An extract on #loves_greece
After having taken part in the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2007 with "Hypnotized" and releasing the CD single "Pote" (Never) in Greece and Sweden, Sofia once again took part in the contest to select Sweden's Eurovision Song Contest entrant in 2009. For her second appearance, she chose to sing the song "Alla", sung in Greek. In an interview, Sofia said that she wanted to perform the song in Greek because she likes the language and because it was originally written in Greek and therefore should be performed that way. Writer Dimitri Stassos spoke about the song in an interview with Eurovision news website ESCToday saying:
This time, with Alla, we wanted to go all the way with Sofia, in Greek, and since the rules allow us, Im Greek, Sofia loves Greece and everything that comes along with it, it was never a difficult decision. Knowing that we had no chance to win, but at least we could be proud of our choice. It was also a great opportunity to promote Sofia and Alla to a big audience.
Sofia performed the song seventh on the night in the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2009, held on February 21, 2009. She received 14,782 televotes, placing her seventh of the eight entries. She was not one of the four songs selected for the final or second chance rounds, but it was revealed that she was chosen by the international jury to go against the other jury choices from the other semi-finals, with a chance of being the eleventh song in the contest's final.
On March 7, Sofia once again appeared at Melodifestivalen, though she did not perform. Following the end of the "Second Chance Round", the jury chose her over semi-final two pick Amy Diamond to go to the final. In an interview after the round, Sofia said that she was glad that she will have the chance to sing the song even better than before and that she was probably chosen because she is an international artist with an international song. At the Melodifestivalen final, held on March 14, 2009, Sofia presented "Alla" ninth out of the eleven participants. When the results were announced, she received twelve points in total, eight from the international jury and four from the regional juries, placing her tenth.
"Alla" was first heard in the form of a one-minute clip on February 20, 2009, the day before Sofia appeared in the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2009. "Alla"was released to radios following the fourth semi-final on February 28, 2009, in line with the contest's rules. "Alla" then became available as a two track CD single and digital download on March 1, 2009 along with many of the other songs in the contest; it features the radio mix and a remix of the song by Oscar Holter. "Alla" will be released in Greece as well suggested Sofia in an interview with news wevsite "ESCToday". "Alla" will also be translated into both Swedish and English as well.