Elena Paparizou and Linus Svenning are heading to the Melodifestivalen final. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT.

Paparizou and Svenning given 'second chance'

Singers Helena Paparizou and Linus Svenning are heading through to the final after winning the "second chance round" of the Melodifestivalen competition in Lidköping on Saturday.

Paparizou, a favorite heading into the competition, said she was overwhelmed by the win though she is no stranger to the spotlight. In 2005, Paparizou represented Greece in the Eurovision contest and gave the country its only win in contest history.

"I don't know if I should cry or scream. But god, what a relief, this is so much fun," Paparizou told Swedish Television, which organizes the annual music competition.

Svenning delivered his moving song about his dead brother and said he was equally surprised by the getting through to the final. "There were so many great songs that I had no hope at all," he said to Swedish Television.

The second chance round is where songs that came third and fourth in the four semi-finals of Melodifestivalen fight it out for the two last tickets to the final next week at Friends Arena in Solna. However, both Paparizou and Svenning face an uphill battle. There has never been an entry from the second chance round who has won in the final of Sweden's Eurovision qualifiers.

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