votes in the app should not be more worth compared to the phone votes. There will be adjustments that will make huge difference".
Another news is that SVT will now be able to chart who votes on what, says Christer Björkman. "We will be able to kill the rumour that there are children who control the competition. We already know that the elderly vote in principle like the younger ones, only when you grow older you do not stop voting for young music. We will be able to show that now", reports Dagens Nyheter.
Tiana Salmon becomes the youngest ever participant of the Melodifestivalen.
Member of High15 was born on 13 May 2003 and will turn 16 the day before the first semifinal in Tel Aviv. Since she will be competing in MF on 2 February aged 5744 days it makes her record almost impossible to beat in the future.
Until then, it is Rosanna Jönis who has the record. She competed with "Om du var här hos mig" in the Melodifestivalen 2001. She was 5770 days old, reports Gustav Dahlander in his expert blog.
Update: it seems that record is actually hold by Jenny Andersén (born 10 october 1988) from Bubbles who competed in MF 2004 on 6 March 2004 (5,626 days old).
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Semi-final 1: Gothenburg – 2 February Nano – “Chasing Rivers” High15 – “No Drama” Wiktoria – “Not with Me” Zeana feat. Anis don Demina – “Mina bränder” Arja Saijonmaa – “Mina fyra årstider” Mohombi – “Hello” Anna Bergendahl – “Ashes to Ashes”
Semi-final 2: Malmö – 9 February Andreas Johnson – “Army of Us” Malou Prytz – “I Do Me” Oscar Enestad – “I Love It” Jan Malmsjö – “Leva livet” Vlad Reiser – “Nakna i regnet” Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO – “Hold You” Margaret – “Tempo”
Semi-final 3: Leksand – 16 February The Lovers of Valdaro – “Somebody Wants” Dolly Style – “Habibi” Martin Stenmarck – “Låt skiten brinna” Lina Hedlund – “Victorious” Omar – “Om igen” Rebecka Karlsson – “Who I Am” Jon Henrik Fjällgren – “Norrsken”
Semi-final 4: Lidköping – 23 February Pagan Fury – “Stormbringer” Anton Hagman – “Känner dig” Lisa Ajax – “Torn” Arvingarna – “I Do” Bishara – “On My Own” Ann-Louise Hanson – “Kärleken finns kvar” John Lundvik – “Too Late for Love”
Pink: female pop Purple: male pop Yellow, other colours: “something our of the ordinary” Green star: Swedish lyrics Red star: At least one female songwriter Circles, check marks: the songs are confirmed, in their final version