Melodifestivalen

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

Loreen performs to a Euphoric crowd in Stockholm

Loreen in Stockholm ©  SVT

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.

Loreen back in Sweden – Celebrated by hundreds of fans at the airport

Loreen back in Sweden ©  Viktoria Karlsson, EuroVisionary

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.

Friends Arena to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest? – Already chosen for Melodifestivalen 2013

Friends Arena @ Sweden Arena Mangement

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 and Kate Ryan sing a duet on the new album of the Swedish performer

Charlotte Perrelli and Kate Ryan © kateryanmusic.eu

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.

Melodifestivalen 2012: Top Cats and Thorsten Flinck the last selected finalists

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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.

Melodifestivalen 2012 - Sweden choses two new finalists

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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.

Melodifestivalen 2012: Third Swedish heat - Get to know the participants

Melodifestivalen 2012 - 2nd heat © SVT

Melodifestivalen continues with it's third heat on Saturday, February 18th. In this article we take a closer look at the performers.

Loreen and Dead by April the first selected finalists in Sweden

Loreen & Dead by April

Tonight Sweden picked their first two finalists to Globen in Stockholm as the first heat of Melodifestivalen took place in the city of Växjö.

Melodifestivalen 2012: First Swedish heat - Get to know the participants

Melodifestivalen 2012 - 1st heat © SVT

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.

SVT announces changes in the rules for Melodifestivalen 2012

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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.

16 names completes the line up for Melodifestivalen 2012

Charlotte Perrelli © Tommy Engström

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.

Nanne Grönvall releases her 16 rock favourites today on one album

Nanne - My Rock Favourites - album cover

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. 

Melodifestivalen 2012: The 16 first acts known

Timoteij ©  Baran Sölen, EuroVisionary

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.

Danny Saucedo and Tommy Körberg make music together

©  Expressen.se

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.

Sanne Salomonsen ready with new album entirely in Danish

Sanne Salomonsen ©  Tomasz Sienicki

Denmark's rock mama number one, Sanne Salomonsen, is back with a new album titled Tiden Brænder. The album contains 13 songs all in Danish and will be the first in this decade, that is Sanne's fifth as one of the country's most popular singers. 

Melodifestivalen 2012: A long list of well known established songwriters to fight for the ticket to Baku

Andreas Johnson

Swedish broadcaster has just announced the songtitles and the songwriters who will be participating at the 2012 Swedish selection, Melodifestivalen. The list include quite some familiar names such as Sonja Aldén, Thomas G:son, Fredrik Kempe, Lasse Holm and Andreas Johnson. 

Further major names rumoured for Melodifestivalen 2012

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Fans of Swedish schlager and pop can rub their hands with glee as Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reveals some major artists rumoured to be participating in Melodifestivalen 2012 next spring.

Maria BenHajji first known participant in 2012 Melodifestivalen after winning Webbjoker competion

Maria BenHajji ©  SVT

In four online preliminary heats a total of 31 amateur songwriters have been competing about one spot in next year's run to represent Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in May. Minutes ago it was decided that Maria BenHajji won the final of this Webbjoker competion. 

Female trio to host Melodifestivalen 2012

Melodifestivalen 2012 hosts © SVT

Helena Bergström, Sarah Dawn Finer and Gina Dirawi are the three women that SVT announced will be the hosts of Melodifestivalen - the swedish national selection for the Eurovision song contest that will be broadcasted six Saturdays this winter. There are also some new rumours about possible participants for next years competition.

Yet another song disqualified in Melodifestivalen's Webbjokern competition

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First four songs were disqualfied from the Webbjokern selection. Three of them replaced - and now the Swedish broadcaster, SVT, has announced that one of the replacement songs is out again due to yet another disqualification, this time because it should have been submitted for the actual Melodifestivalen instead.  

 

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