Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000

Sweden was the host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 thanks to Charlotte Nilsson's victory the previous year. Sveriges Television chose to hold the contest in Sweden's capital, Stockholm. They were represented by Roger Pontare with the song "When Spirits Are Calling My Name".

Eurovision Song Contest 2000
Country Sweden
National selection
Selection processMelodifestivalen 2000
Selection date(s)10 March 2000
Selected entrantRoger Pontare
Selected song"When Spirits Are Calling My Name"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Peter Dahl
  • Linda Jansson
  • Thomas Holmstrand
Finals performance
Final result7th, 88 points
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄1999 2000 2001►

Before EurovisionEdit

Melodifestivalen 2000Edit

 
The Melodifestivalen 2000 logo

Melodifestivalen 2000 was the selection for the 40th song to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest. It was the 39th time that this system of picking a song had been used; 1,394 songs were submitted to SVT for the competition and 10 progressed to the final. The final was held in the Gothenburg Opera House in Gothenburg on 10 March 2000, and was broadcast on SVT2 and Sveriges Radio's P4 network. Roger Pontare (1994 winner with Marie Bergman) won the MF again with the rock-inspired ballad "När vindarna viskar mitt namn", donning a folk-inspired costume and featuring Sámi dancers during his performance.

The 2000 Melodifestivalen was presented by no less than 10 past participants and winners, who performed a medley of selected Melodifestivalen entries from the past four decades as an interval act. These were Carola Häggkvist, Lotta Engberg, Lena Philipsson, Loa Falkman, Tommy Körberg, Elisabeth Andreassen, Arja Saijonmaa, Lasse Berghagen, Lasse Holm and Björn Skifs. Two of the presenters, Lena Philipsson and Carola Häggkvist, went on to win the Melodifestivalen in 2004 and 2006, respectively (Carola had also won in 1983 and 1991 before). The show was watched by 4,175,000 people, with a total of 525,567 votes cast.

Competing entriesEdit

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Avengers "När filmen är slut" Suss von Ahn, Henrik Wikström
Balsam Boys feat. Svenne and Lotta "Bara du och jag" Gustaf Eurén, Stefan Deak, Karl Eurén
Barbados "Se mig" Thomas Thörnholm, Dan Attlerud
Friends "När jag tänker på i morgon" Lasse Holm, Ingela 'Pling' Forsman
Guide "Vi lever här, vi lever nu" Mattias Reimer, Lars Edvall
Hanna Hedlund "Anropar försvunnen" Bobby Ljunggren, Robert Uhlmann, Anna-Lena Högdahl
Javiera "Varje timma, var minut" Johnny Thunqvist, Ulf Georgsson
Midnight Band "Tillsammans" Mikael Wendt, Christer Lundh
Roger Pontare "När vindarna viskar mitt namn" Thomas Holmstrand, Linda Jansson, Peter Dahl
Tom Nordahl "Alla änglar sjunger" Stephan Berg

FinalEdit

Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points
1 Guide "Vi lever här, vi lever nu" 53 34,239 44 97 5
2 Balsam Boys feat. Svenne and Lotta "Bara du och jag" 43 26,229 11 54 7
3 Barbados "Se mig" 58 43,289 88 146 2
4 Avengers "När filmen är slut" 0 2,934 0 0 10
5 Tom Nordahl "Alla änglar sjunger" 32 24,455 0 32 9
6 Roger Pontare "När vindarna viskar mitt namn" 95 173,641 132 227 1
7 Javiera "Varje timma, var minut" 73 35,691 66 139 4
8 Midnight Band "Tillsammans" 58 25,727 0 58 6
9 Hanna Hedlund "Anropar försvunnen" 25 31,921 22 47 8
10 Friends "När jag tänker på i morgon" 36 127,441 110 146 2
Detailed Regional Jury Voting
Song
Luleå
Umeå
Sundsvall
Falun
Stockholm
Karlstad
Örebro
Norrköping
Växjö
Malmö
Gothenburg
Total score
"Vi lever här, vi lever nu" 8 10 2 12 10 2 4 4 1 53
"Bara du och jag" 2 6 10 8 4 6 1 6 43
"Se mig" 10 1 4 6 10 8 12 2 1 4 58
"När filmen är slut" 0
"Alla änglar sjunger" 6 2 1 1 4 12 4 2 32
"När vindarna viskar mitt namn" 4 12 12 12 2 1 10 10 12 12 8 95
"Varje timma, var minut" 8 4 8 6 12 1 6 8 8 12 73
"Tillsammans" 12 10 2 8 8 8 10 58
"Anropar försvunnen" 6 2 4 1 10 2 25
"När jag tänker på i morgon" 1 4 1 6 2 6 6 10 36

At EurovisionEdit

Roger performed his song in 18th in the running order, following Croatia and preceding Macedonia, and received much cheers from the home public. The song had been translated into English and was now called "When Spirits Are Calling My Name", and the stage performance featured Native American and Sami themes. At the end of the voting, Sweden received 88 points (including 12 points from Turkey), finishing in 7th place which was enough to qualify them for the next contest as well.[1]

VotingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Final of Stockholm 2000". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Stockholm 2000". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.

External linksEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Thorsson, Leif; Verhage, Martin (2006). Melodifestivalen genom tiderna (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). ISBN 91-89136-29-2.