Will you come join in the pre-Eurovision buzz about the Swedish National Selection, called Swedish Melodifestivalen?
All artists competing in Swedish Melodifestivalen 2017 (Photocredit SVT)
It has already started with the Press Conference in November announcing the competing artists and the 1st SEMI is this Saturday Feb 4!
All around Europe the National Selections for Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev are on their way. In Sweden the National Selection is called ‘Melodifestivalen’ and it’s spread over 4 Semi Finals, an Andra Chansen round and the big Final. And then, on March 11 we’ll know who will represent Sweden at this years Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Last year Frans represented Sweden with his song ‘If I Were Sorry’. And some of the previous artists who represented Sweden are Mans Zelmerlöw (he won with ‘Heroes’ in Vienna in 2015), Sanna Nielson (2014), Robin Stjernberg (2013) and Loreen won for Sweden with ‘Euphoria’ in 2012!
On Saturday Feb 4th Swedish Melodifestivalen will kick off in Göteborg with SEMI 1. SEMI 2, 3 and 4 are on the following Saturdays, which are Feb 11 Malmö, Feb 18 Växjö and Feb 25 Skelleftea.
All competing artists of SEMI 1, Feb 4 (Photocredit SVT)
In each SEMI 7 artists/groups are fighting for 2 tickets to the FINAL on March 11 in Stockholm and for 2 runner-up tickets to Andra Chansen on March 4 in Linköping. From the Andra Chansen round again 4 acts will qualify for the FINAL in Stockholm the week after. And on March 11 Sweden will vote in that big FINAL for their representative for Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev.
For me Swedish Melodifestivalen is kind of a pre-Eurovision before the real Eurovision is held. It’s because Sweden really creates 6 fantastic Saturday night shows with incredible performances, stage design, artists and songs. They also create a real buzz and a lot of other activities around the Melodifestivalen. For 6 weeks Sweden IS Melodifestivalen (some also call it Melfest).
And the buzz already starts in November with the Press Conference announcing all artists and songtitles of this years Melodifestivalen. From then on we can follow the artists rehearsals online (they all post sneaky pictures on Instagram of their rehearsals). We can read many interviews. And during the week leading up to the Saturday nights SEMI/Andra Chansen/FINAL, SVT (Swedish tv station) uploads a lot of sneak previews of the songs, descriptions of the performance, lyrics, rehearsal snippets, footage of the welcome party of the competing artists and so much more.
And everything put together it makes Melodifestivalen the most watched show on Swedish television each year! They sure know how to make their National Selection a cracker of a show for all ages.
And as you know Sweden won the Eurovision Song Contest twice in the last 5 years. Both winners became big international hits I might add.
It could be fun for you to watch this years Swedish Melodifestivalen too! And you can! SVT streams all 6 show internationally on SVT PLAY. It’s available worldwide! So you won’t have to miss one bit!
DINAH NAH – ‘One More Night’
My personal favorite artist in SEMI 1 is Dinah Nah. Her song is called ‘One More Night’ and I can’t wait to hear the 1min preview snippet which SVT will post on the Melodifestivalen site next week!
Everything about Dinah Nah will be posted on her artist page. Here you can already watch her interview at the Press Conference in November 2016. Artist page Dinah Nah
The other artists competing in SEMI 1 are: Boris René, Adrijana, De Vet Du, Charlotte Perrelli, Ace Wilder and Nano.
Here’s the link to the SVT Melodifestivalen site www.svt.se/melodifestivalen so you can follow everything and anything about this years Swedish National Selection.
Yes, it’s in Swedish but you can simply get it translated to English ofc.
The next Saturdays and weeks will be all about enjoying this years Swedish Melodifestivalen! Come join ‘us’ and let me know which of the artists is your favorite this year. If you have Twitter, than come join us there too! Each year Melodifestivalen is widely spread, talked about, critisized and shared on Twitter. It’s fun! My Twitter account is @gealingeman. See you there!