Sweden has started its search for their representative for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. As always the participant will be the winner of Melodifestivalen.

Melodifestivalen 2013: Second half of the participants presented today

Melodifestivalen 2013 ©

The conclusion was clear after the presentation of the first half of the participants in the 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen: Fans felt that SVT owed them some bigger and more experienced names. Would they get that today when the remaining artist was announced?

Melodifestivalen 2013: First half of the participants presented today

Melodifestivalen 2013 ©

For many Eurovision fans the Swedish selection stands as something magical. The participating names are awaited with even more eager than a 5 year old looking forward to his Christmas presents. Few minutes ago the first half of these names were announced revealing several interesting names.

20 names "definitely in" for Melodifestivalen 2013 - according to Aftonbladet

Tommy Körberg ©

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet today published a list of names that are said to be confirmed as participants in Melodifestivalen 2013. In this list there are many names familiar to those who followed the swedish national selection during the years, such as Tommy Körberg, Pernilla Wahlgren, David Lindgren and Jessica Andersson.

Host of 2013 edition of Melodifestivalen presented today

Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo ©  Carl-Johan Söder/SVT

Minutes ago SVT revealed, during a press conference, that the hosts for next year's Swedish final, Melodifestivalen, will be Gina Dirawi and Danny Saucedo. Gina will thereby be doing this twice in a row where as it is new for Danny, who is a former participant.

First song confirmed for Melodifestivalen 2013

Elin Petersson © Name of Copyright Holder

Unknown artist Elin Petersson was the clear winner of the jury with her entry Island, sweeping all competition aside. She was therefore awarded the second spot in the line up for next year's Melodifestivalen, joining Terese Fredenwall, winner of the Svensktoppen Nästa comptetition.

Melodifestivalen tickets on sale from 25th of October

Melodifestivalen 2013 ©

The Euphoria continues as Swedish broadcaster and host of next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö have just made an announcement concerning one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year for many Eurovision fans - tickets for the Swedish selection Melodifestivalen will go on sale from the 25th of October.

Tone Damli Aaberge tries again for Eurovision

Tone Damli Aaberge ©

Tone Damli Aaberge came oh so close to representing her native Norway back in 2009, but was stopped in her tracks by the overwhelming victory of Alexander Rybak and Fairytale. She did however go on to achieve some success in the US wtih her second placed entry Butterflies. Now, she feels it's time to give it another go.

2549 songs submitted to Melodifestivalen - lowest number for years


Early Tuesday morning was the deadline for sending entries to the swedish national selection Melodifestivalen 2013. A total of 2549 songs were counted which could be compared to 3485 songs that was sent in last year.

Hosting cities of Melodifestivalen 2013 announced - Karlskrona, Karlstad and Skellefteå are back

Friends Arena @ Sweden Arena Mangement

Today the swedish broadcaster SVT revealed the hosting cities of the national selection Melodifestivalen 2013. The MF-tour will start with the first Semifinal in Karlskrona on 2 February and end with the final in Friends Arena on 9 March. The host city of ESC 2013 Malmö will be the host of the fourth Semifinal.

Martin Stenmarck to make film debut

Martin Stenmarck ©

Fans of Eurovision will remember Martin Stenmarck for his rather steamy performance of Las Vegas, the Swedish entry for Eurovision in Kiev in 2005. Since then, his career reached new heights in his homeland with multiple #1 albums. His career is about to diversify this autumn when the star makes his acting debut.

Andreas Lundstedt bares all in new autobiography

Andreas Lundstedt - Mitt Positiva Liv © Norstedts Förlag

Heart throb Andreas Lundstedt could do no wrong. He seemed to have it all - a successful solo career, followed by even greater popularity with the supergroup Alcazar. Things soon turned sour however, with his life hit by a series of personal tragedies. Lundstedt lifts the lid on his life, warts and all, in his autobiography released last week.

First artist selected for Melodifestivalen 2013 - Terese Fredenwall

Terese Fredenwall © Johan Ljungström / Sveriges Radio

26-year old Terese Fredenwall was the jurys choice as the winner of the swedish radio talent competition "Svensktoppen nästa" held on the Sunday. This means also that she is the first selected of the 32 performers in next years swedish national selection Melodifestivalen.

Jørgen De Mylius rewarded for long Melodi Grand Prix career

Jørgen De Mylius © DR

11 times hosting the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and a total of 24 years as a commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest has made Jørgen De Mylius a legend in Denmark. Friday, at a music festival, he and Sanne Salomonsen shared an award for their dedicated work throughout the years. 

Third time lucky for Tommy Körberg?

Tommy Körberg ©

Besides hosting the  Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, SVT have already started working on their national final. As usual, SVT wish to attract big names to their national selection and it is strongly rumoured that veteran Tommy Körberg will make his return.

Stockholm Pride secures star studded Eurovision line up

Jedward ©

Stockholm may have lost out to Malmö in the fight to host next years contest, but that isn't stopping the city from getting into the Eurovision party mood with a jam packed line up for the annual Stockholm Pride event.

Didrik, Bettan and Alexander join forces to fans' delight

Bettan/Rybak/Didrik © VG

With three widely diverse performers such as Bettan, Alexander Rybak and Didrik Solli-Tangen on stage, something for practically every taste is almost guaranteed. The three artists combine their styles and talent to bring concertgoers a unique experience in July.

Jill Johnson kicks off her summer tour

Jill Johnson summer tour ©

Sweden's very own queen of country and former Eurovision entrant Jill Johnson is about to embark on a nationwide tour in July, promoting her newest album Flirting With Disaster.

SVT announce changes for Melodifestivalen 2013 - 32 songs selected in four different ways

Christer Björkman ready to kick off 2013 Melodifestivalen ©  Leif R. Jansson/Scanpix

SVT has today announced the ground rules for the 2013 Swedish national selection, Melodifestivalen. Several changes have been made in order for pick the 32 songs that will be competing in the four semi-finals from where the best ones will earn a spot in the final.

Lotta Engberg to have many Eurovision and national final guests in Liseberg this season

Lotta Engberg to have many Eurovision and national final guests in Liseberg

Stockholm has Allsång På Skansen and Gothenburg has Lotta På Liseberg. In Sweden they like sing a long programmes and all through the summer plenty of well known names will join Lotta Engberg in the amusement park Liseberg in Gothenburg.

SVT considering all options for 2013


After Loreen's sensational victory with Euphoria speculation has already begun as to just how and where next year's Eurovision final will be held in Sweden. Among many in Baku the newly constructed Friends Arena was almost a foregone conclusion as host venue but other surprising candidates have appeared.




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