North Vision Song Contest 3
Country Flag of Sweden Sweden
National selection
Selection process Fantasifestivalen 03
Selection date(s) Semi-finals:
12 June 2013
14 June 2013
16 June 2013
18 June 2013
Second Chance:
20 June 2013
22 June 2013
Selected entrant Malena Ernman
Selected song "One Step From Paradise"
Selected songwriter(s) Anders Hansson
Fredrik Kempe
Sharon Vaughn
Finals performance
Semi-final result 1st, 131 points
Final result 1st, 194 points
Sweden in the North Vision Song Contest
◄ 2 Eurovision Heart 4 ►

Sweden participated in the North Vision Song Contest 3 in Winterthur, Switzerland. The Swedish entry was selected through Fantasifestivalen 03, a national final format that consisted of four semi-finals, a second chance round and a final, organised by Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). Malena Ernman represented Sweden with the song "One Step From Paradise", which scored 194 points in the grand final and was declared as the winner.

Fantasifestivalen 03

Fantasifestivalen 03 was the Swedish music competition that selected Sweden's entry for the North Vision Song Contest 3. Hosted by Gina Dirawi and Eric Saade, 32 songs competed in a one-week-long process that consisted of four semifinals on 12, 14, 16 and 18 June 2013, a second chance round on 20 June 2013, and a final on 22 June 2013. Eight songs competed in each semifinal - the top two qualified directly to the final, while the third and fourth placed songs qualified to the second chance round. An additional two songs qualified to the final from the second chance round. Among the competing artists were Ulrik Munther, Nanne Grönvall, Danny Saucedo, Charlotte Perrelli, later North vision winners Amaranthe, later North Vision entrants Kevin Borg, Lazee and Helena Paparizou and Junior North Vision Song Contest entrant Zara Larsson.

Semi-finals and Second chance

  • The first semi-final took place on 12 June 2013 at the Scandinavium in Göteborg. "Until the World Fades Away" performed by Sibel and "Våga" performed by Sonja Aldén qualified directly to the final, while "Spaceship" performed by Miss Li and "Det Fanns En Tid" performed by Nanne Grönvall qualified to the second chance round.
  • The third semi-final took place on 16 June 2013 at the Cloetta Center in Linköping. "Save Me (This is an SOS)" performed by Helena Paparizou and "New Colours" performed by Janet Leon qualified directly to the final, while "Machine" performed by Frida Sundemo and "Out Of Time" performed by Kevin Borg qualified to the second chance round.


The final of Fantasifestivalen 03 was held on 22 June 2013 at the Friends Arena in Solna, Stockholm. The two winners from each of the four semi-finals and the two second chance winners qualified for the final, creating a ten song lineup. A mix of televoting/SMS voting and international jury voting selected "One Step From Paradise" performed by Malena Ernman as the winner.

Draw Artist Song (English Translation) Composer(s) Juries Viewers Total Place
1 Janet Leon "New Colours" Janet Leon, Jesper Jakobson, Jörgen Elofsson 46 59 105 4
2 Frida Sundemo "Machine" Frida Sundemo, Joel Humlén 39 31 70 7
3 Malena Ernman "One Step From Paradise" Anders Hansson, Fredrik Kempe, Sharon Vaughn 80 73 153 1
4 Charlotte Perrelli "Addicted" Johan Fransson, Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren 50 58 108 3
5 Zara Larsson "When Worlds Collide" Elof Loelv, Marcus Sepermanesh 38 57 95 5
6 Miriam Bryant "Easy Street" Miriam Bryant, Victor Rådström 54 16 70 9
7 Sarah Dawn Finer "A Way Back To Love" Sarah Dawn Finer, Fredrik Thomander 35 36 71 6
8 Sonja Aldén "Våga" Sonja Aldén, Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström 41 29 70 8
9 Sibel "Until The World Fades Away" Christian Antblad, Michael Jay 19 37 56 10
10 Helena Paparizou "Save Me (This Is An SOS)" Jimmy Jansson, Bobby Ljunggren, Mycah Wilshire 71 77 148 2

At Northvision


Malena Ernman performing the winning song "One Step From Paradise" in Winterthur (3rd edition).

In the allocation draw, Sweden was drawn to compete 8th in the second semi-final, following Bosnia and Herzegovina and preceding Iceland. It finished 1st with 131 points and thus qualified to the final. During the running order draw, Sweden was drawn to compete eleventh in the grand final, following Denmark and preceding Slovenia. Sweden won the final, scoring 194 points.

On stage, Malena Ernman was joined by five backing vocalists and dancers. The Swedish performance focused on Malena Ernman and the backing dancers' choreography.

In Sweden, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on SVT1 with commentary by the Head of Delegation Jan Simonis. The shows were also broadcast via radio on Sveriges Radio P4 with commentary by Carolina Norén and Ronnie Ritterland. The Swedish spokesperson revealing the result of the Swedish vote in the final was Helena Paparizou.

Points awarded to Sweden

12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Sweden

Semi-final 2 votes
12 pointsFlag of Armenia Armenia
10 pointsFlag of Italy Italy
8 pointsFlag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia
7 pointsFlag of Estonia Estonia
6 pointsFlag of Romania Romania
5 pointsFlag of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
4 pointsFlag of Germany Germany
3 pointsFlag of Norway Norway
2 pointsFlag of Greece Greece
1 pointFlag of Slovenia Slovenia
Final votes
12 pointsFlag of Andorra Andorra
10 pointsFlag of Macedonia FYR Macedonia
8 pointsAustria Austria
7 pointsFlag of Romania Romania
6 pointsFlag of France France
5 pointsFlag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
4 pointsFlag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
3 pointsFlag of San Marino San Marino
2 pointsFlag of Slovakia Slovakia
1 pointFlag of Greece Greece

Split voting results

There have not been any split results in the third edition. The voting method was 100% televoting.

See also