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Sweden: Melodifestivalen Artists to be Revealed on November 30th

It’s not long before SVT’s flagship show Melodifestivalen is back in action with this year’s twenty-eight artists being announced on November 30th. Already Swedish paper, Aftonbladet, has  revealed a list of thirteen names set to appear show next spring, in the hope of representing the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine next year.

Unsurprisingly, the paper suggests Wiktoria is set to return in 2017 after finishing fourth with ‘Save Me’ earlier this year. Wiktoria, who once featured in a band with Anton Ewald, finished second in the public vote on the evening. Reports suggest that although the twenty-year-old is ready to fight again, she’s still waiting to find that perfect song – as is the next name on the list (and another big hitter), Mariette. After finishing third to Mans Zelmerlow and Jon Henrik Fjallgren in 2015, Mariette is a hugely anticipated name that would no doubt be favoured by the Swedish public. During last year’s final, Mariette performed as part of an interval medley containing some of the most well-loved artists and songs from the contest over the past ten years.

Also on the list, fan favourite and two-time finalist, Ace Wilder. First appearing on stage in 2014 with ‘Busy Doin’ Nothin” and finishing in second place, Ace returned in 2016 with ‘Don’t Worry’, which went down a storm in Friends Arena, Sweden, and across the globe – even being used in the soundtrack of the new Angry Birds movie. Her 2017 is supposedly written by Thomas G:Son for the first time, moving away from the Deb duo she has been used to.

Clara Henry, Hasse Andersson and David Lindgren were announced as the hosts of next year’s edition. The trio was announced during a fifteen-minute broadcast and press conference on SVT Play. Introduced as “SVT’s flagship show”, Melodifestivalen enters its 58th year as the selection process used to select Sweden’s Eurovision participant.

A total of 2,478 songs were submitted to SVT, up by twenty-eight from last year but is still 1,400 short of the 2011 record when 3,832 songs were submitted. This year a total of 362 songs were submitted through the public contest, this was for singers or songwriters who had not released a song commercially before. This figure is the lowest it has been since the public were given a separate round in 2010.

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