Aftonbladet is reporting that Swedish duo Samir & Viktor will return to Melodifestivalen for the third time in 2018.
The Swedish tabloid quotes an insider as saying that SVT has given the duo a slot in the upcoming contest which will be used to select the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Samir & Viktor have taken part in Melodifestivalen on two previous occasions. In 2015, they finished in 8th place in the final with Groupie and in 2016 they finished in 12th place with Bada Nakna.
According to Aftonbladet, SVT hopes that Samir & Viktor’s participation will help to attract younger viewers to Melodifestivalen 2018.
Since their last Melodifestivalen participation the pair have released three further charting singles in Sweden. Their latest song, Rakt in i kaklet is released today. The song was written by the team behind Eurovision 2015 winner, Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw. However, it is not thought that the same writers are responsible for Samir & Viktor’s entry into Melodifestivalen 2018.
28 Acts will compete in Melodifestivalen, a contest which will take place over six weeks in early 2018. The first semi-final will be held in Karlstad on 3 February 2018 and the Grand Final will once again take place at the Friends Arena, Stockholm on 10 March 2018. The first confirmed act was Stiko Per Larsson, the winner of P4 Nästa 2017.
In total, 2771 songs were submitted to SVT for consideration for Melodifestivalen 2018. This is the largest number of submissions since 2012 when Sweden won the contest in Baku with Euphoria. It is expected that the remaining artists for Melodifestivalen 2018 will be revealed in the coming weeks
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Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.