Swedish newspapers are slowly beginning to realise that Charlotte Perrelli's number two slot in the running order is far from a good place to be. Christer Björkman, from the Swedish delegation, pointed out that no song ever won ESC from a #2 starting position and now the newspapers cry. It is all over, there is no hope and we could just as well send in Céline Dion to sing "My Heart Will Go On" as the Swedish ship is sinking.
Again, they are rather short on analysis. It is true that no #2 ever won the contest, but the semi final is not about coming out on top. It is a question of ending up among the top ten, and that is more than possible from a #2 spot.
And in the final, there is no risk of Charlotte ending up singing in second position. The UK has already secured that unlucky spot for themselves.
But here are quite a few songs that made top ten despite singing as #2:
Michèle Torr - Une petite française - Monaco 1977
Sophie Carle - 100 % d'amour - Luxembourg 1984
Sonja Lumme - Eläköön elämä - Finland 1985
Gina G - Ooh... Aah... Just A Little Bit - United Kingdom 1996
Sebnem Paker & Ethnic - Dinle - Turkey 1997
Jessica Garlick - Come Back - UK 2002