Melodifestivalen 2010 Final: A Night of Surprises and Controversies
Melodifestivalen 2010, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, came to an end on March 13th with a grand final at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. Ten songs competed for the ticket to Oslo, Norway, where the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 will be held in May. The winner was decided by a combination of jury and televoting, each accounting for 50% of the final result.
The final line-up included some of the most popular and successful artists in Sweden, such as Darin, Eric Saade, Timoteij and Salem Al Fakir. However, the night was full of surprises and controversies, as some of the favorites failed to impress the jury or the public, while some of the underdogs rose to the top.
The biggest shock of the night was the victory of Anna Bergendahl with her ballad \"This Is My Life\", written by Bobby Ljunggren and Kristian LagerstrÃm. Bergendahl, who rose to fame as a finalist in Swedish Idol 2008, received the maximum 12 points from both the jury and the televoting, securing her first place with a total of 214 points. She became the first female solo artist to win Melodifestivalen since Carola in 2006.
Bergendahl's song was praised for its simplicity and sincerity, as well as her emotional performance. However, some critics and fans argued that it was too bland and boring for Eurovision, and that it did not represent the diversity and quality of Swedish music. Some also pointed out that Bergendahl's song was very similar to another song by Ljunggren and LagerstrÃm, \"Hope & Glory\" by Mans ZelmerlÃw, which came fourth in Melodifestivalen 2009.
The runner-up of Melodifestivalen 2010 was Salem Al Fakir with his self-written song \"Keep On Walking\", a catchy pop tune with a retro vibe. Al Fakir, who is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, received 183 points from the jury and televoting combined. He was followed by Eric Saade with his upbeat dance song \"Manboy\", written by Fredrik Kempe and Peter BostrÃm. Saade, who is a former member of the boy band What's Up!, received 155 points.
Some of the other finalists who were expected to do well did not fare as well as predicted. Darin, who is one of the most successful artists in Sweden since his debut in Swedish Idol 2004, came fourth with his power ballad \"You're Out Of My Life\", written by Tony Nilsson and Henrik Janson. Darin received 117 points, mostly from the jury. Timoteij, a girl group consisting of four young women playing folk instruments and singing in harmony, came fifth with their ethno-pop song \"Kom\", written by Karl EurÃn, Gustav EurÃn and Niclas Arn. Timoteij received 111 points, mostly from the televoting.
One of the most controversial moments of the night was when Peter JÃback qualified to the final from Andra Chansen with his song \"Hollow\", written by Anders Hansson and Fredrik Kempe. JÃback is a well-known musical star who has performed in several Broadway and West End shows. However, his song was criticized for being too theatrical and melodramatic for Melodifestivalen. Some also accused him of lip-syncing during his performance. JÃback came ninth in the final with 48 points.
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