As tradition goes, Swedish schlager fans usually have a summer highlight to look forward to, when the annual Diggiloo summer tour comes to town during the course of July and August. Lasse Holm has been the compere for the event for the last ten years, but according to Swedish media has now decided to step down as of next year.
Following the recent release of her latest offering Electroshock, Kate Ryan gave an interview to Belgian daily, De Standaard, where she spoke of, amongst other things, both past and future participation at the Eurovision Song Contest.
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.
Songstress Charlotte Perrelliis no doubt singing the Lena Philipsson classic It Hurts these days after being involved in a nasty car accident. She spoke out this week to Swedish tabloid Expressen about her latest personal tragedy.
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.
On Saturday night after the fourth semi final all of this years participating songs were released. 20 of the 32 songs went right into the list of the 50 most downloaded songs on iTunes. Among the top 10 songs in the list, 9 comes from Melodifestivalen.
This week's semi final were a battle between several of Sweden's most loved artists but only two of them could go through to the final. The lucky one's getting the desirable spots in the final were Lisa Miskovsky and Danny. Christer Sjögren and Lotta Engberg and Dynazty will have a new chance to qualify in next week's second chance heat.
On Saturday it's time for the fourth and last Swedish semi final. It will be a battle between several of Sweden's most well known and loved artists. Read the article to get to know the artists of the fourth semi final.