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Sweden chose their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 1961 through Melodifestivalen 1961. The song "April, april", performed once with Siw Malmkvist, once with Gunnar Wiklund, won. However, none of them was considered acceptable for singing in ESC, so Lill-Babs was chosen as representative instead. In the contest, once more held in Cannes, she finished in 14th place (out of 16).
|Eurovision Song Contest 1961|
|Selection process||Melodifestivalen 1961|
|Selection date(s)||6 February 1961|
|Selected song||"April, april"|
|Final result||14th, 2 points|
|Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Melodifestivalen 1961 was the Swedish national final and it was the third time that this system of picking a song had been used. One singer performed the song with a large orchestra and one with a smaller orchestra. Approximately 550 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition. The final was held in the Cirkus in Stockholm on 6 February 1961, broadcast on Sveriges Radio TV, but was not broadcast on radio. Siw Malmkvist won with "April, april" but Lill-Babs went to Eurovision.
|1st||Siw Malmkvist||Gunnar Wiklund||"April, april"||Bobbie Ericson, Bo Eneby||78|
|2nd||Lill-Babs||Lars Lönndahl||"Vårvinter"||Bobbie Ericson||71|
|2nd||Lars Lönndahl||Lily Berglund||"Spela på regnbågen"||Britt Lindeborg||71|
|4th||Gunnar Wiklund||Siw Malmkvist||"Vår i hjärtat"||Lennart Gröhn||58|
|5th||Lily Berglund||Lill-Babs||"Stockholm"||Bobbie Ericson, Eric Sandström||57|
Every country had a jury of ten people. Every jury member could give one point to his or her favourite song.