SVT the Swedish national broadcaster has axed their Eurovision preview show Inför Eurovision, after 15 years of continuous broadcasts.

Inför Eurovision has been cancelled by the Swedish national broadcaster, following 15 years of continuous broadcasts. The show which was first held in 1983 and became a recurring feature of the build up to the Eurovision Song Contest between 2002 and 2016 has been axed due to falling viewing figures and changing priorities at the broadcaster.

The program was one of the last Eurovision preview shows broadcast by a competing country in the Eurovision Song Contest. The rise of YouTube and the internet saw a steady decline in the number of countries holding televised programs previewing all of the competing entries in the Eurovision Song Contest. During the years 2004 to 2007, Inför Eurovision had become a pan-Nordic production, with the show being produced and broadcast in Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Robin Bengtsson will be representing Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He won Melodifestivalen 2017 last weekend with the song “I Can’t Go On”. His victory in the competition over the public’s favourite act, Nano has led to questions as to the power of the International Juries, following the introduction of app voting for the public.

The full results of the Melodifestivalen 2017 final were as follows:

  1. Ace Wilder – “Wild Child” – 67 points – 7th
  2. Boris René – “Her Kiss” – 66 points – 8th
  3. Lisa Ajax – “I Don’t Give A” – 46 points – 9th
  4. Robin Bengtsson – “I Can’t Go On” – 146 points – 1st
  5. Jon Henrik Fjällgren feat. Aninia – “En värld full av strider” – 105 points – 3rd
  6. Anton Hagman – “Kiss You Goodbye” – 37 points – 10th
  7. Mariette – “A Million Years” – 99 points – 4th
  8. FO&O – “Gotta Thing About You” – 41 points – 11th
  9. Nano – “Hold On” – 133 points – 2nd
  10. Wiktoria – “As I Lay Me Down” – 80 points – 6th
  11. Benjamin Ingrosso – “Good Lovin’” – 87 points – 5th
  12. Owe Thörnqvist – “Boogieman Blues” – 33 points – 12th

Source: SVT