Stockholm, 7 March 2022
A quick update on Sweden: SVT have released the running order for the upcoming finale of Melodifestivalen. Sweden were the first country to implement a producer-decided running order in their national final, which (like many Melodifestivalen concepts) eventually made its way into Eurovision proper as well. These running orders officially are designed to make the contest more exciting and ensuring there’s variety between the each consequetive act. In practice, they also indicate which entries SVT believes are going to win.
The running order for next Saturday’s final is as follows:
As you can see, Cornelia Jakobs and LIAMOO have received the best spots, near the end but not directly at the end. Anders Bagge, who is currently leading the odds has been shoved somewhere in the middle. The party songs by Klara Hammarström and MEDINA will open and close the show respecitvely while the Swedish-language songs by THEOZ and John Lundvik have been given unfortunate spots in the running order.
Of course these placements aren’t indicative of the actual results, but they do appear to imply that Cornelia or Liamoo are the preferred or expected winners here.
Sweden is currently ranked third in the betting odds to win. The Nordic nation boasts an impressive six victories at Eurovision, including pop sensations ABBA and EDM icon Loreen. Their last victory came in 2015 when Måns Zelmerlöw beat Russia and Italy with his song “Heroes”.
Sweden is set to compete in the second half of the second semifinal on 12 May, where they’ll face the likes of Estonia, Belgium and Ireland. Last year Sweden scored one of their least good results in a while, with Tusse placing 14th overall with his song “Voices”.