Tonight, Melodifestivalen 2017 begins with the first semi-final being held in Goteborg at 20:00 CET. Four of the seven performing artists are returning to the contest this evening while three artists are new to the selection. This year, Clara Henry, Hasse Andersson and David Lindgren host the show. Hasse Andersson came fourth in the 2015 edition of the contest, David Lindgren reached the final in 2016, and while Clara Henry has never entered the contest, she did host the greenroom and eftersnack in 2014.
Show producer, Christer Björkman has described tonight’s show and this year’s series as the “Best Melodifestivalen Ever”, with twenty-eight hit songs being released over five weeks, almost all of which are bound to top the charts in Sweden.
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. Tomorrow, seven of the twenty-eight competing songs will fight for two places in the final, and two places in the famous Andra Chansen.
1. Her Kiss
Artist: Boris René
Song: Tim Larsson, Tobias Lundgren
Song: Martin Tjärnberg, Adrijana Krasniqi
3. One More Night
Artist: Dinah Nah
Song: Thomas G:son, Jimmy Jansson, Dinah Nah, Dr Alban
4. Road Trip
Artist: De Vet Du
Song: Johan Gunterberg, Christopher Martland
5. Mitt liv
Artist: Charlotte Perrelli
Song: Charlotte Perrelli, Lars Hägglund
6. Wild Child
Artist: Ace Wilder
Song: Peter Boström, Thomas G:son, Ace Wilder
7. Hold On
Song: Nano Omar, Gino Yonan, Ayak, Carl Rydén, Christoffer Belaieff, Rikard de Bruin, David Francis Jackson
Introduced as “SVT’s flagship show”, Melodifestivalen enters its 58th year as the selection process used to select Sweden’s Eurovision Song Contest participant. It remains Sweden’s favourite television show and one of the most watched national selection shows in Europe.