Svensktoppen Nästa, a music competition held every year during Summer in Sweden, gave us the first participant for Melodifestivalen 2016, the Swedish national final for the ESC on home soil. Since 2012, the winner got the chance to participate in the competition and this year, the winner did not automatically qualify for Melodifestivalen as a jury chose the group “Smajling Swedes” instead of the winner Michael Fannon. As the songs of Svensktoppen Nästa were published before September 1st this year, they are not eligible to participate in Eurovision and hence a new song will be composed.
The results of these wilcard acts at Melodifestivalen were mixed as Kalle Johansson did not make it past his semi final this year, just like his predecessors. Sweden will be directly qualified for the Grand Final at Eurovision 2016 as the host nation.
Source: Sveriges Radio