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Sweden reveals 2015 Eurovision hopefuls

The full line-up of contestants hoping to compete for Sweden in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna has been announced.

Sweden reveals 2015 Eurovision hopefuls
Two of the hopefuls. Photo: TT
Sweden hosts one of the most most popular national finals for the Eurovision Song Contest – Melodifestivalen. 
 
The event is deeply divisive, with many Swedes glued to their sofas throughout February and March when the heats take place and others left crying into their beers as they search for other Saturday night viewing solutions.
 
The first semi-final will take place on the 7th of February in Gothenburg and is set to include two previous winners of the contest: Jessica Andersson who represented Sweden in 2003 as one half of the duo Fame (they came 5th) and Eric Saade who came 3rd in Düsseldorf in 2011 with the song Popular.
 
 

Jessica Andersson is hoping for a second chance. Photo: TT
 
 
Heartthrob Måns Zelmerlöw, a Swedish singer who has both competed in the contest and hosted the event, will also be taking part.
 
Other contestants will battle their way through later regional heats in Malmö, Östersund and Örebro.
 
These include veteran musician Marie Bergman who won the competition in 1971 and 1972, as part of the group Family Four, and again in 1994 in a duo with Roger Pontare. 
 
X Factor star Kristin Amparo who scored a big hit with Albin (Din soldat) is also on the list alongside Andreas Weise who took part in Idol in 2010 and in Let's Dance.
 
 

Eric Saade is returning to the contest. Photo: TT
 
The final of the competition is set to take place at the Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm in March.
 
With six months still to go there is already huge interest in Eurovision 2015, which is taking place in Austria, after Conchita Wurst picked up the 2014 prize
 
Russia has not officially said whether it will be participating, amid speculation that former USSR countries may end up running their own contest.
 

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Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Cornelia Jakobs, Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, burst into tears and jumped onto presenter Mario Acampas, after shooting through to the final on Thursday night.

Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Jakobs was emotional at the press conference after her victory, telling the story of her progress from an “largely unknown” indie artist to the Eurovision stage. 

“There are a lot of feelings right now in this little body, an extremely large amount of feelings that can’t really fit in, so they’re exploding,” she said, before beginning to cry. “But I’m so happy and overwhelmed by all the support I’ve got from all these fantastic countries.” 

When the time came to pick lots for which half of the final she would appear in, she leapt onto Mario Acampas, the presenter asking questions at the press conference, wrapping her legs around his waist and clasping herself tightly to his torso. 

He then walked her over to the bowl where the lots were lying. 

“I want you to choose the second half,” she said to him. “Imagine that I have a pistol here and on the count of three I’m going to shoot you if you don’t choose.”

He refused to pick for her so she took one herself and got the second half. 

Jakobs, with her song, “Hold me closer”, was the clear favourite to go into the final, and will go through alongside Finland’s The Rasmus, and his song Jezebel, Serbia’s Konstrakta with “In corpore sano”, as well as entries from Belgium, Czechia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Estonia, Australia, and Romania. 

You can see her performance on Thursday in the video below. 

In the final, she will meet the other favourites, which include Ukraine, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 

The final will be shown on Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT at 9pm on Saturday. 

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