Varga and The Moniker to Globen
A song about domestic abuse and a Beatles pastiche were the winners as the last two songs were selected for the final of the Swedish Song Contest, or Melodifestivalen, Saturday night.
In the qualification round called "Second Chance" the songs that had come third and fourth in the previous semi-finals fought it out for a second chance to make the final in a series of duels, song against song.
Sara Varga, who is also a DJ, sang one of the few songs in Swedish to qualify for the later stages of the competition, with a lyric about surviving domestic abuse. On her way to the final she beat girl group Love Generation with a song written by Swedish-Moroccan producer RedOne, who has written and produced countless big international hits for artists such as Lady Gaga and Alexandra Burke.
The other qualifier was The Moniker, also known as Daniel Nilsson, a former Pop Idol competitor, with his song highly influenced by the Beatles' later songs. He beat singer-songwriter Pernilla Andersson to reach the final.
They will now fight it out next Saturday in Stockholm's Globe Arena with the other eight songs that have already qualified for the final. Favourites are young heartthrobs Danny and Eric Saade. The winner will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany, in May.