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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As mentioned in our article yesterday, Loreen took to rooftop of Hötorget in Stockholm for a special broadcast on SVT 2 from 19:00-19:30 CET as a welcome home for the Swedish delegation. She performed two versions of Euphoria and gave thanks for the crowd.
Almost 48 hours has passed since Swedish Loreen Talhaoui won the 57th edition of Eurovision Song Contest with the song Euphoria. Tonight Loreen returned to Sweden where hundreds of fans wanted to celebrate the hero who brought the Eurovision Song Contest trophy back to Sweden for the first time in 13 years.
Earlier this week it was confirmed by swedish broadcaster SVT that the national selection Melodifestivalen is to be held in the new Friends Arena on the 9 of March 2013. As Sweden is tipped high among the bookmakers it looks like SVT is preparing for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest by announcing that Melodifestivalen will be held there.
Charlotte Perrelli has recently released her new album titled as her Melodifestivalen entry, The Girl, and one song is particularly striking for Eurovision fans. Its title is Little Braveheart and it is sung in a duet with another Eurovision Song Contest former participant: no less than Belgium Kate Ryan.
Tonight Sweden held it's Second chance heat which is the last heat before the final in Globen on the 10th of March. This was a new chance for the 3rd and 4th placed songs from the four previous heats to qualify to the final.
Molly Sandén and Björn Ranelid feat. Sara Li was voted through to the final by the televoters tonight as the third heat of the swedish national selection Melodifestivalen took place in the town of Leksand in central Sweden. Youngblood and Andreas Johnson gets a new chance to qualify to the final in the second chance heat.
This Saturday Sweden will start searching for the artist who will represent the country in Baku at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Here is a look at the first heat from the town of Växjö where we will see former Eurovision participants and other well known names together with singers who will take part in the competition for the first time.
Today SVT announced the full details about the rules of Melodifestivalen 2012. One of the news this year is that SVT will go back to a previously used system which means that there won't be a song that goes straight to the final after the first round of voting anymore and when a semi final is over the winner of it won't be revealed.
The full starting field of Melodifestivalen 2012 came clear today when swedish broadcaster SVT announced the final 16 acts at a press conference this morning. Fans of Melodifestivalen will discover several familiar names and amongst these the one perhaps shining brightest is the Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli.
Swedish top singer Nanne Grönvall, with a long list of national selections behind her and also one Eurovision Song Contest participation, has been working on a tribute album titled My Rock Favourites. The album, that contains 16 songs, was released today making it a likely Christmas present for many.
Today the swedish broadcaster SVT held a press conference to officially announce the first 16 artists who will compete in semifinal 1 and 2 of Melodifestivalen 2012. Afrodite is back again along with the Moniker, Loreen, Sonja Aldén and Marie Serneholt. Among the newcomers we have names like the experienced Thomas Di Leva and the young Ulrik Munther.
News of an exciting recording collaboration in Sweden comes as an early Christmas present for fans of both Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision Song Contest, as the duet is made up of none other than contest veteran Tommy Körberg and hot property Danny Saucedo.