The eleven international juries who will have 50% say in the results at the final of Melodifestivalen 2017 have been announced.
SVT the national broadcaster of Sweden has announced the eleven countries who make up the international juries at this Saturday’s final. As ever the international juries will have a 50% say in the results. The countries and their spokespersons are as follows:
- Armenia – Iveta Mukuchyan – Represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
- Australia – Stephanie Werret – Head of Delegation for Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest
- Czech Republic – Jan Bors – Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest
- France – Edoardo Grassi – Head of Delegation for France at the Eurovision Song Contest
- Israel – Tali Eshkoli – Member of the Israeli delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest
- Italy – Nicola Caligiore – Head of Delegation for Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest
- Malta – Gordon Bonello – Creative Director & Show Producer of the Maltese selection process
- Norway – Anette Lauenborg Waaler – Singer, Dancer and Actor
- Poland – Mateusz Grzesinski – Works at the Polish national broadcaster, TVP
- Ukraine – Victoria Romanova – Head of Delegation for Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest
- United Kingdom – Simon Proctor – Former Producer at the BBC and Channel 5
Competing in the final and for the prize of representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 are:
- Ace Wilder – Wild Child
- Boris Rene – Her Kiss
- Lisa Ajax – I Don’t Give A
- Robin Bengtsson – I Can’t Go On
- Jon Henrik Fjällgren ft. Aninia – En värlid full av strider
- Anton Hagman – Kiss You Goodbye
- Mariette – A Million Years
- FO&O – Gotta Thing About You
- Nano – Hold On
- Wiktoria – As I Lay Me Down
- Benjamin Ingrosso – Good Lovin’
- Owe Thornqvist – Boogieman Blues
Introduced as “SVT’s flagship show”, Melodifestivalen enters it’s 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.
Show producer, Christer Björkman has described this year’s series as the “Best Melodifestivalen Ever”, with twenty-eight hit songs being released over four weeks, almost all of which have gone on to top the charts in Sweden and across the continent.
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.