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Millions switch on for Eurovision heat
Melodifestivalen hosts Dolph Lundgren, Christine Meltzer and Måns Zelmerlöw

Millions switch on for Eurovision heat

Published: 08 Feb 2010 14:59 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Feb 2010 14:59 GMT+01:00

Saturday's Melodifestivalen heat was watched by almost three million Swedes as Eurovision fever gripped the country once again.

The flamboyant singing and dancing fest was a clear winner in last week's television audience ratings, beating Antikrundan -- the Swedish version of the Antiques Roadshow -- into second place on 2.1 million.

While state broadcaster Sveriges Television will be enjoying the glow that the guaranteed ratings success brings, the viewing figures were in fact down 300,000 on the first heat in 2009, the lowest figures since 2002.

On stage the audience were treated to an all action show by Hollywood actor and co-host Dolph Lundgren who performed a rendition of Elvis Presley's A Little Less Conversation.

The heat, broadcast from Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden, was won by Salem Al Fakir with Keep on Walking. Ola Svensson and Unstoppable joined him in the final in the Stockholm Globe Arena in March.

A second chance was afforded to Pain of Salvation with Road Salt, and Jessica Andersson with I Did it For Love.

The Eurovision trail heads slightly south next Saturday with heat two to be held in Sandviken.

No doubt much to the disappointment of Eurovision fans Dolph Lundgren will not however be in attendance but has promised to join the show on a live broadcast link from California.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:54 February 8, 2010 by Shazzer
There needs to be a rule that only songs that have a snowball's chance in hell of making the Eurovision cut can be entered in Melodifestival.
18:05 February 8, 2010 by calebian22
Al fakir's and Ola's performances were heads and tails above the others. Dolph's was third.
21:01 February 8, 2010 by conboy
I would rather wax my scalp in asphalt then watch the bilge...
23:35 February 8, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Really? Dolph singing an Elvis song-really?!!! I wonder how that went over?
06:45 February 9, 2010 by peropaco
Swedish intellect at its best...Glibness
13:14 February 9, 2010 by V8farty
Swedes seem to like really crap tele.
14:36 February 9, 2010 by bravedave
we are all missing the point here, the Swedish version of Antiques Road show got 2.1m viewers!!! Thats insane! I didnt think Swedes were that bored!
12:56 February 12, 2010 by Swenglishman
I agree with Bravedave...Over 20% of the Swdishe population spent Saturday night watching Antiques Roadshow ????
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