International jury to help select Eurovision song
Tonight it will be decided who should be represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany in May. In an attempt to boost the Swedish chances to do well in Düsseldorf, an international jury will have a significant say in who the winner will be.
The ten candidates, selected after a series of semi-finals over the past 5 weeks, will enter stage in Globen in Stockholm this evening.
As a result of the poor Swedish result in the international competition over the past few years, the organisers have this year given extra weight to the votes of eleven international jury-groups. The hope is that they will improve the chances of a real winner actually being chosen to represent Sweden.
The international juries will hand out exactly the same amount of points as the vote from the Swedish public. The Swedish public vote will continue also while the international jury-groups give their points - as a way to give a chance to the Swedish Tv-viewers to "react" to the international verdict. Should two songs get exactly the same number of points, it will be the public vote that decides.
According to the tabloid Expressen, the international juries have already made up their mind, as they made their decision based on the dress rehearsal on Friday.
Favourites to win are Danny with the song "In the club" and Eric Saade with "Popular".