Best Semi-Final Non Qualifiers – Over the last two weeks, hundreds of our readers have voted for their Top 5 Best Eurovision entries that did not make it to the final. Each voter had ten points to distribute: 5 to his favorite, 4 to the second place etc. Out of these points we calculated the ultimate Top 15 of your favorite Semi-Final non qualifiers! Your winner is SWEDEN!
The 5th of Swedish Idol 2008, Anna Bergendahl went on to participate in Melodifestivalen 2010. The odds were against her. She was not well known and her song “This Is My Life” was a folk influenced ballad. Since 1998 no balladhad actually been able to win the Swedish national final. However, Anna and her song were chosen by the Swedish public and sent to neighbouring Oslo. What followed was one of the biggest failures in Swedish Eurovision history: Anna, conceived as a small favorite, failed to qualify for the final. This marked the first time since 1976 that no Swedish entry was performed in the Eurovision final. Maybe the performance was a bit too stuffed: The Swedish delegation had brought along lights for each audience member that were supposed to create a great atmosphere in the stadium.