28 songs, 28 acts but only one of them will make it to Tel Aviv!
SVT keeps busy preparing what is going to be the next edition of their yearly music extravaganza: Melodifestivalen. The broadcaster has just revealed the 28 hopefuls that will compete in February, during a press conference which took place at SVT headquarters in Stockholm. All 28 acts will fight for a spot in the grand final and hopefully getting the right to represent Sweden in Eurovision. No big changes regarding the show format are expected for next year’s edition.
Melfest 2019 hosts are Marika Carlsson, Eric Saade, Kodjo Akolor and Sarah Dawn Finer. Saade and Dawn Finer are already familiar faces in the business as Eric represented Sweden in Eurovision 2011 and Sarah, not only took part in Melfest twice in the past but hosted the competition multiple times as well as her Lynda Woodruff role.
The 28 acts have already been allocated to a semi final, however the running order for each semi final will be revealed nearer to the actual shows. Here they are:
- Semi-Final 1: February 2nd, Göteborg (Scandinavium)
- Anna Bergendahl
- Zeana feat. Anis Don Demina
- Arja Saijonmaa
- Semi-Final 2: February 9th, Malmö (Malmö Arena)
- Andreas Johnson
- Hanna Ferm & LIAMOO
- Malou Prytz
- Oscar Enestad
- Jan Malmsjö
- Vlad Reiser
- Semi-Final 3: February 16th, Leksand (Tegera Arena)
- Dolly Style
- Martin Stenmarck
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren
- The Lovers of Valdaroo
- Lina Hedlund
- Rebecka Karlsson
- Semi-Final 4: February 23th, Lidköping (Sparbanken Arena)
- Anton Hagman
- Ann-Louise Hansson
- Pagan Fury
- John Lundvik
- Lisa Ajax
After all 4 heats, then the so-called Second Chance round will take place on March 2rd in Nyköping where 4 more acts will get a ticket for the grand final on March 9th in Stockholm.
The line-up for Melodifestivalen 2019 includes former Eurovision Song Contest participants Arvingarna (1993), Martin Stenmarck (2005) and Anna Bergendahl (2010) as well as international pop star Mohombi and Polish singer Margaret several legends of Swedish show business and artists who had great recent success in Melodifestivalen. There is also space for several new names making their debut on the big stage.
For the past four years, Sweden have sent solo male artists to Eurovision. We have to go back all the way to 2014 when Sanna Nielsen was sent to Copenhagen to perform “Undo”. Will things get shaken up a bit and be a little bit different this time?
Stay tuned and we will bring you more updates on the show shortly!