The rumour mill continues to churn out more names of artists who are being lined up to compete in Melodifestivalen 2018.
The names already on the list for the Swedish national selection process for Eurovision are Stiko Per Larsson and, according to sources, Samir & Viktor, Benjamin Ingrosso, Mendez, Felix Sandman and Sigrid Bernson.
Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet has now added another four names who are likely to be joining Melodifestivalen 2018 which kicks off on 2 February 2018 in Karlstad.
These four new names include disco pop trio Alcazar. According to Aftonbladet, the group are looking for the perfect song for their sixth entry into Melodifestivalen and have already turned down one option from an established songwriter. The band’s debut in the contest came in 2003 when they finished in 3rd place with Not a Sinner, nor a Saint. They also took part in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014 when they once again finished in 3rd place with Blame it on the Disco.
The three other artists rumoured by Aftonbladet are all newcomers to Melodifestivalen. They are Ida Redig, John Lundvik and Olivia Eliasson. Redig has previously released three albums in Sweden including 2014’s Thou Shall Not Be a Pussy. Lundvik has previously worked as a songwriter and producer for artists including Sanna Nielsen. Eliasson was signed up to the same management team as Anton Ewald after posting a cover of his Melodifestivalen 2013 entry Begging on Youtube.
Melodifestivalen will take place on the following dates:
- 03/02/2018 (Semi Final 1): Löfbergs Arena, Karlstad
- 10/02/2018 (Semi Final 2): Scandinavium, Gothenburg
- 17/02/2018 (Semi Final 3): Malmö Arena, Malmö
- 24/02/2018 (Semi Final 4): Fjällräven Center, Örnsköldsvik
- 03/03/2018 (Second Chance Round): Kristianstad Arena, Kristianstad
- 10/03/2018 (Grand Final): Friends Arena, Stockholm
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.