Today the swedish broadcaster SVT revealed the hosting cities of the swedish national selection Melodifestivalen 2015. The final will be held at Friends Arena for the third consecutive year and new hosting cities are Östersund and Helsingborg. News for next year is also that there will be less songs in the heats but 12 in the final.
As the deadline for sending in songs to Melodifstivalen came to an end a total number of 2 177 songs was counted. This makes it the lowest number of songs submitted since 2002. "We are happy that the songwriters have listened to us when we asked them to select songs carefully" says the producer of Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman.
Girl group Timoteij launched their career when they participated in the 2010 Melodifestivalen final with the folk pop dancefloor stomper Kom. They're still going strong, but recently announced they have become a trio before they set their sights on winning over the Far East.
In Melodifestivalen she stated that "only dead fish follow the stream" and now Louise Hoffsten is making it clear that she is anything but one to follow the stream. She released an album today with 12 Elvis Presley songs, all of them of course recorded in Memphis.
800.000 fewer viewers and 450.000 less votes than 2013 are the dark numbers of Melodifestivalen 2014. On the Tuesday SVT also released the full voting figures for all the heats and the numbers reveals that Ace Wilder was actually close to miss the final.
After five weeks of competing, it was finally time for the final of Sweden's Melodifestivalen 2014. 32 entries had become 10, and after tonight's final it was clear that the Swedish people wanted Sanna Nielsen with Undo to represent them in Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
Tonight Sweden held it's Second chance heat which was the last heat before the final in Friends Arena on the 8 of March. This was a new chance for the 3rd and 4th placed songs from the four previous heats to qualify to the final.
SVT has today decided to make an immediate rule change that could mean a possible disqualification of an entry if the songs authors, competitors or representatives courages and/or uses voting through an automated flow such as computers or callcenters. The decision comes after a local radio channel revealed a case where 2.500 calls were made by a computer.
Tonight we saw the 4th heat of this year's Melodifestivalen from Örnsköldsvik. Just like in the previous editions eight acts competed for two spots in the final and two places in the second chance round Andra Chansen. At the end Alcazar and Anton Ewald were voted to the final.
Last Saturday saw quite a few upsets in Melodifestivalen - two newcomers were sent to the final, with veteran Shirley Clamp being the major casualty of the evening, eliminated from the contest. Saturday's fourth semi final from Örnsköldsvik has a similar mixture of newcomers and veterans with fan favourites Alcazar hoping to make it to Friends Arena.
Eight acts competed, two were awarded with a direct qualification to the final, another two gets a second chance, while the remaining four are out of the run to represent Sweden at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. At the end we saw the older experienced names failing.
The popular national selection Melodifestivalen has reached the third destination on its tour around Sweden. In Gothenburg on Saturday we will see a MF-veteran who has been close to winning, a group that had their big breakthrough in MF by reaching last years final and a young performer who could be the next breakthrough act.
The quest to find the next representant for Sweden at the Eurovision Song contest in Copenhagen continued tonight with the second heat of Melodifestivalen in the city of Linköping. This time the qualifying acts to the final were Sanna Nielsen and Panetoz.
Saturday's result in Melodifestivalen was a fairly foregone conclusion, with Yohio cruising to the final but with newcomer Ellen Benediktsson nabbing the other place from under the nose of Helena Paparizou. This Saturday's line up is a similar mix, with two big names and a sprinkling of debutants - will it be a case of history repeating itself?
The popular national selection Melodifestivalen started tonight when Sweden picked two out of the ten finalists in the first heat that was held in Malmö Arena. In the end it was the favourite YOHIO together with the more unknown Ellen Benediktson who were the ones with most votes from the viewers.
Fan favourite Nanne Grönvall has been absent at both Melodifestivalen and on the music scene for a number of years. But now she's on her way back into the limelight, bigger and bolder than ever with the release of a new album. The starlet spoke openly to Swedish media about the experiences surrounding her latest release.
Last years favourite among the voting audience Yohio will be first out when Sweden starts its selecition procedure to the Eurovision Song Contest on the 1st of February. The 32nd and last performer in the fourth heat will be another hot favourite and audience pleaser - Anton Ewald.
Tuesday saw SVT present some pretty big names returning to the fold for Melodifestivalen 2014. Competition would be pretty fierce in the first two heats from Malmö and Linköping. This morning, the final 16 candidates were revealed - would host cities Gothenburg and Örnsköldsvik be able to match the first two heats in terms of the fame factor?
One of the most anticipated events of the forthcoming Eurovision season got underway today, when Swedish broadcaster SVT held a press conference, revealing the first sixteen contenders who will vy for a place in the final of Melodifestivalen 2014. The line up featured some familiar names for many, alongside some relatively unknown artists.
At a press conference today the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, revealed that it will be the two comedians Nour El Refai and Anders Jansson that shall host their national selection, Melodifestivalen, next year. Both will be on homefield when the first show kicks off from Malmö.