SWEDEN – The changes inspired by the show’s new producer, Anette Brattström and revealed by Aftonbladet, are about the whole process. From the four semifinals, the second chance semifinal, and also the final, the voting system is completely restructured. The age categories remain, but now the voting is divided into the first and second phases, while the viewers and the artists will have the opportunity to watch in the semifinals the detailed announcement of the voting results and not just who qualified for the final, at the second opportunity and so on.
- The seven candidates of each semifinal perform their songs. Viewers vote by phone, but also by the special application. Each viewer has at their disposal five hearts (votes) per song, which they can allocate or not.
- After the interpretation of the seven entries of the semifinal is completed, the artist who has collected the largest number of votes (from the phones and the application) is announced, as a whole and regardless of the age categories.
- The remaining six artists continue in the second round of voting. Viewers again have five votes (hearts) per song. In the second round of voting, the votes of the first round are also counted.
- The results in the second round of voting are determined by the system of the eight age categories: 3–9 years, 10–15 years, 16–29 years, 30–44 years, 45–59 years, 60–74 years, 75 and over, as well as and telephone votes.
- For the first time in Melodifestivalen, we will know exactly how many votes each song received (in the second round of voting only), since the results of the age categories will be displayed as a graph on the screen, raising the adrenaline and the anxiety of the viewers.
- This means that viewers of the live broadcast will be able to watch the vote count and thus also know who will come third and fourth respectively, who will qualify for the second chance semifinal and also who will come fifth, sixth and seventh in the semifinals.
- The finalists are therefore determined in two different ways: the one who receives the most votes overall in the first round of voting and the one who receives the highest score from the various age categories after the second round of voting.
- The excitement for the final is maintained, since no one (except the organizers) will know what the results of the age categories would be in the first round of voting, since as we said above in the first round only the absolute number of votes will be calculated and not how many votes would be given to participants in the age categories.
- With the changes in the semifinals, the winning appearance of the two finalists is removed, since on-time the time will be filled with the announcement of the results.
- The duels that used to be valid in the second chance round are eliminated.
- In a live draw on March 1, the eight artists who have qualified for the semifinals of the second chance will be divided into two groups of four.
- From each group, the first two songs that will get the most votes based on age categories will qualify for the final.
- For reasons of time savings, in the second chance semifinal, there will be no live TV announcement of the results, except the announcement of the names of the winners.
- In the final, the public vote takes place only through the system of age categories.
- Each viewer will have five votes (hearts) per song.
- Following the announcement of the results of the international juries, each viewer will again have five votes per song.
- The announcement of the votes of the public will be made again as in previous years, that is, in total, the votes received by each participant from all age categories will be announced.
- The detailed results will then be announced on Swedish public television.
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