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Fantasifestivalen 21 is the 21st edition of the Swedish music competition Fantasifestivalen, which selects Sweden's entry for the North Vision Song Contest 21. The competition is organised by Sveriges Television (SVT) and takes place over the period September and October 2016.
For the second consecutive year, the format of the competition consisted of six shows: four semi-final rounds, a second chance round and a final. The 28 competing entries were divided into four semi-finals, with seven compositions in each. From each semifinal, the songs that earn first and second place will qualify directly to the final, while the songs that place third and fourth proceed to the Second Chance round. The bottom three songs in each semifinal become eliminated from the competition. An additional four entries qualify from the Second Chance round to the final, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to 12. All six shows are hosted by Pär Lernström, who is joined by Gina Dirawi in the final.
Fantasifestivalen 21, organised by Sveriges Television (SVT), was the second consecutive edition of the contest in which the competition took place in different cities across Sweden. The four semi-finals are held at the Fjällräven Center in Örnsköldsvik (31 August), the Scandinavium in Gothenburg (28 September), the Tegera Arena in Leksand (5 October) and the Himmelstalundshallen in Norrköping (13 October). The Second Chance round will take place at the Malmö Arena in Malmö (24 October) while the final will be held at the Friends Arena (4 November) in Stockholm. Twenty-eight entries compete in the semi-finals, with seven entries taking part in each show. The top two entries from each semi-final advance directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed entries advance to the Second Chance round. The bottom three entries in each semi-final become eliminated. An additional four entries qualify to the final from the Second Chance round, bringing the total number of competing entries in the final to twelve.
|Semi-final 1||31 August||Malmö||Malmö Arena||Pär Lernström|
|Semi-final 2||28 September||Örnsköldsvik||Fjällräven Center|
|Semi-final 3||5 October||Örebro||Conventum Arena|
|Semi-final 4||13 October||Gävle||Gavlerinken Arena|
|Second Chance round||24 October||Gothenburg||Scandinavium|
|Final||4 November||Stockholm||Friends Arena|| Pär Lernström|
Entries for the twentieth competition were chosen by a selection panel from submissions received by SVT through an open call for songs or by SVT via special invitations to artists and songwriters.
|Members of the Selection Panel|
|Anna Shimoda||Editor in chief for Hänt.se, Aller Media|
|Axel Scholtzé||Production assistant|
|Ben Robertson||Teacher and member of Fantasifestivalen club|
|Cecilia Eriksson||Student musician|
|Edin Jusuframic||Dancer and choreographer|
|Jan Björkman||Head of Delegation, Head of Production (SVT)|
|Ken Olausson||Engineer and blogger|
|Kerstin Behrendtz||Music editor for Sveriges Radio P4|
|Mari Hesthammaer||Music editor for Sveriges Radio P3|
|Mari Ryberger||Fantasifestivalen entry producer|
|Maria Ericson||Artist manager for Allsång på Skansen, assistant project manager for Fantasifestivalen 20|
|Martin Glemme||Marketing and PR|
|Rickard Keilor||Programme manager SBS Radio|
|Robert Sehlberg||Music director MTG Radio|
During the six shows, viewers can cast their votes through telephone, SMS and mobile application voting. For telephone and SMS voting, viewers were able to cast their vote through two different voting lines per voting method: a regular line costing 3.60 SEK and a donation line costing 9.90 SEK of which 8.90 SEK was donated to the charity organisation Radiohjälpen. Up to 20 votes can be cast per phone number per voting line, allowing a single phone number to contribute a maximum of 80 votes in each round of voting. With the mobile application, each device can send up to 5 votes for free per entry. The results of the semi-finals and Second Chance round are determined solely by viewer votes, while in the final, the results a redetermined through a 50/50 combination of viewer votes and the votes of eleven international jury groups.
The twenty-eight competing artists were announced to the public by two teasers beforehand. All artists were announced as solo artists despite having collaborations. The official entrants along with their entries were announced shortly before their semi-finals.
|Artist||Song (English Translation)||Songwriter(s)|
|Alexandra Joner feat. Mohombi||"Bottoms Up"||Erik Smaaland, Mohombi Moupondo, Kristoffer Tømmerbakke, Kim-Erik Pedersen|
|Amy Deasismont||"Forgive"||Amy Deasismont, Tony Nilsson, Mirja Breitholtz, Mutt Lange|
|Arion feat. Elize Ryd||"At the Break of Dawn"||Arion, Elize Ryd|
|Audrey X||"Club of Jaded Hearts"||Audrey X|
|Big Wild feat. Tove Styrke||"Aftergold"||Jackson Steel|
|Boris René||"Mon Amour" (My Love)||Tim Larsson, Boris René, Tobias Lundgren|
|Fernando Fuentes||"The Other Side"||Fernando Fuentes, Tony Nilsson, Olav Fossheim|
|Günther & The Sunshine Girls||"No Pantalones" (No Pants)||George Shahin, Jerry Neij, Mats Söderlund, Ralph Bergvall|
|Hannie||"Irresistible"||Hannie Brithen, Kamilla Bayrak, Kristoffer Nilsson|
|Ida Hallquist||"Hideout"||Ida Hallquist|
|Isle Of You||"50+1"||Ida Johansson, Elina Danielsson, Johan Ramström, Patrik Magnusson|
|Jennifer Brown||"In i himlen" (Into the Sky)||Jennifer Brown, Alessandra Günthardt, Nicolas Günthardt|
|Lea||"Leva Life" (Living life)||Lea, Max Björk, Sebastian Lestapiert|
|Lisa Ajax||"Love Me Wicked"||Jimmy Jansson, Nea Nelson, Palle Hammarlund|
|Mahan Moin||"Elysium"||Mahan Moin, Frida Molander, Christian Rabb|
|MY||"Invincible"||My Helmner, Daniel Lancaster, Michael Duce, Daniel Goudie, Ashley Hamilton|
|Nasco Brothers||"Sing Along"||Emil Johansson, Marcus Håkansson, Eric Johansson, Johan Randén|
|Natali Felicia||"Easy Ride"||Natali Felicia, Andreas Grube, Johannes Berglund|
|Normandie||"Believe"||Philip Strand, Håkan Almbladh, John Löfgren, Jesper Malmberg|
|Oscar Zia||"I Want You"||Jasmine Andersson, Benjamin Ingrosso, Hampus Lindvall, Jacob Criborn, Leonard Scheja|
|Panetoz||"Om" (If)||Panetoz, Fredrik Bodström, Figge Boström, Mats Tärnfors|
|Pawl||"Lost"||Paul Najjar, Adam Ben Yahia, Julian Challis|
|Peg Parnevik||"We Are (Ziggy & Carola)"||Peg Parnevik, Erik Lewander, Josefin Glenmark|
|Robin Bengtsson||"Stevie Wonder"||Gabriel Alares, Robin Bengtsson, Jimmy Jansson|
|Sara Löfgren||"När mörkret faller" (When darkness falls)||Peter Wennerberg, Mathias Venge, Gabriella Jangefeldt, Sara Löfgren, Sharon Vaughn|
|Sara Sangfelt||"Love Me"||Sara Sangfelt, Benny Jansson, Joel DeLuna, Nicklas Eklund|
|Solence||"Breaking the Silence"||Markus Videsäter, David Strääf, Jonas Nolér, Johan Swärd, David Vikingsson|
|Vox Archangeli||"Alleluia Raphael"||Peter Nordahl, Moh Denebi|
As in several previous editions, Fantasifestivalen commences with four semi-finals, which determine the eight entries that advance directly to the final and the eight entries that qualify to the Second Chance round. The running order for the semi-finals are announced shortly before the semi-final.
The semi-final results are based solely on viewer votes. Two rounds of voting take place in each semi-final to determine which entries would advance further and which entries would be eliminated. All seven competing entries in each semi-final participate in the first round of voting where the top five advances to the second round, while the bottom two are eliminated. In the second round of voting, the two entries that occupy the first and second places qualify directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed entries proceed to the Second Chance round. The fifth placed entry is eliminated. All votes from the second round of voting are added to the votes that each entry received from the first round of voting in order to determine the final outcome.
The first semi-final took place on the 31st August 2016 at the Malmö Arena in Malmö, hosted by Pär Lernström. "Elysium" by Mahan Moin and "Stevie Wonder" by Robin Bengtsson qualified for the final, while "Club of Jaded Hearts" by Audrey X and "At the Break of Dawn" by Arion feat. Elize Ryd qualified to Andra Chansen.
|Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|2||Jennifer Brown||"In i himlen"||236||139||375||5||Out|
|3||Audrey X||"Club of Jaded Hearts"||244||136||380||4||Second Chance|
|4||Arion feat. Elize Ryd||"At the Break of Dawn"||257||164||421||3||Second Chance|
|7||Robin Bengtsson||"Stevie Wonder"||265||172||437||2||Final|
The second semi-final took place on 28 September 2016 at the Fjällräven Center in Örnsköldsvik, hosted by Pär Lernström. "Invincible" by MY and "Love Me" by Sara Sangfelt qualified for the final, while "Easy Ride" by Natali Felicia and "I Want You" by Oscar Zia qualified to Andra Chansen.
|Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|1||Peg Parnevik||"We Are (Ziggy & Carola)"||210||—||210||6||Out|
|2||Natali Felicia||"Easy Ride"||216||153||369||4||Second Chance|
|4||Boris René||"Mon Amour"||217||145||362||5||Out|
|5||Sara Sangfelt||"Love Me"||246||235||481||1||Final|
|6||Vox Archangeli||"Alleluia Raphael"||169||—||169||7||Out|
|7||Oscar Zia||"I Want You"||218||162||380||3||Second Chance|
The third semi-final took place on 5 October 2016 at the Conventum Arena in Örebro, hosted by Pär Lernström. "Breaking the Silence" by Solence and "Irresistible" by Hannie qualified for the final, while "50+1" by Isle of You and "No Pantalones" by Günther & The Sunshine Girls qualified to Andra Chansen.
|Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|1||Solence||"Breaking the Silence"||201||116||317||2||Final|
|2||Isle of You||"50+1"||201||89||290||4||Second Chance|
|4||Sara Löfgren||"När mörkret faller"||180||—||180||6||Out|
|5||Big Wild feat. Tove Styrke||"Aftergold"||179||—||179||7||Out|
|7||Günther & The Sunshine Girls||"No Pantalones"||206||89||295||3||Second Chance|
The fourth semi-final took place on 13 October 2016 at the Gavlerinken Arena in Gävle, hosted by Pär Lernström. "Believe" by Normandie and "Bottoms Up" by Alexandra Joner feat. Mohombi qualified for the final, while "Love Me Wicked" by Lisa Ajax and "Hideout" by Ida Hallquist qualified to Andra Chansen.
|Round 1||Round 2||Total|
|1||Fernando Fuentes||"The Other Side"||151||—||151||6||Out|
|2||Nasco Brothers||"Sing Along"||144||—||144||7||Out|
|3||Lisa Ajax||"Love Me Wicked"||197||133||330||4||Second Chance|
|5||Ida Hallquist||"Hideout"||210||125||335||3||Second Chance|
|7||Alexandra Joner feat. Mohombi||"Bottoms Up"||206||153||359||1||Final|
Second Chance round
The second chance round took place on 24 October 2016 at the Gothenburg in Scandinavium, hosted by Pär Lernström. "Hideout" by Ida Hallquist, "Easy Ride" by Natali Felicia, "At the Break of Dawn" by Arion feat. Elize Ryd and "Love Me Wicked" by Lisa Ajax qualified for the final.
|I||1||Audrey X||"Club of Jaded Hearts"||90,714||Out|
|II||1||Natali Felicia||"Easy Ride"||123,506||Final|
|2||Günther & The Sunshine Girls||"No Pantalones"||106,494||Out|
|III||1||Isle of You||"50+1"||80,933||Out|
|2||Arion feat. Elize Ryd||"At the Break of Dawn"||149,067||Final|
|IV||1||Oscar Zia||"I Want You"||92,342||Out|
|2||Lisa Ajax||"Love Me Wicked"||137,658||Final|
The final of Fantasifestivalen 21 was held on 4 November 2016 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, hosted by Pär Lernström and Gina Dirawi. Twelve songs competed — two qualifiers from each of the four preceding semi-finals and four qualifiers from the Second Chance round. A mix of televoting/SMS voting and international jury voting selected the winner.
|1||Sara Sangfelt||"Love Me"||33||1,034,755||9.34%||44||77||6|
|2||Arion feat. Elize Ryd||"At the Break of Dawn"||38||1,076,520||9.72%||46||84||4|
|3||Natali Felicia||"Easy Ride"||16||798,068||7.20%||34||50||12|
|5||Robin Bengtsson||"Stevie Wonder"||36||825,013||7.45%||35||71||8|
|9||Lisa Ajax||"Love Me Wicked"||45||832,473||7.52%||36||81||5|
|10||Alexandra Joner feat. Mohombi||"Bottoms Up"||29||842,617||7.61%||36||65||9|
|12||Solence||"Breaking the Silence"||31||713,963||6.45%||30||61||11|