I have permanently lived in Sweden for 14 years, but it’s the first time I am going to see it live – all because of my little daughter.

My seven year-old kid had been watching the competition weekly on SVT. Since the general repetitions slash previews were slated March 13-14 at Friends Arena in Stockholm, very near us, we decided to go and watch a general repetition/preview saturday afternoon, March 14.

My daughter prepared a poster and wrote her favorite artist’s name, Måns Zelmerlöw, who sang “Heroes”. He won Melodifestivalen 2015.

I like both Måns Zelmerlöw and Jon Henrik Fjällgren who popularised the sami folk music tradition, joik.

The public was mostly families with kids. Probably thinking the same way we do – no late night championships.

We paid around 1500 crowns for three tickets. It felt somehow expensive. But it was a fun quality family time. In fact, if we like the contestants next year, we will probably pay more to get nearer the stage on the final night.

Update: May 2015. Måns and his song won Eurovision 2015.