The third Melodifestivalen semi-final will be kicking off in the next few hours at the Vida Arena in Växjö at 20:00 CET. SVT have released the extended 2 minute 30 seconds versions of tonight’s songs. The show will be broadcast on SVT1 and SVT Play and can be watched through the official Melodifestivalen website.
Semi-final three of Melodifestivalen 2017 takes place tonight with a selection of well established and unknown artists alike taking to stage for the first time this year. Returning to the contest this year are Robin Bengtsson, Krista Siegfrids and Owe Thörnqvist. New to the contest; Anton Hagman, Jasmine Kara, Bella & Filippa and FO&O (formerly The Fooo Conspiracy). Robin Bengtsson came fifth in 2016 and this year returns with a song written by 2013 winner Robin Stjernberg. Krista Siegfrids also returns after competing in 2016, last year she failed to qualify to the Melodifesetivalen. Finally, Owe Thörnqvist returns this year after over fifty years of absence from the contest. Owe wrote the 1962 second place entry ‘När Min Vän’ for Monica Zetterlund, and two further entries, ‘Rosen och Vinden’ and ‘Ingvar Wixell’ in 1963 and 1965 respectively.
1. I Can’t Go On
Artist: Robin Bengtsson
Song: David Kreuger, Hamed ”K-One” Pirouzpanah, Robin Stjernberg
2. Snurra min jord
Artist: Krista Siegfrids
Song: Krista Siegfrids, Gustaf Svenungsson, Magnus Wallin, Gabriel Alares
3. Kiss You Goodbye
Artist: Anton Hagman
Song: Christian Fast, Tim Schou, Henrik Nordenback
Artist: Jasmine Kara
Song: Anderz Wrethov, Jasmine Kara
5. Boogieman Blues
Artist: Owe Thörnqvist
Song: Owe Thörnqvist
Artist: Bella & Filippa
Song: Peter Hägerås, Mats Frisell, Jakob Stadell, Filippa Frisell, Isabella Snihs
7. Gotta Thing About You
Artist: The Fooo Conspiracy
Song: Robert John ”Mutt” Lange, Tony Nilsson
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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.
Clara Henry, Hasse Andersson and David Lindgren will host this year’s edition. The trio were announced during a fifteen-minute broadcast and press conference on SVT Play late last year. 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.